Express a memorable moment, loss, triumph or love with one of the best tattoo artists in the country. Philadelphia’s top tattoo artists can turn ideas into ink in masterpieces that will last forever. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned ink lover, consider these local Philly parlors when it’s time to go under the needle.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Since 1995, this Manayunk hot spot has been providing psychedelic body art at the hands of its expert staff of tattoo artists. Although it recently underwent a name change, the owner remains the same, and the workmanship is as consistently amazing as ever. View the artists’ work on Rumi’s website, or stop in for a session with your artist of choice seven days a week.
Philadelphia Eddies Chinatown Tattoo
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fresh off its stint at the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, the Philadelphia Eddies crew is well known for its outstanding and innovative approach to body art. With another location in the South Street Headhouse District, and guest artists appearing frequently, Philly Eddies definitely has a little something for everyone.
Olde City Tattoo
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri to Sun – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Often hailed as the cream of the crop when it comes to tattoo parlors in Philadelphia, Olde City Tattoo is a must-try for tattoo lovers. Celebrated for its expert and artistic interpretations of its customer’s tattoo requests, this is a great place to plan your commemorative ink. Some artists here can be booked up for weeks in advance, but the friendly staff and laid back atmosphere is worth the wait.
Art Machine Productions Tattoo
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
This artful retreat in Fishtown is the place to get one of a kind, out of this world, high-definition tattoos. This art gallery and tattoo studio features custom tattooing by three resident artists. Tim (Victim) Pangburn specializes in new school style artwork and cover ups, Myke Chambers loves old school traditional tattoos with a personal twist, and David (Resp) Cheplivouza has always been intrigued by ornamental design and Asian-inspired art.
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No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo & Body Piercing
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
This specialty tattoo studio opened in April 2002, and it’s the closest thing to Hawaii many east coasters will ever see. “No Ka Oi” means “The very best” in Hawaiian, and the owners make it a point to employ the best custom-work artists in the city. This place is an island oasis, making it great for a calm, pleasant tattoo experience.
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