As tattoos transition from taboo to mainstream, finding the right place for permanent ink becomes more difficult. Whether it’s cosmetic or sentimental, the best body art in Tampa is just around the corner. Before you get a tattoo, it’s best to schedule an appointment at one of these quality tattoo parlors. A consultation beforehand can prevent you from permanently tattooing something on your body that you might regret later down the road, and can also ensure you and your tattoo artist are on the same page.
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
One of the most popular tattoo parlors in Tampa, Atomic Tattoos is known for its friendliness and safety standards. The company was founded in 2001 and it has been named one of the fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine. It has 12 stores just in Tampa. The company is also a big supporter of local charities and holds fundraising events to benefit breast cancer research.
Hours: Tues – 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wed – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thurs – 2 p.m. to 12 p.m.; Fri – 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sat – 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
One of the oldest tattoo shops in Tampa’s Ybor City, Blue Devil has been around since 1994. The parlor employs some of the most highly trained, experienced tattoo professionals in the area. Its store also features high-quality jewelry from around the world.
Hours: Tues – 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wed – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thurs to Fri – 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sat – 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This store is conveniently located across from Centro Ybor in Ybor City. Known for creating one of kind Tattoos for its clients, the store offers free birthday piercings (with an ID, of course). Tour the site to see the eight resident artists’ portfolios to get an idea of who’d you like to work with.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
As one of Ybor City’s premier tattoo shops, this custom company uses tattoo flash to give the customers tattoo ideas with tattoo drawings. The store also has tattoo artists come by as guests every once in a while, and sells tattoo art (paintings and drawings), shirts and hoodies.
Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This tattoo parlor only does custom tattoos, it designs tattoos especially for customers following their specifications. Fat Ink staffs itself with fun characters from around the world, so it’s the place to go to find the right fit for your style. Because the tattoos here are all custom designed, the artists can work with your budget to help you get the perfect ink in your price range. Fat Ink has three locations in the area, including Sarasota Square and Wiregrass.
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