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Bay Street Tattoo Co.

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322 East Bay Street, Milwaukee, WI 53207
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Business Description

Bay Street Tattoo & Piercing Co. is a woman-owned business in Milwaukee founded in June 1999. Owner and principal tattoo artist, Sheri, has more than 20 years of experience in the field. Her fellow artist, Walt, used to be a school teacher before devoting his time to tattooing in 2015. The team works closely with clients to create and custom tattoos, whether black and grey, color, or cover-ups. Piercings are also offered, along with high-quality jewelry available for purchase at the shop.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (11)

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Brew City Tattoo

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4637 South 108th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53228
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos

Business Description

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Brew City Tattoo employs the expertise of tattoo artists focusing on styles such as Japanese, traditional, neo-traditional, portraits, tribal, and cover-ups. The tattoo studio is home to a staff that commits to protecting and preserving its craft. The studio delivers full custom tattoo services and keeps a collection of designs clients use for their own tattoos. The studio and its artists operate and perform tasks with a state license. Brew City Tattoo values its clients and prioritizes their health and protection while inside the shop's premises for their tattoo appointments.

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4.5
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4.5 / 5 (19)

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Ciaran Korb Arts

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125 Oakton Avenue, Pewaukee, WI 53072
  • Body Art

Business Description

Ciaran Korb Arts presents the offerings of Pewaukee Tattoo Parlour, a tattoo studio servicing Milwaukee clients. Its sole artist, Ciaran Korb, is a Pretoria-born professional who has been in the tattooing industry for nearly 10 years. Aside from specializing in Japanese-style tattoos, Korb works on all types of tattoos, as seen on the online gallery through the website. Additionally, the artist provides clients with drawings and paintings that are available as originals or high-quality reprints. Clients can contact the studio for consultations and appointments through email or by phone.

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Color Bomb Tattoo & Body Piercing

8030 North 76th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53223
  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Business Description

ColorBomb Tattoo & Body Piercing is located in Milwaukee, serving customized tattoos and facial and body piercings to its clients. It can offer to clients Celtic, religious, tribal, and patriotic tattoos. It also conducts micro dermal as well as body, facial, and ear piercing. The artists have more than 20 years of experience in piercing, allowing them to execute piercings in any style and location. It is a family-owned studio that started in 2006. ColorBomb Tattoo & Body Piercing provides wheelchair-accessible entrance and parking.

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4.2
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3.0 / 5 (2)

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Custom Tattoo

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1956 North Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Body Art
  • Piercings

Business Description

Custom Tattoo is a full-service tattoo shop that caters to clients in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. It was founded in 2007 by tattoo artist Greg Foster and graphic designer Rebecca Stewart. Greg aims to create personalized tattoo designs that suit the clients' preferences. He has been a recipient of the "Best Full Back Piece" award given during the Milwaukee Beer City Tattoo Convention in 2016. Additionally, Custom Tattoo provides tattoo aftercare instructions for clients on its website.

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4.4
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4.5 / 5 (18)

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Mike D Tattoos

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712 South 2nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Mike D Tattoos is a tattoo studio serving customers in the Greater Milwaukee metro. Tattoo artist Mike Davenport started his tattoo career in Tucson where he honed his skills by learning from tattooers with industry experience of more than 30 years. He works with acrylics, sign painting, and watercolors and has won several best of show awards at Tattoo Conventions across the country. Mike D Tattoos has completed more than 15,000 tattoos and participated in hundreds of tattoo conventions.

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Rockstar Tattoo & Co.

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2707 South 108th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53228
  • Body Art
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Rockstar Tattoo & Co. has been recognized as one of the best tattoo shops in Milwaukee. Whether a client is getting a new custom tattoo or wanting to reanimate an old piece, the talented ink artists can help. They've compiled thousands of designs people can browse and they can also bring a customer's personal tattoo idea to life. Its founder, Brock Steven, has been an artist in Milwaukee since 2004 and his studio has been serving for over 10 years.

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4.6
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4.5 / 5 (23)

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Serenity Ink

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5029 West Howard Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53220
  • Body Art

Business Description

Serenity Ink is a tattoo shop serving residents of Milwaukee since its establishment in April 2012. The shop is manned by seven tattoo artists with their own individual drawing and painting styles. Depending on which artist the client chooses, the tattoo options range from bright colors to grey and black combinations, new school/watercolor style, realism, and Japanese, nature, or music-inspired. After-ink consultations with the artists are also available for clients. Each artist books his/her own appointments.

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4.0 / 5 (7)

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Solid State Tattoo Milwaukee

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2660 South Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Solid State Tattoo Milwaukee provides custom body art pieces in Milwaukee. It is home to two tattoo artists, Jon Reiter and Josh Howard, who are well-adept at various tattoo styles, including colorwork, traditional Americana, Japanese traditional, and black and gray realism. They can accommodate walk-in customers; however, booking an appointment in advance is highly encouraged to secure a slot. Solid State Tattoo Milwaukee maintains a retail space, where merchandise is available.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (29)

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Tattoos by Laurent at Old Salt Tattooers

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2665 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Tattoos by Laurent is the private tattoo studio of Laurent Marin, a Milwaukee tattoo artist with more than a decade of experience in the field. Mr. Marin specializes in old-school black and grey tattoos, although he can also create color body art, in a range of styles. Over the course of his career, he has worked not just in the U.S. but also in Norway, Canada, and France.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (33)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.