Wes D and Lisa Murphy founded Against the Grain Tattoo 15 years ago with the ambitious idea of creating a shop in Melbourne, FL where artistic creativity and raw talent could converge. As a result, a family of artists that share the same vision and dedication has grown, all the while forging Against the Grain's storied reputation of artistic excellence and integrity. Schedule a consultation with one of our artists and see for yourself how we can bring your ideas to life.



Wes D. got his start tattooing in 1994 in Phoenix, AZ and spent several years traveling cross-country, working to hone his skills. In 1997, Wes met his partner, Lisa while guest spotting at "World Famous Tattoo," in Perkasie, PA. After a few more years of travel and working alongside other talented artists, Wes and Lisa made Melbourne home and opened up Against the Grain Tattoo in May of 2002.

Lisa co-founded Against the Grain Tattoo with Wes D. in May of 2002 following several years traveling from state to state. During this time, Lisa quickly made a name for herself as an artistic tour de force in all styles of tattooing. She is known for her detailed and vibrant work, and her ability to develop an idea into a living piece of art has garnered her quite a reputation. Lisa loves what she does and it shows in her work.

Alex completed his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of the great Armadillo Red over 17 years ago. He has continued to build a breath-taking body of work across a variety of styles since then and has been a resident fixture of Against the Grain Tattoo since 2010. Alex finds inspiration in his love of surfing and the ocean and is always striving to challenge his artistic abilities.

Brandon has been tattooing since 2006 and joined Against the Grain in 2013. He is influenced by many artistic styles, including Japanese style as well as the art of comic book illustrators. Brandon spends as much free time as he can with his craft and believes he should always be learning and refining his skills to be able to produce the best visual experience possible for his clientele.

Short for Kaczmarek, Tori is one very determined woman.  She completed her apprenticeship at ATG and is in her first year of tattooing. Recently Graduated with her degree in Graphic Design at Eastern Florida State College. In her free time she has been known to paint murals at local restaurants, coffee shops and other retail stores.

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