Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Pittsburgh
2017

Why These Tattoo Artists?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored tattoo artists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best tattoo artists in Pittsburgh, PA.

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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.

Alter Ego Body Art Studio

Alter Ego Body Art Studio specializes in tattoos, body piercing, and branding. Their South Hills design studio offers a safe and sterile environment that is comfortable and inviting. Their experienced tattoo artists have a range of specialties that include traditional, new-school, biomechanical, black-and-gray, color, pin-ups, whimsy, horror, repair work, and cover-ups. The artists can help clients design custom tattoos or piercings to give them unique looks, and they offer the perfect jewelry pieces to accent them as well. Alter Ego is the only studio in Pittsburgh that offers branding. They also do complex surface piercing.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 344-1314

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Armature Tattoo Co.

Armature Tattoo Co. is a Pittsburgh tattoo shop. Artists seek to create beautiful and memorable body art as well as an overall meaningful client experience in a friendly, clean, and welcoming space. Full galleries of each designer's work can be seen on Armature's website, and the shop asks clients to come in for a consultation to discuss their ideas. A list of before and after suggestions and requirements are also listed online.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 586-7521

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Art FX Tattoo

Art FX Tattoo has been a Pittsburgh tattoo shop for 22 years and has 50 years of combined experience working at the studio. The six resident tattooers have separate schedules which can be seen directly on the website as well as other basic info. Art FX promotes a safe environment and uses new and sterile equipment for each tattoo. Clients can also view and buy art on display at Side FX Gallery and can get Henna tattoos as well.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 364-5522

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Artform Gallery & Tattoo

Artform Gallery & Tattoo has been serving the Lower Burrell community with tattoo designs for almost 10 years. Artist bios can be found at the studio's website as well as comprehensive aftercare instructions and a full menu of events at the shop. Owner Seth Leibowitz studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and continues to paint on canvas as well as via ink and specializes in cover-up tattoos.

Lower Burrell, PA(724) 212-3153

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Artisan

Artisan is a Pittsburgh fine art tattoo studio, art gallery, and cafe. The studio is known for its fine art tattoo designs by its own resident artists as well as guest tattooers from all over the world. Potential clients are asked to review all artist portfolios to figure out which style they would like to use in their body art. Wifi is available in the shop as well as a selection of handmade clothing, lingerie, accessories, patches and prints, and small artworks for sale.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 661-0503

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Black Cat Tattoos

Black Cat Tattoos has been a Pittsburgh tattoo shop since 2009. The studio focuses on friendly and open collaboration with clients and uses traditional techniques in the belief that "bold will hold." Walk-ins are asked to call ahead before coming into the shop to verify availability, and consultations can also be scheduled. The studio does not do photo-realistic wildlife and portrait work but has a portfolio of each artist's diverse designs online.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 621-1679

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Bloodlines Gallery

Bloodlines Gallery is a Pittsburgh tattoo shop and art gallery. The 3,500 square foot studio features five resident tattooers and various guest artists. Styles include hyper realistic, color, black and gray, script, traditional, new school, and geometric, and one resident artist received 1st place at Pittsburgh's Meeting of the Marked Tattoo Convention and at the Steel City convention. All employees are bloodborne pathogen-certified per OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 682-2222

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Brothers Keeper Tattoo

Brothers Keeper Tattoo has been a Westview tattoo studio for almost five years. The shop's five resident artists can be contacted directly and have a portfolio of their past designs on the company's site. Employees are trained in cross-contamination prevention and are bloodborne pathogen-certified, and Brothers Keeper follows hospital-grade sterilization techniques and utilizes single-use needles and equipment.

West View, PA(412) 680-1441

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Gypsy Tattoo Parlor

Gypsy Tattoo Parlor brings over 20 years of experience in tattoos and art to the Pittsburgh community. The studio specializes in custom tattoos and is known for working closely with clients to make their experience, as well as their ink, memorable. Consultations are required, and clients can also ask for designs to help cover scars. Michelle Joy holds a degree in art from Parsons School of Design and often uses an illustrative, intricate style influenced by engravings and woodcuts.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 709-6623

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Ice 9 Studio Tattoo and Body Piercing

Ice 9 Studio Tattoo and Body Piercing is a Pittsburgh tattoo shop, which specializes in custom tattoos. Mihailo Vukelic is one of the three tattooers at 9 Studio who has also exhibited his artwork in galleries and museums, has worked in animation and CGI, and has had his work published in comic books including those from Image Comics. Body piercing services are also available, and the studio sells some t-shirts and prints as well.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 224-2312

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In the Blood Tattoo

In the Blood Tattoo has been providing tattoos for Pittsburgh residents for over 15 years. The shop is known for being clean, friendly, and professional and was voted the winner for Best Body Art from 2009 to 2011 by the Readers' Choice PGH City Paper. No person under the age of 16 will be inked, and minors must have photo ID and birth certificate as well as be accompanied by a parent/guardian with photo ID. Walk-ins are welcome.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 481-3380

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Jester's Court Tattoos & More

Jester's Court Tattoos & Mores has been a Pittsburgh tattoo shop for 25 years. Customers can receive any number of designs including custom, portraits, black and gray, florals, insects, reworks, and cover-ups and are able to view all artists' work on the company website. Jester’s Court is insured and also offers piercing via the Hot Rod Piercing Company.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 488-8287

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Kyklops Tattoo

Kyklops Tattoo has been a Pittsburgh tattoo and piercing shop for almost 10 years. Some of the in-house artists' favorite designs include Japanese folklore, fantasy, animal portraits, dragons, wizards, pin-ups, skulls, bugs, daggers, and botanicals, and Kyklops regularly uses Facebook and Instagram to post information on upcoming events, sales, and guest artists. The shop takes client safety very seriously and uses a number of engineering and procedural controls in line with OSHA guidelines which can be seen on the studio's site.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 488-8200

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Mantis Tattoo and Piercing

Mantis Tattoo and Piercing has been serving the Jeannette area with tattoos for almost 10 years. Photos of the three artists' designs can be seen online, and the piercers are members of the APP. The shop follows strict guidelines for safety, sanitation, and cleanliness, and all materials used for a client's tattoo are thrown away after use. No person under the age of 18 can be tattooed, and only those 16 years of age or older can enter Mantis.

Jeannette, PA(724) 523-8287

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Pittsburgh Tattoo Company

Pittsburgh Tattoo Company provides tattoos to the residents of Pittsburgh. The studio is known for being friendly, clean, and professional with high quality work and a range of styles for potential clients to choose from via its four resident tattooers. A full gallery of past body art helps people decide which artist they may want to work with and is available via the shop's website. Clients can also schedule appointments online as well as browse through Pittsburgh Tattoo Company's upcoming events.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 201-9075

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Rogue Tattoo

Rogue Tattoo has been serving the Pittsburgh area with tattoo designs for over 10 years. Rogue follows strict sanitary guidelines and sterilization with proper equipment. All needles are single-use, and staff are certified for bloodborne pathogens and CPR. Owner Travis Courtemanche along with artist Kelly offer a variety of designs, which can be seen on Rogue's website. Only individuals who are 18 years-old or older can receive tattoos.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 447-1774

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South Side Tattoo and Body Piercing

South Side Tattoo and Body Piercing has been a Pittsburgh tattoo studio for over 20 years. Owner Veronica was the first woman in Pittsburgh to be a tattoo artist and the first woman in Pennsylvania to own a tattoo shop. With more than 22 years of experience, Veronica is known for her versatility and use of color and is joined by three other talented tattooers. South Side is open seven days a week and walk-ins are welcome.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 381-5401

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The Pittsburgh Tattoo Studio

The Pittsburgh Tattoo Studio offers tattoo services in the Pittsburgh area and has a combined 20 years of experience in the business. Patrons come to the studio for high-quality designs and a clean space to relax in. Work includes small tattoos, fine line lettering, cover-ups, color, black and gray, and large custom pieces as well as an array of piercing options. A large selection of body jewelry and aftercare products is also available, and walk-ins are welcome.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 343-2064

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Up In Arms Tattoo and Piercing

Up In Arms Tattoo and Piercing has been serving the Moon community with tattooing services for almost 10 years. The shop welcomes walk-ins and is known for its friendly staff, cleanliness, and collaboration with clients on custom designs. Up In Arms has four resident artists, and samples of all their artwork can be viewed online. Tattoo removal services are also available.

Moon, PA(412) 264-3126

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Wyld Chyld Tattoo

Wyld Chyld Tattoo brings decades of experience in tattooing to Pittsburgh residents. The shop offers various artists, each specializing in their own styles including black and gray, color, photorealism, and cover-ups. Owner Sarah Miller was recently featured on Spike TV's Ink Master and was the 2014 winner for Best Tattoo & Piercing from Pittsburgh A-List. Artist Ty'esha Reels, also of Ink Master season 5 fame, specializes in coverups, realism, and color tattoos, and artist Lauren Toohey recently won 1st place watercolor at the United Ink Cradle of Aviation. Wyld Chyld is an official seller of Sullen clothing and also offers custom phone cases by Sarah Miller, custom jewelry, and other clothing items.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 668-2263

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