Laurels
Best Tattoo
Artists in
Chicago
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 Chicago, IL.

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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.

Ageless Arts Tattoo & Body Piercing

Founded in 2002, Ageless Arts Tattoo & Body Piercing has two locations in Oak Park and Chicago to serve the surrounding areas. The company is one of the oldest tattoo shops in Chicago and focuses on providing high-quality artists and piercers for their clients. The shop’s jewelry meets the Association of Professional Piercers and ASTM standards. Clients speak highly of their comforting presence, patient and talented artists, clean shop, friendly and sociable staff, aftercare explanations and emphasis, genuine care for customers, knowledgeable artists, and welcoming atmosphere.

Chicago, IL(773) 521-8288

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Archer Avenue Tattoo

Offering tattoo, piercing, and guest artists, Archer Avenue Tattoo serves the Chicago area since 2005. Formerly Infinite Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing, the shop provides a range of tattoo styles that include portrait work, traditional Japanese, color, traditional, and black and gray. Clients speak highly of the talented artists, clean shop, collaborative spirit, detailed and high-quality work, comforting and friendly presence, professional manner, custom artwork, knowledgeable artists, and piercing services.

Chicago, IL(773) 890-3903

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Brown Brothers Tattoo

Located in Humboldt Park in Chicago, Brown Brothers Tattoo is a cash-only tattoo shop that serves the area since 2014. Tattoo styles the artists in the shop provide includes portraits, black and gray, cover-ups, custom, illustrative, fine line, mystical, space age, unknown, sensitive, realistic, tribal, cartoon, classic, horror, gooey, sinister, creepy, Japanese, American traditional, and more. Clients speak highly of the talented artists, comforting presence, reasonable pricing, personable and knowledgeable artists, high-quality artwork, collaboration, professional manner, and excellent atmosphere.

Chicago, IL(773) 252-9575

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Chicago Bill

An award-winning professional tattooer, Chicago Bill serves the Chicago area with over 20 years of experience. His awards and work include many areas and styles, but his specialty includes custom design work and cover-ups. Other tattoo styles he features include color as well as black and gray.

Chicago, IL(312) 226-6668

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Chicago Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing

Featuring local and guest artists from around the world, Chicago Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing is a custom tattoo and piercing shop serving the Chicago area within the five boroughs and surrounding areas. Clients speak highly of their expert piercing services, clean shop, comfortable presence, knowledgeable and friendly staff, high-quality artwork, and professional manner.

Chicago, IL(773) 777-9663

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Chicago State Tattoo

Based in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, Chicago State Tattoo is a professional tattoo and piercing studio. Clients speak highly of the talented artists, professional manner, high-quality artwork, knowledgeable artists, tattoo removal services, clean shop, comforting atmosphere and presence, and friendly staff.

Chicago, IL(872) 206-2807

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Chitown Tattoo Ink

Located in the heart of Avondale in Chicago, Tattoo Candy is a piercing and custom tattoo shop that specializes in all styles of tattoos. Clients speak highly of the talented artists, high-quality artwork, clean shop, fresh décor, patient and knowledgeable artists, care and honest manner for first-time tattoo clients, professional manner, welcoming atmosphere, reasonable pricing, piercing services, and perfectionist artist work on collaborations.

Chicago, IL(773) 283-8696

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Deluxe Tattoo

Tattooing since 1997, Deluxe Tattoo holds the vote for Best Tattoo Shop in Chicago by the Chicago Reader for two consecutive years in a row. The shop specializes in a range of tattoo styles and works that range from simple names to full sleeves. Clients speak highly of the welcoming atmosphere, high-quality work, talented artists, comforting presence, clean and spacious shop, the artists’ ability to soothe nerves for first-time tattoos, friendly and knowledgeable staff, flexible scheduling, patient artists, and professional manner.

Chicago, IL(773) 549-1594

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Family Tattoo Chicago

Family Tattoo Chicago specializes in all styles of tattooing, ranging from portrait to American traditional tattoos. Founded in 2005, the shop serves the Chicago area. Clients speak highly of the talented and knowledgeable artists, clean shop, welcoming atmosphere, non-judgmental attitude, high-quality artwork, patient and friendly staff, a range of tattoo styles, and personable and professional manner.

Chicago, IL(773) 281-6392

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GoodKind Tattoo Co.

Owned and operated by Rob Goodkind, Goodkind Tattoo Co. is a custom tattoo shop based in Chicago. The shop specializes in many types of genres with roots in the traditional and focuses on creating unique art to achieve a finalized tattoo both the artist and the client is satisfied with at the end of the day. Clients speak highly of their professional manner, clean shop, friendly and knowledgeable staff, accommodating scheduling, personable and comforting presence, high-quality work, talented artists, reasonable pricing, welcoming atmosphere, and artistic vision.

Chicago, IL(773) 857-0609

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Infamous Ink

Serving the Chicago area since 2011 with over 40 years of experience, Infamous Ink provides a variety of styles of tattooing that include portraits, cover ups, color, black and gray, and more. Clients speak highly of their friendly staff, comforting presence, high-quality artwork, talented and personable artists, clean shop, welcoming environment, quick service, custom artwork, piercing services, and professional manner.

Chicago, IL(773) 252-7422

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Insight Studios

Founded in 2005, Insight Studios is a Chicago-based tattoo and piercing shop that specializes in custom tattoos, professional body piercings, and tattoo removals. The shop’s piercers are members of The Association of Professional Piercers and are the only piercers in Chicago with memberships. Clients speak highly of their professional staff, high artistic skill, clean shop, quality artwork, and caring owner.

Chicago, IL(773) 342-4444

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Krol Body Art

Krol Body Art is a tattoo and body piercing shop that focuses on providing private space for piercings and a comfortably roomy space for clients receiving tattoos. The shop holds awards that include Top 3 Artist in the Realistic and Small Black and Grey categories at the 18th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo; second place in the Overall Pure Tradition and Pure Tradition Sleeve and third place in the Pure Tradition Sleeve and Pure Tradition Cover Up from the Valley Forge Tattoo and Hotrod Show in 2012; and many more. Clients speak highly of the friendly and welcoming staff, non-judgmental artists, professional manner, clean shop, talented and knowledgeable artists, and high-quality artwork.

Chicago, IL(773) 385-8282

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Revolution Tattoo

Focusing on creating an atmosphere that is friendly to both artists and clients, Revolution Tattoo is a Chicago-based tattoo shop and art gallery serving the area since 2004. The shop specializes in creating custom tattoos, walk-ins, and creating works of tattoo art that clients will love. The space is recently devoted entirely to tattooing, and the art gallery is located next door to the tattoo shop. Clients speak highly of the talented artists, reasonable pricing, accommodating scheduling and staff, knowledgeable artists, professional manner, comforting and understanding presence, non-judgmental attitudes, clean shop, high-quality work, excellent collaboration skills, great re-do work, good manner with first-time tattoo clients, and friendly staff.

Chicago, IL(773) 486-8888

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Royal Flesh Tattoos and Piercings

Serving the Chicago area since 2010, Royal Flesh Tattoos and Piercings is a tattoo and piercing shop that focuses on creating original artwork and creating a unique atmosphere for clients. The shop specializes in custom tattoo artwork, providing a clean environment, and cover up tattoo ideas and projects. Clients speak highly of the high-end jewelry collection, clean shop, friendly staff, talented artists, comforting presence, touchup work, high-quality artwork, patient artists, and professional manner.

Chicago, IL(773) 975-9753

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Speakeasy Custom Tattoo

Owned by Patrick Cornolo, Speakeasy Custom Tattoo is an appointment only custom tattoo shop serving the Chicago area. The shop focuses on providing world-renowned artists to give clients excellent service and a great tattoo experience. They also offer non-laser tattoo removal services with the Tatt2Away® Tattoo Removal System. Clients speak highly of the professional manner, high-quality work, personable and friendly artists, great attitudes, clean shop, talented and patient artists, paperless forms, busy scheduling, comforting presence, and nice atmosphere.

Chicago, IL(773) 645-1703

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Tattoo Candy

Located in the heart of Avondale in Chicago, Tattoo Candy is a piercing and custom tattoo shop that specializes in all styles of tattoos. Clients speak highly of the talented artists, high-quality artwork, clean shop, fresh décor, patient and knowledgeable artists, care and honest manner for first-time tattoo clients, professional manner, welcoming atmosphere, reasonable pricing, piercing services, and perfectionist artist work on collaborations.

Chicago, IL(773) 283-8880

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Tatu Tattoo

Specializing in tattoo flash, custom designed tattoos, and a large selection of body jewelry, Tatu Tattoo serves the Chicago area since being founded in 1992. The shop provides tattoos in various styles that include anatomical, Asian, realism, portraits, lettering, media/cartoons, biomechanical, new school, old school, black and gray, tribal, custom work, and more. Clients speak highly of their friendly staff, patient and welcoming artists, comforting presence, high-quality artwork, talented and knowledgeable artists, reasonable pricing, serious manner with sterilization processes, professional manner, and quality piercing services.

Chicago, IL(773) 772-8288

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Taylor Street Tattoo

A classic tattoo studio, Taylor Street Tattoo serves the Chicago area and specializes in custom and traditional designs. Opened as a walk in shop in 2004, the shop still welcomes walk-in patrons. Clients speak highly of the talented artists, clean shop, friendly staff, excellent atmosphere, a range of styles available, comforting presence, and understanding and knowledgeable artists.

Chicago, IL(312) 455-8288

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West Town Tattoo

Based in Chicago and founded in 2013, West Town Tattoo specializes in tattoo cover ups and custom tattoo art. Robert Hixon, the owner, has over 20 years of experience tattooing, and he and his team feature many tattoo styles. Clients speak highly of the knowledgeable artists, calm and comforting presence, professional manner, personable and perfectionist-oriented artists, high-quality artwork, talented artists, clean shop, and friendly and patient staff.

Chicago, IL(312) 226-6668

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