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Best Tattoo Shops in Houston, TX

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Houston 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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126 Heights Boulevard, Houston, TX 77007

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5.0 (69)

Why choose this provider?

3rd Generation Ink is a tattoo studio that offers tattoo art services to clients in Houston. It was established in 2014 by the world-famous Larry Shaw II after working professionally for his family since 1993. He is his family's third-generation master tattoo artist who plans to continue the family legacy. Over the years, he has mastered the art of production tattooing and creating custom tattoos in traditional, Japanese, new school styles, and "miracle" cover-up designs.

  • Body Art

1533 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006

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4.5 (548)
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4.6 (2)

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713 Tattoo Parlour, a member of the Association of Professional Piercers, creates custom tattoos and piercings for its clients in the Houston metro. Its group of artists specializes in a variety of tattoo styles, such as traditional, black and grey, and fineline. In addition, they offer body piercings using quality jewelry sourced from top brands. 713 Tattoo Parlour, which began its operations in 2002, is composed of 10 tattoo artists.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Jewelry
  • Piercings

4521 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX 77084

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4.0 (44)
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5.0 (17)
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4.0 (10)

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Buddha's Temple of Body Art is a tattoo shop that serves clients in Houston. It specializes in black and gray, portraiture, realism, cover-up, and geometric tattoo styles. The shop also offers body piercing, permanent make-up, and microblading services that provide benefits like reduced make-up application time, natural beauty enhancement, and savings on cosmetics. Buddha's Temple of Body Art offers tattoo merchandise and supplies. Additionally, it has an available parking space for clients.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings

11611 West Airport Boulevard, Meadows Place, TX 77477

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4.0 (79)
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4.5 (2)

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Virtue Tattoo welcomes clients from Houston by appointment and walk-ins. The tattoo studio abides by the traditional standard of delivering clean services to clients. Its team of artists is equipped with expertise in the industry, enabling each artist to perform different tattoo design requests from clients. For tattoo and body piercing services, the studio utilizes single service equipment to ensure safety and cleanliness. Artists at Virtue can work on various designs such as tribal, Japanese, American traditional, and lettering.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

4025 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX 77084

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5.0 (159)

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Bayou City Body Shop is a tattoo parlor and art gallery serving the Houston, Cy-Fair, and Katy areas since 2006. The studio specializes in traditional, realism, portraits, cover-ups, neo-traditional, full color, custom, lettering, and new school. The studio strives to maintain a friendly and clean atmosphere. Customers speak highly of the professionalism and talent of the artists. In addition to tattooing, they perform piercings and even will accept art commissions. The studio is run by artists Randy Lee, Earnest Garza, and JIMMEH.

  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

20633 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX 77450

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4.7 (257)
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4.0 (64)

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Artistic Impressions Tattoo Studio offers custom body art services to the people of Houston and the surrounding areas. Established in 2010, it is home to many professional tattoo artists who have decades of combined industry experience. It is led by veteran tattoo artist, Spiro Kambitsis, who specializes in cartoon, new school, illustrative, and Neo-traditionalist tattoos. Artistic Impressions Tattoo Studio also has an in-house piercer, whose instruments are strictly single-use hollow point needles to ensure the health and safety of clients.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings

403 Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478

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4.0 (70)

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Imperial Tattoo Company is a tattoo and piercing studio serving clients from Houston and nearby areas since 2011. The family owned and operated studio is composed of artists with a combined 50 years of experience in the business. Their artists collaborate with each client to create custom designs and bring their concepts to sketches. The business holds strict policies in place to avoid any distractions and ensure that clients are comfortable during their tattooing sessions. The studio also offers cosmetic tattooing services like microblading and ombré powder brows.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Body Art

26515 Preston Avenue, Spring, TX 77373

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5.0 (6)

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Noble Street Tattoo Parlour is a traditional tattoo studio and art gallery located in Old Town Spring that accommodates clients coming from Houston. Its resident artists specialize in a wide range of tattoo styles, from traditional American and black and gray blackwork to vibrant colorwork. They work closely with clients to create body art pieces based on their personal preferences. Interested individuals may book the services of Noble Street Tattoo Parlour through the studio’s website.

  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

1507 North Durham Drive, Houston, TX 77008

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4.5 (50)

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Flying Squid Tattoo is a unique tattoo shop and art gallery located in Houston. Their experienced tattoo artists each have their sterile portals. Their gallery features artwork from local Houston artists. They also sell custom jewelry, music, and memorabilia from local bands and artists. They are affiliated with Houston Ghost Bikes, a volunteer group that installs white bikes as memorials on locations where fatal motor accidents have taken place. Their location is also available for events.

  • Traditional Tattoos

Compare our Top Tattoo Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
3rd Generation Ink
126 Heights Boulevard, Houston, TX 77007
713 Tattoo Parlour
1533 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
Buddha's Temple of Body Art
4521 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX 77084
Virtue Tattoo
11611 West Airport Boulevard, Meadows Place, TX 77477
Bayou City Body Shop
4025 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX 77084
Artistic Impressions Tattoo Studio
20633 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX 77450
Imperial Tattoo Company
403 Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Noble Street Tattoo Parlour
26515 Preston Avenue, Spring, TX 77373
Flying Squid
1507 North Durham Drive, Houston, TX 77008

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.