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Twisted Anchor Tattoo

A tattoo parlor and fine gallery shop located in Downtown Ocean Springs.

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An Ocean Springs tattoo artist is thanking everyone who encouraged him not to give up on moving his business to Downtown. On Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to allow Matt Stebly to locate on Government Street by making a change to the city ordinance.

While business is good on Washington Avenue in St. Martin, Stebly feels Twisted Anchor Tattoo belongs in the heart of Ocean Springs. He said being Downtown would increase walk up customers, and give customers a better overall experience...

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Credit to: WLOX

I stopped by the Twisted Anchor Tattoo Shop to find out how Matt Stebly's business is going. You remember, Matt is the great grandson of Walter Anderson and began his tattoo skills at another shop in Ocean Springs. Well, he has decided to make a go of it on his own and has set up in a small strip mall on North Washington Ave. Tattoos are not the only thing for sale in his shop. Much of his original art is for sale as well...

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Credit to: Ocean Springs 365

Credit to: SunHerald

Credit to: SunHerald

Matt Stebly dreamed of having a downtown tattoo studio, but he never thought he would find a double corner lot on Government Street.

"I wanted to be in downtown Ocean Springs in general. Both of my parents grew up a few blocks down the road," Stebly said. Shearwater Pottery -- about a mile away, closer to the beach -- is where you'll find other limbs of his family tree...

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Credit to: Justin Mitchell, SunHerald

Matt Stebly is a tattoo artist in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He recently opened Twisted Anchor Tattoo in the heart of Downtown Ocean Springs. Although he began a business that dared to differ, his roots run deep into the heart of the history in Ocean Springs. As Walter Anderson’s great-grandson, Matt has a rich heritage in the artistic community of Mississippi.

“If Ocean Springs is known for being an art community, you should have a tattoo shop of that caliber that I want to have in Ocean Springs. I’ve tattooed eighty year old ladies that have always wanted a tattoo, but now feel like they can because it’s a little more acceptable. And people are actually seeing the art form of it.”-Matt

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