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Best Tattoo Shops in Colorado Springs

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Colorado Springs 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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2616 W Colorado Ave St 6 N/a, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

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4.9 (265)
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4.9 (103)
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5.0 (18)

Why choose this provider?

Steadfast Tattoo Studio is a team of tattoo artists that cater to clients in Colorado Springs. The team, composed of Austin, Squiggz, Jaime, and Kat, specializes in realism, dot work, cover-ups, geometric, and fine line tattoo. Each artist has a different schedule and recommends appointment booking to give time for the artist to get to know the client's needs and ideas. The studio also aims to provide the clients a warm and comfortable atmosphere throughout the process.

  • Traditional Tattoos

313 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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5.0 (97)
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4.9 (49)

Why choose this provider?

Cheyenne Mountain Tattoo Company in Colorado Springs started its business in 2012. It offers electric tattooing services in a secure and spotless environment. The shop has individual rooms for each client, with no blaring music and onlookers to ensure their privacy. Shop owner Michael Culley is a member of the National Tattoo Association and was trained in Karnal, Illinois, by Dave Hill. From time to time, he attends tattoo conventions and works with clients from all over the world.

  • Traditional Tattoos

2031 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

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5.0 (37)

Why choose this provider?

West Side Tattoo and Piercing Gallery is a custom tattoo studio servicing residents of Colorado Springs and nearby areas. It offers a wide range of styles including black and gray, realism, geometric, mandalas, dot works, traditional, and new school tattoos. The shop also provides piercing services and has its own clothing line. It is the only authorized dealer of Sullen Clothing in the city. The business was founded in 2005 by brothers Brian and Aaron Moore.

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

3725 Drennan Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

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4.8 (928)
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4.5 (37)

Why choose this provider?

Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Company has been providing tattoo services to clients in Colorado Springs since 2012. The business can create various custom body art designs and styles while maintaining a relaxing and clean environment for clients. The tattoo shop employs 16 tattoo artists, with each signature style deep-rooted for their love of creativity and art. Clients may book an appointment ahead of time and may even request a consultation with the tattoo artist for any design requests.

  • Body Art

927 East Fillmore Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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4.8 (43)
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4.0 (10)

Why choose this provider?

The tattoo artists at Art in Motion are serious about providing their clients with hygienic and comfortable tattooing experience. The Colorado Springs ink studio specializes in custom freehand art and can craft any design, from mild to wild. They make photo-realistic tattoos, black and gray styles, traditional, oriental, and even portraits and animals. The studio's gifted staff members have been recognized internationally. Art in Motion has been serving tattoo enthusiasts since its inception in 2004.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Body Art
  • Traditional 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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