New Orleans Tattoo Artists

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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

Here are some of the best New Orleans 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

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Miranda Brouwer

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Justin Olivier

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Stacey Colangelo

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Rene Tattoos

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Malaika

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Matthew Welch

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Donn Davis

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Scott Allen

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Pauly Lingerfelt

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Forbidden Art

Address: 1631 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: (504) 304-7717

Tattoo Profile: It’s our mission to provide complete customer satisfaction in portrait tattoos. Just let us know what you need and we’ll provide assistance. You won’t find a better tattoo artist in New Orleans, LA.

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The New Orleans Tattoo Museum & Studio

Address: 1915 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

Phone: (504) 218-5319

Tattoo Profile: We are in a pivotal moment to archive the stories of multiple generations of tattooing for future generations to access their heritage. We do this through creative documentation that builds knowledge and appreciation for New Orleans tattooing traditions and heritage.

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Sailor’s Cross Tattoo and Gallery

Address: 5010 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Phone: (504) 510-3035

Tattoo Profile: Sailor’s Cross provides the highest quality custom tattooing for serious collectors, tattooing everything from traditional/neo-traditional to water color to blackwork, all while in a clean, welcoming, and laid-back environment. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Tat Starz

Address: 1418 N Claiborne Ave #5, New Orleans, LA 70116

Phone: (504) 529-4613

Tattoo Profile: We are a fully licensed tattoo shop in New Orleans, with all artist’s being personally licensed as well. As well as looking on here, please google us and check out our reviews online. You will not find a better reviewed shop in the New Orleans area. Thank you for looking, and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces walk into our establishment.

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Mid City Voodoux Tattoo

Address: 140 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119

Phone: (504) 278-1465

Tattoo Profile: Having been voted several times as one of the BEST tattoo and piercing parlors by Gambit Weekly readers in New Orleans, we have a lively atmosphere with the right dash of southern hospitality. We endeavor to make everyone feel welcome: from the seasoned tattoo collector, to the tattoo virgin, to the tourist wanting to escape the French Quarter on a streetcar ride and go home with a permanent souvenir from the Crescent City.

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Pigment Tattoo

Address: 3328 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

Phone: (504) 891-0006

Tattoo Profile: All of our tattoo artists can draw for you. We also have a large tattoo reference library and our own High Speed internet connection as well as Wifi to help you find visual images.

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Idle Hands Tattoo Parlour

Address: 1815 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: (504) 581-2005

Tattoo Profile: Idle Hands Tattoo Parlour offers a extremely clean and professional staff. All of our artists are trained in CPR and Blood Borne Pathogen training and are fully licensed by the state of LA. Our customer service as well as our knowledge of tattoos makes us the go to shop in New Orleans.

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Downtown Tattoo

Address: 501 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Phone: (504) 266-2211

Tattoo Profile: A classic tattoo parlor with an eclectic twist, the shop has lit up this corner of Frenchmen with its unique culture, local artistry, and creative vibe. Whether you have a sleeve of tattoos or none, Downtowns welcoming attitude and positive energy will make you feel right at home.

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Tattooagogo

Address: 4421 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

Phone: (504) 899-8229

Tattoo Profile: Our artist are versatile and can help you with all your tattoo needs. Quality tattooing in the New Orleans area since 1994 by locals who will be here years from now when others have moved on. Check out portfolios of tattoos and artwork at Tattooagogo.com

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Eye Candy Tattoo

Address: 1578 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: (504) 299-8222

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Good Work Tattoos

Address: 3916 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Phone: (504) 943-0409

Tattoo Profile: Good Work Tattoos is located on St. Claude Avenue in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans with expert tattooing from David Noellert, Brent Mccarron, and Chris Blanchard.

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Treasure Tattoo

Address: 2350 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Phone: (504) 344-7989

Tattoo Profile: Treasure Tattoo was opened by Jamie Ruth in March of 2015 with a goal to create a comfortable and inviting space for clients to get tattooed. In January of 2016 the shop was expanded and Stacey Colangelo came to the shop as well. We want all of our customers to have a great experience here and love to work with our clients to create the perfect tattoo.

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New Orleans, Louisiana has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Electric Ladyland Tattoo, Downtown Tattoo, Tattooagogo, and Nola Tattoo & Piercing, New Orleans is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of 360,740, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 36 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in New Orleans. Google Places lists 77 different tattoo shops in the New Orleans area, which shows how competitive the city truly is. When doing research for your artist, we suggest not paying too much attention to price because quality is much more important when you’re going to be living with the artwork for the rest of your life.

The great city of New Orleans has a really fascinating back story and we are going to talk about the founding of this city followed by the years leading up to the current.

History

The Native Americans of the Mississippian and Woodland cultures were some of the first known people to live in the area we now know as New Orleans. Before 1718, there were very few white settlers. The explorations of De Soto in 1542 and the La Salle in 1682 were among some of the few that came through the area but it wasn’t until the French Louisiana governor, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, initiated the city of Nouvelle-Orleans on the high grounds of the Mississippi River’s mouth, that other white settlers really started to find their home. Le Moyne changed the capital of Louisiana from Biloxi to New Orleans in 1722. A hurricane touched down in the city during that same year and when it was rebuilt, the grid of the city is the same now as it was back then and it is known as the French Quarter.

Under rule of the Spanish and the Louisiana Purchase

France signed treaties that ceded Louisiana to Spain in 1762 and 1763. The find city you know now was a Spanish city for 40 years, and they were involved in heavy trade with Mexico and Cuba. They also took on the racial rules of the Spanish which allowed people of color to be free like anyone else. Unfortunately, in 1788 and 1794, New Orleans was destroyed by fires which led to the rebuilding of the city with a cathedral that is still there today and many of the buildings made out of brick.

Louisiana reverted to France in 1803 who then went on to sell it to the United States just 20 days after the exchanging of hands in the Louisiana Purchase. The War of 1812 and the final battle of this war was fought to protect New Orleans. In this battle, Colonel Andrew Jackson was leading a group of free blacks, Tennessee Volunteers and pirates to the fend off the British forces trying to enter the city.

New Orleans was the third biggest city in the United States and the wealthiest to boot during the beginning parts of the 19th century. South America, Europe and the Caribbean were all recipients of the produce from much of the interior of the United States by way of the ports in New Orleans. There was a great deal of slaves sold in the markets here, but that being said, the community of free blacks thrived during this time. The entire city of New Orleans spoke French until 1830.

New Orleans was the biggest city in the Confederacy at the beginning of the American Civil War. However, it didn’t take long for Union forces to take the city by way of the river and took the city with no opposition. Race became a very politically charged subject during the Reconstruction era and free people of color along with emancipated slaves were taken into the political process. However, the 1870’s brought the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the White League and they forced the blacks out of political discussions. New Orleans remained an influential and powerful port even though the influx of railroads made shipping goods on the Mississippi river less crucial than it had once been.

20th Century New Orleans

New Orleans jazz was born in dance halls and clubs, and New Orleans streetcars were run by electricity by 1900. The city continued to flourish and grow while\ new pump technology was the driving force of the swampland between Lake Pontchartrain and the city’s riverside crescent to be drained. New drainage canals and levees were built and that meant that much of New Orleans residents could now live below the sea level. New Orleans experienced hurricanes in 1909, 1915 and 1965 which damaged the city but never did anything that couldn’t be fixed.

Conflicts over school integration and suburbanization took place after World War II and it led to many of the white residents of New Orleans to leave the city which left the core of the city as mostly impoverished and African American. That didn’t stop tourism from growing and many hundreds of thousands of tourists would visit New Orleans for the Mardi Gras and to see this culture that inspired some of the most talented people in the world including Louis Armstrong, chef Jean Galatoire and playwright Tennessee Williams.

Hurricane Katrina and the Impact

Hurricane Katrina touched down in New Orleans on August 29, 2005. This Category 5 hurricane destroyed almost all of city by destroying homes and leading the break in the levees which cause over 80% of the city to be flooded. There were hundreds of locals killed because of the flooding and thousands of residents were trapped in their homes in unsafe areas and were stuck there until government aid could reach them.

The water ended up receding, but over a year later, only half of the people that used to live in New Orleans came back to the city. 80 percent of those people had come back within the next five years but even today there are still things that need to be fixed from the hurricane. It never did quite regain the luster it had before the hurricane but New Orleans is still a great place to go to learn about their diverse history.

New Orleans can be family friendly or not family friendly and that is one of the best things about it. You can make your trip to New Orleans turn into whatever you want it to be. It is a fascinating city but worth the visit. It was once known as “the city that care forgot” in the 1930’s and you can still feel that energy when you go out on the town late at night. Nothing ever closes down and it is a great place to party. Pack up the family or a group of friends and head down to New Orleans.

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