A tattoo is a serious investment.
Indeed, few purchases are more, well, permanent than body ink. Whether it's your first tattoo or you're a seasoned pro, getting a tat is not something you entrust to just anyone. These are some of Austin's finest parlors, where you can rest easy in the hands of talented artists and relaxing environments.
Of course, you should narrow your search based on the style of work you're looking for. No matter where you end up, always look for clean facilities - and remember to tip your artist! Trust us, your mom will be even more pissed if you don't.
photo via Triple Crown Tattoo
1157 Chicon St.
Say hello to one of East Austin's best places to get custom ink done. With over five different artists available, this place will be able to hook you up with all your tattoo fantasies. This comfy, clean lounge setting parlor accepts cash and card, and also accepts small walk-ins!
Photo credit: Golden Age Tattoo Facebook
2008 Fortview Rd
The ambiance in Golden Age is spot-on, sure to calm any needle-related nerves. This shop employs a host of resident artists, specializing in styles from colorful traditional symbols to delicate geometric mandalas. It's a one-stop where you can have many different requests fulfilled.
1309 E 4th St
Resurrection Tattoo is a local favorite; people return here for the gorgeous artistry and the great relationships they build with artists. The shop manages to be both clean and bursting with character. Each of the artists at Resurrection has a colorful and unique take on traditional and not-so-traditional styles.
photo credit: Instagram User @gullycattattoo
2006 S 1st St
Gully Cat's founder Mike Terrell is a through-and-through Austinite. He specializes in the traditional Americana style and also builds his own tattoo machines. The shop runs out of a house that would be unassuming if it weren't painted electric green - inside, the atmosphere is eclectic, friendly and welcoming, even to first-timers.
photo credit: Yelp user @Steve B.
1313 S Congress Ave
People straight up rave about how good Southside Tattoo is; for many folks in Austin, they're the #1 choice. With a fantastically talented (not to mention good-natured) team, it would really be hard to go wrong here. It also has the added bonus of being located right next to Continental Club, so you can treat your new brand new ink to some great music right when you're done.
photo credit: Lauren Logan PHotography
1736 W Anderson Ln
Moon Tattoo is a clean, bright parlor owned by Tina Poe, a talented artist with a distinct blackwork style that often centers on the odd or otherworldly. The other artists at Moon Tattoo are incredibly talented as well, especially if you're looking for exquisitely detailed line work, artfully shaded flora and fauna, or woodcut-style nature pieces.
photo credit: Truebluetattoo.com
607 Red River St
True Blue is a shop where you can walk in with only a vague idea of the ink you want, and leave with your vision perfectly etched on your skin. The Red River location is open until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays - but a late-night tequila-fueled tat here won't feel like a mistake in the morning (Or if it does, at least it won't be due to the quality of work).
photo via yelp
5128 Burnet Rd
Platinum Ink specializes in custom ink, but don't think they won't work with pre-existing ones! With over 15 years of experience, this shop is prepared to give you the very best. The Burnet location has roughly six permanent artists, and an additional three members as piercers. Piercings start as low as $19; for ink, you can request a quote on a custom tattoo or browse their gallery of flash.
photo via instagram @mainstaytattoo
4901 Woodrow Ave
This local shop is made up of a tight-knit, friendly crew. Always welcoming walk-ins, Mainstay's artists work in various styles and offer both custom and flash pieces for their clients. Check their website for a rotating cast of awesome guest artists as well! Do512 staff can personally endorse this awesome spot to get inked.
2310 S Lamar Blvd
The artists at Rock of Ages produce work in many different styles and sizes, from traditional full-back pieces to smaller, whimsical tattoos. They all have one thing in common, though - they're kind, talented artists who know what they're doing. Many of the artists at Rock of Ages are rocks of the art form themselves, with over 20 years of experience.
MORE GREAT TATTOO SHOPS IN AUSTIN:
11815 N FM 620 Suite 5
4930 S Congress Ave
1215 Corona Dr
Blind Side Tattoo
2101 S 1st St.
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