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 Worcester 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
Nicole Elizabeth Laabs
Crown Of Thorns Tattoo
Address: 179 Grafton St Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 459-5798
Tattoo Profile: Our artists each have their own style, but our shop specializes in many different styles of tattooing. From black and grey to japanese traditional, from old school americana to new school. Fine line work, lettering, portraits and realism can all be done with excellence and precision at Crown of Thorns Tattoo. Our exceptional team of talented artists do their best work when collaborating with clients to create custom art. Call today to book your session with one of the guys!
Hourglass Ink Tattoo Studio
Address: 324 W Boylston St, Worcester, MA 01606
Phone: (774) 823-3400
Tattoo Profile: Hourglass Ink is dedicated to a clean, sterile, and creative tattoo experience. While striving to embrace new technology in our industry, we find it best to use disposable equipment whenever possible. Any equipment that is reused is sterilized with hospital grade sterilization standard.
Address: 116 Water St, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 757-8282
Tattoo Profile: Our vision was, and still is, to bring a wide variety of tattoo possibilities to the area. We pride ourselves in custom tattoos by artists who can design a unique tattoo just for you. We want you to get your tattoo in a clean, safe, and positive environment.
Piercing Emporium & Tattoo
Address: 205 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 754-0564
Tattoo Profile: We provide the public with the highest quality body piercing and tattooing in the area. The Massachusetts Board of Health recognizes our commitment to cleanliness and used our shop as a model to establish the guidelines for the state.
Worcester Tattoo Co
Address: 1137 Grafton St Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 757-1296
Tattoo Profile: Our goal is to provide a clean, safe, professional environment for our clients. Quality is our main goal, and we will strive to make sure your decision to chose Worcester Tattoo Co. is a decision you will be pleased with.
Address: 387 Park Ave Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: (508) 755-1379
Tattoo Profile: A unique Body Art Studio with a long list of services to thrill your senses. Our professional services include tattoos, piercing, permanent makeup, micro blade eyebrows, medical tattoos, eyelash extensions, hair follicle tattooing, holistic counseling, dermal needling body treatments, and facials.
Industrialization of Worcester
It was the combination of forward thinking entrepreneurs and inventive genius the started the process of putting down a foundation of a varied industrial economy that began after 1825 in Worcester. This was no easy feat as they overcame a lack of waterpower and a geographic location that was isolated. It made for a location that wasn’t ideal for being and industrial city. Providence and Worcester were linked by the Blackstone Canal in 1828, and the railroads were the reason for Boston and Worcester opening in 1835. Because of improvements to the way transportation was handled, Worcester became crossroads and made it possible for distant markets to be able to take advantage of largescale manufacturing.
Much of the industrialization started when factories were being build and space with power was rented to manufacturers by William T. Merrifield and Stephen Salisbury II. The climate for innovation and growing diversity were both sparked in Worcester by these factories. A risk taking environment was created by these factories because mechanics could start their business at a rate that was cheaper than most. In addition, many of the skilled workers in the area were starting to take advantage of the opportunity they had to start their own small firms after doing time training in other local shops. This lead to a boom over a period of time.
Ichabod Washburn was one of the inventive mechanics that played a large role in changing the Worcester economy in the 19th century. He was the man who founded a wire making firm back in 1831 and it became the biggest one in the nation. One creative method he used was devising a new wire-drawing procedure that led to outputs that were exponentially larger than before his creation. He, along with other fruitful manufacturers, became some of the biggest employers in the area which aided growth. In 1857, a symbol of growth emerged with the opening of Mechanics Hall. The opening of this symbolized manufacturers growing social influence and they started sharing the power with the elite traders, lawyers and bankers of the world. Worcester was being called a “paradise for mechanics” by the time the Civil War came along.
The forty years after the Civil War was when Worcester really became the industrial juggernaut that it was. At the time, the population had grown from 50,000 to 118,000. As the amount of people and workers poured into Worcester, the output of the work doubled. Mechanics in Worcester became well-known for their wire products, power looms and machine tools.
Metalworking and woodworking machines were built in large quantities by companies in Worcester. These skilled machinists started creating their own businesses after training at other local shops and by doing so they created a family tree of firms that specialize in machine tooling.
A new working class and new social relations were created by the development of large factories and the mechanization of work. Ethnic and class divisions in the residential areas emerged as the west side and east side took on whole new meanings. During the times, thousands of three deckers were made to offer a solution that was distinct for the growing middle class and for housing needs. People born in foreign lands and their kids began to outnumber the people born in the area as big groups started coming in to work in the local industry.
The Age of Reform
The city of Worcester plated a very innovative role in leading the Age of Reform. Worcester was the hub for many stage and railroad lines because of its Northeastern central location. What this did was make Worcester very east to get to and many of its meeting halls and hotels could accommodate very large groups of people visiting the city.
Because of this, Worcester hosted constant stream of conventions and it was a routine stop on the lecture circuit. One notable Worcester resident and well-known abolitionist, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, happily labeled Worcester as a “seething center of all the reforms.”
The spirit of reform captured a range of intellectual, social, political and moral issues in its grasp. Intellectual stimulation and debate were captured in the Lyceum movement. Water cures, or hydropathy, caught the eyes of the nation. There was a new diet void of alcohol and meat that was introduced by Sylvester Graham. The treatment for the mentally ill had been improved upon by Dorothea Lynde Dix. The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton. In addition, the study of the head to determined someone’s character, or phrenology, had really picked up in popularity. Some people even joined the cause of women’s dress reform (wearing those tight corsets that women would wear were known to break the ribs of the women wearing it). Peace Societies were starting to be formed by citizens, Missionaries would travel far and away to foreign lands to spread the word of the lord. Horace Mann led the initiative to reform education. Young women were even allowed to go to college in 1837 when Mount Holyoke College was founded.
Of all of these movements and reform, a few stand out as being special and having a lasting impact on American culture and society. These were women’s rights, temperance and abolition.
Horse and carriage in the summer and sleds during the winter were the ways that people moved around during the colonial times. Artisans and farmers used ox and wagons to move their products arounds. Every form of movement, where it was goods, ideas or people, went at a snail’s pace. Things started to change during the American Revolution because information and had to travel long distances and it had to move fast. Captain Levi Pease of Shrewsbury was the one to initiate routes for stage coaches on turnpikes after the war ended. Improvements to transportation and movement were on the rise and when looking at hubs, Worcester was one of the ones to remember. From there, things took off from stages and turnpikes to canals and trains, things continued to push forward.
Worcester, Massachusetts has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Miraculous Creations, Crown Of Thorns Tattoo, Worcester Tattoo Co and Secret Society, Worcester is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of around 181,000 million, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 65 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Worcester. Google Places lists 42 different tattoo shops in the Worcester 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.