Find a tattoo shop in Boston, MA

Find tattoo shops in Boston, MA

Find tattoo shops in Boston, MA

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Find tattoo shops in Boston, MA

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Top 10 tattoo shops in Boston, MA

Clients agree: these Boston tattoo shops are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Breyner Tattoos

Breyner Tattoos

Offers online services
4 hires on Fash
12+ years in business
Serves Boston, MA
Michael F. says, "I enjoy working with Breyner because he always delivers exceptional artwork and ideas." Read more


New on Fash
2 hires on Fash
21+ years in business
Serves Boston, MA
professional service .. with more than 15 years of experience
Ferry Street Ink Tattoos And Piercing

Ferry Street Ink Tattoos And Piercing

1 hire on Fash
19+ years in business
Serves Boston, MA
Henry G. says, "I would highly recommend Ferry St Tattoo, Shawn got back to me quickly and Benny who did my first tattoo was awesome. Benny took the time to make sure it was and how I wanted it. Very relaxed atmosphere and will use them again for my next tattoo." Read more
Pull Up Ink By Tatu Joji LLC

Pull Up Ink By Tatu Joji LLC

5+ years in business
Serves Boston, MA
Jillian H. says, "I loved that Joji was able to travel to me. He was professional and clean. His skills are exceptional and he is very knowledgeable about what he does. Highly recommended!" Read more
Savage Shenise Tattoo Artist

Savage Shenise Tattoo Artist

New on Fash
4+ years in business
Serves Boston, MA
Hello, My name is Shenise. But, in the tattoo world I go by Savage Shenise. I am a newer tattoo artist in the Boston area. I love to tattoo a variety of styles but have been leaning toward black and grey dotwork/stippling designs that are more nature based. I apprenticed under my husband who is an award winning artist for six years. I am licensed and currently work at Ferry Street Ink in Everett, MA and guest spot at Holistic Ink in Dorchester, MA. My instagram is the best way to reach me @savageshenise or you can feel free to email me at [email protected] Feel free to contact me through this forum as well! When inquiring about a tatto

Your tattoo shop questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

How much do tattoos cost?

The average cost for a tattoo is $50 to $250 for a small or simple image like a heart or cross, or $150 to $450 for a medium-sized tattoo like a portrait or tribal design. For a complex design or large tattoo, like a half or full sleeve or full back, prices start and $500 and can reach $4,000.

Tiny tattoos under 2 inches typically cost $30 to $100 or the tattoo parlor's minimum fee.

Tattoo artists charge $120 to $150 per hour, depending on their experience and reputation and the design complexity.

How much should you tip a tattoo artist?

Tip a tattoo artist 20% if you're happy with their work or up to 25% for intricate custom designs or if the artist exceeded your expectations.

Do tattoo shops do piercings?

Many tattoo places also do piercings for ears, noses, tongues, belly buttons, and more. However, not all shops offer this service. Contact local tattoo parlors to confirm whether piercing is offered.

What should I expect when getting a tattoo done at a shop?

After finding a tattoo artist who specializes in the style you want, book an initial consultation to discuss your design placement, size, colors, and features. Most consultations are free and last 30 to 60 minutes. After confirming the design, the artist will schedule your appointment.

During your appointment, you'll be seated in a tattoo chair, usually in an open area. If you prefer a private area, be sure to request it in advance.

The artist will prep your skin, then apply a stencil or draw the design on your skin so you can review it and make any final changes. Then, the artist will tattoo the design with needles inserted into the skin. Though the process will hurt, most artists agree the first minute is the worst.

How long does a tattoo take to heal?

A tattoo takes up to 6 months to fully heal, though your skin will go through several stages of healing during that time.

  • At week 2, the tattoo may begin to itch as it flakes and scabs.
  • In weeks 3 and 4, a layer of dry skin will form over the tattoo before exfoliating itself, and the itchiness will fade. Redness and itching at this stage may be an early sign of an infected tattoo.
  • After the first month, all itchiness and redness should be gone, but the skin below your tattoo may continue repairing itself for up to six months.

How do I choose the best tattoo shop near me?

Follow these tips to select the right tattoo artist for you:

  • Decide what style of tattoo you want. Look for artists who specialize in that style.
  • Ask for recommendations from friends and family.
  • Read reviews on Fash and Google.
  • Browse tattoo artists' portfolios of designs similar to yours.
  • Look for licensed, certified tattoo artists.
  • Choose the tattoo placement.
  • Meet with the artist for an initial consultation to discuss your ideas and vision for the design.
  • Confirm the shop is clean and sanitary and the staff is professional.

What questions should I ask tattoo parlors?

Ask the tattoo artist these questions before deciding who to hire:

  • How long have you been tattooing?
  • Are you licensed and certified?
  • Which styles do you specialize in?
  • Can I see your portfolio?
  • Which placement would you recommend for this design, and why?
  • How do you sanitize your equipment?
  • What aftercare routine do you recommend?
  • What deposit do you require?
  • Do you guarantee your work? What happens if you make a mistake in my design?

Reviews for Boston tattoo shops

Recent success stories from people in the Boston area.
Jacquelin G.
Muy buena experiencia y buen trabajo de cálida y muy buen precio me encanta como el trabaja se esmera en su trabajo y deja al cliente sastifecho 😍😍😍
Breyner tattoos
Lacey C.
He comes to you. You don’t have to go no where. He will suggest what looks best. He also is caring while tattooing.
Pull Up Ink by Tatu Joji LLC
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