Body art expresses individuality, style and uniqueness, but unlike other body adornments, a tattoo’s permanence makes a lasting statement. This makes parlor picking a major life decision. Find these top five professional and pleasant tattoo parlors right nearby.
Elite Tattoo Gallery
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sun – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and by appointment
Elite Tattoo Gallery allows customers to choose from a number of designs or have its artists draw a custom tattoo of just about anything they could imagine. This isn’t a kitten-filled sunshine parlor, it’s the rock-solid area source for beautiful, permanent art. View the shop’s portfolio online to see work from the resident artists at Elite: Roxxy, Justin Smith, Bill Barrett, Igor and Brea. While the shop does take walk-ins, it’s recommended that those looking for large tattoos call in tos schedule a consultation.
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Ink Twister Tattoo
Hours: By appointment only via emailing Trevor at InkTwister@yahoo.com.
Ink Twister Tattoo has been around for almost two decades, keeping its customers so satisfied they even come in for the in-house personal trainer. Trevor’s brilliant use of color makes this the place to go for unique, brilliant body art. Trevor and his apprentice Clint will also ensure you know how to care for your tattoo when you leave the shop.
Psycho Clown Tattoo
Hours: Sun to Wed – 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Thurs to Sat – 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and by appointment
The shop was established in 1993 and has been featured in many area publications for its amazing art. In addition, Psycho Clown Tattoo uses the latest tattoo equipment and its owner has been in the business for more than 20 years. Tattoos and piercings are priced individually via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Royal 1 Tattoos and Piercings
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Fri and Sat – 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Although Royal 1 has flash sheets – tattoo designs – its artists encourage customers to bring in their own design for ultimate uniqueness. The shop also offers a full line of products for tattoo aftercare. If you’re not quite ready for ink, Royal 1 also offers body piercings.
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Hours: Mon to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sun – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; appointments preferred
Former customers of Epic Tattoos call it wonderful, its work amazing and its tattoos worthy of recommendation. Artists here prefer customized tattoos, tons of which are featured on the shop’s Facebook page in albums by each artist. Choose accordingly.
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