Here are 47 of the best Bay Area tattoo artists and shops according to our research. If you think we should add anyone to the list or if you see anything that should be edited, contact us by clicking here
Sacred Rose Tattoo
Address: 1728 University Avenue Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 883-1083
Tattoo Artists: Karen Roze, Mark Bode, Trey Barnett, Buffy Lauer, Zack Gaylord, Gaytha Watley, Tom Harley, Matt Hamlet, Cecilia Granata
Tattoo Profile: Sacred Rose Tattoo has been a Bay Area favorite since it opened its doors in 1998. Throughout the past twelve years we have succeeded in providing beautiful, custom, quality tattoos to customers from all over the world. Our shop provides a friendly comfortable environment, with excellent customer service. We go above and beyond, featuring eight award winning artists with professional art degrees and a dedication to tattooing as an art form.
Address: 513 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 621-2657
Tattoo Artists: Jason Stein, Sweet Cicely Daniher
Tattoo Profile: We are a custom tattoo shop. We are happy to work with your original idea and make it into a unique tattoo.
Black & Blue Tattoo
Address: 381 Guerrero Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 626-0770
Tattoo Artists: Idexa, Brucius, Michael, Jess Koala, Kristy, Samantha, Ian, Chris, Lianna, Vinh
Tattoo Profile: Black and Blue is a female-owned, gender-inclusive tattoo studio with a solid reputation for treating our clients right. Established in 1995. Up to ten artists with a range of styles and specialties are available to work with you on creating your next (or very first!) piece of skin art.
Address: 2434 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA
Phone: (510) 644-0968
Tattoo Artists: J-Sin Taylor, Joe Clark, Edward Swanson, SeeSee Kwan, Miguel Flores
Tattoo Profile: Industrial Tattoo is independently owned and operated by an established team of body modification specialists. We feature some of the finest tattoo artists and have only the most skilled piercers in the Bay Area. We pride ourselves in excellent customer service and your satisfaction! Our staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable and our expertise shows in the quality of our work and our environment.
Blue Dragon Tattoo
Address: 3402 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 742-4467
Tattoo Artists: Jeff Gentry, Nakona, Hayden Strong
Tattoo Profile: We are a close-knit group of artists dedicated to creating quality tattoos. We treat every client with care and respect. We have a high level of stylistic versatility ranging from dotwork, bold traditional, realistic, and illustrative tattooing. Stop by the shop and talk with us about your ideas. Walk-ins are always welcome!
Lucky 13 Tattoo
Address: 1301 1/2 Park St Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 871-4488
Tattoo Artists: Chelsey, Uptown Charlie, Richard, Natalie, Oliver, April, Jakob
Tattoo Profile: Located on top of the popular Lucky 13 Bar in historic downtown Alameda, our shop hosts a team of 7 diverse artists in a newly restored 2,300 square foot studio. With devotion to our craft and respect for our clients, we here at Lucky 13 Tattoo strive to provide everyone that walks in our doors with a positive memory and a work of art that will last a lifetime.
One Shot Tattoo
Address: 555 Irving Street San Francisco, CA 94122
Phone: (415) 731-7468
Tattoo Artists: Dave Bobrick, Rob Merrill, Katie Gray, Brian Jones, Dre Li, Rick Schenk
Tattoo Profile: In 2003 One Shot opened their doors in the heart of the Inner Sunset district of San Francisco. Established out of a long history of tattooing tradition in the City, One Shot Tattoo embarked on a mission to provide the very best tattoo experience possible.
Old Crow Tattoo & Gallery
Address: 362 Grand Avenue Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: (510) 834-2769
Tattoo Artists: Philip Milic, Bryan Proteau, Dave Rodriguez, Evan Esk Wilson, Halley Mason, Holi Barahati, Laura Taylor, Sabreena Haque, Sean Gillespie
Tattoo Profile: Oakland’s favorite tattoo shop owned by Philip Milic. Open 7 years and still shining.
Black Heart Tattoo
Address: 177 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 431-2100
Tattoo Artists: Scott Sylvia, Jeff Rassier, Cody Miller, Juan Puente, Heather Bailey, David Parker
Tattoo Profile: Black Heart Tattoo is open Monday through Sunday from NOON to 8PM. The artists at Black Heart Tattoo specialize in all genre’s of tattooing. If you are interested in getting tattooed, call for an appointment at (415) 431-2100, or just pop on in (when available). Someone is always there to help.
Humble Beginnings Tattoo Studio
Address: 1411 W San Carlos San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 288-6814
Tattoo Artists: Orly Locquiao, Toby Torres, Carlos Ayala Jr., Melissa Manuel, Chris Gonzalez, Jesico Serano, Roc Niko, Bong
Address: 813 Divisadero Street San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: (415) 928-6244
Tattoo Artists: Mike Davis, Luke Francis, Ben Cheese, Stefan Johnsson, Olivia Oliver
Lucky Stars Tattoo
Address: 1050 Blossom Hill Road San Jose, CA 95123
Phone: (408) 266-1186
Tattoo Artists: Martin Roberson, Anthony Gonzales, Jesse Deering, Joe Townzen, Damon Rischowsky
Marks of Art Tattoo
Address: 3014 Union Avenue San Jose, CA 95124
Phone: (408) 377-1924
Tattoo Artists: Scotty, Shannon, Javier, Chris, Ross, Rob, Niall
Tattoo Profile: Marks of Art is San Jose’s finest professional tattoo studio. We have been in business for over 23 years now. We are known by our customers to be the cleanest and most friendly tattoo shops in the San Jose area. Our shop has a reputation for being on the cutting edge of custom one of a kind work and we have a huge selection of tattoo flash to choose from.
Moth and Dagger Tattoo Studio
Address: 610 Bush Street San Frabncisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 834-5127
Tattoo Artists: Mario Delgado, Justin Davis, Joe Kelly
Tattoo Profile: Moth and Dagger is a small Tattoo Studio conveniently located in the Downtown San Francisco Area. Close to many San Francisco landmarks and tourist attractions; including the Historical Cable Car system, the China Town Gates and beautiful Union Square.
Ricardo ‘Gonzoe’ Gonzalez
Five & Dime Tattoo
Address: 1607 2nd Avenue Oakland, CA 94606
Phone: (510) 444-3444
Tattoo Artists: Frank, Turo, Billy Boston, Nate Burrow, Chris Gardillas
Tattoo Profile: Since our shop opened its doors in 2010, our artists have created quality, professional tattoos for satisfied clients throughout the Bay Area. Our artists strive to produce high-end tattoos that live up to the standards of our most important critics â€” our customers.â€‹
Address: 472 7th St Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 251-8287
Tattoo Artists: Karl, Oey, Seth
Tattoo Profile: We started Sacred Tattoo with one goal- to provide the most flash and hand drawn tattoos in the Bay Area. We have been in business for over 10 years providing Northern California with the cleanest shop and the best designs. Come by today!
Zebra Tattoo & Body Piercing
Address: 2467 Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 649-8002
Tattoo Artists: Pavel Brodsky, Aaron Davis, Brian Richter, Nathan Emery, Kenny Wayne, Nino Lapid, Matty Gentz, Marcus Ruybal
Tattoo Profile: Zebra Tattoo and Body Piercing art attracts interest like magic, lasts a lifetime, and stays young forever. With deep experience, insight and creativity our artists create magic especially for you. Zebra opened over twenty five years ago in the Bay Area and quickly became known for its high art of tattoo and body piercing backed with strict adherence to sterilization guidelines and its use of non-allergenic dyes. Zebra is committed to give you the safest, most artistic experience anywhere. We invite you to explore your creative vision with us.
Haight Ashbury Tattoo and Piercing
Address: 1525 Haight Street San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: (415) 431-2218
Tattoo Artists: Larz, Alex, Kevin, Nicholas
Tattoo Profile: Welcome to Haight Ashbury Tattoo and Piercing located a few doors down from the historic corner of Haight and Ashbury. We’re truly a destination for those looking to break away from big box homogenized retail. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help with whatever your curiosities may be.
Diving Swallow Tattoo
Address: 264 14th Street Oakland, CA 94612
Tattoo Artists: Rocio Arteaga, Cedre Csillagi, Marie Brennan, Annelise Kinney, Grace Joseph, Analy Nakat
Tattoo Profile: Diving Swallow is collaborative of female tattoo artists who have created a beautiful and welcoming environment to be tattooed in. We are committed to providing clients with uniquely artistic and technically superb body art in a variety of styles.
Seventh Son Tattoo
Address: 765 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 551-7766
Tattoo Artists: Luke Stewart, Jeff Croci, Cecelia Wingate, Dave Robinson, Andrew Mann
Tattoo Profile: Before booking an appointment, it is really helpful to review each artist’s portfolio, this will help you find the right artist for you. Each artist’s schedule is different, but booking is typically anywhere from 1 week to 6 months. Please contact only one artist at a time. If you’re interested in the first available appointment by any of the artists, please select the “Any Artist” option.
Pretty in Ink
Address: 2329 Santa Clara Ave Ste 205 Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 263-8004
Tattoo Artists: Amy, Shari, Alexsandra
Tattoo Profile: Pretty In Ink is a female owned and operated private tattoo studio in the heart of downtown Alameda. We are appointment only so you know that your artistâ€™s attention will be focused fully on you and your tattoo. We create custom tattoos according to your specifications to make a unique piece of art for you to wear with you always. Call to make your appointment today!
Address: 4130 Broadway Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: (510) 922-8901
Tattoo Artists: Matt Decker, Lawrence Edwards, Nick Wallin, Kiki Burghardt
Tattoo Profile: Premium Tattoo specializes in providing excellent custom tattoo work. We pride ourselves on the fact that we provide the best customer service in town, and tattoos you will be proud of for life. Premium Tattoo was voted “Best Tattoo Shop” by East Bay Express readers!
Address: 700 Lombard Street San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 345-9437
Tattoo Artists: Ed Hardy, Doug Hardy, Mary Joy, Jen Lee, Kahlil Rintye
FTW Tattoo Parlor
Address: 6536 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 595-0389
Tattoo Artists: Jason Phillips, Sean Perkinson, Carolyn LeBourgeois, Ali Samantha, Joseph Gettler
Tattoo Profile: FTW is open from 12pm to 7pm every day. We are strictly a tattoo shop, specializing in custom tattoos. We are not a high volume fast paced tattoo emporium. We are an intimate owner operated shop that firmly believes in creating the absolute best tattoo possible for each occassion. Walk ins are always welcome, however given how busy the shop is its suggested that you make an appointment two to four weeks ahead of time.
San Jose Tattoo
Address: 1924 W. San Carlos St. San Jose,Ca. 95128
Tattoo Artists: Tattoo John, Angel
Tattoo Profile: Best prices in town, starting at only $40 and up. Established in 1979, San Jose Tattoo is the oldest tattoo studio in San Jose, CA and one of the oldest tattoo studios in the Bay Area.
Mom’s Body Shop Tattoo & Piercing
Address: 1408 Haight Street San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: (415) 864-6667
Tattoo Artists: Jacek Minkowski, Paul Block, Chris Leon, Larz, Nunu Balazos, Mario
Tattoo Profile: The oldest and best tattoo and piercing shop in the heart of the historic Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco. We have been doing all styles of tattooing, traditional, Japanese, tribal, celtic, new skool, black and grey, or full color, and piercing for over 16 years.
Deanna Wardin (Tattoo Boogaloo)
Address: 528 Green Street San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 391-1053
Tattoo Profile: I am a shop co-owner and tattoo artist at Tattoo Boogaloo in the heart of North Beach in San Francisco, California. Because of my varied interests, It now seems that a lot of my tattoos look like paintings with elements of graphic design, and a lot of my illustrations look like tattoos.
Address: 299 E Washington Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Phone: (408) 462-9275
Tattoo Artists: Jesse Helms, Fidel Resendez Jr, Tony Silva, Kenyon
Tattoo Profile: Walk ins or appointments, custom designs or choose from our extensive collection of popular designs, everyone is welcome. Our artists will take the time to work with you and make sure you have the tattoo that is tailored to your wishes. We specialize in all types of tattoos, so call or come by and meet with one of our artists today.
Cold Steel America
Address: 1783 Haight Street San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: (415) 933-7233
Tattoo Artists: Kevin Quirke, Weston Weller
Tattoo Profile: We at Cold Steel take pride in the lengths we take to provide a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for all seeking to modify themselves.
Bell & Iron Tattoo
Address: 3512 Grand Ave Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: (510) 788-7473
Tattoo Artists: Joe Paul, Kelsey Parker, Morgan Murray
Tattoo Profile: Bell & Iron is a new Tattoo Studio in the heart of the Grand Lake Area of Oakland. We offer a large variety of tattoo styles, from black and grey realism, dot work, mandala work and graphic linework to full-color traditional, japanese, script and much more. We provide new tattoos as well as cover-up tattoos.
Rose Gold’s Tattoo & Piercing
Address: 1157 Masonic Avenue San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: (415) 701-7673
Tattoo Artists: Ben Matthews, Jared Bent, Orio Guevara, Perry Doig, Sadie Kennedy, Melissa Gutierrez
Tattoo Profile: Welcome to Rose Goldâ€™s Tattoo and Body Piercing Parlour, serving the fine folks of San Francisco and the Bay Area. We are committed to offering you, our clients, the highest standard for your tattoo and body piercing needs.
Illusions Cal Tattoo
Address: 1010 Park Ave San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 298-2111
Tattoo Artists: Viet, Mary
Tattoo Profile: Custom tattoos. We specialize in traditional Asian styles, realistic black and grey, color tattoos, black tattoos, traditional tattoos. Different artists with different styles to choose from.
Address: 809 Lincoln Ave San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 271-9990
Tattoo Artists: Jeremy Reser, Nako Tiau
Tattoo Profile: Welcome to Polished Tattooing! San Jose’s Premiere Tattoo Studio in the Willow Glen Area. Open Tuesday-Sunday. Walk-ins welcome.
Unlimited Ink Tattoo
Address: 4213 Barrymore Dr. San Jose, CA 95117
Phone: (408) 217-9917
Tattoo Artists: Jag, Trent, Carlos
Tattoo Profile: Unlimited Ink Tattoo is a full custom shop with a wide range of styles from American Traditional to realism, black and grey to color, script to tribal and everything in between. If you have an idea we can make it come to life.
Berkeley Tattoo Parlour
Address: 2804 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone: (510) 549-2828
Tattoo Artists: Shawn, Peter, Anthony, Keene
Tattoo Profile: Berkeley Tattoo Parlour was founded in 2008. We are stoked to be your choice for clean, friendly, top quality tattoos, in Berkeley, the East Bay, and the entire state of California. We do custom tattoos in all styles: full color, black and grey, celtic, rribal, portraiture and realism, sci-fi, anime, old school and all types of custom lettering. Cover-ups and the reworking of old tattoos are always welcome. Drawing is our passion!
Address: 4125 Piedmont Ave Ste 5 Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: (510) 858-5090
Tattoo Artists: Ian Oliver Wheeler, Owen Miller, Josh Figueroa, Mike Hudgins, Melissa Taylor, Adrian Sanchez, Jus Ontask, Phil Pestana
Tattoo Profile: Apex Tattoo is a tattoo parlor of the highest caliber. Located in the heart of Oakland California on Piedmont Avenue, Apex Tattoo offers top quality tattooing with a positive and inviting experience. While being a new addition to the Oakland tattoo scene, the tattoo studio offers varied artists with decades of combined experience. Apex is a shop that specializes in custom work, both large and small, from full body suits to a simplistic name. Walk-ins are welcome as well as booking by appointment.
Inkies Tattoo Studio
Address: 40985 Fremont Blvd Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 490-8287
Tattoo Artists: Adrian, Henry Wyatt, Gonzoe, Jake, Lucio, Kim, Diego
Tattoo Profile: Inkies Tattoo Studio is a high-end custom tattoo and full body piercing studio (Specializing in Asian, Americana, Portraits, Black and Gray/Color, Polynesian and Tribal Art) that provide creative and artistic services in an upscale, high-end style environment. Our focus is quality custom tattoo artwork and full body piercings. Tattoos and piercings are more accepted these days as a form of art and individual expression. Our goal is to cater these needs for the Bay Area and beyond.
New Generation Tattoo
Address: 1189 Branham Lane San Jose, CA 95118
Phone: (408) 448-4350
Tattoo Artists: Ben, Long, Linh, Phong, Chris
Tattoo Profile: Friendly and welcoming customer service. Custom Tattoo work, walk-ins, cover-up work, black and grey, Japanese, Vietnamese, Asian, custom lettering, traditional tattoo, realism, and a wide variety of artists! State-of-the-art tattoo machines with quick healing time & high quality ink selections.
Most Popular Tattoo Styles
American Traditional, Biomechanical, Celtic, Cover Up, Japanese, New School, Photo Realism, Polynesian, Portrait, Watercolor, Script, Floral, Geometric, Black & Grey, 3D, Black & White, Tribal, Animal, Mandala, White Ink, Sacred Geometry, Trash Polka, Vegan