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
Here are some of the best Raleigh 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
Brian E Harris
North Star Tattoo
Address: 510 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 301-8159
Tattoo Profile: North Star Tattoo was founded in 2015 by Shane. This shop is housed by artists local to the Raleigh/ Durham area. We set out to give you beautiful artwork and tattoos that you may enjoy for years to come. No project is too big or too small for us and we’re ready to take your ideas and make them a reality.
Oak City Tattoos & Piercings
Address: 3114 Hillsborough St. Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: (919) 838-8330
Tattoo Profile: Oak City Tattoo. The idea for this shop and atmosphere started out with just a few great friends/co-workers wanting to have a shop with no limitations. We wanted to have a relaxed, creative, and enjoyable environment to allow us to do what we do best. Work one on one with clients and customers to help fulfill their wants and needs.
401 Tattoo and Art
Address: 706 N Main St, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Phone: (919) 239-0186
Tattoo Profile: Award winning fully licensed tattoo shop, located just south of Raleigh NC. This private studio strives on custom art vs. endless walls of flash. While walk in basis clients are welcome, it mainly operates by appointment only. Feel free to contact an artist for a consultation on your new original art, or cover up.
Romantic Torture Tattoo
Address: 3501 Capital Blvd Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone: (919) 858-6613
Tattoo Profile: Gorgeous tattoo and piercing studio located on capital blvd, next to chuck e cheese! Award winning artists specializing in photo realism, Japanese, new school traditional, old school, cover ups, tribal, script. We carry and sell the hottest piercing jewelry with the lowest prices in town!
Mad Ethel’s Tattoo
Address: 424 S Dawson St Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 900-8345
Tattoo Profile: Since every body is different, we specialize in one of a kind tattoos, ensuring that the content and placement of your tattoo works best with your body to showcase your unique piece of art.
Authentic Tattoo Company
Address: 416 W South St, Ste 101, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 720-4272
Tattoo Profile: Opened in October 2016, Authentic Tattoo Company is a traditional tattoo shop located in downtown Raleigh NC. Striving to bring you the best tattoos possible with over 40 years of combined experience, we can accomodate any tattoo style: traditional american, japanese, black and grey, realism to lettering; we do it all. Walk-ins and appointments always available.
Apex Tattoo Factory
Address: 500 E Williams St, Apex, NC 27502
Phone: (919) 924-7778
Tattoo Profile: We aim to show you that high quality tattoos dont have to come at world class prices as our competition would have you believe. Here at ATF we use top quality inks such as Eternal Ink in a completely clean, stylish, sterile shop, with a combined experience of 27 years to show you the respect and consideration you deserve in deciding where to pick and place your permanent art piece.
Blue Flame Tattoo
Address: 710 W Peace St Raleigh, NC 27605
Phone: (919) 436-1501
Tattoo Profile: Blue Flame Tattoo was founded in 1998 by Errol. Several years later, the Blue Flame Staff still delivers expert tattooing and body piercing. Our tattoo artists can create any custom tattoo specially for you. Come meet our skilled and friendly tattoo artists and body piercers.
Warlocks Tattoo Inc
Address: 5535 Western Blvd Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: (919) 233-1760
Tattoo Profile: Combined, our Raleigh Tattoo and Body Piercing shop possesses more than 100 years of combined experience, and we’ve completed more than 10,000 tattoos in the Raleigh area since we opened for business. At Warlock’s Tattoo and Body Piercing, we consider ourselves to be artists. Yes, we can and do use sheets to create your work of art, but we feel confident in our ability to free hand at any time. This is left solely up to our clients. Warlock’s has more than 5,000 tattoo reference sheets to assist you in your tattoo selection process.
Hillsborough St Tattoo and Body Piercing
Address: 2402 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: (919) 706-5575
Tattoo Profile: Artists and piercers from different parts of the U.S with different styles who share a common goal to push each others limits and aim for the best possible experience for each customer. Hillsborough St. Tattoo and Body Piercing opened with the vision to support art not just in tattooing but throughout the community, while having a little fun along the way.
Double Deuce Tattoo
Address: 937 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513
Phone: (919) 481-4445
Tattoo Profile: Double Deuce Tattoo & Art Gallery is located in Northwoods Shopping Center off of Harrison Ave. in Cary, NC. We pride ourselves in our attention to detail, customer service, and all work that we provide for all of our clients. So if you’re contemplating getting your first tattoo or piercing, or looking to add more to your collection, we have the staff and experience to not only make sure that you leave satisfied, but also return for more!
Femme Fatale Tattoo
Address: 2109 Avent Ferry Rd Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: (919) 803-4227
Tattoo Profile: Blair’s favorite style is Japanese, but she also enjoys doing anything color, black and gray, and really enjoys realism. Unlike many artists she does not get stuck doing any particular style she is extremely versatile and can accommodate any request.
Rock-N-Roll Tattoo & Piercing
Address: 3629 Capital Blvd #240 Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone: (919) 872-2881
Tattoo Profile: Rock N’ Roll Tattoo is dedicated to providing our customers with a clean, non intimidating environment. Where you can come in and get a nice, well done tattoo or piercing by a professional, and can leave happy and healthy.
Joel Lane was the man who lobbied the North Carolina General Assembly in hopes of starting a new county in December of 1770. The bill that initiated Wake County was accepted in the General Assembly on Jan 5, 1771. Portions of Orange, Johnston and Cumberland counties formed Wake County. It was named after a woman named Margaret Wake Tyron who was Governor William Tryon’s spouse. Bloomsbury was the first county seat.
A port municipality 35 miles away from the Atlantic Ocean, on the Neuse River called New Bern was the capital and biggest city of North Carolina during the time of the American Revolution. The site was no longer able to be used after the British Army attacked the city.
After that, in 1788, Raleigh was named the new capital because of it’s central location that had natural protection from the coast. In 1792, Raleigh was officially named the state capital and county seat. Sir Walter Raleigh was the namesake of the city.
The location of the new city was chosen because of it being 11 miles from Isaac Hunter’s Tavern which happened to be a popular spot for people that worked as state legislators. On this site, there was no known city or town that had existed there. Out of all the capitals of the United States, Raleigh was one of the few that was originally created to serve as a capital. The original borders of Raleigh were shaped by the streets of East, West, North and South in the downtown area. The idea for the grid of Raleigh was created and based on the plan for Philadelphia by Thomas Holme in 1682.
In December of 1794, the North Carolina General Assembly met in Raleigh for the first time and arranged a charter for the city with seven appointed board members and a governing intendant of police.
Andrew Johnson, who happens to be the 17th president of the United States, in Raleigh. In 1818, Raleigh’s first water supply network was finished and due to failing systems, the project was left behind. The first volunteer fire company was started in 1819 and a full time fire company was founded in 1821.
Raleigh was home to the North Carolina’s first state hair in 1853. Peace college was the first institution of higher learning in Raleigh and was founded in 1857. There are still many 19th century homes that reside in the Historic Oakwood area of Raleigh that are still in great condition.
North Carolina left the Union and after the beginning of the Civil War, the governor of North Carolina, Zebulon Baird Vance directed the construction of breastworks surrounding the city as a way to defend against Union troops. Raleigh ended up being captured by cavalry under the tutelage of General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick during the campaign of General Sherman. This was on April 13, 1865 and as the cavalry of the Confederate army withdrew to the west, they were followed by Union soldiers which led to the Battle of Morrisville. On a good note, Raleigh avoided serious damage during the war.
African Americans were emancipated in 1865 after the Civil War and during the Reconstruction era, there was legislature passed that allowed public education for whites and blacks. Many freemen journeyed from rustic areas to Raleigh with the aid of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Raleigh was well known for having a large community of free blacks with many opportunities for work. They also traveled to Raleigh to get from under the supervision of white rural landowners in the south.
The first African American college in the south was Shaw University. Classes began in Shaw University in 1865 and the school was chartered in 1875. For black women and higher education, Estey Hall was the first building built for with them in mind while Leonard Medical Center was the first medical school for African Americans in the country.
St. Augustine’s College was created by Episcopal clergy in 1867 for freemen education. New welfare institutions were started by way of the biracial Reconstruction legislature. This was in 1869 and was the first school that was approved for deaf and blind African Americans and it was to be positioned in Raleigh.
Job creation was one thing that was a real focus of government during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. People were hired for projects for public works and educational and recreational programs were provided by the city. In 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performed in its new home of the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
21st Century Raleigh
Today, Raleigh is known as a city that is always landing on a top 10 list for best cities. It’s been on lists in Money magazine, Forbes and MSNBC because of the business climate and quality of life that is afforded there.
Even in sports, Raleigh is relevant. The are the home to the 2006 NHL champion, Carolina Hurricanes. It is the only championship for Raleigh in any professional sport.
Another fact about Raleigh is that in April of 2011, it was hit by a tornado. This tornado killed 24 people. It went through Northeast Raleigh, Downtown and East Central Raleigh and costed the city $115 million to Wake County.
Like many places in the southeast, Raleigh’s climate can get very humid. There are four season and winters are usually pretty cool and short. For an average, there are only 69 nights a year that drop below freezing. April accumulates 2.91 inches of rain a year and is the driest month of the year. It rains equally throughout the year and gets slightly heavier in July and September.
Raleigh is an up and coming city and it is already known as one of the most popular places to live these days. If you don’t want to live there, we recommend going to visit because you can get a great mix of modern and historical. Raleigh has a rich history and at the same time, cultural sophistication. We suggest giving Raleigh a chance because it is a great city and if you ask any locals, they will agree with you.
Raleigh, North Carolina has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Rock N Roll Tattoo & Piercing, Phoenix Tattoo Studio, Blue Flame Tattoo, Mad Ethel’s Tattoo, and Oak City Tattoos & Piercings, Raleigh is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of around 416,000, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 52 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Raleigh. Google Places lists 415 different tattoo shops in the Raleigh 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.