Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Kansas City
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 Kansas City, MO.

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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.

A1 Tattoo Shop

A1 Tattoo Shop is located in Gladstone and was founded in 1993. Owner Brennan O’ Rourke has been professionally tattooing for 20 years and specializes in American Traditional tattooing and large scale Japanese-style tattooing. A1 Tattoo Shop’s team focuses on classic, vintage and hand-drawn works that can be small or large-scale. The shop also offers full-body piercing services. Appointments and walk-in customers as both welcome.

Gladstone, MO(816) 436-0622

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Dragonfly Tattoo Studio

Dragonfly Tattoo Studio serves the Kansas City area and was founded in 1997. Founder Troy Butner is a native of the city and has over 20 years of experience. His team of three artists provides quality tattooing services and is trained in diverse mediums of the art. Dragonfly Tattoo Studio is state licensed, Inspected by the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology, and is a member of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists and Alla Prima Ink.

Kansas City, KS(913) 287-7374

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Exile Tattoo

Exile Tattoo is located in Kansas City and consists of Whispering Danny's Exile Tattoo and Exile Tattoo 2. Owner Danny Kobzantsev is a professional tattoo artist whose team specializes in a wide array of tattoo artwork and designs, including small and large-scale works. Exile Tattoo’s award-winning team of artists are well-known in the area and clients rave about the shop’s reasonable prices and highly-skilled work.

Kansas City, MO(816) 531-7622

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Fat Kat'z Tattoo, Inc.

Fat Kat'z Tattoo, Inc. is a Dodge City-based tattoo parlor that offers custom artwork and permanent makeup services. The shop specializes in a range of small and large-scale designs in both full color and black and gray. Fat Kat'z Tattoo, Inc. is licensed by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology and its team of tattoo artists are board certified. The shop works by appointment only.

Dodge City, KS(620) 338-8080

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Glory Bound Tattoo

Glory Bound Tattoo is located in Lee’s Summit and was founded in 2010. The team of six tattoo artists provides top customer service in a clean, welcoming and safe environment. Owner Jimmy Kuder III was voted one of the top three tattoo artists in the Kansas City metro area in 2013 and 2014 by The Pitch. Glory Bound Tattoo offers a variety of custom designs and tattoo services and also has a location in Blue Springs.

Lee's Summit, MO(816) 600-5106

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Hand & Dagger Tattoo

Hand & Dagger Tattoo is a tattoo studio that hosts a collective of skilled, talented artists specializing in a wide variety of inking styles for custom-designed tattoos. Artists at Hand & Dagger Tattoo can create tattoos in almost any style including traditional American, Japanese, black and grayscale, script, color, intricate geometrical, realism, and illustrative neo-traditional. Past clients praise Hand & Dagger Tattoo's clean and comfortable facility, talented artists, and relaxing, laid back atmosphere. Hand & Dagger Tattoo accepts walk-in clients.

Kansas City, MO(816) 832-8001

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Headless Hands Custom Tattoos

Headless Hands Custom Tattoos is a Mission-based tattoo studio that has experience in a range of tattoo styles that include cover-ups, full color, black and gray, lettering, floral and more. Owner Sean Gilbert has over a decade of experience and his team of licensed artists is committed to providing high-quality artwork and client service. Past clients note that the team is personable and patient which each project.

Mission, KS(913) 362-8282

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Irezumi Tattoo

Irezumi Tattoo is a Kansas City tattoo studio that has served the city for nearly two decades. The shop has a team of a dozen tattoo artists and two piercers who are experienced in a variety of tattoo styles, including portraits, traditional American, black and gray, color, realism, custom lettering and more. Irezumi Tattoo takes appointments as well as walk-in customers.

Kansas City, MO(816) 384-1622

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Jeremy Latta Tattoos

Jeremy Latta is a Kansas City-based professional tattoo artist that has been in the field for over 18 years. He founded and branded Dark Lotus Tattoos in Liberty, MO before moving the business to the Kansas City area. Jeremy Latta’s client testimonials indicate that he is highly skilled, personable, and knowledgeable in various forms of tattoo art. His portfolio demonstrates a wide range of tattoo styles and mediums. He currently works out of Exile Tattoos in Kansas City.

Kansas City, MO(816) 222-4750

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Jessie Hopeless

Jessie Hopeless is a professional tattoo artist based in Kansas City who currently works out of Exile Tattoo. She has been in the field since 2003 and has over a decade of experience. She offers custom tattooing services and has been voted one of Kansas City's top three tattoo artists two years in a row. Her portfolio includes large-scale and full sleeve works.

Kansas City, MO(816) 531-7622

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Mikey Wheeler

Mikey Wheeler is a professional tattoo artist based in Kansas City. He offers a range of tattoo services including portraiture, historical, floral, line drawn and geometric styles. He has over a decade of experience and currently works out of Mercy Seat Tattoo. Previous clients praise Mikey Wheeler for his attention to detail, speed, and dedication to producing high-quality tattoos.

Kansas City, MO(816) 421-4833

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Old Souls Tattoo Parlour

Old Souls Tattoo Parlour serves the Kansas City area and has four tattoo artists on staff that is trained in an array of styles, including full color, black and gray, portraits and cartoon designs. The staff offers consultations and takes both appointments and walk-in clients. Past clients rave about the team’s friendliness, professionalism, and expertise and many become repeat customers.

Kansas City, MO(816) 452-0393

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Revelation Tattoo

Revelation Tattoo provides tattoo and piercing services to Gladstone and surrounding areas. The studio bills itself as high-energy and traditional and provides full-color artwork and expert piercings. Founder John Monk started the shop in 1992 and is an expert in traditional American and Japanese styles. The studio’s team of nine artists has been recognized by the Gladstone Dispatch as “Best of the Northland” two years in a row.

Gladstone, MO(816) 420-0987

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Steven Campbell Tattoos

Steven Campbell of Exile Tattoos is a professional tattoo artist who is well known for his skill at providing clients with top-quality work and service. He has experience with large-scale and cover-up designs as well as full-sleeve works. Past clients praise Steven Campbell for his friendliness and detail-oriented designs. He currently works out of the Kansas City-based shop Exile Tattoos.

Kansas City, MO(816) 531-7622

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Stormy Tattoo

Stormy Tattoo is a private and appointment only tattoo service located in Kansas City. Owner Stormy Jackson began working as a professional tattoo artist in 2001 and worked for various shops around the region for over a decade. Stormy specializes in custom, one-of-a-kind, original tattoo designs and cover-up work, including black and gray, portraits, Asian and American traditional styles. He was recognized as Kansas City's Best Tattoo Artist by Kansas City Magazine.

Kansas City, MO(816) 492-5008

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Surreal Tattoo Studio

Surreal Tattoo Studio is based in Kansas City and offers tattoo and piercing services in a clean and state-of-the-art shop. The team of three artists specializes in creating custom tattoos with extreme detail. The shop takes walk-in consultations as well as appointments. Past clients praise the shop for affordability and the staff for offering high-quality customer service.

Kansas City, MO(816) 605-1071

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Tattoos by Chris Orr

Tattoos by Chris Orr is a professional tattoo service located in Kansas City. Founder Chris Orr has been in the field since 1994 and has experience with full-color tattoos in abstract designs. He is currently based out of Mercy Seat Tattoo. Past clients have raved about Chris Orr’s patience and friendliness as well as his attention to his customer’s comfort.

Kansas City, MO(816) 421-4833

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Tattoos By Elmo

Tattoos By Elmo was founded by Michael “Elmo” Boyd and is a professional tattoo service based in Lee’s Summit. He has over 16 years of experience and currently works out of the Bleeding Heart Tattoo Studio. Tattoos By Elmo provides full color and black and gray designs in both small and large-scale. Michael Boyd is also an experienced artist.

Lee's Summit, MO(816) 217-5404

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The Illustrated Man Tattoo Shop

The Illustrated Man Tattoo Shop is based in Kansas City and offers an expert knowledge of tattoo arts and history. Founder Jack Cox opened the shop in 1972 as the city’s first tattoo studio and has over 40 years of experience in the field. He has become known by his customers for top- quality workmanship and customer service. In addition to tattoos, his staff is also trained in permanent makeup services.

Kansas City, MO(816) 468-7760

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The Ink Parlor

The Ink Parlor first opened in 2012 and now has two locations in the Kansas City metro region. The team of eight professional tattoo artists is trained in styles ranging from bold and colorful to detailed geometric designs. Past clients praise the studio for providing a clean professional environment and top quality artwork. The Ink Parlor also offers gift cards and piercings via its online store.

Kansas City, MO(816) 984-4465

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