Custom Black & Grey Tattoos Made to Fit Your Body For Life

From One of Austin's Best Tattoo Artists

Tyler Ciarlanti collaborates with you to create one-of-a-kind realistic tattoos that stay beautiful for a lifetime. Share your idea. Work with one of Austin’s most sought-after artists to bring it to life—also tattooing in San Diego, New York, and worldwide.

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My name is Tyler Ciarlanti, I am a professional tattoo artist working out of Austin, Texas where I have my own private studio, Black Saint Studios. I do black and grey tattoos that can be best described as abstract dark realism/surrealism. I give my clients with the opportunity to express their inner selves through visual art adorning the body. I split my time between Austin, my hometown of San Diego, and New York City, and can travel to you or with you for larger pieces.

 I find the beauty and strength within and bring it to light for the world to see. I like to create pieces based off of stories, intuition, experiences and emotions. Often times with no visual reference given at all. When given the freedom to create openly and freely I’ve found that some of the absolute best art is made this way. These are the pieces and people I enjoy working with the most, and have felt most connection with in recent years. 

I’ve found that tattooing is a sacred energy exchange for those involved on both sides, and through the magic of this craft we can often change the course of people’s lives, leaving a positive impact when given the opportunity. I provide a way for the individual to open up to their true selves and live life a little more authentically. A way to step into your own power as a human if you will. Bring me your dreams, your experiences, your nightmares, lets work together to make your own reality.

Forearm tattoo close up shot


Black Saint Studios

My studio serves as a sanctuary for all walks of life. A space to create and collaborate with artists from all different mediums. We work with everyone from tattooers and painters, to private chefs and tarot readers. We host a wide array of events such as art shows for charity benefits, private dinner parties, and seminars from various artists. I created this space to bring people together and show the world that no matter how different we look on the outside, at a fundamental level we are all going through struggles and we can all relate to one another if we take the opportunity to do so. My goal is that through the work performed, and energy exchanged here people are left with a sense of self empowerment and an elevated spirit.

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Client Reviews

Based on 36 reviews
Absouletly amazing I got one I came back for another
Robin James
When you meet someone that is a MASTER at their chosen profession or craft, it's a very special thing. The amount of time, dedication and professionalism creates an extraordinary individual.Tyler is one of those Individuals.Whether you sit there and watch him, listen to tunes or put on Netflix in his remarkable studio, you can trust that each line, each shading, and every aspect of his work demonstrates his commitment to achieving perfection for more
Caleb Guerin
I've had two sessions done so far on my arm working on getting the whole sleeve by Tyler. I left his studio with more than just an amazing tattoo, I left with some knowledge and a little inspiration to go with it. It truly was an experience and Tyler is a true master of his work. Upon first meeting both him and his wife Rayanna, I thought they were very cool and nice people. The studio was really clean and organized. I felt calm and relaxed throughout the whole process everything was done so smoothly. The tattoo itself is very smooth, you can't even feel it if you rub your hand on it. It's insane how he does the least amount of damage to the skin and yet his work looks brilliant. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to get the best black and gray realism in Austin more
Tyler is an AMAZING artist, his attention to detail is second to none, and his care for you and the tattoo are beyond any expectations I had. We have been working on a half sleeve and his work is impeccable. His studio his amazing, him and his wife are doing tremendous work with it. If you are looking for an artist, I recommend Tyler and Black Saint Studios more
Daniel Albers
10/10 on everything. Photo speaks for itself.
James Revels
Professional, friendly, comfortable. Absolutely love my tattoo and enjoyed the experience. Tyler and Rayanna are so welcoming and the studio is a luxury experience. Excited for my next sessions!read more
Rexann Morrison
Tyler is an amazing artist! He did a very special portrait of my dad who has passed away and he absolutely killed it! The detail is amazing for the space that he was given. Again thank you Tyler!read more
Marissa Michel
Tyler was really great to work with, especially since this was my first tattoo and a large piece. He did a great job of listening to what I wanted and designing something that was unique. The detail of the tattoo is incredible and people are always complimenting how well done it is. He was really awesome at explaining the tattooing process and the aftercare, which I really appreciated with this being my first tattoo. The quality of his work is phenomenal and he his very professional. I could not be happier with my tattoo and I would highly recommend him to more
Cacey Black
Tyler is by far the best artist I’ve had the privilege to interact with. The man is a highly skillful and professional artist. I was amazed by his attention to cleanliness, detail and patience. He captured and executed the idea I had for my tattoo perfectly, I couldn’t be happier with the end product. On top of that, he has the magic touch; I’ve been tattooed by other artists that seem like they are trying to tattoo your soul, but Tyler’s technique and skill made the whole process be quite comfortable. The pain level never went beyond a 5 or 6 out of 10 for me. He doesn’t waste time either so you definitely get your money’s worth. He completed my piece, a large skull and clock on my right shoulder and upper right arm in about 15 hours. I highly recommend Tyler to anyone looking to get a large detailed more
Victor Galindez
Tyler is an amazing artist, the work speaks for itself. I have people compliment my Jesus arm piece every time I wear a tank more
Joshua Kitzmiller
Tyler is the best tattoo artist I’ve been tattooed by. His work speaks for itself. He is really nice and friendly guy who works with you to get you the best more
Joshua Fletcher
Tyler has exceeded all expectations. He is always professional, and takes your vision/idea very seriously because he wants your tattoo to look as good as possible. He did an AMAZING job on the 2 pieces he's done on my arm and I can wait to go back for more! Highly recommend working with Tyler!read more
Jose Lechu
Tyler is one of the most talented black and grey tattoo artists I have ever seen. His work speaks for itself. After two sessions, which completed my sleeve, I receive so many compliments and questions about the work. Not only is he professional and exceptionally talented but is just a good dude. During your tattoo, the atmosphere is so relaxed it’s like you’re just chilling with a more
Russell P
Tyler is one of the most professional artists I've ever seen or dealt with. His style and quality of art is of the highest level. His work is no joke and worth every penny. He is a great dude and I look forward to having more of his more
Zipper Williams
Dude’s black and white work is INSANE. No reason to go anywhere else. 10 out of 5 stars.
Zak “iKeepsItGully” F
I loved getting tattooed by Tyler! He’s by far the the most creative and professional tattoo artists I’ve ever met. His prices reflect his quality of work and are very fair. The tattoo he gave me is my favorite one i have on my body, he really took my idea and made it come to life. I can’t wait to get another one!read more
Stephanie Lowe
I’ve been tattooed by Tyler twice now. Each time has been a great experience. He is amazing at taking your ideas and making them better then you could ever imagine. He takes the time to make sure everything is sanitary and fully explains the after care process which a lot of artists don’t do. After researching social media Tyler was the artist for me. He is a well rounded artist but if you’re looking for black and grey realism this is your guy. I’m an art collector and have very little space left and the quality of his work has made it an easy decision to give him the skin I have left. Let’s jut say I trust Tyler as an artist I let him tattoo my head which I would only do if I fully trusted his ability as an artist. Tyler takes his artwork seriously and is passionate about what he more
Jeffrey hocking
I got the opportunity to sit for some work with Tyler here in Austin two weeks ago. The work is fantastic, and the scheduling/communication was on par too. I still have a decent amount of work left to do and I'm really looking forward to it. Thanks again my friend for everything. I couldn't recommend you anymore more
Andrew Danielson
I had my tattoo done in Austin, Tx. The environment was clean and comfortable, not the typical “shop” look. Tyler was on time and ready to rock as soon as I came through the door. I immediately felt comfortable. Tyler understood the importance of the memorial tattoo I was having done and did a great job of juggling my emotions during the process. Tyler was very down to earth and awesome to visit with during the process. The tattoo is amazing, I don’t believe anyone else would have produced such a great tattoo and experience! I absolutely recommend Tyler and will be getting future work done with more
Samantha McCormick
Great artist, good conversationalist, 10/10 would recommend
Trevor Wolfe
Tyler is a great artist, his quality is amazing. Super chill guy with awesome work and I’ve been impressed with his skill, Tyler has done my two big pieces and I love my most recent Frankenstein portrait. He really nailed it everyone compliments me on it and asks where I got it done it’s my prized possession. I’ve being going to Tyler for years and will keep going more
Jenny Ortega
Tyler is a super nice, talent and professional guy. If I ever need a black and grey, realism tattoo...he is definitely one of the people I would call. I wasn't too sure of exactly what I wanted but he was happy to hear my ideas and works with me so we both could be happy with the design. What I love about the tattoo I received is that people of all ages compliment my tattoo and asked where I got it more
lisa h
Tyler was nothing but professional and made me feel comfortable. He has great attention to detail and goes above and beyond. I am very pleased with my tattoo and I will be making another appointment very more
Jimmy Flores
Tyler’s work speaks for itself. He gave me an original piece and his attention to detail was out of this world. His style is one of a kind, with one of the smoothest touches with the needle I have ever experienced. I would recommend him to anybody. I have received a lot of compliments about his work. Thanks again for the amazing piece of art and keep killing it more
Brandon Quinn
Tyler is a great tattoo artist! His style is always unique to him! I am a returning client and will continue to get work done by him! He takes your original idea and uses his style and techniques to give you an awesome piece of art!read more
Jose Martinez
Getting a tattoo by Tyler was awesome! He was respectful, honest, creative and made me super comfortable like I had known him for years. Every time someone sees my tattoo when I’m walking down the street they stop and complement me and ask me where I got my tattoo. I’m so in love with it and it’s been a couple years! I’d highly recommend Tyler to anyone who is looking for a piece they will love forever!read more
Dannielle Elliott
By far the best tattoo I have every received definitely will go back and get more from Tyler. It might be awhile till I can but definitely worth the wait. They guy is a stud when it comes to your piece and his Instagram speaks volumes on how good he is. By far one of the best out more
Dominic Souza
The entire process from emailing to schedule an appointment to having Tyler execute my tattoo was amazing. Everything was handled professionally and I am very satisfied with the quality of work. Tyler is a natural in his craft, 10/10 would recommend!read more
Billie Rayanna Ciarlanti
“Between Two Worlds” - 11x16 oil on canvas
#oilpainting #fineart #betweentwoworlds