Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Milwaukee
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 Milwaukee, WI.

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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.

Adambomb Gallerie

Adambomb Gallerie, based in Milwaukee, designs and applies tattoos for people from the city and the surrounding areas. Owner Adam Bomb can create detailed pieces, in either color or black and white, with his recent work ranging from simple tattoos, like text and greyscale emblems, to elaborate designs on the client's back, arm, or chest. Interested clients can check out the artist's portfolio on his official website, with additional samples available on Instagram.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 881-0820

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Bay Street Tattoo & Piercing Co.

Bay Street Tattoo & Piercing Co., established in Milwaukee in 1999, is a women-owned tattoo studio providing local clients with new tattoos and piercings. The business's owner and principal artist, Sheri, has more than 20 years of professional tattooing under her belt. She apprenticed with another female tattoo artist in Stockton, Minnesota, before moving to Milwaukee to open her own shop. Working alongside Sheri is Walt, who has been apprenticing with her since he joined Bay Street Tattoo & Piercing Co., in 2015.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 483-5000

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Body Ritual

Body Ritual is a business in the greater Milwaukee that performs tatooing and body piercing for clients from throughout the area. Based on the city's East Side, Body Ritual was a runner-up in the "Best Tattoo Shop" and "Best Piercing Shop" in the Shephered Express Best of Milwaukee 2012. The business has been serving locals since it opened its doors in 2007.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 273-3777

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Brew City Tattoo

Brew City Tattoo is a Milwaukee business that, since 2011, has tattooed people from all over the city and its suburbs. Available styles include traditional and neo-traditional, Japanese, black-and-grey, portraits, and "tribal," among others. Clients can select from a tremendous catalog, consisting of over 10,000 pre-designed pieces, or they can get a custom design. Brew City Tattoo is open seven days a week.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 425-8282

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Ciaran Korb Arts

Ciaran Korb Arts is a Pewaukee-based studio where Milwaukee Metro clients can receive body art services. Since 1997, the owner and sole artist Ciaran Korb has been tattooing locally, with a particular focus on Japanese-style tattoos. In addition to tattooing, Korb can provide clients with drawings and paintings, available as originals or high-quality reprints.

Pewaukee, WI(262) 695-7565

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Color Bomb Tattoo

At its studio in Milwaukee, Color Bomb Tattoo provides customers with custom tattoos, as well as body piercings and facial piercings. Since opening in 2006, Color Bomb Tattoo has maintained a staff of licensed, certified artists who have experience in a range of art styles. New prospective clients should review the artists' portfolios, available on the Color Bomb Tattoo official website.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 371-2525

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Custom Tattoo

Custom Tattoo is the studio of Milwaukee tattoo artist Greg Foster, who has owned the business since 1996. Mr. Foster's work has been published four times in international tattoo magazines, and he has been featured in four local lifestyle articles. Working alongside Mr. Foster is Rebecca Stewart, who acts as the manager as well as the graphic designer of Custom Tattoo.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 277-8282

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Mania Tattoos

At the Milwaukee studio Mania Tattoos, owner/artist Jesse Engelbrecht creates body art for clients hailing from throughout the area. The studio, which is fully licensed, includes full-time staff members keeping the location and implements clean. Before work on the tattoo begins, Mr. Engelbrecht will meet with interested customers for free preliminary consultations. Walk-in appointments are available, although clients should call in advance if they can.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 801-6642

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Mike Davenport Tattoo Artist

Mike Davenport Tattoo Artist is a Milwaukee-based business, creating body art for people from in and around the city. In addition to working as an individual for-hire artist, Mr. Davenport works at Walker's Point Tattoo Company, in Milwaukee, and Sonic Tattoo Company, in Green Bay. He has more than 30 years of experience, including several years apprenticing with experienced artists.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 273-7827

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Moving Shadow Ink

Moving Shadow Ink is a tattoo parlor in Milwaukee with a range of body art services. These include not just tattooing, but also tattoo touch-ups, tattoo removals, body piercings, and facial piercings. Moving Shadow Ink is open seven days a week, from noon to eight o' clock.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 321-0122

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Rockstar Tattoo & Co.

Rockstar Tattoo & Co. is a tattoo studio in West Allis that has clients from all over the Milwaukee Metro area. The business's founder, Brock Steven, has been a practicing local tattoo artist since 2004. Mr. Steven personally screens resident tattoo artists to ensure they have the requisite expertise and experience, as well as customer service skills. Past clients, receiving either new tattoo or tattoo touch-up services, praise the reisdent artists for their excellent, detailed work.

West Allis, WI(414) 810-3631

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Ryan Manske

In addition to working at Atomic Tattoos and Piercing, artist Ryan Manske also performs tattooing for clients through his own business. Mr. Manske, who specializes in photorealistic artworks and freehand line work, has a particular affinity for science and science-fiction. New customers looking to hire Mr. Manske should view the portfolio on his website for samples of his style and subject matter.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 379-7351

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Saints and Sinners Tattoo Co.

Saints and Sinners Tattoo Co., located in Milwaukee, has a pair of tattoo artists creating body art for local customers. Ken Faught and Ryan Wetherbee are veterans of the profession. Mr. Faught has over a dozen years of experience, including stints working in Illinois, North Carolina, in Florida, as well as throughout Wisconsin. Mr. Faught is particularly skilled at recreating images from pop culture. Recent examples include the Ghostbusters insignia, Smoky the Bear, and Roy Lichtenstein's iconic "Girl with Hiar Ribbon."

Milwaukee, WI(414) 226-4746

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Serenity Ink

Serenity Ink, in Milwaukee, is a small tattoo studio creating photorealistic and watercolor-style tattoos for local clients. The staff includes six resident artists with varying styles and specialties. Interested potential customers can view the team members' individual portfolios on the official website to select the right tattoo artist for them.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 212-8179

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Solid State Tattoo Milwaukee

Solid State Tattoo Milwaukee is a tattoo studio creating body art on behalf of clients from throughout the area. Artists Jon Reiter and Josh Howard perform are available six days a week, with walk-in appointments sometimes available, although customers should call in advance to ensure availability. Tattoos start at $50, with price varying according to the artworks' size and level of detail.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 744-0778

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Tattoos by Laurent

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.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 481-3316

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Tattoos by Rachelle

Tattoos by Rachelle, in Waukesha, is a studio providing Milwaukee Metro locals with tattoo art services. Rachelle, the business's owner and sole artist, apprenticed with Bill Hanson, an acclaimed tattoo artist who owned and operated the tattoo shop Black Dragon Tattoos. After Mr. Hansen had passed away, she continued to work in the tattoo industry, including two years tattooing in the Dells Metro area. In total, she has eight years of experience, and she also provides tattoo services from Skully's Jedi Tattoo Parlor.

Waukesha, WI(262) 524-1369

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Vantage Point Tattoos

Vantage Point Tattoos is a Milwaukee-based tattoo parlor where, since 2014, owner Jeremy Kirk has been inking people from all over the city and its suburbs. In total, Mr. Kirk has spent two decades working in the local tattoo industry, gaining a reputation for his high-quality work. He has been featured in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among other publications. Interested potential clients may view Mr. Kirk's portfolio through the Vantage Point Tattoos website.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 777-0288

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Zoe's Vicious Circle LLC

Zoe's Vicious Circle LLC, established in Milwaukee in 2002, is a custom tattoo studio that also sells lotions and other products for tattoo aftercare. At the head of the art team is Spencer Lavallee, who has been a tattoo artist since he started working at Gothic Body in 1997. Mr. Lavallee and his colleagues focus on keeping their workspaces completely safe and sterile.

Milwaukee, WI(414) 727-6366

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