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Best Tattoo Shops in Worcester, MA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Worcester 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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127 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA 01603 Rating

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4.0 (257)
4.0 (31)

Why choose this provider?

Miraculous Creations Tattoo and Body Arts LLC is a family-owned body art destination founded in 1992. With almost three decades in the industry, it has grown into a full-service tattoo studio. It offers artistic tattooing, body piercing, laser tattoo removal, microblading, and paramedical tattooing. It also offers a wide range of body jewelry collections. Miraculous Creations strives to provide its clients with a comfortable experience through its open-air location in Worcester. One of its tattoo artists, Adrian Vintimilla, has seven years of experience.

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

235 Haven Street, Reading, MA 01867 Rating

Why choose this provider?

Benchmark Tattoos is a Reading-based business that serves residents in Worcester. It is composed of two tattoo artists namely Jon Santos and Spencer Garron, who work in a variety of styles such as neo-traditional as well as traditional Japanese and Americana. Jon, the owner of Benchmark Tattoos, has been a tattoo artist for more than a decade. He founded the business in 2020 with an aim to provide clients with timeless tattoos and a private experience.

  • Traditional Tattoos

324 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606 Rating

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4.8 (206)
4.0 (47)
5.0 (1)

Why choose this provider?

Hourglass Ink is a tattoo studio founded in 2013. Its commitment is to provide a clean, creative, and sterile tattoo experience to body art enthusiasts in Worcester. The studio’s owner, Rob Levis, is a tattoo artist specializing in black and grey and color realism tattoo creations. Clients can check out artists’ portfolios for design inspirations. Hourglass Ink uses industry-standard tattoo technology and uses disposable equipment whenever possible. It also sterilizes equipment with hospital-grade sterilization standards.

  • Body Art

167 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604 Rating

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4.6 (228)
4.8 (46)

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Caged Raven Tattoo is a studio located in Worcester that offers tattooing services. Its specialties include fine line black and gray, traditional and neotraditional art, Japanese style, and biomechanical and organica art. Artist Cory "Zoid" Heisson's works include colored and non-colored images of clowns, skulls, monsters, and owls. The studio possesses bloodborne pathogen certification, which ensures that tattoo procedures are done safely. Caged Raven Tattoo, together with its tattoo artists, has amassed more than 100 trophies since it started in 2015.

  • Body Art

179 Grafton Street, Worcester, MA 01604 Rating

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5.0 (80)
4.0 (51)
4.5 (19)

Why choose this provider?

Crown of Thorns Tattoo is a tattoo shop that serves clients in Worcester. Its team of five tattoo artists creates body art based on the clients' design ideas. They are committed to maintaining cleanliness by using disinfectants. They have also undergone training on bloodborne pathogens, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and first aid. The tattoo parlor was established in 2006 and has rebranded to its current name in 2012. Original artworks done by the tattoo shop's artists are displayed in the hall of the shop.

  • Traditional Tattoos

387 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01602 Rating

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4.0 (72)
5.0 (67)
5.0 (1)

Why choose this provider?

Studio 31 Tattoo Social Club is a family-owned tattoo studio in Worcester. Its artists specialize in various artistic styles such as neo-traditional, American traditional, stylized, portraits, and realism. Additional services include areola restoration, scar camouflage, and permanent makeup. The studio also specializes in tattoo removal, using state-of-the-art laser equipment operated and conducted by a trained laser removal team. Its owner, Justin Buduo, is a tattoo artist who has been in the industry for over 17 years.

  • Body Art

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Miraculous Creations
127 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA 01603
Benchmark Tattoos
235 Haven Street, Reading, MA 01867
Hourglass Ink Tattoo Studio
324 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
Caged Raven Tattoo
167 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Crown of Thorns Tattoo
179 Grafton Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Studio 31 Tattoo Social Club
387 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01602


  • 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.