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48 1/2 Grattan Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Brooklyn, NY 11237
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Geometric Tattoos
  • Portraits

Allied Tattoo was established in 2015 by Andy Perez to provide quality tattoo services to its clientele in New York City. Offering a relaxing and warm environment for customers, Allied Tattoo caters to both simple designs and multi-session work that exceeds a one-sitting service. Allowing both artists and clients to discuss the preferred artwork or design, the studio aims to achieve the closest possible interpretation of a design to the client.

48 1/2 Grattan Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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Online Profiles:

1 (Good)

Average Review Score:

5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

20 (Better)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

1047 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Brooklyn, NY 11222
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  • Traditional Tattoos

East River Tattoo has been tattooing New York clients since 2000. The shop performs custom designs in various styles but is known for using themes from maritime folk art and 19th century traditional styles and usually incorporates antique nautical charts, wood cuts, engravings and scrimshaw into designs. Duke Riley has 23 years of experience and has had his work exhibited in museums around the world including the Brooklyn Museum's permanent collection.

1047 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Online Profiles:

1 (Good)

Average Review Score:

4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

67 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

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115 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Brooklyn, NY 11249
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Eight of Swords Tattoo is a Brooklyn tattoo shop as well as art gallery. The shop's artists have decades of experience and offer their own styles as well as custom, detailed work. Artwork from various artists and t-shirts are also for sale. Eight of Swords has regular art openings as well as annual charity events for non-profits such as The Warriors Fund and the ASPCA.

115 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Brooklyn, NY 11249

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Online Profiles:

2 (Better)

Average Review Score:

4.6 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

133 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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21 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
New York, NY 10003
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Fineline Tattoo NYC brings 40 years of experience to New York tattoo clients. The shop first started in 1976 when tattooing was still illegal and is still frequented today by loyal fans who love the friendly staff and attitude. Mehai Bakaty worked alongside his father through the ban until 1997 when Fineline was opened legally. Mr. Bakaty's work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and via the media such as on The Learning Channel.

21 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
New York, NY 10003

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Average Review Score:

4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

51 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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52 Canal Street, New York, NY 10002
New York, NY 10002
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Located on Canal Street in New York City, First Class Tattoo focuses on artistic designs and custom pieces. The studio's artists offer design specialties that include full color or black and gray realistic styles, fine-line images, geometric designs, script, block work, and neo-traditional elements. First Class Tattoo also provides cosmetic tattooing, including lip tinting and brow shading. Once the tattoo is complete, the artist wraps the area in a protective bandage.

52 Canal Street, New York, NY 10002
New York, NY 10002

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3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.8 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

558 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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94 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10002
New York, NY 10002
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Geometric Tattoos

Fun City Tattoo is a New York City-based walk-in tattoo shop. What started as a DIY shop in Jonathan Shaw's living room in Manhattan is now an establishment owned by his former apprentice, Steve Pedone, and Pedone's partner, Maxx Starr. Both are experienced artists and adept in all tattoo designs. The shop's reputation has attracted numerous celebrity patrons, like Miley Cyrus, Kate Moss, and The Cure. Fun City Tattoo has been featured in different publications, such as The New York Times, Paper, and L'Officiel magazine.

94 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10002
New York, NY 10002

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3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.6 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

285 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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43-01 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Long Island City, NY 11101
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Inkstop Tattoo has been a New York tattoo studio for almost 20 years. The shop's artists each have decades of experience and can create custom designs. Inkstop is certified by the Board of Health, uses new needles for every tattoo, and has a certified lab perform Autoclave testing every week. Inkstop has been featured in numerous media such as MTV2 and Mad Magazine, and customers must show proof of being 18 or older.

43-01 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Long Island City, NY 11101

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12 (Better)

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188 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
New York, NY 10012
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Kings Avenue Tattoo is a legendary tattoo studio in New York. The studio has numerous resident as well as guest artists who are known all over the world. Founder Mike Rubendall himself has been tattooing for over 20 years, has won over 50 international awards, and has been widely featured in the media, both in print and on TV shows such as on Tattoo Wars and as a judge on Ink Master. Kings Avenue also sells various clothing, accessories, and a line of hats designed by Mr. Rubendall.

188 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
New York, NY 10012

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Online Profiles:

3 (Best)

Average Review Score:

4.8 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

505 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.

Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

Westbury, NY 11590Westbury, NY 11590
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Lark Tattoo is a Westbury tattoo studio. Bios of all artists are listed on the site as well as aftercare instructions, and customers can purchase clothing, body jewelry, and aftercare creams. Laser tattoo removal is also available. Owner Bruce Kaplan has been tattooing since 1989 and has a BFA from Parsons School of Design. Minors will not be allowed to receive tattoos, and parental consent is needed for all piercing.

Westbury, NY 11590Westbury, NY 11590

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Average Review Score:

4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

161 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

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Responsiveness: A+

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430A Pulaski Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Brooklyn, NY 11221
  • Traditional Tattoos

Majestic Tattoo NYC provides tattooing services in New York. Owner Adal Ray has been a painter and tattoo artist for over 20 years, draws each custom tattoo by hand, and takes care to place designs appropriately to each client's unique anatomy. Clients often come to the studio for Adal's colorful, modern designs, especially for his fractal and psychedelic tatttoos, and his paintings are also on exhibit in the shop's gallery.

430A Pulaski Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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Total Reviews:

173 (Best)

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New York, NY 10003New York, NY 10003

New York Adorned performs tattooing and piercings in the New York area. Customers must prove they are 18 years-old or older via a government-issued ID, no more than one person can accompany clients for a procedure, and children are not allowed. The studio will not tattoo people under the influence of alcohol or drugs, pregnant, or breastfeeding. The company also sells jewelry, home items, and other accessories via the online store Love Adorned.

New York, NY 10003New York, NY 10003

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New York, NY 10002New York, NY 10002

NYHC Tattoo has been a New York tattoo studio for over 15 years. The shop was originally opened by Vinnie Stigma of Agnostic Front and Jimmy Gestapo of Murphys Law, and is today still loyal to its hardcore name via new ownership. Clients can look through the various design styles from the studio's six different artists on the studio's site, and appointments can be made seven days a week.

New York, NY 10002New York, NY 10002

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51 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011
New York, NY 10011
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Rising Dragon has been tattooing New York residents for over 31 years. The studio was one of lower Manhattan's first legal shops and offers custom designs by local artists as well as by guest tattooers from numerous countries. Customers can request styles such as Japanese, full color, portraits, black and gray, and Polynesian Maori tribal. Rising Dragon was listed as one of CBS Local's Top 5 Tattoo Parlors of NYC.

51 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011
New York, NY 10011

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Online Profiles:

2 (Better)

Average Review Score:

4.5 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

256 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.

Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

New York, NY 10001New York, NY 10001
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Studio 28 has been performing tattoos and piercings in the New York area since 2010. Clients appreciate the inviting and clean atmosphere as well as custom designs by artists who have years of experience as well as awards to their name. The studio sterilizes all tools and ensures that artists follow strict guidelines and complete bloodborne pathogen training. The shop counts over 5,000 happy clients and was voted the best tattoo studio of NYC by Citysearch.com

New York, NY 10001New York, NY 10001

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Online Profiles:

2 (Better)

Average Review Score:

4.6 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

348 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.

Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

175 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
New York, NY 10012
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  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Village Tattoo NYC is a New York tattoo shop. Patrons come to the studio for its precision, attention to detail, and ability to create whatever expression and design a client desires. A full gallery of tattoos can be found online as well as aftercare instructions, and customers can book an appointment on the site as well. Village Tattoo also performs piercings and sells silver and gold body jewelry, rings, bracelets, pendants, and chains.

175 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
New York, NY 10012

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Online Profiles:

2 (Better)

Average Review Score:

4.6 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

472 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.

Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

121 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
New York, NY 10002
Instagram
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Body Art

White Rabbit Tattoo Studio offers tattooing services in New York. The location is popular for its calming decor, and the studio uses 100% vegan products and ink. Brief bios and a portfolio for the artists can be viewed online as well as an info sheet for clients. White Rabbit Tattoo was featured on CBS New York as one of the best tattoo shops in NYC and was a Top 10 studio in NYC on The No Money New Yorker.

121 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
New York, NY 10002

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Average Review Score:

4.2 / 5 ( Best)

Total Reviews:

247 (Best)

Score Consistency:

Consistent (Best)

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.

Responsiveness: A+

Friendliness: A+

Helpfulness: A+

Detail: A+

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do tattoo artists make more money working in a tattoo shop or opening their own?
A: 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.
Q: What tools do tattoo artists need?
A: 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.
Q: Are there minimum training requirements to become a tattoo artist?
A: 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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