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Best Tattoo Shops in Philadelphia

Our Recommended Top 12

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Philadelphia 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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Philadelphia, PA 19147

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4.0 (46)

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Moo Tattoo specializes in watercolor tattoos for its Philadelphia clients. The shop's artists also design other tattoo styles such as photorealistic, full-color tattoos, black and white tattoos, and custom designs. The business is located on the same floor as Warrior Body Piercing. Clients have given positive feedback for Moo Tattoo's clean shop, on-time appointments, and talented artists.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

171 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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4.6 (90)
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4.5 (40)

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Central Tattoo Studio is a fine art-focused, custom tattoo studio and fine art gallery in Philadelphia. Its classically trained tattoo artists specialize in a range of contemporary tattoo styles including black and grey realism, watercolor, abstract, graphic, and dot work. It also provides cover-up services. The first floor of the shop features a gallery of rotating exhibitions from emerging local artists. Central Tattoo Studio is open seven days a week and typically takes in clients by appointment.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

1448 Brownsville Road, Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053

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4.5 (697)
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4.8 (113)

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Valor Tattoo - Trevose provides its services to individuals in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. The shop is owned and operated by artists who have been developing over a decade of tattooing expertise. It consists of five artists working on a wide range of tattoo options, including black and gray, color, classic, lettering, Japanese, and American designs. They also accept the client's ideas and handle same-day walks in and appointment services. The shop also offers piercing services.

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

617 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Body Graphics has 20 resident artists and guest artists from all over the world. The founder of the Philadelphia tattoo shop has more than 35 years of tattooing experience. The studio, founded in 1993, is a member of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists and the National Tattoo Association. A number of the business' resident artists have won the National Tattoo Association Award. Clients have praised Body Graphics for its professional staff and quality customer service.

  • Body Art

823 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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4.0 (37)

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Northern Liberty Tattoo is a studio servicing the residents of Philadelphia and its nearby areas. It offers a variety of styles and designs, including traditional black and grey, portrait, and abstract geometric. The business also handles piercings for lips, tongues, eyebrows, nostrils, and other body parts. Established in 2009, it has a team of full-time and guest tattoo artists who attend various tattoo conventions in and outside the US. Clients can visit the website to browse the artists' works for reference.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

4371 Cresson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127

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4.5 (16)

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Cresson Street Tattoo is a Philadelphia family-owned tattoo business servicing the area since its establishment in 1995 and was reopened last 2014 in memory of the founder Howard Saunders. Providing creative tattoos and a vibrant environment for its clientele, the shop comprises award-winning professionals who strive to provide quality tattoos to their customers. Cresson Street Tattoo is located in the busy galleries of Main Street Manayunk and continues to serve its locale until today.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

44 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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3.5 (76)
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4.8 (1)

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Located in Philadelphia, Olde City Tattoo has been serving clients for more than 20 years. The firm is composed of tattoo artists with years of experience in different art styles. It covers a variety of designs, ranging from classic to custom styles. The studio's tattoo experts and enthusiasts bring over 100 years of collective industry background to the table, striving to ensure to turn any client's vision into reality. The shop operates seven days a week and accepts walk-in and pre-scheduled clients.

  • Traditional Tattoos

610 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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4.5 (395)
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4.5 (272)

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No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo has been providing tattoo and piercing services in Philadelphia since 2002. The shop is a member of the National Tattoo Association and Association of Professional Piercers. It has resident tattoo artists and guest artists, who are experienced in different styles of work, both in large and small formats. Additionally, clients can view the shop's website for extensive tattoo and piercing aftercare instructions. The business name is derived from the Hawaiian words "No ka oi," which means "The very best."

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

234 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA 19074

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5.0 (1)

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Dave Fox Tattoos is a Philadelphia-based tattoo artist with nearly three decades of experience doing his craft. Dave specializes in various designs, including custom Japanese, traditional American, and cartoon-style tattoos. He brings his unique techniques and visions when doing large-scale chest and back pieces, scalp tattoos, and cover-ups for his clients. This tattoo artist is also adept at handling intricate and small details that bring a full-sleeve tattoo piece together. Apart from tattooing, Dave also designs custom guitars and is into making music for several bands.

  • Traditional Tattoos

2276 Mount Carmel Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038

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5.0 (19)

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Glenside Tattoo is a professional tattoo shop serving clients in Montgomery County and Philadelphia. It specializes in custom tattoo designs including custom black, black and grey, realism, illustrative, and supersaturated designs. Glenside Tattoo is capable of handling most types of tattoo styles and it is open seven days a week. Walk-ins and appointments are both accommodated. Glenside Tattoo artist Drew Rash has extensive experience in the tattoo industry. He is highly skilled and has a distinctive drawing style.

  • Traditional Tattoos

18 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003

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5.0 (18)
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5.0 (9)

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Black Moth Tattoo and Gallery is a tattoo parlor that provides custom design work and body art for clients throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. With more than a decade's worth of professional experience in the field, the shop's tattoo artist Steve Martin offers diverse style options in disciplines including geometric designs, Japanese, Traditional Americana, and black and gray realism. Black Moth Tattoo and Gallery doubles as a fine art gallery that hosts regular art exhibitions from local artists.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

1625 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148

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5.0 (61)
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5.0 (51)
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4.0 (32)

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Eastern Pass Tattoo Co. is a Philadelphia-based tattoo studio established by local tattoo veteran Scott Bakoss in November 2014. With over 25 years of experience, he and his co-artists seek to offer clients a clean and safe tattoo experience when coming into their shop. Eastern Pass Tattoo also provides clients with a wide selection of tattoo options. Each artist specializes in different kinds of styles, including blackwork tarot and botanical tattoos, classic American and Japanese style tattoos, and more.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

FAQs

  • 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.