If you’re in the market for new ink, look no further because D.C. is home to some of the nation’s most talented tattoo artists. Whether you’re a tattoo veteran or new to the ink scene, D.C. has you covered–literally. Use these local shops to help bring your artistic vision to life.
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Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
With two decades of experience, Champion Tattoo Company specializes in custom tattoos and piercings. It has a wide variety of state-of-the-art machines and piercing guns. Visit Champion Tattoo Company and its Facebook page for the shop’s latest news and check out photos of tattoos on local customers.
Hours: Tues to Sat – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Mon & Sun – by appointment
A recent addition to the district, this old-fashioned tattoo shop is located in the heart of the revamped H Street Corridor in Northeast D.C. You can follow Cirque Du Rouge on Twitter or keep up with the photos on the parlor’s Flickr account for ink-spiration. Cirque Du Rouge gives extensive aftercare instructions for both tattoos and piercings to ease the wary. The artists at Cirque Du Rogue are creative and willing to participate in the entire tattoo process, start to finish, from brainstorming to the final product.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Locally owned Embassy Tattoo makes cleanliness and originality a top priority. The owners are two art-loving friends who make the parlor especially welcoming. The prices are affordable and unbeatable in the DC area. As a heads up, Embassy Tattoo is a cash-only parlor, so be sure to visit an ATM prior to your visit.
Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Jinx Proof is a fan favorite among the tattooed. This Georgetown boutique has rave reviews and highly skilled artists. At Jinx Proof, the minimum charge for tattoos is $50. Most small tattoos range from $80 – $150 with a $50 deposit. If you are strapped for time, Saturdays are for walk-ins.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri to Sat 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
No need for an appointment, as Tattoo Paradise gladly accepts walk-ins. For those seeking late-night tattoos, the Adams Morgan parlor is open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. Check out the extensive portfolios on the parlor’s website to see which artist you prefer. Tattoo Paradise often hosts famed guest artists.
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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She is a soon-to-be University of Alabama graduate who hopes to have a successful career in fashion journalism. Her major is Apparel and Textiles with a Concentration in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and her minor is Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.