Meet Elisheba Israel Mrozik, a Memphis native who is truly doing it for the culture in a unique space, tattoo art. She is the creator and owner of Queen Bee Ink, a tattoo parlor on Historic Jefferson Street connecting the community one artwork at a time. Elisheba has also created some of Nashville’s beautiful mural art that you can find throughout the city, plus she is creating a safe place for BIPOC artists in the city with her North Nashville Arts Coalition. We hope you enjoy meeting this Urbaanite!
Elisheba Israel Mrozik
Company: Queen Bee Ink LLC and North Nashville Arts Coalition
Hometown: Memphis, TN
How many years have you been in Nashville? 15 years.
Tell us what you are creating in Nashville?
A permanent, community-owned space and place for black and POC creatives in North Nashville. I’m also creating a cultural spiritual practice to reconnect black Americans together in our unique shared cultural experience through the ancient, sacred practice of tattoos. I’m also working to fight corporatism and consumerism subliminal messaging through public art.
What inspires you?
Literally, everything inspires me. I am so fascinated by our existence as beings who can contemplate their own selves. I am inspired by history, black women, cultural practices and color.
Coffee, lunch, brunch, or happy hour? Lunch! It’s the most important meal of the day. I gotta refuel for those all-day tattoo sessions.
Describe Nashville in 3 words? Welcoming, hidden gems, potential
Favorite Nashville musician, singer or artist? Ahhh that’s tough… Brassville. Love them!!
What is your favorite Nashville spot you are digging right now?
The Kingston Jamaica Food truck on DB Todd and Clay street in the parking lot of a gas station. He has no real Instagram but a cash app $ir615. This brother is a phenomenal chef serving home-cooked Jamaican soul food in heaping portions. No condiments needed. He is growing at a fast pace because once u try it- u tell all your friends. I’m gonna miss him when the gentrifiers ruin it for us.
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