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Why These Tattoo Artists?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Buffalo Tattoo Artists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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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.

5 Venoms Tattoo Studio

5 Venoms Tattoo Studio is a dedicated tattoo studio in Hamburg, New York that specializes only in tattoos. The studio has a reputation for cleanliness and comfort, and previous clients have also spoken highly of the creative abilities of the staff. The studio caters to a range of tastes, with particular expertise in cover-ups.

6th Order Tattoo

6th Order Tattoo is custom tattoo studio that has been in business for more than a decade. Its four-person team offers tattoos in traditional American, Japanese, modern Polynesian, and illustrated styles, among others. Customers can expect to be worked on by staff with up to 15 years of experience, and some artists have worked with illustrious clients like Cirque Du Soleil and the band Fallout Boy. Previous clients have spoken highly of the skill and professionalism of the artists.

Artemis Tattoo Studio

Artemis Tattoo Studio is an experienced provider of tattoos in a variety of styles. The studio can be found in Lancaster, New York, where the professional artists specialize in large scale custom designs, as well as full color, black and gray, cover-ups and reworks. The staff members have roughly a decade of experience each, and their friendly and professional manner is reflected in the reports of previous clients.

Lancaster, NY 14086


Carl’s Tattooing

Carl’s Tattooing is a professional tattoo studio in North Tonawanda, New York. It offers customers their choice from thousands of designs, as well as the option of tattoos that are custom-designed through a collaborative process between artist and client. The four-person team of artists has a reputation for warmth and friendliness, and previous clients have spoken highly of the willingness of staff members to help and explain. The studio offers all styles of tattoos, including Japanese, Celtic, new school, old school, and hot ride. Cover ups are available, and clients are welcome to walk in without an appointment. There is an emphasis on safety and hygiene—only single-use needles are used, and the studio uses autoclaves which are regularly spore-tested.

North Tonawanda, NY 14120


Cowpok Piercing & Tattoo Gallery

Cowpok Piercing & Tattoo Gallery is a well-established parlor in Buffalo that has the largest inventory of fine body jewelry in Western New York. It stocks well-known brands such as Anometal, Industrial Strength, and Body Circle Designs. The gallery was founded 22 years ago, and the ten-strong team of artists has a strong focus on safety and professionalism. Every piece of jewelry in the store has been carefully autoclaved, and the staff are members of the Association of Professional Piercers. Walk-ins are welcomed, and aftercare is provided.

Dead Man’s Hand Tattoo

Dead Man’s Hand Tattoo is a well-known professional tattoo and piercing parlor in Buffalo, New York. It offers lettering, sleeve work, and a range of other types and styles of tattoos. Its artists are skilled and have excellent experience, including a college education in Fine Arts and Illustration, a degree in Art Education, work as a registered nurse, and features in internationally distributed magazines such as Decibel and Stain And Ink. The studio has a focus on safety and hygiene—all piercings are done with surgical stainless steel jewelry, and clients report a clean and tidy workplace.

Divine Machine Tattoo

Divine Machine Tattoo is a custom tattoo studio in Buffalo, New York. It has a six permanent artists and welcomes customers to walk in without an appointment. The team has a strong focus on safety and ethics and has previously taken part in the ‘Toys for Tatz’ program, which provides toys for needy children. Previous clients have spoken highly of the clean and hygienic environment which the studio provides.

Ink & Style

Ink & Style is a professional tattoo and hair styling studio in Lockport, New York studio that is owned and operated by Inkmaster’s Nick D'Angelo. His studio has a commitment to safe and hygienic procedures, and it used a German-engineered tattooing system that is specially designed to cause less skin trauma and allow for better healing.

Lockport, NY 14094


Ink Assassins Tattoo and Piercings

Ink Assassins Tattoo and Piercings are a Buffalo studio with a staff of experienced and creative artists. The staff has more than 16 years of experience between them, as well as an Associate Degree in Art and expertise in acrylic paintings. This creative background is reflected in their specialties, which include color tattoos, geometric patterns, and stipple tattoos. The studio was founded in 2010 and has always passed its annual Health Department inspections.


MadTat2 is a tattoo and body piercing studio in Buffalo, New York that was recently nominated as one of the ‘Top 5 Best Tattoo & Piercing Parlors in Buffalo’. The award is part of the Artvoice Best of Buffalo Awards, and the parlor has been nominated repeatedly in the past decade.

Paul Massaro

Paul Massaro is a hugely experienced tattoo artist who is based in Buffalo, New York. He opened his first studio in Buffalo more than 30 years ago, and he has also traveled all over the US., to Europe, and to South America to hone his craft. He is supported by his wife Tammy who is a registered nurse and has been a member of the National Tattoo Association for more than 15 years.

RedHouse Tattoo and Body Piercing Studio

RedHouse Tattoo and Body Piercing Studio is a Depew, New York studio with a focus on safety and professionalism. All staff members are trained in first aid, CPR, and blood-born pathogens. Piercings sold here are manufactured in the U.S. to standards set by the Association of Professional Piercers. This stock includes well-known brands such as Anometal and Industrial Strength. The studio exceeds the legal requirements for safety; Erie County regulations demand that spore tests are conducted quarterly, but RedHouse insists on performing them weekly. Its staff are well-qualified: one has a background in registered nursing and another studied Fine Art at the University of Buffalo. As well as tattoos and piercings, the studio also sells fine art prints—these can be viewed via its website. Gift certificates are always available.

Renaissance Custom Tattoo

Renaissance Custom Tattoo is a well-established tattoo studio in the heart of the university district of Buffalo, New York. It has been in business for more than 15 years, and during that time has built a reputation for clean and professional service. Previous clients speak especially highly of the comfortable environment that the studio provides. The tattoos on offer come in a range of styles, and can be either fully custom or flash art designs. Customers are strongly encouraged to bring in their own art and designs. Though walk-ins are welcomed, appointments are preferred.

Buffalo, NY 14214


RoadHouse Tattoo & Piercing

RoadHouse Tattoo & Piercing is a custom tattoo studio based in Holland, New York. The owner has more than 30 years of experience with tattooing and offers his clients their choice of designs in a variety of styles, including tribal, black and gray, and fine line portraiture.

The Living Canvas Tattoo Studio

The Living Canvas Tattoo Studio is a Cheektowaga, New York business with a reputation for welcoming and friendly service. Previous clients have spoken highly of the helpful attitude of the staff and comfortable atmosphere of the studio. Gift certificates are available from the studio.

Cheektowaga, NY 14225


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