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Best Tattoo Shops in Santa Rosa, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Santa Rosa 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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676 Larkfield Center, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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4.6 (130)
Google
4.7 (68)
Yelp
4.5 (47)

Why choose this provider?

Servicing Santa Rosa, Eternal Art Tattoo Gallery is a family-owned business that has been in the industry since 2008 and is operated by Andre Gachet. It aims to provide a memorable experience to its patrons with artwork that will last for a lifetime. Its team is experienced with body piercings, portraits, black and gray tattoos, color tattoos, wall art, and flash art. With more than 30 years of combined experience, its team is the go-to shop in the area using quality and sterile materials.

  • Piercings
  • Portraits

1066 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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5.0 (126)
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4.5 (80)
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4.9 (43)

Why choose this provider?

Monkey Wrench Tattoo Shop has been offering body art services to the people of Santa Rosa since 1995. It was founded by professional tattoo artist Joe Leonard, who then passed the business over to his apprentice Wes Andersen in 2012. Today, the studio is home to four artists who can create custom tattoo pieces in many different styles, such as black and gray realism, colorwork, lettering, and Neo-traditional. Interested customers are encouraged to book an appointment to secure a slot.

  • Traditional Tattoos

530 McConnell Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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4.5 (60)

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Glass Beetle Tattoo is a tattoo shop servicing residents of Santa Rosa and the surrounding areas. It offers a wide range of styles including colorful neo-traditional, black and gray realism, and bright designs. The shop has been operating since 2002. It takes pride in being a custom tattoo shop that only provides unique designs to clients. Its team of professional tattoo artists includes Amanda, Jared, and Drue. These artists are committed to providing exceptional service to clients at all times.

  • Traditional Tattoos

10002 Main Street, Penngrove, CA 94951

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Established in 2008, Valkyrie Tattoo is a Penngrove-based studio that serves residents in Santa Rosa. Its team of three artists draws a wide range of designs, from black and grey floral illustrations, portaits, and colored still life to letterings, and they can also cover up old tattoos. Clients are encouraged to bring print-outs of their own artwork to appointments and consultations. Valkyrie Tattoo's team is commended by former clients for being detail-oriented, professional, and friendly.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

130 American Alley, Petaluma, CA 94952

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5.0 (78)

Why choose this provider?

Opened in 2011, Aces Over Eights Tattoo is a professional tattoo shop servicing Petaluma and Santa Rosa. It specializes in custom tattoo designs including realism, illustrative, neo-traditional, and portrait designs. It can handle any tattoo designs that are detailed or simple, small or big in size. It has been nominated as one of the top 17 Petaluma local businesses of the year in 2020 by the Petaluma Patch online newspaper.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Piercings

3020 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

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4.4 (310)
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4.6 (187)
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4.5 (167)

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Avenue Tattoo is a professional tattoo and body piercing studio that caters to clients in Santa Rosa and its nearby areas. The shop offers a variety of tattoo styles such as black and gray hues, traditional designs, portrait-style tattoos, and professional cover-up services. Avenue Tattoo also provides piercing services as well as a variety of body jewelry to complement the procedure. The studio is also open seven days a week.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Eternal Art Tattoo Gallery
676 Larkfield Center, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Monkey Wrench Tattoo Shop
1066 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Glass Beetle Tattoo
530 McConnell Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Valkyrie Tattoo
10002 Main Street, Penngrove, CA 94951
Aces Over Eights Tattoo
130 American Alley, Petaluma, CA 94952
Avenue Tattoo
3020 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

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.