Top Ten Tattoo Shops in the Philadelphia

Top Ten Tattoo Shops in the Philadelphia

Tattoos are no longer a thing of the past. Art is everywhere; it’s expression. Yet the key to having a tattoo of quality is going to the right tattoo parlor. Not all artist or establishment is created equal. Here, I bring you ten tattoo parlors in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area that I feel will deliver you the best experience. 1. 12 Oz. Studio

Located: 116 New Broadway, Brooklawn, NJ 08030

Walking into 12 Oz. is how customers should feel when entering any tattoo parlor; they are surrounded by art on the walls, as well as a feeling of neatness, cleanliness and overall professionalism.

They have four main artists: Alex Feliciano, Meghan Patrick, Lara Slater and Brendan Poblocki. While an appointment isn’t necessary, it’s highly recommended. They also offer body piercing. The staff is extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable in all facets of getting ink, and while some artists push their ideas on you, the staff at 12 Oz. allows you to express your ideas clearly, only interjecting when they think it would be wise to go in a different direction for your sake.

12 Oz. was formerly known as Sick Creations.

2. Jersey Devil Tattoo

Located: 1008 Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ

Jersey Devil Tattoo is one of the most prominent tattoo shops in South Jersey. They are open Monday Tuesday from 12 9PM, Wednesday Thursday and Sunday from 12 7PM and Friday Saturday from 12PM 11PM.

Upon entering you’ll be welcomed warmly into the shop, which has three different levels. Jersey Devil is a clean and professional place, while the artists are patient in letting you pick and design the piece you want.

Their artists are Danny and Gemma, and you can view some of their past work on the shop’s website. They also run frequent specials, so be sure to call an inquire ahead of time.

3. Headlight Tattoo II

Located: 1406 Clements Bridge Road, Deptford, NJ 08096

Headlight Tattoo II is a clean, friendly staffed shop, located in Deptford, NJ.

They have a ton of art to choose from, while the artists themselves are extremely meticulous in helping you design a piece, whether you bring in an idea or choose something from their shop.

Artists include Harry, Doc, Elizabeth, Chris, Natalie, Holly, Lee and Stephanie.

Headlight II was voted “Best of Gloucester County” in 2006 2009. The original Headlight Tattoo is located in Deptford, while a Headlight III has recently opened in Woodstown.

4. Patrick Tattoo

Located: 204 N. Black Horse Pike, Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059

Patrick Tattoo is a quiet, private shop located in the small town of Mt. Ephraim/West Collingswood. The shop’s hours are Monday and Wednesday 2 6:30PM and Saturday 11AM 3PM.

I like this place because it’s rarely chaotic; while all tattoo shops need business, many customers, especially first timers, are often threatened when they enter a shop that is so busy it’s overwhelming, which tends to bring about a sense of disorganization whether that’s a fact or not.

Owner Patrick has been in the graphic design business his entire career and has had his own tattoo shop since the mid 1990s. He only does tattoos by appointment.

Overall, the place is extremely clean and prices are reasonable, while you are guaranteed quality.

5. Olde City Tattoo

Located: 44 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Olde City Tattoo is one of my favorite shops in the Philadelphia area.

They are open Monday Thursday from 12PM 9PM, Friday and Saturday from 12PM Midnight and Sunday from 1PM 7PM.

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