Tattooing has grown from something only done by bikers and sailors to an art form exhibited by people from all walks of life. From a small black symbol to a full-color sleeve design, tattoos are an important form of self-expression for many people. If you’re looking for a new tat to celebrate your own personal style, created for you by talented artists, Baltimore’s best tattoo shops have got you covered.–Amy Gardner Mcneal
Update: We’ve created an updated list with our favorite tattoo shops in Baltimore. Check out our new picks here.
Charm City Tattoo
300 S. Monroe St.
A viewer called in to alert us about Charm City Tattoo. Run and solely operated by Jacki Randall, this tattoo parlor does custom work, plus touch-ups and repair work. Her work is absolutely gorgeous and unique; if you’re in need of a tattoo, this is a safe bet. Tip: most of her work is done by appointment so you’re advised to call ahead to secure a spot. She works Tuesday-Saturday, 1-8 p.m.
Baltimore Tattoo Museum
1534 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231
Located in historic Fells Point, Baltimore Tattoo Museum is both a display space and tattoo shop. This renowned shop features a variety of artists, modern decor and thousands of designs on display. Inside the Museum, you’ll find displays of traditional tattoo art dating back to the 19th century, as well as a gift shop. Piercing is also available. The talented team of artists is happy to help you create the perfect personal custom design. From the gallery to the talent, it’s easy to see why this is one of Baltimore’s best tattoo shops. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Read Street Tattoo
882 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
This venerable shop, owned by artists Charlie Foos and Jeffrey Pitt, is a longtime favorite of tattoo aficionados in Baltimore. The shop accepts walk-ins as well as appointments. Read Street Tattoo hosts frequent guest artists, in addition to its regular staff of talent. The clean, bright interior and stylish art displays make for a pleasant experience. From traditional American to complete custom designs, the artists here can handle it. Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Saints and Sinners
1610 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Saints and Sinners in Fells Point offers tattooing, piercing, fashion and art in a stylish atmosphere. This award-winning shop features four artists and specializes in contemporary color art, black and gray work, and tribal tattoos. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. The gallery features monthly contemporary and tattoo art shows. In the retail shop, clothing and accessories building on the shop’s “Good and Evil” theme are also available. Get inspired by the gallery, or create a custom design. Hours: Monday through Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.