Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Washington DC
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 Washington DC.

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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.

Bethesda Tattoo

Bethesda Tattoo is a piercing and tattoo parlor that has served clients in Bethesda for over 10 years. Appointments are not required, and walk-ins are welcomed. The company has done tattoos in all different styles and has a wide selection of designs. Custom tattoos are also available, and tattoo artists are prepared to execute a variety of styles. The artists at Bethesda Tattoo have over 50 years of combined experience and follow strict healthcare regulations for the safety of the customer. Body piercings are done with high-quality jewelry, and gold, silver, and gemstones are available for purchase. Bethesda Tattoo was named the "best place to get tattooed" by The DC City Paper.

Bethesda, MD(301) 652-0494

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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(202) 302-1669

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Cirque Du Rouge

Cirque Du Rouge is a tattoo parlor in Washington. Clients can book a free consultation to talk about the potential work, and discuss a timeline. All tattoos begin at $150, with more complicated designs priced at higher rates. Cirque Du Rouge does not offer white ink or cosmetic tattoos, ring finger tattoos, earlobe tattoos, or fake tattoos. Customers are charged by the hour. Walk-ins are discouraged because the tattoo artists want to ensure that everyone receives enough time.

Washington, DC(202) 544-4701

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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(301) 253-8800

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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.

Washington, DC(202) 733-3846

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Exposed Temptations Tattoo

Exposed Temptations Tattoo is a piercing and tattoo parlor that has been serving Manassas clients since 1994. The shop is a leader in body modification and has led the industry in cleanliness and safety standards. Appointments are not necessary but are suggested for custom tattoos, and more complicated pieces. A non-refundable deposit is mandatory to reserve an appointment. Customers can have peace of mind knowing that the facility is sanitary and maintained with expert health standards. The artists work by commission, and tips are appreciated. Exposed Temptations Tattoo offers an apprentice program for both tattooing and body piercing.

Manassas, DC(703) 335-2134

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Fatty's Tattoos

Fatty's Tattoos is a Washington company that has provided tattoo and body piercings since 1994. The company provides custom tattoos, high-quality body jewelry, permanent makeup, and cosmetic tattoos. The artists are mixed media artists with in-depth experience and award winning designs that are displayed throughout the shop. Fatty's Tattoos exclusively carries jewelry from BVLA, Anatometal, Gorilla Glass, Neometal, and SM316. The shop only uses internally threaded jewelry for high quality piercing results. Customers can join the Fattynews mailing list to enter contests for free tattoos and gift certificates. The company won the Best Tattoo Parlor award from Reader's Choice Best of DC and has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, Newsweek, Fox & Friends, Inked Magazine, Tattoo Magazine.

Washington, DC(202) 452-0999

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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(202) 882-0659

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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(202) 627-0050

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PInz-N-Needlez

Pinz-N-Needlez is a piercing and tattoo parlor in Washington. The shop has been open for over 10 years and has served 1,000 clients. Appointments must be made in person and require a $50 deposit to reserve the spot. Prices and artist availability is not discussed over the phone, or via email. Customers can bring a personal design, or choose from a design featured in-shop. Pinz-N-Needlez books a month in advance and requests a 24-hour cancellation notice. A brief consultation with the artist is required before setting up an appointment.

Washington, DC(202) 387-2465

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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(703) 527-8377

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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(202) 232-6699

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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!"

Hanover, MD(410) 712-4000

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The 407 Tattoo & Piercing Studio

The 407 Tattoo & Piercing Studio is a company in Woodbridge that designs tattoos. Customers can schedule a free consultation, or walk in for an appointment. The artists are often booked months in advance, so reserving a time slot is recommended. Piercings are also available. The 407 Tattoo & Piercing Studio strives to complete tattoos with minimal damage to the skin for fast healing rates. The artist at The 407 Tattoo & Piercing Studio was featured on TLC‘s television show, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.

Woodbridge, DC(703) 490-8645

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