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Best Tattoo Shops in Madison

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Madison 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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5263 High Crossing Boulevard, Madison, WI 53718

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4.0 (89)
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4.0 (62)
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5.0 (1)

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Black Sapphire Tattoo is a tattoo shop based in Madison that has been operating since 2019. It consists of tattoo artists who are experienced in a range of styles, which include black and grey, watercolor, traditional, neo-traditional, and script. The artists also provide flash and custom tattoo designs. Additionally, the shop performs tattoo removal using a pigment lifting solution. It also has a piercer on staff offering piercing services and different types of body jewelry. Additionally, Black Sapphire Tattoo accommodates walk-ins.

  • Body Art
  • Piercings

525 North Sherman Avenue, Madison, WI 53704

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4.0 (112)
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4.0 (78)
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4.0 (10)

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Lost Lakes Tattoo is a Madison-based tattoo parlor that features several artists with different art styles. Interested clients can set an appointment with their chosen artist. For example, some tattoo artists like Brooke Sutter enjoys doing nature-themed concepts like symmetrical botanical imagery. She also loves using black and grey in her work. Madison native Jake Reynolds, on the other hand, enjoys tattooing ornamental tattoos like mandalas and pointillism pieces. Additionally, clients can check Lost Lakes Tattoo's Instagram page featuring its artists' works.

  • Body Art

13 South Madison Street, Evansville, WI 53536

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4.8 (192)
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4.7 (80)
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1.0 (1)

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Baldwin's Body Art Tattoo & Body Piercing has a team of professional tattoo artists serving clients in Madison since 1997. It specializes in custom-designed tattoos and offers a variety of tattoo flashes from the likes of David Bolt, Paul Booth, and Cherry Creek. Additionally, it offers tattoo aftercare and touch-ups after the session. The studio sterilizes its equipment using hospital-like techniques. It also has a privacy booth with television or music.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

2017 Winnebago Street, Madison, WI 53704

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4.0 (208)
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5.0 (26)
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5.0 (2)

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Starkweather Tattoo Collective consists of artists committed to focusing on producing quality work in Madison. These tattoo artists each have their own specialties, such as traditional, neotraditional, black-and-gray realism, Japanese tattoo style, and colorful illustrative pieces. They also work with flash and custom tattoo designs. Moreover, Starkweather Tattoo Collective is co-owned by artists Seneca Marks, Charline Marcila, Janelle Hanson, and Andy Hyde, who have years of experience in the business. Hanson has appeared on the reality show Ink Master.

  • Traditional Tattoos

1205 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703

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4.0 (31)
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4.8 (3)

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Steve's Tattoo and Body Piercing is a Madison-based shop that has been providing tattoo services since 1975. Its tattoo artists specialize in various styles, such as traditional Americana, Japanese, black and gray, realism, floral art, and spooky-themed designs. The shop is committed to maintaining clean premises and providing quality service. Steve's Tattoo has worked with the authorities to develop tattooing and piercing standards, including sterilization methods and health codes. The shop is open to clients all days of the week.

  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos

2332 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704

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4.0 (33)
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5.0 (23)

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Wayward Tattoo is a women-owned business located in Madison that schedules customers on an appointment-only basis. It works with any style and tattoo color and provides design consultations. The studio's artists create custom designs and perform reworks for unwanted tattoos. They also offer scar-concealing options to help cover disfigurements and surgery traumas. Their inspirations include bright colors, portraits, animals, nature, and traditional illustrations. Wayward Tattoo welcomes all bodies and strives to foster a safe environment for its clients.

  • Body Art

819 East Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53703

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4.9 (46)

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Black Moon Tattoo is a body art shop that serves residents of Madison and its neighboring communities. Established in 2016, the shop is home to four tattoo artists who specialize in American Traditional tattooing. They can provide portfolios for body art suggestions and accept custom designs. Black Moon Tattoo has previously worked on animal portraits, realistic images, and floral designs. The shop also covers phantasmagoric shapes, landscape pictures, black-and-gray logos, and full-color arm or back portraits.

  • Body Art

5710 U.S. 51, McFarland, WI 53558

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5.0 (47)

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Established in 2013, Stay True Tattoo is a tattoo studio that serves clients in McFarland and its neighboring communities, including Madison. The studio's artists can work with clients to create custom art pieces that capture the client's ideas and requests. Moreover, its artists are experienced in creating tattoo art in a variety of styles, ranging from neo-traditional and new school to watercolor and black and gray realism. Founder Mandy Mobley has been tattooing clients since 2005.

  • Body Art

6713 Odana Road Unit #1, Madison, WI 53719

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4.7 (455)
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4.5 (37)

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Blue Lotus Tattoo & The Piercing Lounge is a professional tattoo and piercing studio that serves the Dane County area with 4 convenient locations since 1995. Their goal is to provide a welcoming, comfortable, and safe atmosphere to assist you with all your body modification needs. Their team of artists have dedicated themselves to continuously evolve within their craft and focus on custom designs individually featuring all genres of style. The piercers are members of the Association of Professional Piercers that meet the highest standards of the industry with only high-quality jewelry. The studio is owned by Rob who specializes in cover-up tattoos and caters to breast cancer survivors for areola reconstruction. Rob has trained more than 40 tattoo artists over the years and continues to facilitate apprentice opportunities to developing artists.

  • Traditional Tattoos

3230 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705

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4.0 (33)

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Founded in 2014, Shade Tattoo Studio is a tattoo shop that serves the needs of individuals in Madison and the surrounding communities. It offers medical tattoo applications using tattoo procedures to address various medical needs of patients with breast surgeries, skin disorders, scarring, and burns. Alissa Waters is the founder of Shade Tattoo Studio and a tattoo artist. She also has a degree in microbiology. In 2015, she traveled to London and completed the Medical Tattoo Masterclass at Finishing Touches UK.

  • Traditional Tattoos

3236 Commercial Avenue, Madison, WI 53714

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4.0 (1647)
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4.0 (238)
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4.5 (19)

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Ultimate Arts Tattoo is a tattoo shop that serves clients in Madison and nearby areas. The business provides a wide range of designs and styles, such as color, portrait, and realism. Its team of tattoo artists is led by Darth Stripe, who has been working in the industry for more than 25 years. In 2017, the business won the Best of Madison Gold Award. It has garnered over 100 trophies in its studio since its opening in 1988.

  • Body Art

2647 Milwaukee Street, Madison, WI 53704

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4.0 (33)
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5.0 (25)

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Operating in Madison, Hand and Eye Tattoo is an appointment-only tattoo studio. It was established by Dave Nielsen, who has a lifelong passion for drawing and has been tattooing since 1997. He offers black-and-white illustrations, colored portraits, and customized artwork for first-time and long-time clients. He handles various kinds of tattoo styles such as realism, lining, lettering, reproductions, and cover-ups. Dave also provides his customers with detailed aftercare instructions. He provides a portfolio of both traditional and colored artwork on his Instagram.

  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos

6901 Seybold Road, Madison, WI 53719

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4.8 (171)
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4.8 (104)
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5.0 (9)

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Eldritch Brothers: Tattoo & Piercing is based in Madison. Its roster of tattoo artists combines over 40 years of working on specific styles and techniques. Traditional Americana, cartoons, mythology, floral, and Japanese are some of the themes it has worked on. While each tattoo artist has a distinct specialty, Eldritch Brothers strives to handcraft a timeless piece for every client. Its piercing service is backed with 10 years of experience and is certified by the Association of Professional Piercers.

  • Traditional Tattoos

7011 Tree Lane, Madison, WI 53717

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4.7 (254)
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4.9 (196)
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4.5 (46)

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Iron Quill Tattoo is a body art business serving Madison and the surrounding areas that aims to be its clients' favorite tattoo studio. It can handle both color and black and grey tattoos in different styles and provides microblading services. Additionally, it is owned and founded by Jes Strickler, a self-taught tattoo artist who has more than 15 years of experience. Aside from Strickler, Iron Quill Tattoo has four other experienced artists whom clients can consult with regarding their custom tattoos either face to face or online.

  • Body Art

512 South Park Street, Madison, WI 53715

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4.9 (89)
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4.5 (5)

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Spike-O-Matic is a tattoo studio located in Madison. It has been in business since 1992. The studio offers custom tattoos that have been recognized throughout the Midwest. Specializing in large-scale tattoos, it puts emphasis on making tattoos fit and flow with the human canvas. Resident artist and owner Spike has participated in conventions and carries experience abroad as a guest artist. Clients can call the Spike-O-Matic staff to book a consultation.

  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Body Art

1925 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711

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5.0 (5)
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4.7 (3)

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A Dead Anchor Tattoo & Piercing has been in business since November 2012. It is located in Monroe Street, downtown Madison. Among its specializations are custom designs and portrait works. The shop is composed of artists with years of experience and comprehensive art and tattoo portfolio. To give its clients utmost and focused attention, it is not open for walk-ins and refuses to take phone calls during sessions. Body piercing is also its area of expertise. It gives aftercare tips to tattoo and piercing clients.

  • Traditional Tattoos

2317 International Lane, Madison, WI 53704

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Mind Floss Tattoo Shop is a body art business in Madison that strives “to eliminate the bad stigma” of tattoo parlors by maintaining a comfortable and sanitary studio environment. All the tattoo designs are unique, and its past works include a 3D image behind the ear, an arm sleeve that features a shogun on a cliff, a leg sleeve that depicts Benjamin Franklin, and the iconic dome of the Washington State Capitol spread across the back. Clients can call to schedule a 30-minute project consultation and inquire about Mind Floss' policies and pricing.

  • Body Art

1925 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
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5.0 (12)

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Blackwood is a tattoo business operating in Madison. Its owner, Brandon Blackwood, has been working in the industry since 2005. He specializes in large-scale tattoos using black and gray, as well as color realism styles. A design portfolio is available on the studio's website and social media pages, which clients can view for design inspiration or reference. Blackwood's artwork has also been featured in different publications, such as Tattoo You Magazine, Better Made in Michigan, and Central City Ink Magazine.

  • 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.

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