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27255 Joy Road, Redford Charter Township, MI 48239
Redford Charter Township, MI 48239
  • Body Art

Blackwater Studios is a privately owned tattoo facility in Dearborn Heights that serves clients in Detroit. Working in the industry for more than a decade, its artists have extensive experience in performing tattoo procedures. The studio's certified specialist, Tara, offers eyebrow microblading and permanent and semi-permanent makeup sessions. Booking appointments is available through phone calls or texts, for customers to schedule or plan ahead their sessions. One of the clients said that his artist, Mark, has a great eye for detail.

27255 Joy Road, Redford Charter Township, MI 48239
Redford Charter Township, MI 48239

Website(734) 926-9543

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3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.7 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

56 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

20724 Ecorse Road, Taylor, MI 48180
Taylor, MI 48180
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  • Body Art
  • Jewelry

Caryl Cunningham is a tattoo artist who works out of Eternal Tattoos in Taylor. Ms. Cunningham works at the studio Tuesday–Saturday. She works on custom designs and enjoys the collaborative process with her clients. Ms. Cunningham provides free consultations and requires a $50 deposit for single appointments and $100 for portraits, pinups, or session work.

20724 Ecorse Road, Taylor, MI 48180
Taylor, MI 48180

InstagramWebsite(313) 388-8791

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19845 West McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48219
Detroit, MI 48219
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Detroit Inkspot is a Detroit-based studio that provides tattoo and piercing services with an onsite art gallery. The studio has four artists who work in a variety of mediums and styles including tribal, black and white, scripts, airbrushing, and custom portraits. Cover-ups and repairs also accepted. The shop offers piercings in various areas such as ears, nose, lips, and gums. Previous clients have commended the studio for being innovative and providing a comfortable and clean environment.

19845 West McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48219
Detroit, MI 48219

InstagramWebsite(313) 202-9737

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Online Profiles:

1 (Good)

Average Review Score:

4 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

7 (Good)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.

Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

3401 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Detroit, MI 48201
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  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Iconic Tattoo.Piercing is a Detroit studio that has been offering custom tattoo and body piercing services since 2015. The company maintains a sanitized studio environment and professional client care, which helped it become the first Association of Professional Piercers member in the metro. Its artists handle different tattoo styles, including black and gray realism. A tattoo artist since 1994, Matt Hesler purchased a dilapidated building in 2014 and conducted a major renovation that led to the opening of the Iconic studio.

3401 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Detroit, MI 48201

InstagramWebsite(313) 818-0078

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3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.8 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

236 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

3871 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48083
Troy, MI 48083
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Ironclad Tattoo Company is a tattoo parlor and body piercing studio in Troy. The company is open seven days a week. The studio has six permanent tattoo artists on staff, rotates in guest artists on a regular basis, and also has two full-time piercers on staff. Ironclad Tattoo Company was voted Best of Detroit in body piercing by the Metro Times in 2016. Check out the acid-etched Ironclad Tattoo Company flasks that are available at the shop and can be shipped anywhere.

3871 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48083
Troy, MI 48083

InstagramWebsite(248) 528-0810

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Plymouth, MI 48170Plymouth, MI 48170
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Jay Wheeler is a tattoo artist who works out of North Main Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery, the Plymouth company that he co-owns and operates. Mr. Wheeler began working in the Detroit area in 1992 before traveling worldwide to learn alongside some of the best tattoo artists in the industry. His tattooing and artwork have been featured in several tattoo magazines. He specializes in realism and does not work on cover-up tattoos or finish pre-existing tattoos started by another artist. Mr. Wheeler charges $200 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

Plymouth, MI 48170Plymouth, MI 48170

Website(734) 927-7155

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Online Profiles:

1 (Good)

Average Review Score:

5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

7 (Good)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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Waterford, MI 48327Waterford, MI 48327

Lady Luck Tattoo is a Waterford business that has been named among Michigan’s top shops three years in a row by WDIV-TV in Detroit. Clients can bring their unique designs to either artist in the tattoo parlor, which opened 16 years ago. Contact Lady Luck Studio seven days a week to set up an appointment or to receive pricing information.

Waterford, MI 48327Waterford, MI 48327

Website(248) 673-0670

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105 East 2nd Street, Rochester, MI 48307
Rochester, MI 48307
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Larry Farley is a tattoo artist and the owner of Collective Studios Ink, who enjoys doing custom work in the form of tattoos or murals in the Detroit metro. He uses several different techniques and art styles in his work and is also exceptional in doing black and greyscale tattoos. The studio embodies Larry Farley's passion for art as it serves its clients with the highest standards—for aesthetics and style, and even for health and safety. He values the community and artistic work around him and has worked with some of the industry's leading artists.

105 East 2nd Street, Rochester, MI 48307
Rochester, MI 48307

InstagramWebsite(248) 963-2903

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7325 North Middlebelt Road, Westland, MI 48185
Westland, MI 48185
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Neurotic Ink puts focus on craftsmanship, attention to detail, diversity, and professionalism in providing its tattoo services to Detroit area communities. The Westland-based tattoo parlor seeks to ensure that time is allocated for client consultations and primarily handles custom and "flash" designs. Neurotic Ink's former customers have said that the parlor offers a clean, relaxed environment as well as a friendly and sociable atmosphere. They have also recommended the parlor for original and first-time tattoos.

7325 North Middlebelt Road, Westland, MI 48185
Westland, MI 48185

InstagramWebsite(734) 727-4845

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Brownstown Township, MI 48183Brownstown Township, MI 48183

New Skool Tattoos in Brownstown opened 17 years ago and provides tattoos to customers from around the world. The company never reuses needles, and its body jewelry is made of nickel-negative, implant-grade steel that is allergen-free. New Skool Tattoos has received “4 The Best” status as one of the Detroit area’s top tattoo parlors by WDIV-TV. One of its artists won six awards at the 2014 Motor City Tattoo Expo, including four in Best Traditional categories and one for Most Patriotic.

Brownstown Township, MI 48183Brownstown Township, MI 48183

Website(734) 782-3550

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Sterling Heights, MI 48312Sterling Heights, MI 48312
  • Piercings
  • Jewelry
  • Traditional Tattoos

Vicious Ink Tattoos & Piercings provides tattoo services and body piercings from studios in Sterling Heights and Rochester Hills. Both locations are open seven days a week. The company twice was named to the WDIV-TV “4 The Best” list of top tattoo parlors in the Detroit area. It sells top-of-the-line aftercare products for both tattoos and piercings, and the artist will provide detailed aftercare instructions. Vicious Ink Tattoos & Piercings also sells a full line of clothing, jewelry, and art. Join the company’s Loyal Family Point Program to receive discounts on tattoos and piercings.

Sterling Heights, MI 48312Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Website(586) 553-9100

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We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.

Online Profiles:

3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.8 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

439 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.

Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

23531 Little Mack Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Wonderland Tattoo Studio has been offering custom body artwork in the Detroit area for more than 30 years. The shop’s resident artists can take on a wide range of styles, including black and grey realism, colorwork, and portraiture. To ensure the health and safety of clients, Wonderland Tattoo Studio’s professional staff receives training in blood-borne pathogens, infection control, first-aid, and CPR. They also receive annual medical check-ups and the studio is placed under third-party spore testing regularly.

23531 Little Mack Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

InstagramWebsite(586) 774-8288

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We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.

Online Profiles:

3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.7 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

169 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.

Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do tattoo artists make more money working in a tattoo shop or opening their own?
A: Just as with any industry, there is a large risk associated with going into business for oneself. Any tattoo artist considering opening their own shop should ensure they have business management and marketing skills to enable their shop to succeed. While becoming a tattoo shop owner can be lucrative, artists who don't have the business skills to succeed may earn a higher salary working in an established shop.
Q: What tools do tattoo artists need?
A: Most tattoo shops require artists to have their own supplies. That includes their own tattoo machines and necessary parts, such as needles, tubes, tips, and grips. Tattoo artists also need a large supply of ink and tattoo stencils.
Q: Are there minimum training requirements to become a tattoo artist?
A: Every tattoo studio has its own requirements when it comes to training. In most cases, new artists are required to have a well-presented portfolio and spend several months working under the guidance of an experienced mentor. These teachers show how to use the tools of the trade, oversee designs, and instruct interactions with clients.

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