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Best Tattoo Shops in Fayetteville, NC

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Fayetteville 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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7960 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304

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4.9 (268)
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4.9 (255)
Yelp
5.0 (14)

Why choose this provider?

Black Hive Ink is a tattoo studio in Fayetteville. With a combined experience of over 40 years, the artists here have traveled both nationally and internationally to gain experience and knowledge from other renowned artists. With each artist specializing in different styles, the studio offers a wide range of designs including black and grey realism, traditional tattoos, colored tattoos, and script tattoos. They offer consultations before the actual tattoo session to discuss design ideas and help ensure that each client is matched with the right artist.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

3061 North Main Street, Hope Mills, NC 28348

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5.0 (582)
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5.0 (23)
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2.3 (3)

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Timeless Tattoo NC is a full-service company that serves customers in Fayetteville. The studio's artists are capable of doing various styles, including traditional, color, and even military tattoos. They are available for walk-ins and custom tattoo sessions. It also offers body piercing services, which are done in a separate section of the shop. It is equipped with sterilized, disposable tools and various types of jewelry. Timeless Tattoo NC has been providing its services to clients since 2001.

  • Body Art
  • Portraits

6109 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303

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5.0 (52)
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4.5 (6)

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Smokin’ Guns Tattoo has been in business for more than two decades. It serves the Fayetteville community and people from all over the world with exceptional tattoo arts. It is composed of artists with a wide range of styles, including black and gray imagery, colorwork, portraits, and cartoon characters. It has earned its former clients' trust and loyalty through its dedication to cleanliness, professionalism, and knowledge. The shop encourages clients to drop by and make appointments before their sessions.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

114 Old Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301

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4.9 (72)
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5.0 (13)

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Damien Lugo's Brighter Shade Tattoo is a Fayetteville-based shop offering custom tattoo designs. With more than 15 years of experience in tattooing, owner Damien Lugo has mastered creating large custom designs. His fellow tattoo artist, Joe Harris, specializes in illustrative and realistic styles. Joe has been tattooing for more than two decades. Tattoo appointments can be booked online or via phone. Aside from tattoo services, the shop also offers merchandise, including T-shirts, accessories, artwork prints, and paintings.

  • Body Art

5955 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303

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4.0 (196)
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3.5 (6)

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Bill Claydon’s Tattoo World is a tattoo studio serving the community of Fayetteville. Established in 1986, it carries a storied past as it was founded by Bill Claydon who played an integral role in helping the tattoo scene flourish in Fayetteville. Today, the shop offers a wide range of body art services. Its resident artists take on a wide range of styles, from black and gray realism to colorful traditional Americana. Bill Claydon’s Tattoo World also offers body piercing services.

  • Traditional Tattoos

74 Amarillo Lane, Sanford, NC 27332

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4.9 (4)
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5.0 (4)

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Hot Rod Tattoos is a family-owned and -operated shop in Sanford that has been serving surrounding areas with their tattoo needs. With a mission to be different on purpose, the shop's team of tattoo artists collaborates closely with their clients to create and customize unique tattoos. The artists offer a variety of styles to choose from, such as traditional American, Japanese, bio-mechanical, black, colored, cover-ups, and add-ons. A family-friendly shop, Hot Rod Tattoos provides a kid's room to keep children occupied.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

5439 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303

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4.8 (891)
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4.8 (619)
Yelp
4.5 (38)

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American Tattoo Society - Fayetteville, NC is an award-winning tattoo studio serving the metro. Its 6,000 square-foot shop is the largest in the area and is home to over 17 professional tattoo artists. The studio has won numerous citations including Best Tattoo and Piercing Studio, Best Small Business, Best Place to Work, and Best Customer Service awards. Its tattoo artists, piercers, and counter staff provide clients with outstanding customer service experience from booking to actual appointments to aftercare.

  • Body Art

4299 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304

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4.9 (132)
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4.0 (8)

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New Addiction Tattoo is a large tattoo and piercing studio in Fayetteville. It specializes in custom tattoo designs, including realism, black and grey, illustrative, and script. It also provides cover-up services and a range of piercing services, including ear, body, and facial piercings. In addition, New Addiction Tattoo has an art gallery displaying the original works of its artists. Gift cards, merchandise, and printed canvases of original paintings are also available for sale in their shop.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

5924 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314

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4.8 (2647)
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4.7 (223)
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3.5 (79)

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Evolution Ink has been providing creative tattoo designs to clients in Fayetteville for over 12 years. The studio's team of experienced artists specialize in varying tattoo styles including traditional, floral, art nouveau, realism, illustrative, and pop art. These artists also strive to ensure the safety of clients after the process by educating them on aftercare and follow-up care. Furthermore, Evolution Ink provides piercing services through its head piercer, Nick, who specializes in surface work and ear curation.

  • Traditional Tattoos

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Black Hive Ink
7960 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304
Timeless Tattoo NC
3061 North Main Street, Hope Mills, NC 28348
Smokin Guns Tattoo
6109 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Damien Lugo's Brighter Shade Tattoo
114 Old Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301
Bill Claydon's Tattoo World
5955 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Hot Rod Tattoos
74 Amarillo Lane, Sanford, NC 27332
American Tattoo Society - Fayetteville NC
5439 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303
New Addiction Tattoo
4299 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304
Evolution Ink
5924 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314

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.