Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Honolulu
2016

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 Honolulu, HI.

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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.

434 Tattoo

Located in Honolulu, 434 Tattoo is an award-winning, custom tattoo parlor, which specializes in Japanese-style tattoos. Multiple recipients of the Custom Tattoo Studio of the Year award by Consumer Business Review, they are members of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists and the National Tattoo Association. Priding themselves on high-quality work and customer service, clients have frequently commented that they’re very professional and creative.

Honolulu, HI(808) 391-8287

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808 Tattoo

808 Tattoo is an award-winning tattoo studio based in Kaneohe, HI. Recipient of Star Adviser’s People’s Choice award and Honolulu Pulse’s Best Tattoo Parlor of the Year award, the artists specialize in a variety of different styles and encourage prospective clients to come and discuss their designs. Many customers have appreciated their comforting and friendly approach and their ability to take an idea and build upon it.

Kaneohe, HI(808) 234-1501

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Bespoke Tattoos

Established in 2011, Bespoke Tattoos is a Honolulu-based studio offering a wide array of different styles and forms of custom body art and piercings. They pride themselves on providing one-of-a-kind, personalized tattoos in a clean and friendly environment. Frequently taking part in Hawaiian tattoo conventions, they have also hosted various art shows and donate to local non-profits. Clients have consistently remarked on their cleanliness, high quality of work, and their ability to cover/clean up old tattoos.

Honolulu, HI(808) 888-4648

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Black Cat Tattoo Studio

Opened in 2009, Black Cat Tattoo Studio offers custom tattoos and unique artwork and products, including limited-edition clothing and shoes, in the Chinatown district of Honolulu. With a plethora of art on display to inspire their customers, they believe they can bring any idea or design to life. Customers have often applauded their cleanliness, friendly service, and artistic ability.

Honolulu, HI(808) 524-7580

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Chopstick Tattoo

Formerly known as Lotus Dragon Tattoo, Chopstick Tattoo is a Honolulu-based tattoo studio, which also offers esthetician and microblading services. They offer a wide range of different styles, including Japanese, Polynesian, and ornamental, with artists that specialize in varying techniques and skills. They strive to maintain a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere with many customers saying they are friendly, clean, and accommodating.

Honolulu, HI(808) 739-0408

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Dragon Tattoo

Based in Wahiawa, Dragon Tattoo is an “old school” tattoo studio, which boasts original designs from Lance McLain, who has been working with tattoos since the 1970’s. Specializing in classic American style, he frequently incorporates bold colors and strong, dark lines. Past clients have often appreciated the friendly service, cleanliness, and down-to-earth approach.

Wahiawa, HI(808) 622-5924

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Electric Paradise Tattoo

Located in Waikiki, Electric Paradise Tattoo is a custom tattoo studio that’s been operating since 2007. They pride themselves on their comforting and professional atmosphere and have a vast amount of art and images readily available to inspire their customers’ designs. Staffed with artists that are all licensed by the Health Department of Hawaii, they welcome both appointments and walk-ins. Past clients have often mentioned that they have a high-level of artistry and technique.

Honolulu, HI(808) 923-6900

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Hale Nui Tattoos

Based in Waikiki, Hale Nui Tattoos offer a wide selection of tattoos from their experienced artists with a focus on providing comfortable and professional service. They have worked with many action sports athletes, and their customers have frequently mentioned that they have friendly service, clean premises, and high-quality work.

Honolulu, HI(808) 924-2198

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Kai Smart Tattoo

Located in Honolulu, Kai Smart provides custom tattoos, specializing in ornamental, fine-line and feminine art. Recognized as one of the best artists in Honolulu by the Honolulu Times, she takes pride in her precision and comforting style. Her past clients have often applauded her artistic ability and her friendly attitude. Kai's rate is $150/hour, but can be lower depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo.

Honolulu, HI(831) 239-5719

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Monarch Tattoo

Established in 2012 and based in Hau’ula, Oahu, Monarch Tattoo specializes in Polynesian tattoos, and welcomes walk-ins as well as appointments. Inspired by nature and ancient Polynesian design, the artists draw all tattoos free-hand, making each one unique and personal. Past clients have frequently commented on their friendly, dedicated, and high-quality work.

Hauula, HI(808) 293-7000

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Pacific Soul Tattoo

Established in 2004, Pacific Soul Tattoo offers custom tattoos from a diverse and rotating staff of artists. The team of artists draws inspiration from the personality and beliefs of the customer, and many past clients have spoken about their high level of customer service, artistry, and professionalism. Their work has been featured in the Tatau: Marks of Polynesia exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Honolulu, HI(808) 589-1996

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Rock Star Tattoo

Since 1999, Rock Star Tattoo has been providing tattoos and piercings in the greater Waikiki area. All artists are certified and adhere to strict sterilization practices. They offer a vast array of different types of tattoos and carry the largest assortment of body jewelry in Honolulu. Additionally, they are currently one of the only studios offering laser tattoo removal, performed by a certified technician and operator.

Honolulu, HI(808) 791-7879

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Sacred Art Tattoo

Established in 1992, Sacred Art Tattoo is a custom tattoo and piercing studio located in Honolulu. Offering a wide variety of different tattoo designs and piercing options, they also frequently host guests artists and offer microdermal and various body piercings. They welcome both walk-ins and appointments and offer discounts to military personnel, groups, and kama’aina. Customers have frequently commented on their warm, professional, and clean atmosphere.

Honolulu, HI(808) 955-0323

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Smiling Devil

Open since 1999, Smiling Devil is a Honolulu-based tattoo and piercing studio, which strives to provide professional service in a comfortable environment. Focused on providing quality service at a reasonable price, they offer discounts to military and students and welcome walk-ins. They also support their local community by supporting local artists and musicians and host various concerts and events.

Honolulu, HI(808) 945-0670

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Soul Signature Tattoo & Art Studio

Started in 2004, Soul Signature Tattoo & Art Studio is a family-friendly studio based in Oahu, which accepts walk-ins and appointments. Drawing inspiration from different styles and cultures, they pride themselves on their artistic, spiritual, and professional approach to tattoo art. Featured in various publications and television programs, they have also been praised by their clients for their friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating approach.

Honolulu, HI(808) 330-5612

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Tattoo Hawaii

With over 100 years of combined experience, Tattoo Hawaii is an award-winning, custom tattoo and full-range body piercing studio located in Honolulu. Offering a wide range of tattoo styles, including Polynesian and Asian, their staff of licensed professionals focuses on providing a comfortable, friendly experience. Customers have often stated they are kind, talented, and professional.

Honolulu, HI(808) 945-3120

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Tattoolicious

Opened in 2000, Tattoolicious offers custom tattoos, with free consultations to discuss the design and process. Beyond their permanent staff of tattoo artists, they often host guest artists, all with unique styles and techniques, for limited periods of time. Due to the demand, appointments are recommended, but they do accommodate walk-ins when possible. Past clients have often said they are patient, kind, and talented artists.

Honolulu, HI(808) 949-8287

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Victorian Tattoo

Victorian Tattoo is a tattoo and piercing studio located in Honolulu that employs a permanent staff of artists and frequently hosts guest artists. Working with a wide range of different tattoo styles, including Polynesian and full-color tattoos, they pride themselves on their high-level of customer satisfaction and comfortable atmosphere. Past customers have often commended them on their friendly staff and cleanliness.

Honolulu, HI(808) 349-9963

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Working Class Tattoo Parlor

Established in 2011, Working Class Tattoo Parlor is owned and operated by tattoo artist, Steven Lam. Based in Honolulu, his studio approaches their art with a basis in traditional tattoo techniques with an infusion of his unique, contemporary style. His clients have frequently remarked on his sound artistic sense, comforting manner, and professional attitude.

Honolulu, HI(808) 255-3320

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