Tattoos and Baltimore go together like peas in a pod, and the city is home to a plethora of great studios, tons of talented artists, a tattoo museum, and the Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention. Because there are so many amazing shops to choose from, here’s a list of the 10 best tattoo shops in baltimore as rated by customers, plus a few honorable mentions that came close to ranking.
Honorable Mentions: There are way too many excellent tattoo shops in Baltimore for a simple top 10, so here are a few more studios that came close to making the list and deserve a mention: Mt. Vernon Body Art, Red Thorn Tattoo, Capone’s Ink, Absolute Tattoo & Body Piercing, Tattooed Heart Studios, The American Tattoo Company, and Idle Hands Tattoo Emporium.
Without further adieu, here’s our list for the 10 best tattoo shops in Baltimore.
The story: Customers rave about the work done at this studio, so it’s no surprise that HFBL consistently receives five-star ratings from the people who get tattooed here. The shop is clean, sterile, and welcoming, and happy clients go back again and again for more work.
The story: Darl Gnau is the owner of Charmed Life Gallery, and he’s been tattooing since 1998. The idea behind the studio was to create a space where fine art and tattooing came together seamlessly, and the artists here love doing custom-designed pieces.
The story: Along with creating great tattoos, DeVille Ink is also set apart from other tattoo shops in the city because it’s family owned and operated, and is the only tattoo studio in the world to be sponsored by Jägermeister.
The story: This shop is actually the tattoo studio space of a single talented artist, Jacki Randall. The studio prides itself on the attention and care it gives to each customer, and the areas of specialty include freehand, portraits, cover-ups, and restorations.
The artists: Jacki Randall
The story: Baltimore Tattoo Museum got its name because it’s both a studio space and a museum. The fully functioning modern tattoo shop is also a museum space dedicated to the history of American tattooing since the late nineteenth century.
The story: Positive Image is now operated by Konkrete Jungle Kustom Tattoo, who took over after the original owner passed away unexpectedly in 2013. The shop has been around since about 2003, and the current incarnation of Positive Image still preserves the vision and values of the original owner.
The artists: Brad Newlin
The story: The head of Read Street Tattoo is Charlie Foos, an art student who also apprenticed as a tattoo artist in New York while obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree. The shop specializes in traditional Japanese and American styles, but they are also adept with other contemporary styles.
The story: The artists that make up Saints & Sinners have decades of experience behind them, and they work in a variety of styles, including black and grey, Japanese, American traditional, Polynesian, biomechanical, and skate and snowboard themed.
The story: With the motto “unique tattoos for unique people,” it may come as no surprise that Stay Humble’s main focus is creating tattoos that other people will want to emulate. The studio has a number of permanent artists as well as guest artists that also take clients from time to time.
The story: The experienced, friendly, and professional artists at Island City all have their own stylistic preferences, but they promise they have something to suit every client. They can work from pre-drawn designs, can customize pieces based on ideas, and can create or modify designs by hand or by computer.