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Best Tattoo Shops in Fresno

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Fresno Tattoo Shops on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Fresno, CA

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Why choose this provider?

Fresno Tattoo Studio delivers a variety of ink and body piercing services to clients across Fresno. Enlisting the expertise of up-and-coming and celebrity-level artists, the tattoo studio educates individuals new to tattoos and piercings and provides supplies for existing and beginning shops. The tattoo shop is home to different brands and gear pieces such as needles, inks, stencils, machines, and bottles. Previous clients include DJs, musicians, chefs, celebrities, and members of the armed forces.

  • Traditional Tattoos

1826 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93721

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4.0 (81)
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4.6 (77)
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5.0 (14)

Why choose this provider?

Zoombie Nations is a tattoo artist who lives in and has his own tattoo studio in Fresno. Zoombie practices a jack-of-all-trades approach to his tattoos by mastering different art styles and putting them together into one unique style. He wants to leave his mark on the world, whether it is on watercolor papers, oil canvas, bricks, and human skin. He offers tattoos, paintings, and even graphic designs. His website contains different designs of his art for his clients to look at.

  • Body Art

1416 Broadway Street, Fresno, CA 93721

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4.0 (14)

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Liquid Fetish creates custom tattoos and permanent cosmetics for clients in the Fresno area. The shop maintains a collective of resident ink artists with talent in a variety of tattooing styles. It uses world-class ink products to create life-like designs with a high degree of intricacy and realism. The talented practitioners at Liquid Fetish are skilled in visual, makeup, or tattoo artistry. They also possess an understanding of color theory, tonal value, shadowing, symmetry, as well as stunning creative abilities.

  • Traditional Tattoos

5048 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710

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4.8 (44)
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4.0 (18)

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Established in 2002, Skin Decor Tattoo Studio offers a variety of tattoo services to its clients in Fresno. The team of artists aims to help clients achieve the personal style and vision for their tattoo, working with them to create what best expresses them. It specializes in a variety of traditional and custom styles including illustrative, watercolor, neo-traditional, and Japanese. Skin Decor Tattoo Studio caters to clients either through appointments or walk-ins.

  • Body Art

1040 North Fulton Street, Fresno, CA 93628

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4.8 (66)
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4.6 (45)
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4.5 (16)

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Contra Tattoo serves clients in the Fresno area. The tattoo shop is owned by Noe Lopez, who specializes in black and grey, color, and portrait tattoos. Lopez and her team of artists work with the client to deliver a design that matches each client's vision. Clients can also opt for available tattoo flash designs. The artists use handcrafted tattoo machines that are made in the shop. Additionally, they sell, trade, custom-build, rebuild, and fix tattoo machines.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

FAQs

  • Introduction

    A tattoo is body art that leaves permanent designs or pictures on the skin. They're applied via needle by depositing ink onto the second layer of skin. While the first tattoos were applied manually with a single needle that was first saturated in ink, today's tattoos are done by a machine. These machines feature multiple needles that pierce the skin simultaneously, speeding up the process and creating tattoos that are more visually appealing.

    Tattoos are usually done in licensed tattoo shops. These shops adhere to health and cleaning standards and are typically regulated by state and municipal governments. While tattoos are generally safe, there are associated risks, including skin infections. Any person getting a tattoo is legally required to be at least 18 years of age. It's also inadvisable for anyone who isn't in good health to get a tattoo, as the body requires time and energy to heal and prevent infection.

  • What should you know before getting your first tattoo?

    Before getting tattooed, it's important to think about design and placement. A tattoo is a permanent fixture on the body, and it's important not to rush into things. You should also consider the artist's background and take time to look into their portfolio to ensure their style best suits the tattoo you want.

  • What are some examples of tattoo styles?

    There are many types of tattoo styles, and it's important for a person to familiarize themselves with them before they select a design. Styles include:

    • Americana: Bold lines, vivid colors
    • Japanese: Large images that cover the back, arms, and legs
    • Black and Grey: Colorless grayscale designs
    • Stick-n-Poke: Thick, bold, black lines and small designs
    • Blackwork: Bold black lines and larger geometric shapes

  • Is tipping expected & how much to tip on your tattoo?

    While most tattoo artists don't expect tips, it's often appreciated. If you're happy with the work your tattoo artist has done, consider tipping between 15% and 25%. If the tattoo requires multiple sessions, a flat amount per session is appropriate.

  • What are some basic tattoo aftercare tips?

    It's important to follow all aftercare directions provided by the tattoo artist. Usually, artists will advise clients to ensure that tattoos are kept clean and dry. After showering, the tattoo should be gently patted dry and treated with Vaseline or another tattoo aftercare product.

  • What are the best practices for healing a tattoo?

    After removing the dressing, it's important to keep the tattoo clean, dry, and uncovered. Applying Vaseline or another recommended ointment can help to speed up the healing process. As they heal, tattoos can sometimes itch, but it's vital that you don't scratch or pick at it.

  • What are the most and least painful places to get a tattoo?

    Parts of the body that have the most nerve endings are generally the most painful to have tattooed. That includes the head, ears, and face. Places that don't have a lot of fat, such as the fingers, shoulder blades, and feet, are typically more painful. The least painful parts of the body to get tattooed include the outer arm, buttocks, and thighs.

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