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Best Tattoo Artists
in Wilmington

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 analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best tattoo artists in Wilmington, NC.

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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.

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Artfuel Inc.

Artfuel Inc. is a Wilmington tattoo parlor backed by decades of practice. Potential clients can read through each resident artist's bio as well as peruse their past work on the studio's website and are sure to find a style that suits them. Tattooers at the shop cater to custom designs and can ink a range of styles such as landscape, nature, American traditional, and black and gray realism, and one artist graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Artfuel typically hosts guest artists from all over the world as well, and announcements for upcoming visitors are made on its Facebook page. Customers can either book an appointment online or stop on by during business hours to talk about their desired tat.

Wilmington, NC 28403


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Cadillac Custom Tattoo & Piercing

Cadillac Custom Tattoo & Piercing is a tattoo studio serving the Wilmington area. The shop has a reputation for using hospital grade sterilization and for offering a diverse range of styles with tattooers who can ink everything from neo-traditional with bold lines and smooth black and gray to black and gray wash and bright color. Artists at the studio work closely with clients to bring their vision and ideas to life, and people can also choose from a wide selection of flash art at the studio. Cadillac's website features an extensive portfolio of past tattoo work as well as a lengthy FAQ section that includes important tattoo aftercare instructions. Body piercing services are also available, and walk-ins are welcome.

Wilmington, NC 28405


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Cape Fear Tattoo

Cape Fear Tattoo brings over 40 years of combined tattooing experience to the Wilmington area. The shop handles pretty much any style of design and can create a custom piece for clients or work with a design, photo, or idea they already have. Past customers have praised Cape Fear's friendly and clean studio as well as the artists' ability to produce beautiful work, make sure individuals know what is going on throughout the tattoo session, and deliver as comfortable of an experience as possible. Piercing services are also available with a member of the Association of Professional Piercers, and customers can purchase top-quality body art from the likes of Anatometal, Body Vision Los Angeles, NeoMetal, and Glasswear Studios.

Wilmington, NC 28403


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Glenn's Tattoo Service, Inc.

Glenn's Tattoo Service, Inc. tattoos people in Wilmington and is backed by years of combined experience. The group is known for providing a relaxed and fun environment, quality tats, and professional service, and the team handles a range of styles including custom work, Japanese-inspired themes, cover-ups, portraits, black and gray work, and traditional designs. The website has links to each artist's portfolio for individuals to look through before contacting the studio or coming in. Glenn's Tattoo Service is open Wednesday through Sunday, and customers may schedule an appointment, but walk-ins are also welcome. Extensive body piercing services are available at the studio as well, and aftercare instructions for tattoo and piercing work can be found online.

Wilmington, NC 28401


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Good Graces Tattoo

Good Graces Tattoo handles tattoo artwork in Wilmington. The group is known for its custom tattoo design, special guest artists, and welcoming, clean, and relaxing environment. The co-owner, Luke Worley, has a background in graphic design and illustration and typically inks in western/traditional style as well as black and gray and traditional Japanese designs. Artist Shawn Dougherty studied architecture and often tattoos geometric, line intensive, and bright and bold designs. One or two friends can accompany clients for their tattoo session, but the shop does ask that children not come in. Walk-ins are welcome, and a deposit is required for any appointment. Good Graces also offers illustration work and graphic digital design.

Wilmington, NC 28401


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Hardwire Tattoo & Body Piercing

Hardwire Tattoo & Body Piercing has been tattooing in Wilmington for over 24 years with a talented staff who have over 100 years of combined experience. Clients of the veteran-owned shop have access to a number of artists, and the staff strives to make sure each customer is paired up with the tattooer who will best fit their desired artwork. Hardwire has a reputation for using the latest technology and equipment to keep a clean and professional environment, and artists utilize sterile supplies and procedures to ensure safety. Interested parties can view some samples of Hardwire's top-quality creative talent as well as each tattooer's availability on its website. The group enjoys plenty of repeat business as well as referrals, boasts of being the only studio in town that is open seven days a week, and provides private rooms as well.

Wilmington, NC 28401


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Invoke Tattoo and Art Gallery

Invoke Tattoo and Art Gallery is a tattoo parlor serving the Wilmington community. The upscale studio seeks to take the art of tattooing to another level with high-quality custom ink work in a luxurious environment as well as via an exhibition of wall art from top names in the local scene for serious collectors. One of the in-house artists graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and all tattooers cater to a range of styles including bright color, black and gray, animals, Asian-themes, fun designs, and illustration. The studio enjoys plenty of repeat business as well as referrals, including from those from out-of-state. Invoke takes clients Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM until 7 PM and is open on Sunday and Monday by appointment only.

Wilmington, NC 28428


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Marks of Distinction Tattoo

Marks of Distinction Tattoo has been a Wilmington tattoo studio for 23 years. The studio claims to be Wilmington's first tattoo shop and prides itself on its sterile environment and quality artwork with both newbies and collectors frequenting the shop. Past customers appreciate the laid-back atmosphere, highly recommend the group to others, and even come from afar to be inked by the team. Artists at the studio cater to a range of styles, and interested parties can look through an extensive gallery of previous work on the company's website as well as on its Facebook page. Appointments must be made in person at the studio, and clients can come by Tuesday through Sunday from 1 PM until 9 PM.

Wilmington, NC 28401


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Pleasure Island Tattoo Shop

Pleasure Island Tattoo Shop is a Carolina Beach tattoo studio backed by almost 40 years of practice in the field. The group has a reputation for being safe, clean, and sterile and is licensed, inspected, and certified by the New Hanover County Health Department. The studio is also known for its super friendly, fun, and talented staff who cater to everything from cover-ups, neo-traditional, and realism to Japanese themes, portraits, and custom designs. Additional services include art, jewelry, clothing, and permanent makeup from an artist with almost 20 years of experience in the field. Pleasure Island accommodates walk-ins whenever possible and is open every day of the week. Pricing guidelines can be found online, and tattoo machine repair is also available.

Carolina Beach, NC 28428


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Rockstar Hair and Tattoo Lounge

Rockstar Hair and Tattoo Lounge brings years of experience in tattooing to Wilmington residents. The team offers both top-quality custom tats from three resident artists as well as hair coloring and styling from a licensed cosmetologist, and photos of past tattoo art can be viewed on Rockstar's website. Customers have driven as much as seven hours to visit the team for their ink work and praise the group for its professionalism and consideration for client comfort, its friendly and warm attitude, and its amazing custom designs. People can also stay current on Rockstar's newest work as well as any current specials via its Facebook page. Walk-ins are welcome.

Wilmington, NC 28405


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