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Best Tattoo Shops in Tampa, FL

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Tampa 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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Tampa, FL 33611

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Art Explosion Tattoos & Piercings offers tattoo and piercing services at two locations in Tampa. The company opened in 2008, and the artists have over 12 years of combined experience. Daily specials, tattoo aftercare, and piercing aftercare instructions are listed on the website. Art Explosion Tattoos & Piercing is open seven days a week, and the studio's website hosts a gallery of each artists’ previous work.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

1514 South Alexander Street, Plant City, FL 33563

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5.0 (295)
Facebook
5.0 (40)
Yelp
5.0 (11)

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Vicious Vanity Ink - Plant City is a tattoo studio committed to delivering quality yet affordable work in Tampa and nearby areas. The team of tattoo artists can work on all types of tattoos. They create custom designs and do cover-ups. They also offer permanent makeup, microblading, areola reconstruction, and scalp micropigmentation. Owner Veronica is an award-winning tattoo artist who started tattooing locally in 2005, specializing in vibrant color pieces. Vicious Vanity Ink was recognized as Best Tattoo Studio by Creative Loafing in 2019.

  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos

Tampa, FL 33604

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Facebook
4.9 (100)
Yelp
5.0 (10)

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Hawks Electric Tattoo Company is a tattoo studio in Tampa that opened in 2011. The studio welcomes walk-ins to discuss tattoo ideas and can accommodate almost any style desired. The company is licensed and certified and practices proper body substance isolation and sanitation procedures. A contact form is available on the website to schedule an appointment with artists. A gallery of the artists’ previous work is available on the website.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

1632 East 7th Avenue, Ybor City, FL 33605

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Yelp
4.5 (27)

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Bay City Tattoos, formerly known as Phat Katz, is a piercing and tattoo studio in historic Ybor City. The shop is dedicated to the art of tattooing, permanent makeup, and body piercing. The artists have 60 years of combined tattooing experience, and the studio's website hosts a gallery of each artists’ previous work. Bay City Tattoos is open seven days a week. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

  • Body Art

24410 Florida 54, Lutz, FL 33559

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Yelp
4.5 (32)
Facebook
3.8 (13)

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Studio 54 Tattoo specializes in custom work, cover-up, re-works, and more. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. The hourly rate is $125 for custom work and $150 for custom tribal work. The facility is located in the Wesley Chapel area and serves many nearby areas. Studio 54 Tattoo is open five days a week. Minor piercing consent forms are available for download online, and the company can be contacted through the form on the website.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings

220 West Brandon Boulevard, Brandon, FL 33511

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Yelp
5.0 (2)

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Black Label Tattoo is a tattoo studio in Brandon. Each artist has over 15 years experience, and the studio is open six days a week by appointment. One of the artists specializes in traditional Japanese style tattoos and has a website gallery showcasing his work. Black Label Tattoo welcomes walk-ins, but does most work by appointment. The company offers aftercare instructions its website and ways to connect through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Body Art

10900 Florida 54, Trinity, FL 34655

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Facebook
4.9 (114)
Yelp
5.0 (4)

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Forbidden Images is a custom tattoo studio serving customers in the Tampa area. It is owned and operated by Litos and Julie who carry 37 years of experience in the industry. Steve Cornicelli, one of the artists at the studio, has been tattooing clients for 20 years and specializes in portrait work and realism. Aside from tattoo services, Forbidden Images also has its own art gallery for enthusiasts that displays original art such as watercolor and oil paintings, pencil drawings, scratchboards, pen and ink, and acrylic.

  • Body Art

1901 East 5th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

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Facebook
4.8 (99)
Yelp
4.0 (8)

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1603 Tattoo Collective Studio is a tattoo parlor in Ybor City that also offers body art services to the people of Tampa. Its artists create custom designs in different styles, such as black and gray imagery, traditional Americana, and colorwork. Established in 2005, 1603 Tattoo Collective Studio was rebuilt in 2016 to exude a more relaxed atmosphere. Among its amenities is a private courtyard, which clients and guests can share to unwind in during their appointments.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

16514 N Florida Ave, Lutz, FL 33549

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Google
4.5 (194)
Facebook
4.9 (149)
Yelp
4.5 (27)

Why choose this provider?

Bay City Tattoos is a piercing and tattoo shop in Tampa. Jeff Ziozioz, a tattoo artist from this shop, creates black and white, color, cover-up, micro, and large-piece tattoos. He also provides traditional and dermal body piercing as well as permanent makeup services. The salon offers a pain-free tattooing experience by using a water-based numbing cream, Dr. Numb. Ziozioz has been a body piercing and tattoo artist since 1998. He also educates clients on piercing and tattoo aftercare.

  • Body Art

13346 Lincoln Road, Riverview, FL 33578

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Yelp
5.0 (9)

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Located in Riverview, Mike Parsons Ink is a tattoo studio that serves the residents of Tampa. With over 25 years of experience as a tattoo artist and illustrator, Mike established the studio to provide contemporary and modern designs. With numerous awards and accolades in the tattoo industry, his notable work was also recognized by Prick Magazine. Mike, together with his team of experienced artists, offers a wide array of tattooing styles and personalized designs.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

3434 West Columbus Drive, Tampa, FL 33607

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Yelp
5.0 (100)

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Stigma Ink is a tattoo and body-piercing parlor in Tampa. The studio's artists have almost 20 years of experience, and the parlor is open six days a week. The artists have experience with piercing and can handle micro dermal implants as well. The company sells custom merchandise online such as flash tattoos, tattoo preservative, and black eye. Aftercare instructions, an art gallery, and a contact form are available on the studio's website.

  • Body Art

1603 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

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Facebook
4.8 (47)
Yelp
3.0 (23)

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Blue Devil Tattoo opened in 1994 and is the oldest tattoo shop in Ybor City that has been serving clients for 24 years. The studio is known for its knowledgeable and trained staff and offers a variety of tattoo styles, including color, black and white, old school, realism, and portrait. The company website hosts a gallery of each artist's previous works. Apart from its tattoo services, Blue Devil Tattoo also offers body piercing, using only the highest quality of jewelry sourced from around the world.

  • Traditional Tattoos

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Art Explosion Tattoos & Piercings
Tampa, FL 33611
Vicious Vanity Ink - Plant City
1514 South Alexander Street, Plant City, FL 33563
Hawks Electric Tattoo Company
Tampa, FL 33604
Bay City Tattoos
1632 East 7th Avenue, Ybor City, FL 33605
Studio 54 Tattoo & Piercings
24410 Florida 54, Lutz, FL 33559
Black Label Tattoo
220 West Brandon Boulevard, Brandon, FL 33511
Forbidden Images Studio
10900 Florida 54, Trinity, FL 34655
1603 Tattoo Collective Studio
1901 East 5th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
Bay City Tattoos North / Tattoos by Jeff Ziozios
16514 N Florida Ave, Lutz, FL 33549
Mike Parsons Ink
13346 Lincoln Road, Riverview, FL 33578
Stigma Ink
3434 West Columbus Drive, Tampa, FL 33607
Blue Devil Tattoo
1603 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

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.