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Costa Mesa, CA 92627Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

agape art collective is a tattoo studio in Costa Mesa. Artist Jake Mello has been tattooing for over eight years. Client satisfaction comes first for him. Artist Melissa Daye has been tattooing for over 14 years and likes to do custom work, but she will work with clients’ requests. The studio is open seven days a week and also offers piercing. Clients remark on the compliments they get on their tattoos.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Website(949) 945-9734

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4.7 / 5 ( Best)

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9475 Heil Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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  • Body Art
  • Portraits

Bad Influence Tattoo (B.I.T) provides tattoo services to the residents of Costa Mesa. The name "Bad Influence" was derived from their clients who bring in their families and friends for a tattoo session. Established in 2003, the studio is dedicated to providing custom tattoos that their clients will be proud to show off to their family and friends. Its artists offer a wide range of styles and design specialties, such as Asian influences, black and grey, and color.

9475 Heil Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

InstagramWebsite(714) 531-2155

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Average Review Score:

4 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

283 (Best)

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Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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2204 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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  • Body Art

Blue Collar Tattoo is a Costa Mesa studio that specializes in reconstructive, cosmetic, and paramedical tattooing services. The studio is family owned and operated and owner, tattoo artist, and piercer Jason Lewis has over eight years of experience. Artist and piercer Dakota Gilbert specializes in neo-traditional and traditional tattoos. Tattoo artist Zodel Pedroza specializes in black and gray realism. Clients like the quality of their work and the family feel of the studio.

2204 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

InstagramWebsite(949) 631-9200

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2 (Better)

Average Review Score:

4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

135 (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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Costa Mesa, CA 92627Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Cali Life Tattoo is a Costa Mesa studio that specializes in cover ups, black and gray, color, traditional, fine line, new school, and old school tattoos. They also provide piercings. Clients appreciate the detail and clean lines in their tattoos.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Website(949) 548-4233

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2052 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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  • Body Art

Diamond Ink OC is a tattoo and piercing shop in Costa Mesa operating since 2011. Clients can make an appointment, request any style from cover-ups to Japanese, and get advice on tattoo aftercare and maintenance. Diamond Ink OC's specialty includes religious designs and realistic black and gray. Tattoo sessions for birthday party events are also available. Clients commend resident artist Felix Flores for taking the time to personalize designs pre-session and putting in fine details with a light hand.

2052 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

InstagramWebsite(714) 728-9781

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Average Review Score:

5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

11 (Better)

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Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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13915 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Garden Grove, CA 92843
  • Body Art

Dr. Tattoo Studio was founded by tattoo artist Hugo Mayen in 2003 and has since been addressing the tattoo design needs of clients in Costa Mesa and nearby areas. Mayen is not constrained by any specific art style but is particularly passionate about creating fantasy tattoos that allow him and his clients the creative expression of bringing characters to life. Mayen and his team of tattoo artists can craft different tattoo styles, including black and gray, traditional, Asian art, realism, and portraiture. Dr. Tattoo Studio also offers piercing services.

13915 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Website(714) 554-1018

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4.5 / 5 ( Best)

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50 (Best)

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745 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92868
Orange, CA 92868
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  • Body Art

Fine Tattoo Work is a tattoo shop that caters to customers in Costa Mesa and nearby areas. It was established in 2004 and since then has built a team of eight professional artists who do customized designs in different sizes. Its artists also provide tips on tattoo aftercare and use both traditional dressings and Tegaderm transparent films for post-tattoo coverings. The shop's founder, Lucky Bastard, has 32 years of experience as a tattoo artist and is well-known for his Japanese and traditional Americana designs.

745 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92868
Orange, CA 92868

InstagramWebsite(714) 997-4389

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3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.8 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

413 (Best)

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Consistent (Best)

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1779 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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  • Body Art

Gold Rush Tattoo is a Costa Mesa studio that has been serving clients for over nine years. It is one of the top rated shops in Southern California and welcomes walk-ins. Owner and tattoo artist Colin Dowling has over 17 years of experience. He opened Gold Rush Tattoo in 2006. His styles include American traditional, Japanese style, and black and grey. Artist Joel Bones has won awards and has been tattooing for over 21 years. He specializes in realistic tattooing in black and gray and color. The other artists have over 60 years of combined experience. Clients are impressed with their work and their professionalism.

1779 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

InstagramWebsite(949) 646-7874

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5 / 5 ( Best)

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324 (Best)

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Fountain Valley, CA 92708Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Lowrider Tattoo Studios is a Fountain Valley studio that specializes in fine line black and gray work. The studio is open every day except Sunday. Clients like the quality of the tattoos and the customer service.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Website(714) 418-9575

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431 North Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92867
Orange, CA 92867
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  • Body Art

Modo Ink Tattoo is a tattoo studio that serves customers in Costa Mesa, Orange, and nearby locations. Its team of tattoo artists can create different tattoo styles, such as fine line, watercolor, black and gray, floral, and anime. The team ensures its custom tattooing service is performed in a clean area and uses only disposable ink cups, single-use needles, and razors. It values clients' safety by following sanitary precautions and regulations put in place by the City of Orange health department.

431 North Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92867
Orange, CA 92867

InstagramWebsite(626) 899-8299

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Average Review Score:

4 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

72 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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10910 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Portraits

Mr. Inkwells Classy Tattoos, established in 2018, is a tattoo studio in Los Alamitos, California, that caters to tattoo enthusiasts in the Costa-Mesa metro area, including Cypress, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley. It prides itself on its upfront pricing and experienced tattoo artists, and it offers a clean, friendly atmosphere for the tattooing process. It offers fixed prices for small, medium, and large flash tattoos and hourly rates for custom tattoo work.

10910 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Website(562) 446-3656

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4.9 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

765 (Best)

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Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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17845 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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  • Body Art
  • Piercings

My Tattoo is a multi-cultural shop serving the Costa Mesa area. It provides tattooing services using modern and traditional methods, like Japanese hand-poke and tebori styles. Its artists pre-sterilize all their tools using different equipment, such as UV sterilizer, high-pressure and dry heat autoclave, and ultrasonic cleaner. The shop also offers piercing services. Its founder, Jess Yen, has been working in the industry since 1992. He specializes in orientals and realism tattoos and his services are available in English, Taiwanese, and Chinese.

17845 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

InstagramWebsite(714) 847-8484

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Average Review Score:

4 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

57 (Best)

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Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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1765 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Newport Tattoo is a business serving clients from Costa Mesa. Its team consists of three professional artists who specialize in a variety of tattoo styles. Clients can contact the artists directly to schedule an appointment. They can also call the shop if they are unable to contact the artist. This tattoo shop is also open for walk-ins and offers services on a first-come, first-served basis. Newport Tattoo also has a branch in Newport Beach where it offers piercing services.

1765 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

InstagramWebsite(949) 515-1600

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3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

151 (Best)

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Consistent (Best)

7134 Garden Grove Boulevard, Westminster, CA 92683
Westminster, CA 92683
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  • Body Art
  • Piercings

OC Tattoo is a Westminster studio that has been serving clients for over 12 years. It is one of the premier tattoo shops in Orange County. There are over 10 professional tattoo artists that provide custom tattoos, traditional, Japanese, color, black and gray, and other styles. They also have a tattoo flash for clients to choose from. The artists use hospital-level sterilization techniques and the shop is fully licensed. Clients like the environment and the quality of the artwork.

7134 Garden Grove Boulevard, Westminster, CA 92683
Westminster, CA 92683

InstagramWebsite(714) 899-1144

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3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

388 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

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2981 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

Outer Limits Tattoo is a Costa Mesa studio that has another location in Long Beach. It has won OC Weekly’s Reader’s Choice for Best Tattoo Shop and for Best Piercing Shop from 2011-2014. They also offer retail jewelry at the Costa Mesa location. Owner Kari Barba opened Outer Limits Tattoo over 32 years ago. The shop has a diverse group of artists who can provide clients with almost any style of tattoo. Clients appreciate the friendly staff and professional service.

2981 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

InstagramWebsite(714) 241-8287

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Average Review Score:

4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

743 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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18822 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Geometric Tattoos

Players Club Tattoo is a tattoo parlor in Costa Mesa. The shop provides custom tattoo services and even has options for cover-up tattoo designs. Players Club Tattoo had its beginnings in Amsterdam in 1999 that spread to other parts of the globe including Hawaii, Canada, and Spain. Its team of tattoo artists has a combined professional experience of over 50 years in the tattoo industry. They offer tattoo techniques such as portraits, traditional designs, letterings, and realistic designs.

18822 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

InstagramWebsite(714) 968-0658

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3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.8 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

402 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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1145 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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  • Body Art
  • Piercings

Port City Tattoo is a Costa Mesa studio that has been serving clients since 2014. It was voted Best Tattoo Shop in Orange County by OC Weekly. Customer safety is important at both locations and they use the most up-to-date sterilization methods. Each of the eight artists has over a decade of experience, and specialize in black and gray, portraits, Japanese designs, lettering, realistic, traditional, and more. They also host well-known artists from around the world. Clients remark on the excellent service and great prices.

1145 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

InstagramWebsite(714) 708-2120

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Average Review Score:

5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

266 (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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117 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672
San Clemente, CA 92672
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  • Body Art

San Clemente Tattoo is a custom tattoo shop that has been serving clients since 2011. The artists specialize in black and gray, Japanese, American traditional, and portrait tattoos. They also build tattoo machines, draw, and paint. San Clemente Tattoo has an old school tattoo parlor feel, sells T-shirts, and is open every day. Clients like the artists’ attention to detail, the fair pricing, and clean environment.

117 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672
San Clemente, CA 92672

InstagramWebsite(949) 498-8487

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4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

45 (Best)

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7159 Katella Avenue, Stanton, CA 90680
Stanton, CA 90680
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  • Body Art

Spiritual Journey Tattoo & Tribal Gallery is a tattoo studio in Stanton that accommodates clients coming from Costa Mesa and the surrounding areas. Its resident artists specialize in various indigenous tattoo methods worldwide, such as hand-tapping and hand-poking, although they are also adept at using tattoo machines. In addition to these services, they also offer body piercing, scarification, and branding. One of the tattoo artists, Elle, has studied indigenous tattoos from around the world.

7159 Katella Avenue, Stanton, CA 90680
Stanton, CA 90680

InstagramWebsite(714) 236-0583

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5 / 5 ( Best)

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60 (Best)

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1500 California 1, Seal Beach, CA 90740
Seal Beach, CA 90740
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  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Still Life Tattoo is a Seal Beach studio that has been open for over four years. The artists provide flash or pre-designed tattoos as well as custom tattoos. The shop is owned and operated by Tim Shelton and is open Monday to Saturday and on Sunday by appointment only. Clients like the experience they had at the studio and the artists’ talent.

1500 California 1, Seal Beach, CA 90740
Seal Beach, CA 90740

InstagramWebsite(562) 296-8066

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4.9 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

138 (Best)

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2052 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

The Pretty Sister is a tattoo and microblading studio servicing Costa Mesa. It provides tattooing services for different styles and designs preferred by clients. Microblading, a semi-permanent tattooing technique, is also available. The studio's owner, Hayley Armstrong, is a professional tattoo artist who has been working in the industry for more than a decade. She specializes in creating fine line detail tattoos, which also contributes to her feather-like work in brows.

2052 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Website(949) 287-6550

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Consistent (Best)

521 North Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92835
Fullerton, CA 92835
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  • Body Art

Tim Hendricks is a professional tattoo artist with Classic Tattoo that serves residential and commercial clients in Costa Mesa. He specializes in a wide range of tattoo styles, including black and gray tones, classic designs, portrait-style tattoos, and colored tattoos. Tim has more than 30 years of experience as a tattoo artist. He also works for Saltwater Tattoo Supply, where he designs and produces tattoo machines. His knowledge and continuous search for new designs have allowed him to offer unique and diversified designs and styles.

521 North Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92835
Fullerton, CA 92835

InstagramWebsite(714) 870-0805

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20387 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

True at Heart Tattoo HB is a tattoo studio near Costa Mesa that was established in 2005. The studio accepts appointments and walk-ins, and it features a diverse group of artists that are well-versed in various tattoo styles. Aside from handling custom requests for tattoos and body art, its artists are also able to perform professional tattoo cover-ups and tattoo removal services. In addition, the studio offers body piercing, as well as permanent makeup services.

20387 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

InstagramWebsite(714) 374-6966

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Average Review Score:

4.1 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

63 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do tattoo artists make more money working in a tattoo shop or opening their own?
A: Just as with any industry, there is a large risk associated with going into business for oneself. Any tattoo artist considering opening their own shop should ensure they have business management and marketing skills to enable their shop to succeed. While becoming a tattoo shop owner can be lucrative, artists who don't have the business skills to succeed may earn a higher salary working in an established shop.
Q: What tools do tattoo artists need?
A: Most tattoo shops require artists to have their own supplies. That includes their own tattoo machines and necessary parts, such as needles, tubes, tips, and grips. Tattoo artists also need a large supply of ink and tattoo stencils.
Q: Are there minimum training requirements to become a tattoo artist?
A: Every tattoo studio has its own requirements when it comes to training. In most cases, new artists are required to have a well-presented portfolio and spend several months working under the guidance of an experienced mentor. These teachers show how to use the tools of the trade, oversee designs, and instruct interactions with clients.

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