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10 Best Atlanta Tattoo Shops

  • 401 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta • Grant Park
    Dakota Stern - Jake was incredibly helpful and worked at my pace, making the pain minimal as possible. In the end, I love my tattoo, and I will be going back very soon.
    Melissa Gallagher - Loved my piece by Jake Wilkes. He was patient and detail-focused. And I swear I've stopped a thousand strangers to compliment them on their tattoo and they've told me that Danielle from Only You was the artist. She always has a long waiting list, but one day I'll put my name on it!
    recommended by Kaleen Enke
  • 809 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta • Ormewood Park
    Jordan Cook - My Friday the 13th destination spot!
    recommended by Dakota Stern
  • 249 Trinity Ave SW Suite B, Atlanta • Downtown
    Jade Hodo - I have been here and all my friends have been here. I got my first and second piercing here. They are always super nice and very funny.
  • 1900 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta • Piedmont Heights
    Jade Hodo - This place is always packed and I see why they do an amazing job. I got my bar re- pierced and the lady did it so quick. It healed really well.
  • 49 Bennett St NW, Atlanta • Buckhead
    Jordan Cook - Really regret not getting a tattoo here when I had the chance. Heard about it from the TV show, and the work I did see when I was there browsing was solid.
  • 659 Auburn Ave NE g3, Atlanta • Old Fourth Ward
    Melissa Gallagher - I got a tattoo from Dusty Cramer a few years ago, and I highly recommend his work. He did a great job of realizing the vision I had while adding his own artistic stamp. He was super easy to work with, and he took my permanent art as seriously as it warrants. Sparrow Hawk is a beautiful and peaceful studio to get work done, and I'd gladly return to see one of their other artists.
  • 755 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta • Virginia Highland
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  • 2271 Cheshire Bridge Rd, Atlanta
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  • 736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Ste A & B, Atlanta • Virginia Highland
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  • 8610 Roswell Rd 140, Atlanta
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Tattoos

Thinking of getting your first tattoo but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you have a design in mind, and now you need to find that just-right tattoo artist to bring it to life. These tips from Fresh Chalk and Tracy Zumwalt at Anchor Tattoo can help ensure you’ll walk away with an awesome piece of body art that you’ll want to show-off.

Establish A Style

What is the art style of the tattoo you want? Most designs will fall under a specific category—is it Traditional Japanese, Tribal, Traditional American, Realistic? Not every tattoo artist has the same style, or excels in all styles, so identifying that style that speaks to you is important. “Once you know what style you want to go with, look for someone that does this style, and does it well!” says Anchor Tattoo’s Tracy Zumwalt. Many tattoo artists have their own unique art style that can result in a truly one of a kind piece. Browse the portfolios of lots of different artists before you take the plunge—you may find inspiration for something boldly original.

Research Your Local Tattoo Shops & Tattoo Artists

Once you’ve figured out the style for your tattoo, do your research and don’t be afraid to shop around. Most tattoo shops will have portfolios of their tattoo artists’ work available to browse on their website or Instagram. Use Fresh Chalk to ask your friends for recommendations and referrals. “Find out what you can about their reputation,” advises Tracy. “If you're getting a smaller design, you're probably okay to just set an appointment with the artist you've chosen and get your tattoo. If, on the other hand, you're planning a substantial piece for your first tattoo, definitely meet with the artist before making an appointment to see if your personalities are compatible. Nothing is worse than spending time and money with someone you don't get along with!”

Be Picky

Have we mentioned that a tattoo is forever? It’s totally okay to be picky when looking at tattoo artists' work. Look closely at the lines—they should be smooth, not jumpy, jagged, too thick, or shaky. Circles should look like circles, not ovals. Colors should be bold and completely filled in, and watch for scabbing or scar tissue, which can be indicative of an overly heavy hand. Don’t choose someone just based on their flash sheets. Be sure to find both fresh and healed tattoos that they’ve done to truly judge the quality of their work.

Recommendations and Reviews

Your friends can be a great resource to you. If you have a friend with a tattoo you admire, find out more about their experience. You can find out a lot more about the tattoo artist’s process, the atmosphere at the tattoo shop, how well the tattoo healed or aged over time by talking to the people who’ve actually been in an artist’s chair. Many people are passionate about their tattoos and would love to support their tattoo artist with a recommendation. Read the reviews on your artist and the tattoo parlor itself—cleanliness is certainly a factor, as is the layout and location of the tattoo shop. Is it well lit? Dusty? Are the tattoo artists’ stations next to street facing windows? Take the time to find out so that you can find a tattooer and a tattoo shop that fits with your comfortable level.

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