Best Tattoo Shops in San Antonio

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Adrenaline Tattoo & Body Piercing

2140 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX 78218
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  • Piercings

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Since 1997, Adrenaline Tattoo & Body Piercing has been serving customers throughout the community of San Antonio. The shop was established by Steve Owen, who specializes in Japanese arts, black and gray, and portraits. Together with his team of three Texas tattoo artists, they provide a wide range of tattoo arts that include anima style art, neo-traditional, tribal art, fine line detail, and black and gray realism. In addition, they also offer customized and freehand designs. Owen has been in the piercing industry for more than 19 years.

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4.0
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4.0 / 5 (347)
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4.0 / 5 (107)
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Boardwalk Tattoos

7218 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Boardwalk Tattoos is a tattoo parlor in San Antonio that has been in business since 2015. The shop specializes in a variety of tattoo styles, including portraits, realism, watercolor, dot-work, and traditional designs. Owners Abel and Su are full-time tattoo artists who lead their team of piercers and artists in creating the best possible tattoo experience. Abel used to make tattoos as a hobby and focused on this body art in 2003. Su has been tattooing for eight years.

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4.5

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Buddha Box Piercing & Tattoos

5337 Glen Ridge Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
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  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Jewelry

Business Description

Buddha Box Studios is a piercing and tattoo shop based in San Antonio. Its tattoo artists have over 30 years of combined industry experience. They have experience in creating tattoo art in various styles, such as geometry and realism. The studio and its employees can also guide clients through aftercare for their tattoos or piercings. In addition, Buddha Box Studios sells a wide selection of jewelry from designers such as Diablo Organics and Gorilla Glass.

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4.3
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4.0 / 5 (410)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (212)

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Dandyland

1620 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78201
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  • Body Art
  • Piercings

Business Description

Dandyland Tattoos has been serving the San Antonio area for more than 20 years. The studio has been voted the number one tattoo and piercing studio by the readers of San Antonio Current 14 times. The tattoo shop regularly rotates guest artists from around the country. The piercers are members of the Association of Professional Piercers and regularly attend the APP conference to continue piercing education. Clients say that the studio has a clean space and easygoing, professional staff.

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4.6
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4.8 / 5 (428)
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (156)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (1)

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Element Tattoo

4741 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78229
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  • Body Art
  • Portraits

Business Description

Element Tattoo Studio has been serving San Antonio clients since 2006. The tattoo shop's owner has been working in the industry for more than 15 years, and the artists practice art styles such as traditional, Japanese, watercolor, realism, tribal, geometric, and script styles. Element Tattoo Studio removes tattoos using laser technology with its Hoya ConBio MedLite c6 machine. Clients have praised the tattoo studio for its quality tattoos and polite, friendly staff.

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4.8
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4.8 / 5 (548)

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Family Tradition Tattoo

1731 Babcock Road, San Antonio, TX 78229
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  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Family Tradition Tattoo is an artist-owned and artist-operated custom tattoo studio located in San Antonio. It offers a sterile environment for clients who wish to get some ink on their skin. Each of the shop's artists has several years of experience, and their works can be seen on the shop's Instagram account. Family Tradition Tattoo also has other merchandise available in-store such as clothing, body jewelry, and artworks. Tattoo aftercare products are also available, including soaps and lotions.

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4.0
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4.0 / 5 (61)
Google
4.0 / 5 (56)

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Firme Copias

1806 Southwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78227
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  • Piercings
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Business Description

Firme Copias is a San Antonio tattoo studio that operates seven days a week. Its artists practice a variety of tattoo styles, including portrait, neo-traditional, and black and gray. Its artists also work with clients to establish coverup ideas and designs. The shop also offers body piercing services with a wide selection of body jewelry available for purchase. It accommodates walk-in clients, while consultations are available for clients who are interested in larger custom tattoos.

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5.0
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (172)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (11)

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Fortune Brothers Tattoo

918 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, TX 78216
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Fortune Brothers Tattoo Co. is a San Antonio-based tattoo parlor founded in 2009 by Robert Corso and Dan Barnett. Corso, who is now the sole owner of the parlor, has been tattooing for over a decade. The tattoo artists' areas of expertise are on traditional American and Japanese styles. They also work on flash and custom tattoo designs, as well as cover-ups. Additionally, they promote a clean and sterile environment with their disposable tattoo system. They prefer appointments but accept walk-ins.

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5.0

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Inception Tattoos

12244 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX 78217
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  • Body Art

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Since 2009, Inception Tattoos has been creating custom tattoos for its clients. The studio's award-winning owners give free nipple tattoo reconstruction for breast cancer survivors and give discounts to active military members. The tattoo artists practice a variety of styles, including black and gray, portraits, realism, new school, and neo-traditional. The shop's piercer has more than five years of experience and uses quality jewelry from companies including Anatometal and Body Circle Designs Neo Metal.

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4.5
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4.8 / 5 (42)

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Ink Couture Tattoos

15717 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78232
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Business Description

Ink Couture Tattoos is a San Antonio, Texas-based shop offering luxury tattoo services to clients throughout the metro area. It delivers an experience reminiscent of spas and its artists are familiar with a multitude of styles including realism, watercolor, photo realism, and Japanese. Ink Couture Tattoos only works with artists experienced in other mediums, which it believes ensures a higher quality of custom artwork to clients desiring unique of intricate pieces.

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4.9
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (75)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (20)

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Ink10city Tattoo

7706 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX 78238
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  • Piercings

Business Description

Ink10city Tattoo is a veteran-owned and operated shop servicing San Antonio. Bringing over a century of experience, it provides tattooing services specializing in different art styles. Piercing services are also available. One of its artists, Tonee, has been in the tattooing industry for more than 14 years. He specializes in custom art with the idea of creating unique artwork for each client. The shop's website contains a photo gallery of completed processes as well as a video of Chuck Norris praising the business.

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4.2
Google
4.0 / 5 (136)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (23)

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Live Through This Tattoos

619 Southwest 24th Street, San Antonio, TX 78207
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  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Business Description

Live Through This Tattoos is a studio in San Antonio that handles custom requests for tattoos and body art. Its resident tattoo artist is well-versed in many types of tattoo styles, including traditional, portrait, cartoon, and anime tattoos, as well as cover-ups and custom designs. Blacklight ink and watercolor tattoos are also available upon request. Additionally, the studio offers a wide variety of body piercings, such as eyebrow, high nostril, tongue, and belly button piercings.

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4.0
Google
4.0 / 5 (393)
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (1)

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Master Minds Tattoo

13231 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX 78217
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  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Business Description

Located in San Antonio, Master Minds Tattoos offers tattoo and piercing services. It aims to ensure proper healing by practicing aseptic techniques, including the use of a new needle for every client. Its artists, Kika, Pink, and Chris, are members of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists. Its lead tattoo artist, Kika, has been in the tattooing industry for 20 years. He creates tattoos using trash polka and American traditional styles. Tattoo aftercare instructions are available on the shop's website.

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4.7
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4.9 / 5 (45)

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Mr Lucky's Tattoo

2856 Thousand Oaks Drive, San Antonio, TX 78232
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  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Business Description

Mr. Lucky's Tattoo offers a fun and welcoming atmosphere to its clients in San Antonio. Its artists employ the updated techniques and technology to produce authentic and custom tattoo designs. Its artists have extensive experience in their niche, but they are committed to ongoing training to ensure they are on top of the current trends, practices, and styles of the industry. Mr. Lucky offers monthly specials. It also offers consultation and accepts appointments and walk-in clients.

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4.8
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4.9 / 5 (42)

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Nostalgic Ink

3030 Thousand Oaks Drive, San Antonio, TX 78247
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Nostalgic Ink is a tattoo studio and art gallery located in San Antonio that creates a wide variety of styles and tattoo designs for clients. Len Hernandez, one of its tattoo artists, has almost 30 years of experience working as a professional artist. Hernandez has experience working as a caricature artist, book illustrator, airbrush artist, and portrait artist. He also had a painting included in Excavate, a collaborative project between Out of Step Books and Art Collective Magazine.

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4.8
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (135)
Google
4.8 / 5 (76)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (18)

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Nostalgic Ink

3030 Thousand Oaks Drive, San Antonio, TX 78247
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Nostalgic Ink is a tattoo studio servicing San Antonio. It provides custom tattoo services and consultations by appointment. Its artists specialize in different tattoo styles, and clients can schedule an appointment with the artist they want to collaborate with for the artwork. One of them, Nina Cisneroz, has been in the tattooing industry since 2011. She has an extensive background in drawing, painting, sewing, and design. The studio's website and social media pages contain photo galleries of completed tattoo works by the artists.

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4.0
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4.0 / 5 (76)
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (18)

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Platinum Tattoos & Body Piercings

5545 Northwest Loop 410 Suite 103B, San Antonio, TX 78238
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Body Piercings
  • Traditional
  • New School
  • Piercings
  • Cover-ups / Fix-ups
  • Realism
  • Black and Gray Realism
  • Fine Line Tattoos
  • Fineline Tattoos
  • Dot work
  • American Traditional
  • Japanese
  • Realism Tattoos
  • Color Realism
  • Japanese Traditional
  • Water color
  • Jewelry
  • Line work
  • New School tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Cover Ups
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Body Art
  • Walk-ins
  • Neotraditional
  • Portraits
  • Geometric Tattoos

Business Description

Platinum Tattoos & Body Piercings caters to individuals in San Antonio and nearby locations. It strives to provide a clean environment for hygiene purposes. The studio designs and creates different types of anime, neo traditional, black and grey, watercolor, patch, and feminine tattoos. Its artists put tattoos on the lower back, stomach, neck, finger, foot, and ankle. They also offer body piercing services. They hold the Blood Born Pathogens certification. One of the company's tattoo specialists, Remy, has been in the industry for five years.

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4.7
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4.8 / 5 (4145)
Facebook
4.5 / 5 (566)
Yelp
3.5 / 5 (211)

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Righno's Bracken Tattoos

18400 Farm to Market Road 2252, San Antonio, TX 78266
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  • Portraits

Business Description

Righno's Bracken Tattoos is a licensed tattoo shop serving San Antonio and its surrounding metros. It has been in the business for over 23 years and has a roster of artists specializing in a broad range of tattoo styles. Its artists have extensive experience in portraits, color, and black and grey tattoos. They can recreate any design and also provide custom work. The studio uses high-quality pigments that ensure bright and sharp tattoos that do not fade over time.

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4.0
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4.0 / 5 (87)
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The Ink Retreat LLC

10151 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78251
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

The Ink Retreat is a San Antonio-based tattoo shop that offers professional custom tattoo art and re-works of any tattooing style. The team of tattoo artists also conducts tattoo classes for professionals and aspiring artists. Lessons could cover everything from famous tattoo tactics to less-known tricks and techniques. The Ink Retreat also performs piercing services and offers tattoo supplies and brow microblading. The veteran-owned company maintains a clean and relaxed environment.

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4.5
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4.0 / 5 (84)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (67)

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Twisted Tattoo

441 McCarty Road, San Antonio, TX 78216
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Business Description

Twisted Tattoo is a San Antonio tattoo studio that has been servicing the metro since 2005. Dedicated to giving balance to work and family, the studio operates half the time of usual business hours to ensure that they deliver quality work without compromising time with their families. Striving to provide a professional but friendly environment to its clientele, Twisted Tattoo focuses on multiple styles of tattoos, as well as piercings and tattoo cover-ups.

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4.5
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4.8 / 5 (132)

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Wicked Ways Tattoos

238 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78232
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Wicked Ways Tattoos is a tattoo shop catering to clients in San Antonio and the surrounding metros. It has a roster of tattoo artists who have experience and expertise in a broad range of tattoo styles, including portrait, American, black and grey, realism, and neo-traditional. Its artists can accommodate simple and complicated pieces and also customize designs. They also do tattoo coverups. The studio has piercers in its staff who offer ear, facial, oral, and surface piercings.

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4.0 / 5 (340)
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4.0 / 5 (146)

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Xtreme Tattoo & Body Piercing - Rolling Oaks Mall

6909 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78247
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  • Body Art
  • Realism Tattoos

Business Description

Xtreme Tattoo & Body Piercing - Rolling Oaks Mall has been serving San Antonio clients for more than 15 years. Custom tattoos and body piercings are both available at the tattoo parlor, which can accept walk-ins and appointments. Moreover, Xtreme provides an online gallery on its website where the artists' works can be viewed. Aside from tattoos, the shop offers a wide assortment of body jewelry and performs piercings for microdermals, bellies, tongues, eyebrows, cartilage, and other body parts.

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4.4 / 5 (21)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do tattoo artists make more money working in a tattoo shop or opening their own?

Just as with any industry, there is a large risk associated with going into business for oneself. Any tattoo artist considering opening their own shop should ensure they have business management and marketing skills to enable their shop to succeed. While becoming a tattoo shop owner can be lucrative, artists who don't have the business skills to succeed may earn a higher salary working in an established shop.

What tools do tattoo artists need?

Most tattoo shops require artists to have their own supplies. That includes their own tattoo machines and necessary parts, such as needles, tubes, tips, and grips. Tattoo artists also need a large supply of ink and tattoo stencils.

Are there minimum training requirements to become a tattoo artist?

Every tattoo studio has its own requirements when it comes to training. In most cases, new artists are required to have a well-presented portfolio and spend several months working under the guidance of an experienced mentor. These teachers show how to use the tools of the trade, oversee designs, and instruct interactions with clients.

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