Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Minneapolis
2017

Why These Tattoo Artists?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored tattoo artists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best tattoo artists in Minneapolis, MN.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Art With A Point Custom Tattoo Studio

Art With A Point Custom Tattoo Studio is a small tattoo studio based in Minneapolis. The owner-operated business provides tattooing services in a range of styles, although the artist specializes particularly in Celtic art. The artist is a member of the National Tattoo Association as well as the Alliance of Professional Tattooists. From the latter organization, he has received official certification in "Prevention of Disease Transmission," as well as the organization's rare "Master Tattooist" title.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 823-1254

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Beloved Studios

Beloved Studios is a tattoo studio in St. Paul with a team of five tattooists creating custom body art for Twin Cities Metro clients. Since its opening in 2006, the independently-owned business has delivered tattoo services with a particular focus on listening to customers. Customers of Beloved Studios can expect the team members to work closely with them to determine that the size, design, location, and other aspects of the tattoo match their specifications.

Saint Paul, MN(651) 255-3394

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Broken Hearts Tattoo Club

Broken Hearts Tattoo Club is a tattoo shop in Minneapolis' Arts District, owned and operated by a small team of professional tattoo artists. In addition to the group of permanent "resident" artists, the staff includes a rotating cast of guest artists, often award-winning tattooists from all over the world.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 789-5339

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Canvas Tattoo Studio

Canvas Tattoo Studio, which has one location in Eden Prairie and another in Prior Lake, provides Minneapolis Metro area customers with body piercing and custom tattooing services. Jerome James founded the Prior Lake shop in 2005, before collaborating with his brother Leroy Jones to open up the Eden Prairie location in 2008. In each studio, staff members focus on creating a friendly, clean, and welcoming environment for experienced clients as well as people getting inked for the first time.

Eden Prairie, MN(952) 944-6938

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Electric Dragonland

Electric Dragonland is a Hopkins-based tattoo studio. The business's founder and owner, SHahn Anderson, works alongside fellow tattoo artists Dan Dittmer, Thad Paskey, Stephanie Schill, and Chuck Householder, creating body art in a broad variety of styles, colors, and sizes. The business includes members of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, and Electric Dragonland adheres to that organization's strict sterilization guidelines.

Hopkins, MN(952) 933-2097

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Guns N Needles Tattoo

Guns N Needles Tattoo, based in Uptown Minneapolis, is an artist-owned and operated tattoo studio. Roger Kane, nicknamed "Uncle Rog," founded the studio with his colleague Brian "Jinx" Siegel in 2009. The studio is dedicated to complete customer satisfaction and is exceptionally clean and professional yet, relaxed and comfortable. The shop uses industry leading aftercare solutions and was featured as one of the Best Tattoo Parlors by City Pages in 2016.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 998-5997

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Ink Lab

Tattoo artist David Dettloff opened Ink Lab in October 1995. Mr. Detloff, a veteran of the profession, has since then amassed a team of award-winning tattoo artists and body piercing specialists from across the world. The shop is clean and completely drug-free, and it adheres to cleanliness standards put forth by the Minneapolis Department of Environmental Health. The shop has won multiple "Best Tattoo Shop" and "Best Body Piercing" awards from the local publication City Pages.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 823-2969

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Ink Shrinks Tattoo

Ink Shrinks Tattoo, in New Brighton, has two artists on its staff. Ivy Hoffman has been working in the industry since 2012, including several years as an apprentice before she joined the Ink Shrinks Tattoo team. Greg Sullivan, her colleague, became a tattooist in 2001, and has made a name for himself as a reliable Twin Cities tattoo artist. In addition to applying new tattoos, the Ink Shrinks Tattoo team can remove or touch-up old tattoos.

New Brighton, MN(651) 797-2597

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Ink Tailor

Ink Tailor, located in Columbia Heights, has clients from Minneapolis and throughout the area. Adam Chlodo, the studio's owner and sole artist, has more than a decade of experience tattooing throiughout the world. Mr. Chlodo can design and apply virtually any tattoo the client requests, from small, simple images to full-body suits, full sleeves, and back pieces. Additionally, he can perform cover-ups and touch-ups.

Columbia Heights, MN(763) 574-0079

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Jackalope Tattoo

Jackalope Tattoo, based in Minneapolis, is a tattoo studio that is open to people of all genders. However, it focuses especially on providing female clients with a comfortable atmosphere. The shop was founded in 2013 and, since its inception, has grown its staff to a team of seven highly qualified female tattoo artists. Jackalope Tattoo's artists have had their work featured in the Huffington Post, the Minneapolis SunTimes, and City Page.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 353-6846

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Jessi Lawson

Jessi Lawson is a Minneapolis-based artist who specializes in painting and tattooing. In her work as a tattoist, she uses vivid colors, often portraying surreal, fantastic worlds with imagery borrowed from nature. Ms. Lawson received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Before she became a freelance tattooist and painter in Minneapolis, she worked for several years as a tattooist in Las Vegas, apprenticing under Ryan Mueller.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 729-1475

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Jessie McNally

Jessie McNally was born in Australia, raised in the Twin Cities area, and, as an adult, has become Woodbury-based tattoo artist. She specializes in creating body art that incorporates religious icons and symbols, folk art, flora, fauna, and alchemy. Ms. McNally creates art in multiple formats, including painting, sculpting, assemblage, and mixed-media.

Woodbury, MN(651) 340-7348

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Leviticus Tattoo Piercing

Leviticus Tattoo Piercing is a tattoo parlor in the Longfellow neighborhood, creating tattoos exactly to customers' specifications. Before the artist begins inking, he or she presents the client with a hand-drawn sample for approval or revision. Additional services include tattoo removal and body piercing. The environment at Leviticus Tattoo Piercing, which includes a Japanese Koi pond, has been carefully designed to make customers feel at ease.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 729-1475

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Mastectomy Tattoo

Mastectomy Tattoo is a unique tattoo service affiliated with Twilight Tattoo, in Minneapolis. Shane Wallin, who works as an artist at Twilight Tattoo, creates tattoos for women who have survived breast cancer. The business's most popular option is restorative tattooing, whereby Mr. Wallin uses three-dimensional nipple tattoos and areola pigmentation to recreate the appearance of natural breasts. However, Mr. Wallin can also apply custom designs, according to clients' specifications.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 722-2233

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Mill City Tattoo Parlor

Mill City Tattoo Parlor is a relatively new tattoo studio, opened in South Minneapolis.in July 2015. Leading the team is Carlton Rohne, a tattoo artist who has been working in the field for several years. Although Mr. Rohne specializes in Americana, he can work in a broad array of styles, at the client's request.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 584-4120

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Minneapolis Tattoo Shop

With six female tattoo artists on its staff, Minneapolis Tattoo Shop is an especially good choice for women seeking a comfortable environment. In addition to creating body art at its brick-and-mortar studio location, Minneapolis Tattoo Shop sells an array of sweatshirts, tees, hats, and patches through its website. Notably, in 2015, Minneapolis Tattoo Shop was featured in the City Pages "Best of the Twin Cities" list.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 875-6717

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Rose of No Man’s Land

Rose of No Man’s Land is a tattoo parlor in Woodbury with six tattooists on its staff. The business opened in 2010, founded by three of these tattoo artists and one body piercing professional. Clients from across the Twin Cities Metro praise the team for their excellent work and their commitment to making the environment clean and comfortable.

Woodbury, MN(651) 340-7348

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Sea Wolf Tattoo Company

Sea Wolf Tattoo Company is a Minneapolis-based tattoo shop with clients from throughout the Twin Cities Metro area. Jason Walstrom is the business's owner and its leading tattoo artist. He works alongside Benjamin Delano and Mimi Wunsch, two experienced and qualified tattooists. Altogether, the Sea Wolf Tattoo Company team is competent in a broad variety of styles and sizes.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 224-9294

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Twilight Tattoo

Twilight Tattoo is a Twin Cities tattoo parlor that is open from noon to nine o'clock from Tuesday to Saturday, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. Based in Minneapolis, Twilight Tattoo is a small, indepdently-owned studio with five artists on its staff. Notably, resident artist Shane Wallin specializes in performing "mastectomy tatooing." The procedure, which he has been performing for clients since 2012, can help cancer survivors come to terms with the physical and emotional scars of the disease.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 722-2233

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Twin City Tattoo

Twin City Tattoo is a Minneapolis-based studio whose staff consists of Michael Yurkew, Roger Smith, and Eric Silverman. When it opened its doors in 1976, Twin City Tattoo was the first licensed tattoo shop in the state. The team can provide tattooing as well as body piercing services, with walk-in appointments available. Interested potential clients can view the artists' portfolios on the Twin City Tattoo website or on the company's Instagram page.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 824-8181

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