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Best Tattoo Shops in Arlington

Our Recommended Top 15

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Arlington 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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213 Smith Street, Mansfield, TX 76063

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4.5 (281)
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3.5 (27)

Why choose this provider?

Pistol Pete’s Tattoo Saloon is a tattoo studio in Mansfield that extends its services to Arlington. It is owned by Pete Salais, who is a tattoo cover-up artist in Texas and ranks top 3 in the USA. Pete specializes in creating custom tattoos in a wide range of styles, such as black and gray realism, lettering, and Japanese traditional. Pistol Pete’s Tattoo Saloon offers other body art services like tattoo cover-ups, cosmetic tattoos, body piercing, and henna tattoos. Clients may book an appointment through the shop’s website.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits
  • Body Art

Dallas, TX 75215

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5.0 (37)

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Lamar Street Tattoo Club is a well-established tattoo studio in Dallas, Texas. The proprietor, Josh Hall, has more than a decade of experience as a tattoo artist, and he recently featured in the Dallas Observer as part of their "Best Tattoo Artists in Dallas" series. Josh's main focus is cover ups and large scale traditional tattoos, though he and his four-person crew cater to a wide variety of tastes.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

2301 North Collins Street, Arlington, TX 76011

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4.5 (110)

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Urban's Tattoo & Piercing is an award-winning tattoo and piercing studio in Arlington, Texas. It offers a variety of color and black and white tattoos. Potential customers are welcome to visit the studio, where they can see examples of previous work and awards that have been won. The business holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and has been awarded 2014 “Best Tattoo and Piercing” by Dallas A-List.

  • Traditional Tattoos

18804 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252

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4.5 (122)
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4.9 (17)

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Founded in 2005, Lone Star Tattoo shop has been serving tattoo enthusiasts in Arlington and its surrounding areas. Its group of tattoo artists creates American traditional style designs known for iconic imagery, intense colors, and bold lines. It also provides neo-traditional tattooing services for individuals who prefer floral patterns or morphed animal designs. In addition, Lone Star Tattoo also does Japanese Irezumi design which focuses on mythological creatures such as phoenixes, dragons, and kirins.

  • Traditional Tattoos

1301 West Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208

Why choose this provider?

Mark Thompson has been a tattoo artist since 1994, providing his services in Arlington and the surrounding areas. He works on various and customized designs, particularly large custom tattoos, and is adept at Japanese-inspired styles. He is an artist at Davis Street Tattoo, which has been named as the best tattoo shop in 2015 by The Dallas Observer. The shop specializes in Japanese-influenced concepts, Americana, and black and gray styles.

  • Traditional Tattoos

13021 Coit Road, Dallas, TX 75240

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4.9 (74)
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4.5 (46)

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Legacy Arts Tattoo serves Arlington residents with custom tattoo services that include a wide variety of styles. Its artists are experienced and knowledgeable in black and grey, bold full color, photorealism, portraits, neo-traditional, and nu-skool. The award-winning tattoo studio also offers piercings and dermal anchors. Kevin Safford, a previous client, says that the shop he visited is clean and has no musty smells during his stay. The tattoo studio also accepts walk-in clients.

  • Traditional Tattoos

121 West Pipeline Road, Hurst, TX 76053

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4.7 (187)

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Virtuoso Tattoo Krew are tattoo artists in Hurst, Texas with a reputation for warmth and friendliness. Past customers speak highly of the welcoming and personal atmosphere, and future customers can drop in at any time to get a feel for the place. The studio offers custom-designed tattoos, and experienced artists are on hand to talk through the technical details. The studio also sells merchandise, as well as a range of handmade artwork, including prints, albums, and frames.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

2705 South Cooper Street, Arlington, TX 76015

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4.5 (46)

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360 Blues Tattoo is a tattoo shop that serves clients in Arlington. Its tattoo artists create their work under various styles, including traditional tattoos, new-school artwork, classic black and gray, and realistic portraits. Customers can also ask artists to create custom-designed tattoos for them. The tattoo shop has earned a reputation for professionalism and creativity, in serving the area for more than 15 years. Its artists pride themselves on the expressiveness and variety of their work.

  • Body Art
  • Portraits

4544 Belt Line Road, Addison, TX 75001

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4.0 (188)

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Cat Tattoo is a custom tattoo, laser removal, and piercing studio in Addison, Texas that offers custom tattoos from award-winning artists. It has more than twenty years of experience, and its customers comment on the quality and originality of their artwork. The studio prides itself on safety. It performs rigorous sterilization precautions for every procedure and tests its sterilization equipment monthly. Anyone is free to inspect the certificates and logs of these tests; records have been kept for the last 15-20 years.

  • Piercings
  • Jewelry
  • Traditional Tattoos

1902 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206

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4.8 (219)
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5.0 (141)

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Gold Dust Tattoos & Fine Art is a Dallas-based shop that serves the Arlington area. It has a team of five full-time artists that works with a range of styles, including black and gray realism, neo-traditional, illustrative, and watercolor. The company's owner and one of its tattooers, Char McGaughy, also draws using the trash polka style, a combination of surrealistic, naturalistic, and photorealistic that may involve lettering and graphics. McGaughy has been a tattoo artist since 2010.

  • Traditional Tattoos

1565 West Main Street, Lewisville, TX 75067

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4.5 (75)
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4.5 (1)

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Rebel Muse Tattoo- Lewisville, TX provides tattoo services in the Arlington area. It was first opened in 2012 by tattoo artists Liz Cook and David Mushaney. Its artists specialize in different styles, such as Japanese or American traditional, realism, and portraits. They accept customized designs, cover-ups, and fix-ups for clients unsatisfied with their tattoos. The shop has options for clients who want a completely vegan process. The Saniderm healing method, a vegan alternative to aftercare bandages, is available upon request.

  • Body Art
  • Portraits

1307 Northwest 28th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76164

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4.6 (68)
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4.0 (13)

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Psycho Clown Tattoo has been providing tattoo services in Arlington since 1993. Its team of body artists is led by Jarrod Richardson, an artist with extensive experience in the industry. They have been featured in Fort Worth Weekly and have been consistently voted as the best tattoo studio. The shop offers tattoo consultations to form a design. Its artists also offer master tattoo cover-ups. Psycho Clown Tattoo also offers body piercing services on body parts such as ears and nostrils.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos

4001 West Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington, TX 76016

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Depiction Tattoo Gallery is a fully custom tattoo studio that offers its services to the people of Arlington. Its artists draw each piece differently to give their clients a variety of style choices to represent their aesthetic vision and ideas in the way that they can. The resident artists of Depiction Tattoo Gallery can work with a wide range of styles and apply the most stringent sterilization protocols to ensure the health and safety of clients.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

3920 Rosemeade Parkway, Dallas, TX 75287

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4.5 (87)

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Artistic Encounter is a tattoo shop in downtown Dallas, Texas that offers full custom tattoo and body piercing services. The owner, Billy Jack, has more than 15 years of experience with running tattoo shops, and his team of award-winning artists provides professional consultations on-site. Customers speak highly of the welcoming and creative environment at the studio, which can be found on Main Street. The studio displays a wide array of awards on its walls, as well as plenty of artwork, some of which is available for purchase.

  • Traditional Tattoos

101 South Munger Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75214

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4.5 (115)

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Stainless Custom Tattoo Studio performs tattoo services for the Arlington community and the rest of East Dallas. In service since 2009, it covers a range of styles, including neo-traditional, black and gray, Asian art, and cover-ups. It also performs eyebrow microblading and piercing services. The firm gives thorough care and guidance to its clients during and after the session. Bobby Shaw, a tattoo professional with more than 25 years of experience in the industry, spearheads Stainless Tattoo Studio.

  • Body Art

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.