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Best Tattoo Shops in Tacoma, WA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Tacoma 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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1210 East Main Avenue, Puyallup, WA 98372

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4.0 (10)

Why choose this provider?

Ink Staind Tattoo is a tattoo studio that started in 2008, serving clients in Puyallup, Tacoma, and surrounding areas. It caters to first-timers, tattoo veterans, military personnel, and first responders. Its two artists, Crystal and Kylie Jane, use organic and vegan ink for their designs. The studio's website features its portfolio of works in all styles like lettering, floral designs, portraits, and watercolor drawings. It can also handle customized designs, revamp old or improperly made tattoos, and retouch fading pieces.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Body Art
  • Realism

210 Division Street Northwest, Olympia, WA 98502

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4.5 (28)

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Lo And Behold Tattoo is a tattoo shop based in Olympia that also serves clients in Tacoma. It offers different styles that include Japanese design, traditional, and black and grey. Lo And Behold Tattoo owner and tattoo artist Robert Egbert, who began offering his services in 1995, was serving in the Marine Corps when he started making tattoos. His team is composed of tattoo artists, each with at least 20 years of experience in the industry.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Body Art
  • Portraits

3912 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406

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4.8 (120)
Yelp
4.0 (41)

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Founded in 1998, Flaming Dragon Tattoo Company is a tattoo shop with two locations in Tacoma. Owner and tattoo artist, Scott Schafer, has 30 years of experience in the industry. Together with his team of artists who have diverse interests and styles, he provides design and application of custom imagery for all his customers. In addition to tattooing services, they also offer piercing using a wide assortment of jewelry. The shop and the devices used are kept clean and sanitized.

  • Body Art

1525 Summit Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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4.8 (68)
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4.5 (61)

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True Love Tattoo & Art Gallery, located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, specializes in custom tattoos. The studio is available seven days a week for clients from Tacoma who are looking for tattoo artists who can work in a variety of styles. Each tattoo artist has years of experience in creating tattoo designs ranging from Japanese, black & grey, colorwork, as well as intricate geometric designs. Consultations are encouraged, and clients are welcome to bring any references such as drawings and photographs of other tattoos to the appointment.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

1419 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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Supergenius Tattoo is a tattoo shop serving Tacoma. Tattoo artist Damon Conklin owns the tattoo shop that maintains experienced tattoo artists like Cory Jordan, Matt Wear, and Nate Leslie. Conklin started as a tattoo artist in 1995 and has been servicing the area ever since. He is a member of a group of artists and tattooers called the Sullen Art Collective, which promotes tattoo-inspired artwork. Making an appointment for larger tattoos is encouraged, although walk-ins will be accommodated.

  • Traditional Tattoos

141 Park Avenue North, Renton, WA 98057

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4.5 (39)
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4.7 (1)

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Sacred Soul Tattoo is a tattoo studio servicing residents of Tacoma. Its team of professional tattoo artists specializes in a wide range of styles, including full color, watercolor, illustrative, neo-traditional, black and gray hyperrealism, abstract, Japanese, and graffiti tattoo techniques. The business is owned by Michelle Haley, who has been included in the SoTattooed's list of top 100 tattoo artists in the world—and she had the additional distinction of being one of only ten artists in the roster.

  • Traditional Tattoos

226 Main Avenue South, Renton, WA 98057

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Known as Renton's oldest tattoo shop, Idolize Tattoo has served the greater Seattle area for over 20 years. The studio features a team of tattoo artists with a combined experience of over 50 years in the industry. The team, comprised of Henry James, Nicholas Rothenbuhler, and Matt Madison, plus their apprentice DL Rius, helps clients find a tattoo that matches their exact design preference and needs. The artists have spent years honing their craft and specializing in various styles, ranging from traditional, classic, bold, illustrative, and colorful tattoos. The shop is open seven days a week and accepts walk-in clients.

  • Traditional Tattoos

2712 North 21st Street, Tacoma, WA 98406

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Google
4.8 (114)
Yelp
5.0 (23)

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Old Tacoma Tattoo Parlor is a modern-classic tattoo shop situated in the heart of North Tacoma. To ensure the health and safety of its clients, the studio follows high standards in tattooing and practices hospital-grade sterilization. Its owner, Andre Ortego, can create custom designs in varying styles, including traditional Americana, black and gray imagery, colorwork, and pin-up. In business since 1993, Old Tacoma Tattoo Parlor strives to stay true to the traditions of the tattoo industry.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

2104 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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3.5 (80)
Facebook
4.4 (4)

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Dzul Ink Lounge is a body art studio near Tacoma that offers custom tattoos, body piercing, and airbrush art. The studio comes with a lounge-like ambiance and an art gallery with paintings and photographs. It has a VIP room for a more private client experience and uses specialized equipment for tattoo and piercing works. Its tattoo artists are committed to observing sterilization and cleanliness standards while providing relaxing services. Jacob Dzul's tattoo style is influenced by pre-Hispanic and Mexican-American art.

  • Traditional Tattoos

604 North State Street, Tacoma, WA 98403

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Tsunami Tattoo is a studio that has been providing tattoo services in Tacoma since 2000. The studio is composed of four resident tattoo artists namely Damien Dekay, Erin Cleo, Nate Leinfelder, and Timothy McCarthy. The artists have experience in traditional, realism, wildlife, floral, lettering, and geometry designs. Timothy is the founder and has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. His work has been featured in different publications. Tsunami Tattoo accepts clients by appointment only.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

118 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371

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5.0 (104)
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4.9 (80)
Yelp
4.0 (11)

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Family Tradition Tattoo Parlor offers body art to the people of Puyallup and the surrounding communities, including Tacoma. The studio’s owner, Jeremie James, draws inspiration from well-known tattooers, such as Tim Henrix, Luke Wessman, Mikey Slater, and Jack Rudy. Along with the shop’s resident artist, Colton Keough, he can take on a wide variety of tattoo styles, including black and gray realism, portraiture, and traditional Americana. Interested individuals are encouraged to book an appointment. Walk-ins may be accommodated as well.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
InkStaind Tattoo
1210 East Main Avenue, Puyallup, WA 98372
Lo And Behold Tattoo
210 Division Street Northwest, Olympia, WA 98502
Flaming Dragon Tattoo Company
3912 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406
True Love Tattoo & Art Gallery
1525 Summit Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
SuperGenius Tattoo
1419 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Sacred Soul Tattoo
141 Park Avenue North, Renton, WA 98057
Idolize Tattoo
226 Main Avenue South, Renton, WA 98057
Old Tacoma Tattoo Parlor
2712 North 21st Street, Tacoma, WA 98406
Dzul Ink Lounge
2104 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Tsunami Tattoo
604 North State Street, Tacoma, WA 98403
Family Tradition Tattoo Parlour
118 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371

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.

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