Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Fort Wayne
2018

We Looked at 58 Tattoo Artists serving Fort Wayne and Picked the Top 7

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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 Fort Wayne, IN.

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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.

Black Anvil Tattoo

Black Anvil Tattoo is a tattoo shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana that serves clients in the wider local metropolitan area. The shop employs four full-time tattoo artists who specialize in all styles, including traditional, Japanese, lettering, and black and gray work. All artists at Black Anvil are certified and registered with the Allen County Board of Health and adheres to numerous safety procedures. These include regular disinfection of the work areas as well as the use of single-use, disposable needles unique to each client. Appointments can be made through the Black Anvil website or in person, and the shop accepts only cash. Though pricing fluctuates with the size, level of detail, and placement of each tattoo, Black Anvil has a shop minimum of $60. Previous clients praise the shop for the quality of its artists' work as well as the cleanliness and professionalism of its employees.

Fort Wayne, IN(260) 267-9663

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New Republic

Founded in 2008, New Republic is an award-winning tattoo shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana that serves clients in the wider local metropolitan area. The studio has been featured in local and national media outlets, giving it a prestigious reputation. Tattoos are done by appointment only, which must be done in person. The owner of New Republic, Donny Manco, has been a tattoo artist for over 16 years and was instrumental in helping the tattoo industry flourish when tattooing was legalized in Indiana in 1997. New Republic employs numerous artists who are adept at many styles, including portrait realism. Many of the tattoo artists at New Republic have successful fine art careers as well, and they carry over these skills and techniques into their tattoo work. Appointments can be requested online at the New Republic's website.

Fort Wayne, IN(260) 387-5886

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Ryan Hadley's 1888 Studio

Ryan Hadley, owner of the Ryan Hadley's 1888 Studio in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a tattoo artist who serves clients in the surrounding metropolitan area. Hadley is widely acclaimed and has been featured on Spike's television program Ink Master. In the tattooing business for over 20 years, Ryan Hadley is a specialist in realism and his work exhibits a wide range of subjects, including portraits of people, animal imagery, original artwork, and conceptual designs. Pricing at Ryan Hadley's 1888 Studio starts at $800 portraiture and all sessions require a 30% initial deposit. Previous clients praise Ryan Hadley's 1888 Studio for its professionalism and advanced technique. Additionally, clients praise Ryan Hadley for the quality of his realistic art style, his meticulous attention to detail, and his ability to make each tattooing session an enjoyable experience for the client.

Fort Wayne, IN(260) 755-0579

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Studio 13

Studio 13 is a tattoo shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana that has been serving clients in the local metropolitan area since its founding in 1999. Owned by the Farris brothers since 2005, Studio 13 hosts weekly Art Nights in which its tattoo artists are encouraged to bring and share fine art that they have made over the week, usually unrelated to tattooing. This unique program allows the artists to learn new techniques, refine their artistic styles, and hone their creativity. Additionally, the shop holds a monthly tattoo critique night for its artists. The first completely disposable tattoo shop in Fort Wayne, Studio 13 practices Universal Precautions for Bloodborne Pathogens and uses hospital-grade sterilization techniques to ensure client safety. Clients are encouraged to make appointments with Studio 13 to ensure availability, but walk-ins are also acceptable. The studio offer shirts and other miscellaneous items in its online store.

Fort Wayne, IN(260) 492-7546

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Tattoo Fort Wayne

Tattoo Fort Wayne is a tattoo and design studio in Fort Wayne, Indiana that serves clients in the surrounding metropolitan area. Artist owned and operated, Tattoo Fort Wayne is licensed and regularly inspected by the Allen County Board of Health, ensuring that the studio adheres to the highest standards of cleanliness and professionalism. A specialist in custom designs, Tattoo Fort Wayne invites customers to bring their own drawings to be tattooed by the company's artists. The studio does both tattoo and piercing by walk-in, though tattoo sessions can also be by appointment. Additionally, the staff at Tattoo Fort Wayne includes two graphic designers, who are able to provide logos, business cards, event invitations, and other custom graphic design work to clients in need. Owner Courtney Fettinger holds the Certificate of Tattoo Mastery given by the Alliance of Professional Tattooists.

Fort Wayne, IN(260) 969-9170

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The Gypsy Vault

Recently relocated to the Historic PBI Building in Fort Wayne, Indiana, The Gypsy Vault is a tattoo shop that serves clients in the surrounding metropolitan area. With nearly fifteen years of combined industry experience, the artists at The Gypsy Vault specialize in a variety of tattoo styles that includes black and gray realism, graphic imagery, and intricate detailing. The Gypsy Vault is a private, appointment-only tattoo parlor that also acts as an art gallery to display local artists' work. Originally located in a Prohibition-era speakeasy, The Gypsy Vault is dedicated to providing a unique, elegant atmosphere for its clients. The shop is located on the third floor of the Historic PBI Building, and nearby parking includes both metered options and paid public parking spaces.

Fort Wayne, IN(260) 203-4394

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Wildman's Tattoos and Body Piercing

Wildman's Tattoos and Body Piercing, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a tattoo shop that has been serving clients in the greater local metropolitan area since its inception in 1987. Northeast Indiana's longest standing tattoo shop, Wildman's Tattoos and Body Piercing is family owned and has won numerous awards for its work. Owner Steve Arnett has long been an advocate for the tattooing industry, serving a vital role in the state legislature's passing of a law that made tattooing legal in Indiana in the mid-1990's. The shop is known for its custom work and specializes in a variety of techniques and styles that include traditional, neo-traditional, old-school, and new-school. The shop offers freehand designs that feature extensive color options, fine line work, and realistic portraiture and imagery. Additionally, artists at Wildman's Tattoos and Body Piercing can use computer imaging to create custom tattoos and offer cover-up services for clients who want to hide unwanted old tattoos. Piercing at the shop is equally varied, with jewelry available for ears, nose, and even micro-dermal piercings. Discreet exotic piercing sessions are also available and are undertaken in complete privacy. Wildman's Tattoos and Body Piercing is a sterile environment that strives to exceed the standards of the Allen County Board of Health. Voted #1 in Northeast Indiana, Wildman's Tattoos and Body Piercing welcomes walk-ins. The artists at the shop have more than 60 years of combined tattooing experience and more than 25 years of combined piercing experience.

Fort Wayne, IN(260) 426-3341

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