love_hate_asheville_ami_james_2014From Ami James‘ website:

Come see how it all turned out…
The Grand Opening is upon us. The event is Tuesday, Feb 25th at 7 p.m.…and you are invited! The address is 37 Wall St Asheville NC 28801
There will be an after party as well, at the Yacht Club 87 Patton Ave Asheville NC 28801 10PM – 2AM
Live performance by Diablo Dimes

James, who recently moved to Asheville and bought a house here, is opening his shop in a former bead shop on Wall Street. He’s named his shop Love Hate Asheville. James is a former star of the reality TV show Miami Ink and NY Ink.

Thanks to loyal reader and contributor Jennifer Saylor for the heads-up.



  1. I’m so glad u are here. My wife and I will be to have work done. Long time coming! Our artists suck so glad to have a legend:)

  2. Ami James is a renown artist and has made plenty of money and is in the elite class of what he does you can only respect the man!

  3. Star? One is not a star of a teevee show. Just a puppet. When he’s above the title on Broadway or film, then we can maybe call him a star. Puleeze.

  4. Yep, there have been tattoo shops downtown before (and currently I think). Ami is an amazing artist, he’ll do well.

  5. Has there ever been a tattoo parlor this deep into the tourist-y part of Downtown Asheville before? Seems like a good spot given his celeb status, but he’s not much like his neighbors . . .

  6. Love & Hate are popular knuckle tattoos.

  7. It’s called Love Hate Asheville because the name of his other shop was Love Hate.

  8. He hasn’t been here long enough to love hate Asheville – you have to do the time!

  9. Love Hate Asheville? That’s the best he could come up with? I was also happy to hear he downsized from a mansion to a house. LOL

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