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Best Tattoo Shops in Boise, ID

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4532 West Overland Road, Boise, ID 83705 Rating

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4.8 (205)
4.8 (189)

Why choose this provider?

Skin Deceptions Tattoo & Piercing Studio is a reputable Boise studio that has been chosen as one of the ‘Top 5 Tattoo Parlors’ by Boise Weekly. Resident tattoo artist Devon Peyton has also been chosen by that publication as one of their ‘Top 5 Tattoo Artists’, and reported client satisfaction has helped to cement the studio’s reputation as one of the best in the area. It offers tattoos, piercings, paintings, jewelry, and entertainment, and it does plenty of repeat business from customers who enjoy the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Jewelry

1505 South Five Mile Road, Boise, ID 83709 Rating

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5.0 (630)
4.5 (8)

Why choose this provider?

Located in Boise, McNabb's Tattoo & Fine Art is a tattoo studio that has been in the business since 2017. The shop performs a wide range of tattooing styles, including black and white, color, cover-up, fine detail, and full body. With over 76 years of combined experience, the team makes safety a top priority by using the latest equipment and thoroughly sterilizing workstations. McNabb's Tattoo & Fine Art also performs body piercing and sells fine art originals, reprints, and exclusive merchandise.

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

1023 Broadway Avenue, Boise, ID 83706 Rating

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4.9 (100)
5.0 (73)
4.5 (2)

Why choose this provider?

Pyramid Tattoo Co. is a shop in Boise that provides custom tattoo artworks in the area. The studio's tattoo artists work with different styles, such as traditional Japanese and American styles, photorealism, cover-up pieces, and black and gray. Co-owner and artist Andrew Pontius has been tattooing for over 10 years. He established the company in partnership with Kevin Blamires, a local tattoo artist who has been making tattoos since 2008. Nate Lauerman also joins them as co-owner and artist.

  • Traditional Tattoos

10 North Latah Street, Boise, ID 83706 Rating

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4.0 (9)

Why choose this provider?

Chalice Tattoo Studio is an independently owned and operated business in Boise. Owner Darcy Nutt is a tattoo artist who has been tattooing professionally since 1999. Most of her works are organic, illustrative, and based on American and Japanese traditional tattoo styles. She can execute detailed color, black and gray semi-realism, and intricate linework. Nutt's tattoo designs received several awards and were featured in internationally distributed magazines. Dutt and his team of tattoo artists serve clients in a clean environment and practices proper equipment sterilization procedures.

  • Traditional Tattoos

684 North 9th Street, Boise, ID 83702 Rating

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5.0 (9)

Why choose this provider?

Raven’s Call Tattoo is a tattoo studio offering body art services to the people of Boise. Its owner and head artist, Jeff Graham, specializes in creating custom vegan, cruelty-free tattoos and artwork. Vegan tattoos essentially make use of plant-based inks, transfer paper, and skincare products that are free of animal products, such as bone char, fat-derived glycerin, gelatin from hooves, and lanolin from sheep’s wool. These tattoos are environment-friendly and deliver the same vivid results as traditional tattoo equipment does.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

3101 West State Street, Boise, ID 83703 Rating

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4.6 (243)
4.8 (65)
4.5 (17)

Why choose this provider?

Black Cat Tattoo is a studio that offers custom tattoos and a wide selection of pre-made designs. Serving the Boise area, the studio has a team of professionals with expertise in art styles such as American traditional, pinups, surrealism, and portraits. Black Cat Tattoo is headed by Sean Wyett, who has over 25 years of experience and has been recognized for his flash designs. He has also been featured in publications such as Thrasher Magazine and Skin and Ink Magazine.

  • Traditional Tattoos

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Skin Deceptions Tattoo and Piercing Studio
4532 West Overland Road, Boise, ID 83705
McNabb's Tattoo & Fine Art
1505 South Five Mile Road, Boise, ID 83709
Pyramid Tattoo Co.
1023 Broadway Avenue, Boise, ID 83706
Chalice Tattoo Studio
10 North Latah Street, Boise, ID 83706
Raven's Call Tattoo
684 North 9th Street, Boise, ID 83702
Black Cat Tattoo
3101 West State Street, Boise, ID 83703


  • 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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