Indianapolis has a rich arts community, and body art is no exception: the city has a ton of fantastic and award-winning tattoo shops and artists. Many of the tattoo artists in the city have gone through Indianapolis’ Herron School of Art and Design and are now applying those art fundamentals and techniques to the body. Needless to say, if you’re looking to get a tattoo in Indianapolis, there’s a great shop on almost every corner, including these 10 studios.
Honorable Mentions: While these shops didn’t make the list, they do great work and deserve a shout-out: Irish Ink Tattoo & Piercing, The Rue Morgue Tattoo Gallery, New Breed Tattoo, Big Time Tattoos & Piercings, Mass Ave Tattoo, Mystic Images Tattoo, and Body Language Tattoo. Be sure to check out any of these studios or the top tens next time you’re looking to get some ink.
Without further adieu, Here are the 10 best tattoo shops in Indianapolis:
The story: Conan Lea opened Voluta Tattoo back in 2006, and his goal was to create a studio that would make his family proud. The artists at the shop are always attending conventions and perfecting their skills because they want to be able to offer clients immaculate body art in a happy and relaxed atmosphere.
The artists: Jaydee and Conan Lea
The story: Along with offering the highest safety standards and best quality products, the artists at Artistic Skin Design are also obsessed with coming up with unique and custom designs that clients love. They have four locations throughout Indianapolis and a huge roster of talented and qualified artists.
The artists: Amanda Cancilla, Annie Burkhard, April-Nicole Stead, Bart Leonard, Clinton Ransdell, Dane Smith, Devan Smith, Eric Norvell, Hank Cunningham, Jesse Wilson, Keith Fieler, Lesley Diane, Miles Birden, Nathan Richardson, Nicholas Lynch, Nick Peterson, and Ty Pittman
The story: Metamorphosis has been around since 1998, and collectively, the artists working there have nearly 70 years of combined experience. The studio prides itself on quality, uniqueness, and exceptionality.
The artists: Joe Kelley, Paul Breece, Jeff Foti, Megan Zoeller, Matt Carrel, and Trevor Patton
The story: Firefly is a tattoo collective, meaning all the artists working there are owners, and as soon as you walk in the door you can see the pride they all take in their studio. Each piece is unique, custom-designed, and tailored by the artist to suit the individual client’s personality and body.
The artists: Laura Black, Dina Verplank, Gerrit Verplank, Monte, Jose Flores, Kimberly Cochran, Sketch Martin
The story: MidWest Tattoo Company has been around since 2006, and they can do custom designs brought in by clients, tattoo restoration, and cover-ups, and they have an extensive portfolio of pre-drawn designs that clients can choose from.
The artists: J. Petraits, Scott Adams, and Shannon Hull
The story: This 1950s-themed tattoo studio is an award-winning shop that combines a love of art, tattooing, and hot rods. The shop opened about 10 years ago, and at the time was the first themed tattoo studio in Indianapolis. Since then, they’ve made a name for themselves as one of the best shops around.
The artists: Eric and Timmie
The story: One of the oldest studios in Indianapolis, Artistic Skin Designs Inc. has been around since 1990. They have a location in the east and west ends, and both specialize in cover-ups and original creations. Don’t be confused by the similarity with the names: this is a separate studio from Artistic Skin Design & Body Piercing!
The artists: BeeJay Kane, Corey Bee, Alex Hall, Dan Modesitt, Freak, Jeramie Chittick, Ken Richmond, and Rats
The story: The philosophy encouraged by Masterwork Tattoo is pure self-expression and creativity with none of the attitude sometimes associated with tattoo culture. They specialize in a variety of styles, including Japanese, American traditional, tribal, anime, and biomechanical.
The artists: Jacob Bryan
The story: Indy Tattoo Works has been operating for about 25 years, and is among the oldest studios in Indianapolis. They offer tattoos, custom designs, and tattoo removal.
The artists: Jon Hall and JTA
The story: Untitled Ink’s goal is to bring art, culture, talent, and tattoos to the people of Indiana. They are passionate about what they do and are excited to bring their own flair to each custom piece.
The artists: Johnny Ronnin, Brandon Phillips, and Enrique Hernandez