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2201 East University, Des Moines, IA 50317
Des Moines, IA 50317
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Located in Des Moines, Lucky Gal Tattoo and Piercing - Eastside DSM offers a professional tattoo and body piercing experience. The shop is home to 16 tattoo artists and two piercers, each with a unique style to meet individual client tastes. Chris Pruisner founded the shop after two years of learning the art of tattooing. Laser removal services, performed by certified laser removal specialists, are also available but only available at its Ankeny location.

2201 East University, Des Moines, IA 50317
Des Moines, IA 50317

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2 (Better)

Average Review Score:

4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

10 (Better)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A

Detail: A

707 South Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA 50023
Ankeny, IA 50023
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Pink Elephant Tattoo Studio is an Ankeny tattoo parlor that welcomes clients from Des Moines. Its professional artists specialize in creating bespoke tattoos in a wide range of styles, from bold and Neo-traditional to colorwork and Japanese traditional. Clients looking to have old tattoos removed may avail of the shop's non-laser tattoo removal, which makes use of a tattoo machine and a topical numbing solution to reduce the pain during the procedure. The Studio also has an in-house body piercer.

707 South Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA 50023
Ankeny, IA 50023

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1 (Good)

Average Review Score:

4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

6 (Good)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.

Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

843 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
Des Moines, IA 50312
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  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Sacred Diamond Tattoo is a Des Moines-based full-service tattoo shop that has been operating for over 10 years dedicated to meeting the tattoo needs of its clients. Its team of artists has decades of combined experience in tattooing and is skilled in various designs from color to black-and-gray, pin-up, and neo-traditional tattoos. Specializing in bold traditional Americana and Japanese styles, they also accommodate custom and flash tattoos, as well as touch-ups and cover-ups.

843 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
Des Moines, IA 50312

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Online Profiles:

2 (Better)

Average Review Score:

4.1 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

9 (Good)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

3800 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Traditional Tattoos

Skin Kitchen Tattoo is a team of artists that serves the Des Moines area. Its owner and founder, Jack, has been working in the tattoo industry for more than 25 years. Although he works with a wide range of styles, he is known for his photorealistic black and gray work. The artist is committed to making the tattooing experience positive and enjoyable for clients. Skin Kitchen Tattoo, which was established in 1996, also houses the Axiom Body Piercing Studio.

3800 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
Des Moines, IA 50310

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4 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.9 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

64 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

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6949 University Avenue, Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

Work of Ink is a custom tattoo shop that serves clients in Des Moines. The tattoo artists from this shop perform cover-up tattoos, custom tattoos, and symbiotic tattooing. They also use several cover-up designs that include birds, skulls, and abstract images. For custom tattoos, the shop encourages clients to look for pictures that relate to their ideas online. Tattoo artist Audrey Karine established Work of Ink. She has been tattooing since 2006 and she specializes in tattoos that integrate personal ideas.

6949 University Avenue, Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Windsor Heights, IA 50324

Website(515) 783-2471
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2 (Better)

Average Review Score:

4.4 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

57 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

2322 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
Des Moines, IA 50311
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Yankee Doodle Dandy Tattoo is a studio in Des Moines that has been offering tattoo services since it was established in 1997. The team consists of a trio of tattoo artists, namely Ace Wilde, Dan Koenig, and Steve Von Riepen, who have over 60 years of combined experience between them. The studio provides a variety of designs such as traditional, classic imagery, sacred geometry, and floral. They can also expand on clients' ideas to meet individual preferences. Guests spots are also offered to other tattoo artists.

2322 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
Des Moines, IA 50311

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Online Profiles:

3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.7 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

242 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.

Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do tattoo artists make more money working in a tattoo shop or opening their own?
A: Just as with any industry, there is a large risk associated with going into business for oneself. Any tattoo artist considering opening their own shop should ensure they have business management and marketing skills to enable their shop to succeed. While becoming a tattoo shop owner can be lucrative, artists who don't have the business skills to succeed may earn a higher salary working in an established shop.
Q: What tools do tattoo artists need?
A: Most tattoo shops require artists to have their own supplies. That includes their own tattoo machines and necessary parts, such as needles, tubes, tips, and grips. Tattoo artists also need a large supply of ink and tattoo stencils.
Q: Are there minimum training requirements to become a tattoo artist?
A: Every tattoo studio has its own requirements when it comes to training. In most cases, new artists are required to have a well-presented portfolio and spend several months working under the guidance of an experienced mentor. These teachers show how to use the tools of the trade, oversee designs, and instruct interactions with clients.

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