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Best Tattoo Shops in Baltimore, MD

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Baltimore 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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Westminster, MD 21157

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Beth Kennedy is a tattoo artist serving the metro Baltimore area. Currently, she operates out of Westminster Tattoo Company in Westminster. Kennedy has more than two decades of experience in tattooing in a variety of styles. Her work features mythical animals, family pets, birds, flowers and trees, and masculine and feminine pieces.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Body Art

Baltimore, MD 21215

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Yelp
4.5 (11)

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Island City Tattoos provides tattoo and body piercing from their Baltimore studio. The artists are skilled in all styles of tattooing. They offer a wide selection of pre-made designs as well as custom work based on customer’s ideas. The shop uses disposable needles to keep a cleanly and hygienic facility. Customers speak highly of the quality of tattoos they received from Island City Tattoos.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Hanover, MD 21076

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Yelp
4.5 (79)
Facebook
4.8 (8)

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Black Lotus Tattoo is a Hanover parlor providing custom tattoo work, cover-ups, and body piercing. They have a team of seven tattoo artists, frequent guest artists, and an APP certified body piercer. In addition to these services, they also offer tattoo removal with Tatt2Away, a safe and cost effective non-laser method. The shop has a five-star rating on Google.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Jewelry

820 West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

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Yelp
4.5 (41)

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Have Fun Be Lucky Tattoo is a Baltimore-based tattoo parlor. The artists at Have Fun Be Lucky bring a culmination of styles that includes classic, black and gray, portraits, neo-traditional, and black whip. One artist finds his style is influenced heavily by Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. In addition to quality tattoo work, they also carry a small variety of tattoo-inspired artwork and apparel.

  • Body Art

414 Edgewood Road, Edgewood, MD 21040

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Chad Miskimon is a tattoo artist serving the metro Baltimore area. Miskimon is well known for his abstract and award-winning realism artwork. In addition to tattooing from his studio in Edgewood, he also creates oil paintings and tattoos at conventions. His studio, Evolved Body Arts, carries its own line of all-natural vegan and vegetarian-friendly tattoo care products and healing balm for new tattoos.

  • Body Art

827 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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Google
4.8 (140)
Facebook
5.0 (30)
Yelp
5.0 (9)

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Mt. Vernon Body Art is a tattoo and gallery shop serving the metro Baltimore area. They have more than a decade of experience in the industry and specialize in custom tattoo work. Styles used at the shop include new school, portraiture, realistic new school, neo-traditional, and fine art reproduction. The artists at Mt. Vernon Body Art are Red Cross certified in blood borne pathogens prevention and disease control. The gallery features jewelry and fine art from local artisans.

  • Body Art

1724 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

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4.8 (172)
Facebook
4.8 (92)
Yelp
5.0 (4)

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Layer 3 Collective - Fells Point is a by-appointment tattoo studio that has served clients in the Baltimore community since 2016. Austin Guzal is the principal tattoo artist of the Fells Point studio. Austin has been a Layer 3 Collective tattoo apprentice since 2016, studying under the owner, Chris Dominick. Austin specializes in black and grey designs, but he also excels in designs that contain lines and clean gradients. Layer 3 Collective requires a 30-minute consultation with clients before booking a tattoo appointment.

  • Body Art

801 West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

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Dave Wah is an award-winning tattoo artist located in the Baltimore area. He currently works out of the Stay Humble Tattoo Company. His artistic style relies on bold colors, sharp contrasts, and intricate line work. He specializes in illustrated realism, but also offers neo-traditional, Japanese traditional, and American traditional. He was recognized by The Baltimore Sun as one of “Baltimore’s best tattoo artists.”

  • Body Art

6717 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206

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Facebook
4.7 (28)
Yelp
3.5 (8)

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Capone’s Ink is a tattoo and piercing studio located in Baltimore, Maryland. They offer custom designs from their own imaginations or from images and ideas the customers bring them. The styles at Capone’s Ink include tribal, animals, koi, lettering, religious and portraits. The shop places a high priority on cleanliness and hygiene. Machines and accessories are sterilized after every use and they use disposable needles. They were voted one of the top 10 Baltimore tattoo shops by bthesite.com and voted one of the top 5 shops in Baltimore y WJZ-TV CBS Baltimore.

  • Body Art

1590 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113

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Yelp
4.5 (21)

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Naked Art Tattoos is a parlor serving the Odenton area for over a decade. Their team of talented artists has more than five decades of collective experience in tattooing. The artists also tattoo at conventions around the world. They offer a versatile range of styles and specialize in custom work. Customers give Naked Art Tattoos a 4.3-star rating on Facebook and compliment the friendly attitudes and quality artistic results.

  • Body Art

5920 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

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Yelp
4.5 (20)

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Deville Ink Tattoo & Piercing Company is a tattoo shop that services clients from Baltimore. The shop provides custom tattoos for a wide range of styles and designs such as color, portraits, animals, and flowers. Its team of professional tattoo artists is led by Tony Deville. Piercing services are also available. This family-owned and family-operated business has been providing its services to the community since 2009. It was founded by Tony and his wife KC Deville, who are both tattoo artists.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings

300 South Monroe Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

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Facebook
3.7 (3)

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Founded in 2006, Charm City Tattoo provides custom tattoo designs to Baltimore and the surrounding areas. Jacki Randall, the tattoo shop’s owner and sole artist, has 30 years of tattooing experience. She specializes in original, bespoke, custom, portraiture, and fine-line tattoos. The artist also does tattoo repairs. In addition to having an Oregon license, Jacki completed accredited studies on bloodborne pathogens and cross-contamination. Charm City Tattoo was recognized as one of the top tattoo shops by CBS Baltimore.

  • Body Art

1716 Harford Road, Fallston, MD 21047

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Yelp
4.5 (15)

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Flesh Tattoo Company is an upscale tattoo and piercing shop located in Fallston, Maryland. They have a team of five artists who bring a diverse set of skills and artistic talents. They offer a range of styles, including, photorealism, surrealism, Celtic, and bio-mechanical. Artists can also create custom and freehand tattoos. The parlor has a 4.8-star rating with customers who speak highly of the relaxed environment and excellent results.

  • Body Art

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Beth Kennedy
Westminster, MD 21157
Island City Tattoos
Baltimore, MD 21215
Black Lotus Tattoo
Hanover, MD 21076
Have Fun Be Lucky Tattoo
820 West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
Chad Miskimon
414 Edgewood Road, Edgewood, MD 21040
Mt. Vernon Body Art
827 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Layer 3 Collective - Fells Point
1724 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Dave Wah
801 West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
Capone's Ink
6717 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206
Naked Art Tattoos
1590 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113
Deville Ink Tattoo & Piercing Company
5920 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224
Charm City Tattoo
300 South Monroe Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
Flesh Tattoo Company
1716 Harford Road, Fallston, MD 21047

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.