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Best Tattoo Shops in Fort Wayne, IN

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702 Coliseum Boulevard West, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Rating

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5.0 (3)

Why choose this provider?

Tattoo Fort Wayne is a tattoo and design studio serving the metropolitan area. It specializes in custom tattooing and helps customers bring their unique ideas into reality. The shop is committed to strictly following standards of cleanliness and serving its customers in a safe environment. Every artist has more than 15 years of industry experience under their belt. It also guides clients after their tattoo sessions by giving them aftercare tips. Tattoo Fort Wayne opens its doors for walk-in and pre-scheduled clients.

  • Body Art

515 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Rating

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4.8 (151)
4.8 (38)

Why choose this provider?

The Gypsy Vault is a studio in Fort Wayne that offers tattoo services since 2013. The studio is composed of co-owner tattoo artists FreddyRay and Ricco Diamante. With years of combined experience between them, FreddyRay and Ricco are able to provide different types of designs such as precision tattoos, full color, and black and grey. Variations on tattoo styles are also accomodated to suit the individual preferences of each client.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

3615 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 Rating

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4.6 (209)
4.1 (14)

Why choose this provider?

Grade A Tattoos is a professional tattoo and body piercing studio that serves clients in Fort Wayne and its nearby cities. It offers tattoo services, including preparation advice and tattoo laser removal. Its body piercing services include ear, nose, and navel piercing. Grade A Tattoos utilizes the latest equipment in every consultation to ensure the health and safety of their clients. Previous clients have praised the company's staff for their skills and artistic capabilities.

  • Traditional Tattoos

1521 North Wells Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Rating

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4.5 (6)

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Wildman's Tattoos and Body Piercings has been operating in Fort Wayne since 1987. Its staff has a combined 60 and 25 years of tattoo and piercing experience, respectively. They work with various tattoo styles, such as neo-traditional and tribal designs, and handle cover-up tattoos. They specialize in custom work using computer imaging for the designs. This OSHA-approved and family-owned tattoo and piercing shop prioritizes cleanliness and aftercare by going above the standards set by the board of health.

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Tattoo Fort Wayne
702 Coliseum Boulevard West, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
The Gypsy Vault
515 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Grade A Tattoos
3615 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Wildman's Tattoos and Body Piercings
1521 North Wells Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808


  • 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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