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Best Tattoo Shops in Anaheim, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Anaheim Tattoo Shops on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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530 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

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5.0 (209)
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5.0 (71)

Why choose this provider?

Paper Crane Studio is a state-of-the-art tattoo shop located serving the metro Anaheim area. They specialize in creating original and tailored tattoos through many different styles of tattoo art. The shop is set up to provide semi-private spaces for customer’s privacy. They also use high-quality disposable tubes and needles to eliminate re-use of equipment. They are knowledgeable in aseptic procedure and practice blood-born pathogen and infection control standards. They place high standards on cleanliness and safety.

  • Body Art
  • Geometric Tattoos
  • Portraits

1755 South Claudina Way, Anaheim, CA 92805

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Yelp
5.0 (85)

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Torch Tattoo is an Anaheim-based studio with more than a half-decade of experience in the industry. The team of five experienced tattoo artists specializes in fine lines and bold designs. In addition to their tattoo services, they also offer a selection of t-shirts, patches, and prints for sale online and in their shop. Customers give the parlor a 4.7-star Facebook rating with customers complimenting the welcoming environment and satisfactory results.

  • Body Art

745 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92868

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Yelp
5.0 (324)

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Fine Tattoo Work is a tattoo shop that has been providing its services for clients in Anaheim and other cities in Orange County since 2004. The shop was founded by Lucky Bastard, who started his career as a tattoo artist in 1989 and has been specializing in traditional Americana and Japanese work. Fine Tattoo Work houses six experienced tattoo artists and provides its clients step-by-step tattoo aftercare instructions and tips.

  • Body Art
  • Portraits

17845 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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Yelp
5.0 (322)

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My Tattoo is a Southern California tattoo business with one shop in Alhambra and one in Huntington Beach. They use both machine and traditional Tebori hand style to produce a wide range of tattoo styles. Founder, Jess Yen, has more than a decade of experience. He has won awards on a national and international level for his artistry and specializes in Oriental body suit and realistic portraits. Every team member of My Tattoo is a blood borne pathogen certified body art technician. They use single-use needles for tattoos and piercings as well as professional grade sterilization equipment.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings

12951 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840

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Black Umbrella is a tattoo parlor and art gallery located in Garden Grove, California. In addition to a wide selection of tattoo styles, they also offer an extensive gallery featuring work from local artists, T-shirts, merchandise, and art workshops. The shop atmosphere is modern, clean, and gallery-style. Facebook users give this company a 4.8-star rating. Customers compliment the positive and relaxing experience, cleanly atmosphere, and the artists’ ability to capture their ideas.

  • Body Art

1145 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Yelp
5.0 (266)

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Port City Tattoo is a Southern California tattoo business with shops located in both Long Beach and Costa Mesa. They offer a wide variety of tattoo styles that includes Japanese, traditional, old school, black and gray, portraits, and sacred geometry. Each of the eight artists at Port City Tattoo has more than a decade of experience in tattoo techniques. The shop was voted the Best tattoo parlor in Orange County by OC Weekly. They employ current sterilization methods to ensure a clean facility for their customers.

  • Traditional Tattoos

284A South Prospect Avenue, Tustin, CA 92780

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Yelp
5.0 (99)

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Captured Tattoo is a Tustin-based tattoo studio serving clients throughout the Anaheim metro area. Throughout the years, its team of tattoo artists has built a portfolio of tattoo projects highlighted by wide-ranging styles and designs. Captured Tattoo dedicates itself to staying true to the industry's rich and colorful heritage as well as its progressiveness. The company's mission is to produce the highest quality tattoos while providing clients a professional and comfortable tattooing experience.

  • Traditional Tattoos

2443 East Orangethorpe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831

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Yelp
4.5 (768)

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Located in Fullerton, Engineerink Tattoo & Body Piercing is a tattoo studio that has been in the business since 2014 and servicing clients from Anaheim. It offers various tattooing styles, including animated, black and grey, bold lines, realistic colors, and traditional. Owner Josh Palmer is a tattoo artist with over 11 years of experience. He leads a team of professional tattooists who are focused on customer service and satisfaction. Engineerink Tattoo & Body Piercing also welcomes customers who are fond of body piercings.

  • Traditional Tattoos

13731 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92843

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Google
4.8 (171)
Yelp
4.5 (48)

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Dr.Tattoo Studio is a tattoo shop that serves clients in Anaheim. Its tattoo artists have different specialties that include traditional, trivial, colors, black and gray, Asian art, realism, and realism. Tattoo artist Hugo Mayen established the shop in 2003. Among the tattoo styles that he is familiar with, he enjoys doing skulls, fantasy tattoos, and Asian and Polynesian tattoos as they help enhance his creativity. The shop's roster of tattoo artists includes Jhonny Lopez, Alramon, and Jose Curlys.

  • Piercings

116 North 2nd Avenue, Upland, CA 91786

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Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor is a shop owned by Corey Miller who has been inking clients in Anaheim. Corey has over 35 years of experience as a professional tattoo artist. The parlor itself has been around for more than 20 years with clients ranging from regulars to celebrities. Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor specializes in different tattoo styles such as color realism, Japanese art, religious pieces, and portraits. It also inks cover-ups and custom tattoos.

  • Body Art

2900 Brea Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92835

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Yelp
5.0 (214)

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Composed of creative and talented artists, Olde Tyme Tattoo draws art designs on clients' skins in Anaheim. Established in 2009 by tattoo artist Jonathan Kelly, it has been catering to various requests and designs but is also an expert on photo-realism, custom lettering, portraits, neo-traditional or new school, traditional American, and any tattoo-related ideas. Old Tyme Tattoo is a frequented place and its artists are sought-after by tattoo fanatics due to their reputation of providing clean, quality output.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Jewelry

5642 East La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807

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Yelp
5.0 (59)

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Action Tattoo serves the Anaheim area and accommodates needs for both custom and pre-designed work. The studio's artists cater to various tattoo styles and put focus on sanitation and cleanliness by using sterile, single-use tattoo supplies. Action Tattoo aims to deliver comfort throughout the tattoo process and guides customers through consultation, design, and completion. The studio has been in business since 2001 and is owned by Roger Trawick, whose expertise lies in new school, Japanese art, and American traditional styles.

  • Traditional Tattoos

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Paper Crane Tattoo Studio
530 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Torch Tattoo
1755 South Claudina Way, Anaheim, CA 92805
Fine Tattoo Work
745 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92868
My Tattoo - Huntington Beach
17845 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Black Umbrella Tattoo and Art Gallery
12951 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Port City Tattoo - Costa Mesa
1145 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Captured Tattoo
284A South Prospect Avenue, Tustin, CA 92780
Engineerink Tattoo & Body Piercing
2443 East Orangethorpe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831
Dr.Tattoo Studio
13731 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor
116 North 2nd Avenue, Upland, CA 91786
Olde Tyme Tattoo
2900 Brea Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92835
Action Tattoo
5642 East La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807

FAQs

  • Introduction

    A tattoo is body art that leaves permanent designs or pictures on the skin. They're applied via needle by depositing ink onto the second layer of skin. While the first tattoos were applied manually with a single needle that was first saturated in ink, today's tattoos are done by a machine. These machines feature multiple needles that pierce the skin simultaneously, speeding up the process and creating tattoos that are more visually appealing.

    Tattoos are usually done in licensed tattoo shops. These shops adhere to health and cleaning standards and are typically regulated by state and municipal governments. While tattoos are generally safe, there are associated risks, including skin infections. Any person getting a tattoo is legally required to be at least 18 years of age. It's also inadvisable for anyone who isn't in good health to get a tattoo, as the body requires time and energy to heal and prevent infection.

  • What should you know before getting your first tattoo?

    Before getting tattooed, it's important to think about design and placement. A tattoo is a permanent fixture on the body, and it's important not to rush into things. You should also consider the artist's background and take time to look into their portfolio to ensure their style best suits the tattoo you want.

  • What are some examples of tattoo styles?

    There are many types of tattoo styles, and it's important for a person to familiarize themselves with them before they select a design. Styles include:

    • Americana: Bold lines, vivid colors
    • Japanese: Large images that cover the back, arms, and legs
    • Black and Grey: Colorless grayscale designs
    • Stick-n-Poke: Thick, bold, black lines and small designs
    • Blackwork: Bold black lines and larger geometric shapes

  • Is tipping expected & how much to tip on your tattoo?

    While most tattoo artists don't expect tips, it's often appreciated. If you're happy with the work your tattoo artist has done, consider tipping between 15% and 25%. If the tattoo requires multiple sessions, a flat amount per session is appropriate.

  • What are some basic tattoo aftercare tips?

    It's important to follow all aftercare directions provided by the tattoo artist. Usually, artists will advise clients to ensure that tattoos are kept clean and dry. After showering, the tattoo should be gently patted dry and treated with Vaseline or another tattoo aftercare product.

  • What are the best practices for healing a tattoo?

    After removing the dressing, it's important to keep the tattoo clean, dry, and uncovered. Applying Vaseline or another recommended ointment can help to speed up the healing process. As they heal, tattoos can sometimes itch, but it's vital that you don't scratch or pick at it.

  • What are the most and least painful places to get a tattoo?

    Parts of the body that have the most nerve endings are generally the most painful to have tattooed. That includes the head, ears, and face. Places that don't have a lot of fat, such as the fingers, shoulder blades, and feet, are typically more painful. The least painful parts of the body to get tattooed include the outer arm, buttocks, and thighs.