Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Madison
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 Madison, WI.

ReviewedCuratedTop Picks624315

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.

A Dead Anchor Tattoo

A Dead Anchor Tattoo is a business in Madison that has more than five years of industry experience. The shop has male and female artists, and it provides custom inks, flash work, fine-line work, and cover-ups. Some of the subjects are Kawaii characters, dolphins, halcyon wings, fruits, whimsical anchors, elaborate mandalas. A Dead Anchor also offers piercing services, and its website contains useful aftercare information. The shop welcomes consultation visits and walk-in appointments.

Madison, WI(608) 819-8287

Website

Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery

Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery is a body art shop in New Glarus and Middleton that offers custom inking, piercing, and permanent makeup services. The business has been around for more than five years, and it has since been serving clients from Green County and beyond. The company has an insured mobile tattooing facility that is the only one licensed according to Wisconsin laws. Art & Soul also runs a gallery of non-body art creations by some of the region's best artists.

New Glarus, WI(608) 527-2727

Website

Baldwin's Body Art

Baldwin's Body Art is a tattoo and piercing service in Evansville that holds a license from Rock County Health Department. The studio only performs tattoo procedures clients who are at least 18 years old, and it only gives piercings to 16 and 17-year-olds who can show a valid written consent from their parents or legal guardians. Baldwin's experienced tattooists are open to suggestions, and the designs can feature cartoon characters, wildlife elements, mythical creatures, occult symbols, landscapes, and portraits.

Evansville, WI(608) 882-2402

Website

Black Moon Tattoo

Black Moon Tattoo is a body art shop in Madison that covers the city and the neighboring communities. The artists offer traditional tattooing, but they will flesh out any unconventional ideas from clients. The themes range from realistic to phantasmagoric, and some of the subjects are florals, felines, foxes, roosters, and the loved ones of the human canvases. Clients can call or shoot the staff an e-mail to ask about Black Moon's policies and rates.

Madison, WI(608) 285-9014

Website

Blue Lotus Tattoo & Piercing Lounge

Blue Lotus Tattoo & Piercing Lounge is a business in Madison that has locations on West Gilman Street and Odana Road. The company has more than 20 years of industry experience, and it takes pride in having satisfied more than 250,000 individuals. The artists have created full-color underwater scenes, portraits of famous people like David Bowie, native Americans in feathered war bonnets, the Old World Sun, and the Fibonacci spiral. Blue Lotus requires clients to book their appointments in advance.

Madison, WI(608) 284-0870

Website

Capitol City Tattoo

Capitol City Tattoo is a co-op parlor in Madison that opened in 2001. The artists have more than 55 years of combined professional experience, and some of their subjects are the Berenstain Bears, tigers, cacti, heraldic symbols, Buddha imageries, and scenes in an enchanted forest. Capitol City is a six-time recipient of the Isthmus Madison's Favorite Tattoo Shop readers' vote and Best of Madison 2014 honor, and it invites people 18 years or older to “stop by the shop for a consultation or walk-in appointment.”

Madison, WI(608) 251-4465

Website

Colt's Timeless Tattoos

Colt's Timeless Tattoos is a custom tattoo shop in Madison, where several highly experienced artists work to provide high quality tattoos and piercings in a safe, comfortable environment. One of their artists, co-owner Marc Nelson has more than eight years of professional experience and his style can be described as new school, with black-gray and vibrant color. Some of Marc's past works take a minimalist theme, and the subjects include dreamcatchers, phoenixes, canines, and incubus imageries. Colt's Timeless Tattoos won the Best in the Valley Awards in 2013, 2014, and 2015 for their excellent and creative work.

Madison, WI(608) 819-8668

Website

Eldritch Brothers

Eldritch Brothers is a tattoo and piercing parlor in Madison that is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers. The tattooists handcraft the pieces according to their specialization, and this is to give clients the best style rendition that they deserve. The artists have more than 40 years of combined professional experience, and many of their works carry the neo-traditional and traditional American flavor. Some of Eldritch Brothers' recently completed inks have featured seahorses, horses, cats, and women in sailor uniform.

Madison, WI(608) 271-1775

Website

Great Whale Tattoo & Piercing

Great Whale Tattoo & Piercing is a studio in Madison that commits to providing clients a relaxed and creative atmosphere. The tattooists create images of any type in black-gray or vivid color, and their past works include the Eye of Providence, a liveried Indian elephant, a mustachioed barn owl, a bear surrounded by flowers, a boat sailing in calm waters, and the ripped-skin look. Great Whale also offers to pierce, and it sells high-quality jewelry that complements the procedure. Clients can call to ask about the company's safety policy and payment methods.

Madison, WI(608) 620-1977

Website

Iron Quill Tattoo

Iron Quill Tattoo is a body art business in Madison with the mission, “to be your favorite tattoo studio.” The artists' masterpieces include a full-color portrait of Elvis Presley, a full-color portrait of a lady reminiscent of Afropunk singer Grace Jones, a split image of a nautilus on the back of the thighs, and an elaborate black-work depiction of a lotus flower. Iron Quill welcomes visitors who want to check out the relaxed atmosphere in the studio and know more about the company's government-compliant procedures.

Madison, WI(608) 709-5558

Website

Mind Floss Tattoo Shop

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.

Madison, WI(608) 280-1648

Website

Smooth Fx Custom Tattooing

Smooth Fx Custom Tattooing is a business in Sauk City that offers custom inking, cover-up and rework, and permanent makeup services. The studio has more than 25 years of industry experience in providing local and foreign clients their dream skin art. Some of the subjects are crosses, tribal and Celtic symbols, and expressions of patriotism. Smooth Fx has its Creed for Success, and the first paragraph says, “The Client in the chair is the most important person in this Studio. Someone who has to wait will only be frustrated. Someone rushed will be upset forever.”

Sauk City, WI(608) 644-9900

Website

Spike-O-Matic

Spike-O-Matic is a business in Madison that has been creating “fine tattoos since 1992”. The studio is home to some of the most experienced tattooists in Wisconsin, and some of its latest works feature bees on a honeycomb, a full-rigged ship, a dragon, a wolf in the woods, and an “In Memoriam” tribute to a fallen stag. Clients can call the Spike-O-Matic staff to book a consultation and ask about the studio's rates.

Madison, WI(608) 316-1000

Website

Steve's Tattoo and Body Piercing

Steve's Tattoo and Body Piercing is a studio in Madison that has more than 40 years of experience in creating high-quality skin art. The founding tattooist has executed countless arm sleeves, leg sleeves, whole back pieces, and full body projects, and his recent works involve a Harpy, mermaid, sorcerer, whiteface, dragonfly with highly detailed wings, and turtle with a whimsical shell. Clients can visit the website for useful information, and they can drop by the studio to consult with the staff on their planned project. Steve's is open every day of the week.

Madison, WI(608) 251-6111

Website

Verno's Custom Tattoo

Verno's Custom Tattoo is a body art business in Madison that provides custom inking, cover-up, restoration, and piercing services. The parlor services men and women and its artists create any type of project in black-gray or color ink. Verno's welcomes walk-ins, but it prefers to hold sessions that are booked in advance. Clients can request the artists to grace tattoo parties outside of the parlor.

Madison, WI(608) 223-1117

Website

Wrong city? Here are some nearby places: