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Best Tattoo Shops in New York City

Our Recommended Top 14

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored New York City Tattoo Shops 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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52 Canal Street, New York, NY 10002
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Why choose this provider?

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.

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4.8
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (276)
Google
4.7 / 5 (223)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (59)

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5.0
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Westbury, NY 11590
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (157)

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5.0
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New York, NY 10001
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Why choose this provider?

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

Reputation:

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4.6
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (278)
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (70)

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5.0
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175 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (415)

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5.0
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188 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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4.8

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5.0
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51 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (196)
Facebook
4.5 / 5 (60)

Professionalism:

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5.0
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121 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Body Art

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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4.2
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (172)
Google
4.6 / 5 (74)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (1)

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5.0
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21 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (51)

Professionalism:

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5.0
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94 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10002
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Geometric Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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4.6

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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1047 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (67)

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5.0
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Website
43-01 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

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.

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4.5

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

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (20)

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5.0
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430A Pulaski Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.6
Facebook
4.7 / 5 (96)
Google
4.6 / 5 (49)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (28)

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

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.6
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (103)
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (30)

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Introduction

    A tattoo is body art that leaves permanent designs or pictures on the skin. They're applied via needle by depositing ink onto the second layer of skin. While the first tattoos were applied manually with a single needle that was first saturated in ink, today's tattoos are done by a machine. These machines feature multiple needles that pierce the skin simultaneously, speeding up the process and creating tattoos that are more visually appealing.

    Tattoos are usually done in licensed tattoo shops. These shops adhere to health and cleaning standards and are typically regulated by state and municipal governments. While tattoos are generally safe, there are associated risks, including skin infections. Any person getting a tattoo is legally required to be at least 18 years of age. It's also inadvisable for anyone who isn't in good health to get a tattoo, as the body requires time and energy to heal and prevent infection.

  • What should you know before getting your first tattoo?

    Before getting tattooed, it's important to think about design and placement. A tattoo is a permanent fixture on the body, and it's important not to rush into things. You should also consider the artist's background and take time to look into their portfolio to ensure their style best suits the tattoo you want.

  • What are some examples of tattoo styles?

    There are many types of tattoo styles, and it's important for a person to familiarize themselves with them before they select a design. Styles include:

    • Americana: Bold lines, vivid colors
    • Japanese: Large images that cover the back, arms, and legs
    • Black and Grey: Colorless grayscale designs
    • Stick-n-Poke: Thick, bold, black lines and small designs
    • Blackwork: Bold black lines and larger geometric shapes

  • Is tipping expected & how much to tip on your tattoo?

    While most tattoo artists don't expect tips, it's often appreciated. If you're happy with the work your tattoo artist has done, consider tipping between 15% and 25%. If the tattoo requires multiple sessions, a flat amount per session is appropriate.

  • What are some basic tattoo aftercare tips?

    It's important to follow all aftercare directions provided by the tattoo artist. Usually, artists will advise clients to ensure that tattoos are kept clean and dry. After showering, the tattoo should be gently patted dry and treated with Vaseline or another tattoo aftercare product.

  • What are the best practices for healing a tattoo?

    After removing the dressing, it's important to keep the tattoo clean, dry, and uncovered. Applying Vaseline or another recommended ointment can help to speed up the healing process. As they heal, tattoos can sometimes itch, but it's vital that you don't scratch or pick at it.

  • What are the most and least painful places to get a tattoo?

    Parts of the body that have the most nerve endings are generally the most painful to have tattooed. That includes the head, ears, and face. Places that don't have a lot of fat, such as the fingers, shoulder blades, and feet, are typically more painful. The least painful parts of the body to get tattooed include the outer arm, buttocks, and thighs.