5 Top Notch Tattoo Parlors in NYC

Tattoo art is one of the most personal, as it uses one’s body as the canvas. If you are planning on getting a tattoo, then you need to consider things beyond the design. You need to consider the hygiene and reputation of the outfit, where you will have a tattoo done. It would work out even better when the artist in question is the kind who is willing to listen to you and answer any questions that you may have. It goes without saying that having an artist with a great reputation doing your tattoo will be the best possible scenario. It would mean that you would be  getting someone who’s reputation as an artist is proven, an artist with flair, one who is technically sound, an original design specifically designed for you and someone who combines the latest and most popular design with a contemporary twist.

Saved Tattoo – Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., appointments preferred

Your wait to get an appointment may turn out to be colossal as the artist Scott Campbell has a great reputation in this field. He is known to have inked famous customers like Helena Christensen and Marc Jacobs. If you find waiting a big hindrance, then you need not worry. The other artists working here, also have a great reputation. The artists here includes Chris O’Donell who has made an enviable reputation for himself with his masculine and aggressive designs and the fanciful and evocative designs by Michelle Tarantelli.

Three Kings- Tattoo Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The owner of  Three Kings, Matty is one who does not necessarily believe that tattoos should be by appointment only. He likes the concept of people walking in right into the well reputed parlor. He has got a group of 14 artists working with him as well as some good guest artists. The parlor is open for business all days of the week. This parlor has found favor with a lot of Indie-rock bands from Brooklyn like Kill Your Idols Steady, None More Black and Lucero. But the parlor is the choice of many along with others. It is a known fact that Bostjan Nachbar the forward for the New Jersey Nets came all the way to get his tattoo from this parlor.

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Sacred Tattoo Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Not what you would expect from a tattoo parlor this one will more than meet your approval. It somehow walks on this side of the art and the other side on to the culture that surrounds body art.  The parlor also has an art gallery. The gallery has sculpture and paintings that reflect the most current of art trends as well as some that are not off the wall art. Having almost 19 artists, the styles and array of work offered at Sacred covers a large range of styles. Of course, if you are looking for an appointment with Jon Mesa, one  of the most sought after artists, then you would have to get an appointment as soon as you can.


Rising Dragon Tattoos Hours: Daily Hours:  12 p.m. to 10 p.m –Mon to Thurs – 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sat 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. to 10 p.m..

When you think about it, you will be hard pressed to decide whether the owner is more dedicated to running in marathons or dragons. He has been in the business of tattooing for quarter of a century and  has 6 more artists working with him.


Hand of Glory Tattoo. Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., appointments preferred

People who walk in love the quaint and down home atmosphere of this place. They specialize in   Japanese-inspired designs flash art and traditional Americana designs. They have also started a space for tattoos that are custom designed for old and new artists.



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