Best Tattoo Shops in Raleigh

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401 Tattoo

Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

401 Tattoo Fuquay serves the Varina community with tattoo designs and brings over 45 years of art experience to clients. The licensed shop aims to create unique, custom designs as well as cover-ups and typically works by appointment-only, although walk-ins are welcome. Clients appreciate the feeling of privacy when being tattooed and can choose from two permanent artists as well as a rotating guest tattooer. Piercing services and jewelry are not available.

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4.4
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4.7 / 5 (114)
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3.5 / 5 (41)

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Double Deuce Tattoo & Art Gallery

937 North Harrison Avenue, Cary, NC 27513
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  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Double Deuce Tattoo & Art Gallery is a studio located in Cary that has been providing tattoo services to individuals in the metro, from Raleigh, and from the surrounding areas for 10 years. The studio creates customized designs for clients and provides them with consultation and aftercare products. It also offers piercing services. The owner, Scott Russell, is a tattoo artist and a resident of Raleigh whose passion for art began at a young age. He has since replaced his crayons with the tattoo needle.

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4.6
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First Class Tattoo

2000 Brentwood Road, Raleigh, NC 27604
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  • Body Art

Business Description

First Class Tattoo is a tattoo studio that provides tattoo services to individuals in the Raleigh area. The team of tattoo artists specializes in the American traditional style and is knowledgeable in tattoo cover-ups. In addition, it lays out designs and plans in close consultation with the client. Edgar Guardiola, the company owner, is a licensed tattoo artist who established First Class Tattoo in 2019. He values cleanliness and employs a unique skill in each project.

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4.3
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4.0 / 5 (67)
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5.0 / 5 (32)

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Mad Ethel’s Tattoo

711 North Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27604
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  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Mad Ethel’s Tattoo started in 2012 and has continuously served clients from Raleigh and surrounding areas since then. The tattoo artists have more than 50 years of combined experience, allowing clients of different body steps and skin types to get their desired tattoo. The studio specializes in custom-only work and also provides piercing services. Mad Ethel’s Tattoo was featured in WRAL News and received the Best of The Triangle Award in 2014 from Triangle Downtowner Magazine.

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4.5

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Oak City Tattoo

3114 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607
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  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Oak City Tattoo in Raleigh is a tattoo studio composed of artists tattooing in freehand, full color, black and white, grey, tribal, and traditional American styles. The team believes in working closely with customers to deliver end results that please them. The studio strives to provide clients with an environment that fosters expressiveness and artistry. The artists and founders established the studio as their outlet for creativity and relaxation. They maintain an atmosphere that encourages limitlessness and enjoyment.

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4.5
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4.7 / 5 (2)

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Phoenix Tattoo

1215 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Geometric Tattoos

Business Description

Phoenix Tattoo Studio is a Raleigh-based tattoo shop that's been operating for 10 years. Owner Lacie Frain has been in the tattooing industry for more than 17 years. The shop's artists specialize in a wide range of styles including portraits, black and gray realism, and Victorian art deco. They also accommodate custom-quality designs. The shop conducts fundraisers for different organizations every month, such as Beyond Fences and SAFEchild. It also offers artwork created by its own artists.

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4.9
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Red Leaf Tattoo Studio

8450 Chapel Hill Road, Cary, NC 27513
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  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Located in Cary, Red Leaf Tattoo Studio offers tattoo work in the Raleigh area. It offers custom tattoos, permanent make-up, and scalp micropigmentation. It has three resident artists who specialize in different styles and techniques. These include black and grey portraiture, full-colored Japanese, and traditional Americana. The portfolios of previous tattoo works and designs done by the studio can be viewed via the website. Red Leaf is open every day of the week except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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4.5
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4.5 / 5 (12)

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Warlock's Tattoos

5535 Western Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27606
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  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

With over 10,000 tattoos made, Warlock's Tattoo is the oldest tattoo parlor in Raleigh. The ink studio has won numerous recognitions in different conventions and expos since 1991. They've also archived more than 5,000 tattoo design sheets to help clients choose. Its team crafts colorful masterpieces, black and gray designs, and cover-up tattoos. Facial and body piercings are also offered in the shop. The tattoo artists of Warlock's Tattoo have over 100 years of combined experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do tattoo artists make more money working in a tattoo shop or opening their own?

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.

What tools do tattoo artists need?

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.

Are there minimum training requirements to become a tattoo artist?

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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