Tattoo Shops

Recommended Tattoo Shops in Boston, Massachusetts

Looking for a tattoo shop? Here are a few we recommend.


BostonInk Body Art Specialist

438 River St
Mattapan Boston, MA


Lucky's Tattoo & Piercing

694 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA


Empire Tattoo

151 Washington St
Somerville, MA


Pearl Street Tattoo Club

76b Cross Street
Somerville, MA


Redemption Tattoo

2090 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA


Timeless Ink

183 Broadway
Everett, MA

FAQ & Background Info

How to Choose a Tattoo Shop
in Boston, Massachusetts

Recommendations are an incredible place to start, but before making your final choice, we suggest asking some key questions.

When looking for recommendations,
it's important to consider the following...

This is such an important question to consider. Having trust in your tattoo artist is paramount. You want to be sure that the tattoo artist understands what you want and can deliver what you expect. You want to be sure they will tell you straight if your requests aren’t quite possible or need modifications to look the way you expect it to. You want to be confident that customer service is a priority when having an invasive procedure like a tattoo. You want to be satisfied that you are in good hands and that you want that person to be taking a needle to your skin. You also want to be convinced that they know what they are talking about, that the time scale they give you for your desired tattoo will be completed within the parameters they suggest. You want your tattoo artist to be friendly, open, and honest. It is essential that you are both on the same page when deciding upon and getting the tattoo. Perhaps most importantly, you want to be sure that they are good at their job and take pride in their work. You want to be confident that they know the products and procedures – before, during, and after having your tattoo. Ask if they have a portfolio of previous work. Does the tattoo shop seek out customer satisfaction? Be sure you are getting a quality product, service, and experience from start to finish from a friendly and knowledgeable tattoo artist.

Location can be a real driving force behind choosing a tattoo shop in Boston. Convenience and ease of access can be paramount. Having a tattoo can be a very time-consuming procedure and may require multiple visits to get the finished look. Choosing a tattoo shop that is easily accessible to you is an important consideration. Narrowing down your choice of tattoo shop by location is a great way to start your search.  It may well be that the age-old saying of ‘the closer the better’ applies here. That said, don’t forget to consider whether making a long journey for the perfect tattoo shop in Boston is worth it, given the importance of getting your tattoo and the whole experience right.

Tattoos can be costly and the bigger the tattoo the more you can expect to pay but what no one wants to do is pay above average for anything. It is a good idea to get an understanding of what you can expect to pay for a tattoo compared with how much your chosen tattoo shop is charging. According to the average cost for a small tattoo such as a heart or cross can be anything from $50.00 to $250.00. Medium-sized tattoos such as a portrait or tribal patterns can range from $150.00 to $450.00 whereas larger tattoos such as a half sleeve can start from $500.00 and go up to $4000.00 for a full-back or custom tattoo. It is important to remember that not only are you paying for the tattoo itself but the tattoo artist’s time. As a rule of thumb you can expect to pay around $120.00 to $150.00 per hour. Also, don’t forget that most tattoos require an appointment and as such a deposit will need to be left. It is recommended you consider these industry averages when selecting your tattoo shop in Boston and consider whether you are paying too much or too little. Whilst a lower price might seem appealing you want to be sure you are paying a fair price for quality work.

Online reviews are fast becoming a way of promoting businesses (provided they are good reviews, of course) and the great thing for you is that they can be found in a matter of seconds. Simply putting the tattoo shop into Google may bring up Google reviews left by customers. Facebook also has a platform for customer reviews to be left on a business’s page and then of course there are dedicated review sites such as Yelp. You can use these tools to scope out any potential feedback your chosen shop or any tattoo shop may have had. Simply type ‘tattoo shops in Boston’ into Google and you might be surprised what you find.  Another great feature about these reviews is that customers often upload a picture of their new tat so you can see the work for yourself.  A tattoo shop’s social media profile is a fantastic way for tattoo artists to showcase their talents. Have a look at their website for their social media handle and then view their virtual portfolio. Does the artist have experience doing the type of tattoo you want? Is it within their skill set? Just because they can do a stunning tribal print doesn’t mean they can replicate your mom’s face from the photo you’re gripping. Social media may even give you a feel for the tattoo shop itself, what it looks like, how they operate, and any awards or recognition they have achieved. Social media is a great way to get to know your chosen tattoo shop in Boston a bit better. 

Having a tattoo is more than just sitting in a chair for a few hours. It requires aftercare, bandaging, hypoallergenic soap, and knowledge of how to look after your new tattoo. A reputable tattoo shop should provide you with detailed aftercare instructions – be sure to get them.  


Qualifications. Under state law tattoos must be performed by qualified and licensed  personnel. Be sure that the tattoo shop you choose is fully licensed and its staff fully qualified. It is common practice to see these certifications displayed proudly on shop walls. If you can’t see them don’t be afraid to ask. You don’t want your treatment being carried out on unlicensed premises or by an unlicensed artist. 


Go with your gut and choose somewhere you are comfortable with spending potentially hours of your time and hundreds of your dollars. A tattoo is for life and the procedure for getting one is very important. You want to be absolutely sure you are choosing somewhere that you feel completely at ease in. Somewhere that meets all of its legal requirements and hygiene standards. You want to feel welcome and that your tattoo artist is approachable and proficient. If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable or something doesn’t feel quite right then perhaps it isn’t the shop for you. Go back to the drawing board and search again, after all, there are plenty of tattoo shops in Boston for you to choose from.

Are You New to Boston, MA?

Welcome to your new favorite city! There are so many reasons that Boston, Massachusetts, is a great place to call home. This is a city that offers a world-class education, health care, and shopping. The city of Boston is a vibrant coastal city filled with diverse cultural opportunities, rich in American history, and it’s extremely walkable. There are over 617,000 people living in the city of Boston and more than 4.59 million in the surrounding area. Here are just a few reasons we think Boston takes the cake.


You Get to Enjoy All Four Seasons. Living in Boston means that you will experience all the glory of winter, spring, summer, and fall. The northeast is the first to experience the vibrant colors of leaf peeper season, and we have ski slopes for winter fun. Come springtime, get out and enjoy the green spaces filled with spring flowers, and living on the coast means that summer is beach trip season. There is always music on the Esplanade, the Greenway, or City Hall plaza if you get tired of the shore.


Boston Is Drenched in History. If you are not already an American history buff, be prepared to become one. The Boston streets are filled with historical markers, and The Freedom Trail makes everyone’s list of favorite things to do. There’s also Walden Pond, and Old Ironsides, and Harvard University. Boston is known as the City of Firsts, which means that there are a lot of historical firsts that took place in the city. The first subway went into service here, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone here, and the first African-American Church, Meeting House, and School were founded on the famous area known as Beacon Hill.


Boston Is a Sports Lovers Dream. Fenway Park -need we say more? Boston is home to the oldest ballpark in major league baseball. Boston has some of the most passionate sports fans in the country, and nothing compares to a Red Sox fan. Boston has plenty of other professional sports teams- the Patriots, Bruins, and the New England Revolution soccer team, to name a few. You will also find a wide variety of recreational activities such as golfing, sailing, fishing, kayaking, and whale watching. Boston is known for its walkability, so there’s always an opportunity to get out and explore the city while getting your steps in.



Boston Is a City of Innovation. Boston has more top-rated health care facilities and doctors than any place in the world. It also has more than a dozen colleges and universities such as Harvard University, Boston College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This concentration of knowledge and ingenuity means that the city is always on the cutting edge of what’s new and innovative. Did we mention Facebook started in Boston?


There are so many reasons why you are going to love living in Boston – these are just a few. We hope you will use our directory not only to find the best plumbers in Boston but as a resource for other important choices you make while settling into the community.