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Best Tattoo Shops in Cincinnati

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Cincinnati 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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207 North Mechanic Street, Lebanon, OH 45036
  • Piercings
  • Jewelry
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Studio 85 is a Lebanon tattoo studio offering custom tattoo and piercing services since 2013. The studio is owned by Jessie Villars who has 7 years of tattoo experience. Several of the studio’s artists are available by appointment-only, but walk-ins are available as well. Piercings at the studio are performed by piercing artist Butch, who has over 15 years of experience in the industry. Services are also provided for changing or removing an existing piercing.

Reputation:

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (7)

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5.0
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Cincinnati, OH 45238
  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Why choose this provider?

Cincinnati Tattoo & Piercing Co. is a Cincinnati tattoo and piercing studio that was founded in 1966. The studio staff provide tattoo service for walk-in customers as well as custom or large-scale work appointments. Piercing services are provided for walk-in customers and no appointment is necessary. Clients speak highly of the friendly atmosphere of the studio as well as the studio’s reasonable pricing and skills of the studio staff.

Reputation:

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4.1
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (3)

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5.0
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Website
9242 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45251
  • Body Art
  • Piercings

Why choose this provider?

Opened in 2010, Red Dragon Tattoo & Piercing in Cincinnati, Ohio, brings a wealth of tattooing experience to clients in the Greater Cincinnati area. It offers tattooing and piercing. Its talented team of artists works with each client to get a full understanding of their needs and wants. In addition, the business also offers a retail section where it sells custom tattoo machines and apparel. It also sells gift cards for its services.

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.
4.8
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (477)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (14)

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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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Website
4036 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223
  • Piercings
  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Skincraft Piercing & Tattoo caters to residents in the Cincinnati area. It has a number of artists that have expertise in tattoo and piercing work. The studio offers consultations to enable customers to discuss their intended designs and ensure sufficient preparation. Skincraft Piercing & Tattoo can accommodate customers all week but normally reserves Wednesdays for appointments. Former customers have commended the studio for its friendly and professional staff, clean environment, and care for those getting tattoos for the first time.

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.
4.7
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (176)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (76)

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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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Website
4519 West 8th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45238
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Why choose this provider?

Higher Love Tattoo, formerly known as GUTS or Get Up Tattoo Society, is a tattoo parlor in Cincinnati. Established in 2020, the shop’s artists specialize in creating and inking custom tattoos and welcome designs brought in by clients. For such cases, they might add their own flair or make corrections to ensure proper tattoo execution. Higher Love Tattoo also offers cover-up tattoos, as well as touch-ups. For safety, all products used during the procedure are disposable.

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.
4.3
Facebook
4.1 / 5 (361)
Google
5.0 / 5 (112)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (3)

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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Website
650 East McMillan Street, Cincinnati, OH 45206
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

White Whale Tattoo is a studio servicing the Cincinnati community since 2007. Its team of professional artists produces tattoos in a wide range of styles including linework, woodcut, pointillism, and blackwork. Among them is its founder, Jeremiah Griswold, who has 14 years of industry experience and also studies figurative oil painting. The studio also offers a wide selection of apparel and aftercare products for clients. Part of the business proceeds goes to empowering indigenous leaders and their efforts to transform their communities.

Reputation:

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4.1
Google
4.0 / 5 (100)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (12)

Website
6081 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213
  • Body Art
  • Portraits

Why choose this provider?

Flying Tiger Tattoo is a tattoo studio based in Cincinnati that is composed of five artists. The tattooists specialize in large, intricate, and colorful designs. They have drawn on various areas of the body, from the ankles, arms, back, and chest to the abdomen. Flying Tiger Tattoo is committed to providing clients with a hospital-sterile and comfortable environment. Andy, the owner of the tattoo studio, is also a comics writer.

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.
4.7
Google
4.7 / 5 (140)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (21)

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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Website
4125 Hamilton Middletown Road, Hamilton, OH 45011
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Immortal Canvas is a Hamilton tattoo studio providing custom tattoo and advanced piercing services. The studio has on-staff the only body piercer who is certified by the Association of Professional Pierces in southwest Ohio. Owner Carter Moore has 10 years of tattooing experience and takes great pride in the fact that his clients enjoy carrying his art with them for the remainder of their lives. The studio staff are well-trained and take measures to ensure the health and safety of their clients.

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.
5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (12)

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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Website
4316 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road, Cincinnati, OH 45244
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Located in Cincinnati, Skin Tight Tattoo performs custom tattoo work including freehand design and cover-ups. The multiple-artist studio accommodates individual schedules and works to ensure quality work while prioritizing client safety. Skin Tight Tattoo is owned by Allen Mills, who has more than 25 years of experience in the tattoo industry and is an expert in custom designs, reworks, cover-ups, and freehand work. Skin Tight Tattoo also includes professionals like Ryan Magnus, whose expertise lies in neo-traditional and traditional styles.

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.
5.0

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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Website
821 Delta Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Asylum Tattoo, which is located in Mt. Lookout, is headed by artist James Dryer who serves the Cincinnati area. His portfolio mostly consists of large and intricate work in both color and black and white. He has tattooed various original and custom designs, from flowers and butterflies to Disney and Pokemon characters like Pikachu and Snow White. The artist can draw tattoos in different sizes, including half-sleeve ones. Asylum Tattoo also has an office in Latonia, Kentucky.

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.
4.9
Google
4.9 / 5 (59)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (5)

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
Responsiveness
Friendliness
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Detail

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.

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