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Best Tattoo Shops in St. Louis, MO

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored St. Louis 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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3565 Ritz Center, St. Louis, MO 63125

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4.5 (23)

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Steel and Ink Studio is a holistic center of self-expression, movement, and breath. We are proud to be a place where evolution can be easily accessed. Steel & Ink Tattoo Studio has been in business since 2009 and offers permanent cosmetics, tattoos, body piercings, art, culture, and streetwear in St. Louis. The studio's licensed artists have over two decades of experience in professional tattooing and body piercing from all over the world. The owners of Steel & Ink Tattoo Studio are skilled artists and skilled business owners receiving several first-place awards for tattooing and the Woman of Distinction Award 2020 in Missouri for business owners. The studio is open six days a week and welcomes walk-ins every day and can be contacted through its website for inquiries and appointments.

  • Body Art
  • Portraits

3207 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118

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4.7 (231)
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4.5 (156)

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For over 17 years, TRX Tattoos & Piercing has been inking clients in Saint Louis. It also provides microchipping and microblading services. The shop commits to being a safe and clean space to accommodate clients of all backgrounds. Minors are only entertained when accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian. Its team handles appointments in person and can also hold consultations over the phone. TRX Tattoos & Piercing is affiliated with the Alliance of Professional Tattooists and the Association of Professional Piercers.

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

119 Long Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005

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4.5 (29)

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St. Louis Tattoo Company is a full-service tattoo and body modification studio in St. Louis. Its team of multi-awarded tattoo artists creates custom tattoos using different styles. Adhering to the stringent sterility standards, the studio makes sure that clients don't suffer from infections and are informed about sanitation procedures throughout the healing process. Clients praise the artists for making the experience comfortable and less painful with their light-handed work. St. Louis Tattoo operates seven days a week by appointment.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

2739 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118

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4.9 (110)
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5.0 (83)
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4.5 (18)

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Alchemy Tattoo Collective is a team of tattoo artists serving clients in St. Louis. The studio has a website where the clients can view any artists' portfolio. It advises its clients on what to do before the session such as getting a good night's sleep as well as after the session like how to take care of the fresh tattoo. Most of its artists use vegan ink for clients who prefer this option.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

1049 Wolfrum Road, Weldon Spring, MO 63304

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Deaf Dog Ink is a piercing and tattoo studio offering its services in and around St. Louis. The studio works with seven tattoo artists who can do big or small tattoos custom tattoos communicating with clients, considering their budget and preferences when designing the tattoo. The studio does body piercings for clients along with the tattooing services, applying piercings to ears, belly buttons, septums, and eyebrows. Deaf Dog Ink is a child-friendly place, allowing children in the studio as long as they are supervised; however, artists from this studio will not tattoo or pierce minors.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

2627 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118

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4.9 (473)
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4.7 (88)
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4.5 (11)

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Art Monster Tattoo is a professional tattoo shop based in St. Louis. It specializes in most custom tattoo designs including black and grey, realism, neo-traditional, and geometrical. It also works on watercolor, full color, polka trash, and script designs. Chris Sabatino opened Art Monster over a decade ago and has a team of three other artists. Art Monster is open from Monday to Saturday and typically takes in clients by appointment.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

8601 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132

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4.8 (469)
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4.7 (325)
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4.5 (75)

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AllStar Tattoo is a team of tattoo artists serving clients in St. Louis. They specialize in a wide variety of styles, including color and black and grey designs. Nate Strautkalns, one of the owners of the shop, is well-versed in tattooing big and bold pieces. AllStar Tattoo's clients can reach out directly to each artist through e-mail and send a photo or description of their desired tattoo and where on their body they want it done.

  • Body Art

1328 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103

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4.5 (32)

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Self Inflicted Studios offers tattooing and piercing services in St. Louis. The company opened in 2009 and now has two locations, one in St. Louis and one in St. Peters. Each artist's prices vary, and the shop minimum at Self Inflicted Studios is $50 with hourly rates starting at $100. The owner has over 17 years experience, and employees of Self Inflicted Studios can be contacted through the website.

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

4500 Central School Road, Saint Charles, MO 63304

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4.0 (100)
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4.0 (33)

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Threshold Tattoo and Body Piercing has been open for 16 years and began as the first tattoo and body-piercing studio in St. Charles. Each staff member has American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogen training and is licensed through the state of Missouri and St. Charles County. Threshold Tattoo has a $50 shop minimum and each tattoo is priced individually. Each artist’s schedule is also listed on the website. Scheduling an appointment in advance is required.

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

2909 South Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118
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4.5 (16)
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5.0 (13)
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4.5 (3)

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St. Louis resident Valencia Miller specializes in black & grey tattoos. She has over 15 years of experience in tattoo arts. She holds a degree in Chinese and Arts at St. Louis University and is currently pursuing her master's at Washington University - St. Louis campus. In drawing tattoos and fine art pieces, she specializes in large custom pieces, religious and historical figures, flowery images, and other different symbols. First-day in-studio consultations with Valencia require photos for references.

  • Piercings
  • Portraits

101 East Main Street, Festus, MO 63028

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4.7 (176)
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4.4 (37)
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5.0 (11)

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Seed of Life Tattoos provides tattoo services and areola reconstruction. Located in Festus, the owner has been tattooing for over 15 years and developed the “whims” style of tattooing in 2008. Seed of Life Tattoos also performs sacred tattooing, which combines a ritualistic ceremony and the use of crystals, building altars, chanting, sage cleanses, and more, along with the tattooing process. The website has large gallery of artists’ previous work.

  • Body Art

6309 Delmar Boulevard, University City, MO 63130

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4.5 (506)
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4.5 (451)
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4.0 (94)

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Iron Age Tattoo and Piercing is a tattoo shop servicing residents of St. Louis. It offers a wide range of styles and designs. Customers can browse the company's website to check the past and latest works of its professional artists. It offers piercing services, and the shop carries a vast selection of body jewelry. Customer ordering is also available. The business has been operating since 1994. Its team of artists includes Brad Fink, Carson Darryl, and Steven Andrews.

  • Body Art

6635 Delmar Boulevard, University City, MO 63130

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Enigma Tattoo & Piercing Studio offers a variety of body art services to the people of St. Louis. Established in 2009, it is an artist-owned tattoo shop that serves as home to tattooists who take on a wide range of styles, such as black and gray realism, portraiture, colorwork, cartoon, and watercolor. The studio also has a resident body piercer. Enigma Tattoo & Piercing Studio carries a complete line of aftercare products that can be purchased at the parlor’s retail area.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Steel & Ink Studio
3565 Ritz Center, St. Louis, MO 63125
TRX Tattoos & Piercings
3207 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118
St. Louis Tattoo Company
119 Long Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005
Earth Alchemy Tattoo
2739 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
Deaf Dog Ink
1049 Wolfrum Road, Weldon Spring, MO 63304
Art Monster Tattoo
2627 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
AllStar Tattoo
8601 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132
Self Inflicted Studios - Downtown
1328 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103
Threshold Tattoo and Body Piercing
4500 Central School Road, Saint Charles, MO 63304
Valencia Miller
2909 South Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118
Seed of Life Tattoos
101 East Main Street, Festus, MO 63028
Iron Age
6309 Delmar Boulevard, University City, MO 63130
Enigma Tattoo & Piercing Studio
6635 Delmar Boulevard, University City, MO 63130

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.