I recently got into tattoos.
And my past two years has involved a lot of traveling and searching for local tattoo shops in new cities.
In Copenhagen, I found Adam Peoples, Johnny Rhodes & Kasper Libvarth. In Moscow, I found Ruslan Tsvetnov which might be my favorite tattoo artist and in Oslo I got tattooed by Tony Nilsson, owner of Blue Arms Tattoo. If you visit Copenhagen, Oslo or Moscow, make sure to pay them a visit. Their work is amazing.
Before visiting a new city, I’m always curious to see what kind of tattoo artists and styles are there beforehand.
My profession as an online marketer, allows me to search the web more efficient than the average tattoo-enthusiast, yet, I’m still having a hard time finding a good tattoo artist as a tourist in a new city – which is why I’m writing this guide – to speed up the process for you.
The primary tools and websites I use to find tattoo artists are Google, Instagram, Reddit, Yelp and Foursquare.
Not only do you need to find a talented tattoo artist, you also want to find:
- an artist who tattoos in the style you want
(American Traditional / Old School / Realism / Watercolor / Japanese / dot work / geometric)
- at a price, you are willing to pay.
- without 6 months waiting list.
Before we go into the methods I use, I would like to clarify that there is no perfect solution. Finding a great tattooer is a time-consuming task, but hey, you are going to wear the tattoo for the rest of your life…
Searching Reddit’s Tattoo community with Google
Reddit has an incredible tattoo community of people posting their new tattoos and sharing the artist’s name and where they tattoo.
How: Click here and replace ‘New york’ with the city you are visiting. Browse the first page of Google and see if there’s anything you like.
Finding tattoo artists using Google
The no-brainer method
Doing a search for Tattoo + city often gives you a pretty decent overview of the most popular tattoo parlors in the city. And I’m not saying Google will show you the best, ranked by quality, but it will give you a lot of choices and your job is to visit their website, Facebook and Instagram account to see their latest work.
Click here and replace ‘New York’.
Finding Tattoo shops and artists using Yelp.
A professional tattoo artist would never say “Use yelp to find a great tattooer”, and for the right reasons.
Yelp’s top 10 tattoo artists might not be the 10 best tattooers in the city, but that’s not the point. Out of the 10-20 best places, you might get lucky and find 1-2 that matches your style.
Again, finding a tattoo artist is about doing your research and putting in the time to find someone that matches your style, quality, and price range.
Foursquare is similar to Yelp and Trip Advisor and the same goes for Foursquare; it won’t show you the best tattoo studios in town, but it will give you a decent overview of the most popular shops and it’s your job to browse through their Facebook Page and Instagram profiles.
On a final note, I would like to state that I usually spend 5-10 hours browsing 20-40 different tattoo artists, before I pick where to make my appointment – but to me, the end-results is easily worth it.
Oh and you can also try this search on Instagram.
Again, replace ‘Berlin‘ with the city you are in or visiting.
Do you have some tips on how to find a great tattoo artist in a new city?
Let me know in the comments!