Below is a list of the top and leading Tattoo Shops in New York. To help you find the best Tattoo Shops located near you in New York, our team at Kev’s Best put together our own list based on this rating points list.
New York’s Best Tattoo Shops:
The top rated Tattoo Shops in New York are:
- Kings Avenue Tattoo
- Red Rocket Tattoo
- Daredevil Tattoo
- Studio 28
- Fineline Tattoo
Kings Avenue Tattoo
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Kings Avenue Tattoo opened its doors in April 2011 on the street that played a formative role in tattoo history, The Bowery, overlooking some of Manhattan’s cultural centers. With two busy shops drawing increasing respect and critical acclaim from the industry, Kings Avenue’s family of artists expanded rapidly. More than a dozen resident artists and a rotation of sought-after guests like Tim Hendricks, Horitomo, and Henning Jorgensen have worked individually with clients from New York and all over the globe, catapulting Kings Avenue into the top tier of tattoo studios.
Japanese Tattoo, American traditional Tattoo, black and gray Tattoo, Realism Tattoo
“I will not go to any other person. I have gotten many piercings from him. He will take care of you and make sure you comfortable with the whole piercing process. He’ll always let you see the placement of piercing to make sure it’s in a place you’re happy with. Overall, he makes the environment and experience very enjoyable (as enjoyable as can be).” –
Red Rocket Tattoo
Red Rocket Tattoo, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, is the second incarnation of a world-renowned studio established by owner Mike Bellamy over 14 years ago.
After changing the studio name in 2006, Red Rocket Tattoo has grown in popularity and prowess, and now boasts a staff of fresh and highly talented artists as well as a few salty dogs to round out the bunch. Open 7 days a week, our style runs the gamut from super fine portraits to new school/old school adaptations to Japanese-influenced and custom ideas of all flavors.
Custom tattoos in a range of styles
“The staff was so friendly and helpful! It was my first tattoo so I was very scared but Andy was very helpful and patient with me. The artwork turned out beautiful and very delicate just like I wanted!” -Meagen Kindem
Daredevil Tattoo opened in 1997 when tattooing was legalized in NYC. They feature several artists working in all different styles of tattooing. Walk ins are always welcome and they are open every day noon until 10pm. They are proud to also showcase a Museum of Tattoo History with a world class collection of tattoo artifacts focusing on the history of tattooing in New York City.
Different styles of tattooing, Museum of Tattoo History
“Feels like a piece of history this tattoo parlour. Filled with one of the best collection of tattoo flash I’ve ever seen, plus the option of a historic tattoo tour, I had such a great experience here and appreicated the time, effort and care they took during my visit.” -Jake Hastie
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Studio 28 has been providing a safe, clean and positive tattooing and piercing experience since 2010. Located in Manhattan, they are conveniently near most Subway lines.
All of their artists are knowledgeable and skilled, as well as courteous and accommodating. They pride themselves on providing one of the best tattoo and piercing experiences you can have in New York City.
“I really recommend this place! I found it online, got my attention for having good reviews!
My tattoo artist was Bo, he was really patient with me. When I came for my appointment, he showed me sketch, I didnt like it, cause it was on ipad and sketch was raw, I freaked out, and I asked for final picture. Like I said Bo was very patient with me, and made new sketch with pencil. I love it! The whole process was pleasant! I will come back definitely! Thank you Bo” -Bojana Tomic
Fineline Tattoo – Born in the midst of the underground atmosphere of New York City’s ban on tattooing (which existed from the early 1960s until the late 1990s), Fineline Tattoo NYC worked to establish itself from 1976 on as one of the very few underground / illegal / appointment-only tattoo parlors that offered professionalism in artistry, craftsmanship, and hygiene.
Fineline was originally operated out of a private loft, on the infamous Bowery in the heart of the East Village, until 1997 when the city finally lifted the 30 year ban on tattooing. Fineline Tattoo NYC was relocated to the First Avenue storefront where it continues to thrive to this day. Gone is the paranoia and stigma of operating an illegal business, but still intact is the friendly atmosphere and professionalism that the legions of loyal customers have come to expect from Fineline over the years.
“I received an amazing service in store. The artist is super kind and friendly. I walked in with a rough design and didn’t even know what I’m going to do, the artist kindly redesigned it over and over again for me because I wasn’t satisfied with my own idea. I kept changing the design and he’s very patient with me. The artist even asked me if I want some cookies lol, this place is so nice and warm I’ll definitely come back in future.”
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