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Best Tattoo Shops in Pittsburgh, PA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Pittsburgh 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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3450 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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3.5 (8)

Why choose this provider?

Art FX Tattoo Inc. is a business that serves the skin art needs of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. It offers tattoo services for different artwork styles using new and sterile equipment for each tattoo. Its team of talented artists has more than 50 years of combined experience. Art FX Tattoo Inc. has been in business for over 22 years. It supports the community through its fundraising activity for children the Toys For Tots held annually.

  • Traditional Tattoos

Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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4.9 (65)
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5.0 (34)

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Artisan is a Pittsburgh fine art tattoo studio, art gallery, and cafe. The studio is known for its fine art tattoo designs by its own resident artists as well as guest tattooers from all over the world. Potential clients are asked to review all artist portfolios to figure out which style they would like to use in their body art. Wifi is available in the shop as well as a selection of handmade clothing, lingerie, accessories, patches and prints, and small artworks for sale.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

4061 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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4.8 (206)
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4.9 (112)
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4.5 (51)

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Gypsy Tattoo Parlor brings over 20 years of experience in tattoos and art to the Pittsburgh community. The studio specializes in custom tattoos and is known for working closely with clients to make their experience, as well as their ink, memorable. Consultations are required, and clients can also ask for designs to help cover scars. Michelle Joy holds a degree in art from Parsons School of Design and often uses an illustrative, intricate style influenced by engravings and woodcuts.

  • Traditional Tattoos

6150 U.S. 30, Greensburg, PA 15601

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4.0 (357)
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4.8 (186)
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4.5 (12)

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Mantis Tattoo and Piercing has been serving the Jeannette area with tattoos for almost 10 years. Photos of the three artists' designs can be seen online, and the piercers are members of the APP. The shop follows strict guidelines for safety, sanitation, and cleanliness, and all materials used for a client's tattoo are thrown away after use. No person under the age of 18 can be tattooed, and only those 16 years of age or older can enter Mantis.

  • Body Art

2005 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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5.0 (2)

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In the Blood Tattoo has been providing tattoos for Pittsburgh residents for over 15 years. The shop is known for being clean, friendly, and professional and was voted the winner for Best Body Art from 2009 to 2011 by the Readers' Choice PGH City Paper. No person under the age of 16 will be inked, and minors must have photo ID and birth certificate as well as be accompanied by a parent/guardian with photo ID. Walk-ins are welcome.

  • Traditional Tattoos

539 Carnot Road, Moon, PA 15108

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4.5 (14)

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Up In Arms Tattoos & Piercings is a body art studio serving customers in Pittsburgh. Founded in 2007 by owner and tattoo artist Woody, the shop offers tattoos in neo-traditional styles. Woody collaborates with clients and helps them figure out the design of their custom pieces. Woody has been tattooing for five years and enjoys doing all kinds and styles. His studio also offers custom piercings by Rawn, who has been doing body art for the past 15 years.

  • Body Art

1410 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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4.0 (19)
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4.9 (11)

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Jester's Court Tattoos & Mores is an insured tattoo shop that has been catering to clients in Pittsburgh for 25 years. It offers a broad range of designs including, portraits, black and gray, florals, insects, reworks, and cover-ups. Its team of award-winning artists has over 50 years of collective experience in the industry. All of their works can be viewed by customers on the company website. Jester’s Court also offers piercing via the Hot Rod Piercing Company.

  • Body Art

742 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15226

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5.0 (19)

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Wyld Chyld Tattoo brings decades of experience in tattooing to Pittsburgh residents. The shop offers various artists, each specializing in their own styles including black and gray, color, photorealism, and cover-ups. Owner Sarah Miller was recently featured on Spike TV's Ink Master and was the 2014 winner for Best Tattoo & Piercing from Pittsburgh A-List. Artist Ty'esha Reels, also of Ink Master season 5 fame, specializes in coverups, realism, and color tattoos, and artist Lauren Toohey recently won 1st place watercolor at the United Ink Cradle of Aviation. Wyld Chyld is an official seller of Sullen clothing and also offers custom phone cases by Sarah Miller, custom jewelry, and other clothing items.

  • Traditional Tattoos

2208 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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3.0 (44)

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South Side Tattoo and Body Piercing has been a Pittsburgh tattoo studio for over 20 years. Owner Veronica was the first woman in Pittsburgh to be a tattoo artist and the first woman in Pennsylvania to own a tattoo shop. With more than 22 years of experience, Veronica is known for her versatility and use of color and is joined by three other talented tattooers. South Side is open seven days a week and walk-ins are welcome.

  • Traditional Tattoos

2895 West Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

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4.0 (36)

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The Pittsburgh Tattoo Studio offers tattoo services in the Pittsburgh area and has a combined 20 years of experience in the business. Patrons come to the studio for high-quality designs and a clean space to relax in. Work includes small tattoos, fine line lettering, cover-ups, color, black and gray, and large custom pieces as well as an array of piercing options. A large selection of body jewelry and aftercare products is also available, and walk-ins are welcome.

  • Body Art

3439 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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5.0 (18)

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Black Cat Tattoos is a tattoo studio that has been operating in Pittsburgh since 2009. Its founders, Jason Lambert and Cara Cable, opened the shop to emphasize friendly and open collaboration with its clients. The studio's artists use traditional techniques and accept design ideas for each session. Its website contains each artist's portfolio that includes multiple black-and-gray and full-color designs. Black Cat Tattoos also specializes in oriental characters, floral designs, animal images, and celebrity portraits.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos

103 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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5.0 (143)
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4.5 (25)

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Pittsburgh Tattoo Company provides tattoos to the residents of Pittsburgh. The studio is known for being friendly, clean, and professional with high quality work and a range of styles for potential clients to choose from via its four resident tattooers. A full gallery of past body art helps people decide which artist they may want to work with and is available via the shop's website. Clients can also schedule appointments online as well as browse through Pittsburgh Tattoo Company's upcoming events.

  • Traditional Tattoos

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Art FX Tattoo Inc.
3450 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Artisan
Gypsy Tattoo Parlor
4061 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Mantis Tattoo and Piercing
6150 U.S. 30, Greensburg, PA 15601
In The Blood Tattoo
2005 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Up In Arms Tattoos & Piercings
539 Carnot Road, Moon, PA 15108
Jester's Court Tattoos - South Side
1410 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Wyld Chyld Tattoo Pittsburgh
742 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
South Side Tattoo and Body Piercing
2208 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Pittsburgh Tattoo Studio
2895 West Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Black Cat Tattoos
3439 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Pittsburgh Tattoo & Piercing Company
103 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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.