Laurels
Best Tattoo
Artists in
Austin
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 Austin, TX.

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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.

Affinity Tattoo and Piercing

Affinity Tattoo and Piercing applies tattoos using the aseptic technique to ensure a clean, safe experience. The artists specialize in a variety of art styles, including traditional and realism. The shop's body piercings use implant-grade titanium, and each piercer is up-to-date on Bloodborne Pathogen, First Aid, and CPR training. The business has a large variety of body jewelry to choose from, including Anatometal, Neometal, Maya Organics, and Tawapa.

Austin, TX(512) 476-4596

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Alli Baker Tattoos

The founder of Alli Baker Tattoos has been tattooing since 2004. The Austin tattoo artist has experience in a variety of art styles, and also sells handmade jewelry. Alli Baker's work has been featured in Tattoo Magazine, Freshly Inked Magazine, Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention, Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention, and Below the Belt Show.

Austin, TX(512) 743-0173

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Art Realm Tattoo

Art Realm Tattoo is an Austin tattoo studio and art gallery. The award-winning owners have more than 25 years of combined experience in the industry, and will work with clients on creating custom tattoos based on reference designs, existing materials, or new ideas. The studio rotates its fine art display every few months, and hosts celebrations of new displays where visitors can chat with the artists.

Austin, TX(512) 373-3694

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Atomic Tattoo

Atomic Tattoo has been serving the Austin area since 1992. The tattoo studio welcomes walk-ins where the artists will draw from their selections of pre-made designs or work with clients on creating custom tattoo art. The business also has a large selection of body jewelry available, and provides piercing services at its multiple Austin locations. The studio donates a portion of its proceeds to local organizations including The Travis County Brown Santa Program, the Austin Humane Society, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Austin, TX(512) 445-7260

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Austin Tattoo Company

Founded in 2009, the Austin Tattoo Company is open seven days a week at its central Austin location. The tattoo shop's founder has more than 15 years of experience in the tattoo industry, and created his own line of ink called The Good Color. The artists specialize in traditional American tattooing and take walk-ins and appointments. Clients have praised the artists for their exceptional work and easygoing attitudes.

Austin, TX(512) 380-0730

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Black Dagger Tattoo

The artists at Black Dagger Tattoo have more than 30 years of combined experience in the industry. The tattoo shop features a wide variety of styles, such as traditional American, black and gray realism, Japanese, and tribal tattoos. The business rotates guests artists on top of its standard team, and will take walk-ins whenever possible. Clients have praised Black Dagger Tattoo for its clean, professional space and fun, lighthearted atmosphere.

Austin, TX(512) 524-0908

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Cory James Tattoo

Cory James Tattoo specializes in black and grey tattoos in styles including surrealist, realistic portraits, geometric, and dotwork. The Austin tattoo artist has more than 10 years of experience in tattoo work and a background in photography. Clients have praised Cory James for his reasonable prices and fast, accurate work.

Austin, TX(262) 339-4026

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Gully Cat Tattoo

Gully Cat Tattoo has been serving the Austin area for more than 12 years. The tattoo parlor aims to create a friendly and welcoming environment for its customers and boasts an eclectic array of art. The shop's artist Mike Terrell makes his own one-of-a-kind tattoo machines. Clients have praised the shop for its talented artists who pay attention to detail.

Austin, TX(512) 440-7800

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Legend Tattoo

The artists at Legend Tattoo have more than 35 years of combined experience in the industry. The Austin tattoo parlor is open seven days a week and welcomes walk-ins. Clients have praised the business for its clean shop and the staff's quality work, attention to detail, professionalism, and good listening skills.

Austin, TX(512) 573-8786

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Little Pricks Tattoo Studio

Little Pricks Tattoo Studio is a locally-owned business that uses all-disposable materials to ensure its clients' health. The artists participate in local fundraisers such as Bikers Against Child Abuse, and their work has been featured on Oxygen's TV show Best Ink. The shop has also been featured in Community Impact and Skin Deep Magazine. Clients have praised Little Pricks Tattoo Studio for the care and attention to detail that the artists put into their work.

Austin, TX(512) 502-4591

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Moon Tattoo

The owner of Moon Tattoo, Tina Poe, has a background in fine art in mediums including oils on board, watercolor, colored pencil, graphite, and charcoal. The Austin tattoo shop provides free consultations and touch ups. The business' owner displays local art on the walls, many of which are available for purchase. Founded in 2016, the shop aims to create a clean and bright atmosphere for its customers.

Austin, TX(512) 670-6666

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Oni Tattoo

Oni Tattoo aims to create a clean and professional tattoo experience for its Austin clients. The shop's tattoo artists have experience with color tattoos, color portraits, black and white tattoos, and tattoo coverups. The tattoo parlor shares a building with Diablo Rojo Piercing. Clients attest to Oni Tattoo's talented artists and comfortable shop.

Austin, TX(512) 476-1122

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Pigment Tattoo & Laser Removal

Pigment Tattoo & Laser Removal has been serving Austin clients since 2009. The tattoo parlor provides full tattoo service, including laser tattoo removal using the Zarin laser system. The studio has won more than 100 awards and has been featured in more than 400 publications nationally and internationally. Clients have praised Pigment Tattoo & Laser Removal for its clean space, professional and knowledgeable staff, and effective tattoo removal treatments.

Austin, TX(512) 331-5476

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Shades of Gray Dermagraphics

The founding tattoo artist of Shades of Gray Dermagraphics has been tattooing since the 1980s. The artist, Arnoldo Carrillo, thoroughly discusses his clients' ideas before completing the project. Arnoldo has worked with recovering breast cancer patients for more than 15 years to help with breast reconstruction. Customers have praised the artist for his thoughtful and beautiful work, clean shop, friendly attitude, and talent.

Austin, TX(512) 499-0338

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Shaman Modifications Tattoo & Body Piercing

Shaman Modifications Tattoo & Body Piercing welcomes walk-ins in its downtown Austin tattoo parlor. The artists have more than 25 years of combined experience in tattoo art. The business also offers body piercing services and has a large selection of jewelry in materials including surgical stainless steel, implant grade titanium, wood, shell, horn, stone, and bone. Clients have praised Shaman Modifications Tattoo & Body Piercing for its kind staff and quality work.

Austin, TX(512) 412-8991

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Southside Tattoo

Southside Tattoo has been tattooing Austin clients for more than 20 years. The studio can reproduce any art style including old school, classic painting, and realism. The owner's work has been featured in International Tattoo Art, Tattoo Life Magazine, Prick Magazine, Tetovani Tattoo Magazine, Tattoo Magazine, and Skin Deep Magazine UK. Clients have praised Southside Tattoo for its kind, talented, and creative artists.

Austin, TX(512) 444-1313

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Zulu Tattoo

Zulu Tattoo has been serving Austin clients since 1990. The company designs custom tattoos and also removes tattoos using a laser-free removal system. The tattoo parlor has been featured on Fox11News, The History Channel, A&E, TLC, NPR, LA Weekly, The Book LA, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and other publications and media. The business holds regular Zulu Lounge events featuring local DJs, dance and circus performances, live music, and art to raise money for charities.

Austin, TX(512) 462-4678

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