Best Tattoo Artists
in Washington DC

Why These Tattoo Artists?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Washington DC Tattoo Artists 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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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

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

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Britishink Tattoo

Britishink Tattoo in Washington does custom tattoos by appointment only. Customers can call to book an appointment, but prices are not available over the phone. The company is focused on customer safety and uses single-use needles and autoclave sterilization. Every artist receives training in Bloodborne Pathogen control and receives strict training. Body piercinsg are not available. British ink hosts the Right Royal Pub Quiz on Tuesday nights in partnership with The Queen Vic. The company is located within walking distance of Union Station and the Metro system.

Washington, DC 20002


Damascus Tattoo Company

Damascus Tattoo Company is a piercing and tattoo company in Damascus. The company has award-winning tattoo artists who have received national recognition. Clients can book an appointment with one of six artists, or the body piercer on staff. Damascus Tattoo Company has an Instagram account that customers can peruse for tattoo inspiration, and to see past work. T-Shirts and art prints are available for sale on the site.

Damascus, MD 20872


Embassy Tattoo

Embassy Tattoo is a Washington tattoo parlor that offers piercing, tattooing, and art. The company specializes in realism, color, black and white tattoos, script, and other styles. Embassy Tattoo has artists that specialize in piercing and work with clients to create unique body art. Each artist is passionate about creating beautiful work, and can work with any style of tattoo. Customers can also choose traditional, Japanese, tribal, and cover-up styes. Embassy Tattoo focuses on exceptional customer service and works to make every client feel as comfortable as possible.

1762 Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

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Globe Electric

Globe Electric is a tattoo parlor in Washington that has been serving clients since 1993. Clients can schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the potential tattoo, and receive a time and price estimate. Wait time varies between three to twelve weeks based on the complication level. Some walk-ins are available. Customers can schedule an initial consultation to discuss new tattoos in detail, give measurements for the design, and get an estimate on the cost and time necessary. Globe Electric does tattoo touch-ups that are typically free of charge. Customers can check out past tattoos on the Globe Electric Instagram account.

Washington, DC 20011


Laughing Hyena Tattoos

Laughing Hyena Tattoos is a piercing and tattoo parlor in Washington DC. It is the only tattoo shop in DC with a five-star rating on Yelp, and it won second place for Best Tattoo Shop in DC from the Washington City Paper. The artists at Laughing Hyena Tattoos offer a wide spectrum of experiences and style types, including realism, cross-hatch, and indigenous designs. Body piercing types and prices are posted online, beginning at $50. Interested customers can follow Laughing Hyena Tattoos on Instagram to see past work.

Washington, DC 20010


Ricks Tattoos Studio

Rick's Tattoos is an Arlington tattoo and piercing studio that has been rated the best tattoo studio for five consecutive years. All types of piercings are available, and the price list is posted online. The company designs custom made tattoo machines, customized frames, and hand wrapped coils for fellow tattoo artists. Rick's Tattoos was the first licensed tattoo parlor in Northern Virginia and has been serving clients for over 30 years.

Arlington, DC 22207


Tattoo Paradise

Tattoo Paradise is a Washington tattoo parlor with three locations in Washington, Rockville, and Wheaton. Tattoo Paradise has in-house tattoo artists who are world-famous, and sometimes has guest artists who are nationally and internationally known. Walk-ins are welcome. Customers can purchase t-shirts, banners, and gift certificates through the company's website, and body piercings are also available. Tattoo Paradise has been featured in magazines like Tattoo Energy, and Tattoo Life.

Washington, DC 20009


Tattooed Heart Studios

Tattooed Heart Studios is a tattoo parlor in Hanover that creates one-of-a-kind designs. The studio books a limited number of clients and has been serving customers for over 10 years. A past client writes: "I am very fortunate to have found such a great place as Tattooed Heart Studios. My Sister-In-Law recommended me to Amy Nicholls, and it has been one of the best things I have done in a long time!"

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