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Best Tattoo Shops in Fort Collins, CO

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Fort Collins 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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218 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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4.9 (96)
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5.0 (54)
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5.0 (7)

Why choose this provider?

Small Mountain Tattoo has made the historic district of Old Town Fort Collins its home since 2015. It offers professional one-to-one tattoo sessions in a modern, relaxed environment, with written aftercare instructions provided. Its hand-picked and experienced tattoo artists are versed in a diverse assortment of styles, including custom black and gray, geometrical, letterings, and minimalist designs. They share the same passion for art and tattoos. Small Mountain Tattoo accommodates same-day walk-ins and scheduled appointments.

  • Walk-ins
  • Same day appointments
  • Japanese

325 East Mulberry Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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4.9 (266)

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Established in 2015, Parabrahma Tattoo Collective is an artist-owned and operated business based in Fort Collins. Its team of artists creates custom tattoos in a wide range of styles from line art and realism to black and gray. They provide services from a Victorian house that is more than a century old. Parabrahma Tattoo Collective also offers body piercing services that involve the use of threadless implant grade materials and gold body jewelry.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

211 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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4.7 (224)
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4.0 (28)
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5.0 (1)

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Millennium is a Fort Collins tattoo artists studio that has been servicing the metro since 1995. A family-owned business spanning across three generations, the studio focuses on customized tattoos, fix-ups, traditional designs, and permanent cosmetic tattoos. Dedicated to both customer safety and satisfaction, Millennium and its artists are certified in Red Cross CPR/First Aid. Combining both artistic value and professional service, the studio focuses on each clients' requests and works hard to make them come true.

  • Traditional Tattoos

602 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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4.6 (326)
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4.0 (28)

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Covenant Tattoo & Piercing is a Fort Collins tattoo and body piercing parlor. It is home to award-winning artists and the largest organic jewelry selection in Colorado. Its artists and piercers feature various talents and styles suited to each customer's style. Previous clients have praised the tattoo artists at this parlor for their professionalism. Passionate about delivering an exceptional body art experience, the shop encourages clients to set appointments to guarantee their preferred artist will be available.

  • Traditional Tattoos

636 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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4.8 (109)
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4.5 (53)
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4.5 (12)

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La Familia Tattoo is a tattoo studio based in Fort Collins. It opened in 2008 and has since provided inclusive tattoo services. The studio's experienced artists can accommodate a wide range of requests, from small tattoos to black or gray to sleeves and cover-up tattoos. Owner and artist Diego has more than a decade of experience in the body art business with an interest in lettering-based art, mesoamerican, and anything unconventional.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

103 East Laurel Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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4.4 (90)
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4.8 (82)
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3.0 (8)

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Story of My Life Tattoo Co. is a custom tattoo studio servicing Fort Collins. It offers a wide range of styles including photorealism, neo-traditional, American traditional, Japanese, and more. It also offers tattoo removal services using the Janssen laser, a tool trusted by tattoo artists as it eliminates the most ink in the shortest amount of time. The business makes sure that it puts a personalized touch on every tattoo instead of just copying ready-made designs.

  • Traditional Tattoos

317 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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Dark Light Studios is a tattoo studio serving clients in the Fort Collins area. Established by Zach "Dark Light" Atlan nine years ago, clients are able to schedule consultations where they receive advice and confirmation about their tattoo requests. Tattoo aftercare is also comprehensively discussed with each client to ensure that they are able to enjoy their new tattoos. Aside from tattoos, the studio also offers many mediums of visual art including visionary art, 3D art, and live painting.

  • Body Art

420 South Howes Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

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4.8 (107)

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Since 2013, ​Sanders Ink Studio has been serving clients in Fort Collins as a family-owned, high-end tattoo studio specializing in custom tattoo art. The studio has a family-oriented environment providing clients the comfort of a home-away-from-home ambiance. Company owners Jon and Cami Sanders have more than 20 years of combined experience in tattooing. Together with Jon and Cami, all the studio artists bring in a unique skill set that can accommodate clients' one-of-a-kind design requests.

  • Traditional Tattoos

628 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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4.5 (65)
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4.5 (2)

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Tribal Rites is a fully custom tattoo and piercing studio located in Fort Collins. Established in 1994, the studio is equipped with separate departments for both tattoos and piercings to ensure clients receive specialized service from artists and piercers that fit their needs. In addition, the studio also features a jewelry boutique offering jewelry from brands such as Diablo Organics, Omerica Organic, Evolve, Oracle, Gorilla Glass, and Venus by Maria Tash.

  • Traditional Tattoos

140 West Oak Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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4.9 (76)
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5.0 (21)
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3.0 (6)

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Terrarium Tattoo is an independent tattoo studio based in Fort Collins. It specializes in quality and authentic custom tattoos including black and grey, dot-work, geometric, occult, folk, and kawaii designs. Other services include natural micro-blading and custom merchandise including paintings and stickers. Terrarium Tattoo takes in clients by appointment only. Its tattoo artists, HH and Meredith Little Sky, have more than 20 years of combined experience in the tattoo industry.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

1716 Main Street, Longmont, CO 80501

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4.7 (63)

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Tribal Rites is a tattoo and body piercing studio in Longmont that tells its clients, “We guarantee you will be happy with our art.” The business opened in 1994, and it has since been serving customers from other parts of the United Sates and the world. The company also handles dermal anchors, ear projects, nose piercings, and similar work, and it will only entertain minors who are accompanied by their parents or legal guardians with proper identification. Tribal Rites has other locations in Boulder and Westminster.

  • Traditional Tattoos

203 West Myrtle Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

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4.9 (182)
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4.8 (167)
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5.0 (13)

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Magnetic is a shop in Fort Collins that offers professional tattoo services by appointment. Its tattoo artists, who are comfortable working with black, gray, and color ink, work closely with their clients. Magnetic provides its customers custom body art services with themes ranging from dreamy to phantasmagoric. Their artists' creations also include a variety of designs, such as animal faces, skulls with flowers, and females from the Renaissance era. Additionally, Magnetic has an art gallery that features up-and-coming artists.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Body Art

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Small Mountain Tattoo
218 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Parabrahama Tattoo Collective
325 East Mulberry Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Millennium - Fort Collins
211 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Covenant Tattoo & Piercing
602 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524
La Familia Tattoo
636 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Story of My Life Tattoo Co.
103 East Laurel Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Dark Light Studios - Tattoo
317 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Sanders Ink Studio
420 South Howes Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521
Tribal Rites
628 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Terrarium Tattoo
140 West Oak Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Tribal Rites Tattoo & Piercing Colorado - Longmont
1716 Main Street, Longmont, CO 80501
Magnetic
203 West Myrtle Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

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.

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