Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Santa Rosa
2017

Why These Tattoo Artists?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored tattoo artists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best tattoo artists in Santa Rosa, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Aces Over Eights Tattoo

Aces Over Eights Tattoo has been tattooing in Petaluma for five years. The five artists at the studio can cater to a range of requests including large and small pieces, simple and complex work, black and gray, full color, animals, florals, and movie characters. Clients love the super friendly staff and top-notch customer service as well as beautiful art and timely work, and the studio enjoys plenty of repeat business. Aces Over Eights Tattoo won The Best of Sonoma County by The Press Democrat Readers' Choice awards in 2013, and military personnel receive a discount with proof of valid ID.

Petaluma, CA(707) 781-9830

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Avenue Tattoo

Avenue Tattoo is a Santa Rosa tattoo parlor. Customers can choose from several in-house artists who ink expert designs in a range of styles including classic, portraits, realistic, black and gray, clean lines, bright colors, and cover-ups. The studio is known for its inviting and warm atmosphere with easy-going, fun, and friendly staff and enjoys a good amount of repeat business. Piercing services are also available along with a selection of body jewelry. Avenue Tattoo is open seven days a week from 12 PM until 9 PM, and walk-ins are welcome. The shop's website has a full gallery of all the tattooer's past work as well.

Santa Rosa, CA(707) 544-8288

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Christian Nolan Designs

Christian Nolan Designs provides tattoo artwork in Sebastopol. The artist is able to ink a range of designs including erotica, ladies' tattoos, pinups, tribal pieces, and surf tattoos. Christopher Nolan also paints and draws and presently tattoos alongside two other artists at Buddha's Palm Tattoo and Art Gallery, which has won the North Bay Bohemian's "Best of the North Bay" tattoo shop three times in a row. The studio is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 PM until 8 PM as well as on Sunday by appointment only. Buddha's Palm also holds art openings and other events, and a complete gallery of Mr. Nolan's work can be seen via the Christian Nolan Designs website.

Sebastopol, CA(707) 829-7256

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Electric Monk Tattoos

Electric Monk Tattoos is a tattoo art studio serving Cotati residents. The studio is known for top-quality custom tats as well as for its level of cleanliness with hospital-quality sterilization employed for all work. Clients have praised the friendly staff and their ability to reassure even the most nervous newbies, and top-shelf body piercing is also available along with jewelry from the likes of Nato Metal and Body Gems. Customers can check out past ink and piercing work as well as follow specials on the studio's Instagram and Facebook accounts. Electric Monk Tattoos gives back to the community via fundraisers such as for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Cotati, CA(707) 539-6665

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Eternal Art Tattoo Gallery

Eternal Art Tattoo Gallery has been a Santa Rosa tattoo studio since 2008 and is backed by 25 years of combined experience. The family-owned business specializes in custom pieces, Asian or traditional, portraits, flowers, Chicano, skulls, black and gray, color, wall art, and flash art and has a reputation for following strict sanitary guidelines. Artists are board certified, complete continuing education and certification training to stay on top of new regulations and techniques, and employ single-use needles, single-use ink, hospital grade autoclaves, and new equipment. Bios and galleries for all four resident artists are available on the site, and walk-ins are welcome.

Santa Rosa, CA(707) 544-7226

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Glass Beetle Tattoo

Glass Beetle Tattoo brings over 20 years of tattooing experience to Santa Rosa residents. Clients visit the studio for a range of tattoo styles such as full color to black and gray for sleeves, back pieces, custom pieces, and detailed work. Portfolios of past work and bios for the resident artists are available for viewing online, and one tattooer, best known for his black and gray work, has been recognized with awards across the country. Individuals can also follow unique works in progress via Glass Beetle's Facebook page. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment only on Sunday and Monday.

Santa Rosa, CA(707) 579-8862

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In Flight Gallery and Tattoo Studio

In Flight Gallery and Tattoo Studio has been providing tattoo artwork for almost 10 years in the Forestville area. The shop caters to a range of styles, and artist Sim Schoeman has some samples of his work on the website as well as via his Instagram account. The tattooer has a reputation for being professional, friendly, and attentive to every detail as well as for providing a calm and comforting environment for clients. Mr. Schoeman has studied with Joe Leonard at Monkey Wrench Tattoo and at Tattoos By J&D, and one client always travels the extra distance to Forestville just to make sure Sim inks her tats.

Forestville, CA(707) 887-7116

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Matchless Tattoo

Matchless Tattoo has been tattooing clients in Sebastopol for almost 15 years. The studio is known for its custom work, and artist Mike Pritchett seeks to create fine art tattoos via unique designs that push the boundaries and "are full of motion, color, and depth." Mr. Pritchett's work can be seen on the shop's website, and clients appreciate the clean, sanitary environment as well as calming, friendly, and professional staff. Piercing and dermal anchor services are also available, and interested parties can also look at the piercer's work online. Matchless Tattoo features a selection of body jewelry and a fine art gallery as well.

Sebastopol, CA(707) 824-1969

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Monkey Wrench Tattoo Shop

Monkey Wrench Tattoo Shop has been serving the Santa Rosa community with tattoo artwork since 1995. The shop is known for its attention to detail and amazing designs for traditional as well as custom tattoos, and clients also appreciate the friendly customer care. Photos of past artwork can be found on the studio's website, and the shop is open seven days a week from 11 AM until 7 PM. Walk-ins are welcome every day, and individuals are encouraged to visit the shop in person with ideas in hand. Monkey Wrench has won The Best of Sonoma County by The Press Democrat Readers' Choice awards in 2015 and 2016.

Santa Rosa, CA(707) 575-0610

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Santa Rosa Tattoo

Santa Rosa Tattoo is an English and Spanish-speaking tattoo parlor serving the Santa Rosa community. Clients visit the studio for cover-ups, black and gray tattoos, classic pieces, memorial work, script tattoos, and full-color pieces, and samples of some past work can be seen on the company's website as well as via their Facebook page. Past customers have been very pleased with how patient and talented the artists are, and clients are welcome to bring in any ideas, photos, or artwork for a custom tattoo design. Santa Rosa Tattoo is open every day of the week from 12 PM until 10 PM.

Santa Rosa, CA(707) 401-1178

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Valkyrie Tattoo

Valkyrie Tattoo handles tattoos for people in the Penngrove area and is backed by almost 40 years of practice. Clients visit the studio for friendly service and top-quality tattoo designs including mythology-based tats, color work, black and gray, natural themes, 15th-century woodcut-inspired pieces, cover-ups, and traditional work. Interested parties should phone the shop to schedule a consultation and should also bring printouts of any photos or artwork to be referenced for a custom tattoo. Valkyrie Tattoo welcomes walk-ins, and all clients must have ID to prove they are 18 years of age. Piercing services are not available.

Penngrove, CA(707) 794-9390

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