So you want to get a tattoo?
Ever since I first got to college, getting a tattoo has been one of the biggest discussions on campus. Some students are inspired by their peers because they were old enough before they got to Berklee to get a tattoo. For the majority of us who are away from home for the first time and are eager to put something permanent on our body, well, we don’t know where to start.
Many of us have spent hours on the internet researching tattoos, and some of us probably have a guilty pleasure of scrolling through slideshows of incredibly bad tattoos. Maybe you want a one but are terrified of someday ending up on one of those lists yourself. The moment the ink touches your skin, it’s forever. Even if you try to get it removed, the removal will then cost you triple the amount of what you paid for the tattoo. It is important that you put a lot of thought and planning into what design you want, and where on your body you want to put it.
However, the most important decision of all is which artist you’ll use to do your tattoo. You can’t just walk into any old tattoo shop and get amazing results. The time and research you put into deciding what tattoo shop you will be walking into will be well worth it in the long run. Here are, in my opinion, the top tattoo shops in the Boston area that you should definitely take into consideration.
1. Redemption Tattoo
One of the best tattoo parlors in Boston, hands-down. It has been an elite, forward-thinking establishment since the doors first opened in the Spring of 2002 by owners / tattooers Mike Shea and Erick Lynch. Each have 20+ years experience in tattooing. They have eight tattoo artists and occasionally have special guest artists as well. Redemptions’ artists specialize in a wide variety of custom tattoo work as well.
2. Zaza Ink
West Boylston, MA
Many tattoo parlors try to push their clients into getting a tattoo that they are not really interested in. A lot of the artists try to push their own artwork onto their clients. However, this is not the case with Zaza Ink. Zaza is a custom tattoo shop and is able to give you the best possible interpretation of the idea that you’ve come up with, without pushing an idea that isn’t yours. They strive to make sure that you have the best artist suited for your design. Zaza’s artists have spent their entire lives being putting forth their best effort in every little shade and detail. Brutally honest or perfectionists? Their goal is to help you make an informed decision on something that you will have for the rest of your life.
3. Good Faith Tattooing
With great lines and a fantastic attention-to-detail, Good Faith Tattooing is professional, highly flexible with their time, and the place is SPOTLESS. If you are looking for phenomenal results, then this is the parlor for you. With six fantastic artists to choose from, all with extensive backgrounds and experience, you will not be unsatisfied.
4. Pino Bros Tattoo
Cambridge, MA 02139
Before the year 2000, it was illegal in Massachusetts to open a tattoo parlor and start designing. There was a 38 year ban, due to a case of hepatitis outbreaks and concern about unsanitary tattoo operations. Tattoo parlors have come and gone with artists who often leave. However, Pino Bros is one of the oldest parlors in Massachusetts, especially since the state started allowing tattooing in 2000. Pino Bros has had nearly a dozen artists who have represented every style of tattooing you can imagine. If you have a set design in mind, you are sure to find an artist at Pino Bros who can accommodate your ideas.
5. Brilliance Tattoo
Boston, MA 02215
Finally, at Brilliance Tattoo you’ll find many talented and friendly ink artists with an atmosphere that is more than comfortable. Most tattoo parlors are strict when it comes to booking appointments and the majority only take appointments and consults in person. However, Brilliance Tattoo has the best flexibility with scheduling. Clients can even e-mail the artists they’d like to work with, in order to book appointments.
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