Get Inked at these 7 Top Tattoo Parlors
May 20, 2019
BY SARA RATHBUN
If you’re not in tune with the tattoo community, you may not realize that some of the top talent in the country resides right here in Dallas. Four in 10 U.S. adults now have a tattoo, making it more popular than ever to sport some ink. However, you shouldn’t just walk into any shop the moment you think of an idea. Tattoos are a commitment, one you should definitely research and really consider ahead of time. If you’ve been thinking of adding some permanent adornment to your skin, consider some of the following top Dallas tattoo shops.
Elm street Tattoo
Probably the most famous tattoo parlor on this list, Elm Street Tattoo is well known for a lot of things: owner and Ink Master judge Oliver Peck, Oliver Peck’s ex-wife Kat Von D and Elm Street’s free 13 tattoos on Friday the 13th. Peck was born in Dallas and has been tattooing for more than 19 year.
According to Elm Street’s website, “in 2008, Peck tattooed his way into the Guinness Book of World Records when he completed 415 tattoos of the number 13 in a consecutive 24-hour period. He is one of the most traveled tattoo artists on the circuit, tattooing all over Europe including England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Norway and in the Far East, including Japan and Thailand.”
Who to hire:
Oliver Peck - If you skipped the above portion of this feature, then we will reiterate the owner’s name!
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Third Eye Gallery
Opened by Freddie Trevino in early 2017, this quiet shop in the Design District is an unassuming yet seriously cool tattoo shop, (that celebrities who live in LA know about and come visit.) The best part is possibly the back half of the building where the tattoo artists display their artwork of other mediums. Third Eye is a private, appointment only shop, which makes for a more comfortable and private experience, and their space includes an art gallery.
Some stand out artists of this shop include:
Jay Joree - she rocks some seriously cool neo-traditional flowers that combine bright color palettes with geometric flares.
Chase Nashh - this is the man to go to for black and grey realism, especially anything with a nature theme.
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The youngest shop on this list, the owner had a publicized struggle just to get his business opened last year. But all the hard work has certainly paid off, with 3 of the best artists in the country residing in this private, appointment only studio.
Who to make an apt with:
Jason Call - the aforementioned owner, Jason specializes in geometric and mandalas. He is certainly in demand, as his appointment book tends to fill up within an hour of opening for new projects!
Deanna Smith - if she looks familiar, it’s probably from her appearances on television’s Inkmaster Angels, Inkmaster, and is also currently on the cover of Texas Inked Magazine. Her specialty is florals and portraits, but with traditional painting and sketching textures.
Shanti Cameron - a multiple award-winning color artist, Shanti makes some of the funniest and most adorable tattoos you could ever find! The attention to detail that she puts into every piece is astounding.
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Rebel Muse Tattoo
Owners Liz and Cookie Cook, and David and Ellen Mushaney are some of the most well known names in the tattooing industry, and they’ve made a name for themselves locally with their shop Rebel Muse. With the main location in Lewisville and a brand new location in north Dallas, Rebel Muse is pretty much a one-stop shop for any style of tattooing you could be looking for. They have almost 20 artists on staff and always take walk-ins at both locations.
Artists worth checking out:
Liz Cook - she may be known for her “Liz Girls,” but Liz Cook is one of those artists that can do any style and completely nail it.
David Mushaney - Known for his sketching-like style, David has some of the cleanest linework in town. His take on black-and-grey is unique, bold, and looks great on anyone!
Robert Hornbeck - Located at the new Dallas shop, Robert is making a name for himself with his smooth approach to color and realism.
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Folklore Trading Co
Imagine if an antiques store and a japanese dollar store opened a pop-up shop - that’s the vibe you get when walking into Folklore Trading Company. These guys seriously love tattooing, and regularly host some of the best artists from around the globe for guest spots. Most of their artists are appointment only, but they update their Instagram whenever guest artists will be coming to town.
You will definitely want to look up some of their mainstays:
Dannii G - Known for his american traditional tattoos, Dannii is who comes to mind when you think of clean, Sailor Jerry style tattoos. Even your grandparents would have to admit that he does great work!
Tiffer Wright - another Inkmaster alumnus, Tiffer has become well known for his dark take on neo-traditional. His instagram feed regularly showcases tattoos of cats, making him the perfect artist to honor your furry friend!
Billy Weigler - If bright colors and smooth buttery blends are want you want, Billy is the guy to see. He mixes Japanese-traditional style with modern tattooing technique to make his own stunning personal style.
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Perception Fine Body Art
Tucked away in a shopping center by an Albertsons, your mind will be blown by entering Perception, as you’re taken to a futuristic body-art temple. This trippy shop is one of the few on this list that both accept walk-ins and has a piercer on staff, so put this at the top of your list for your more impulsive moments.
Artists to look into:
Zack Singer - Imagine space babes on mind altering drugs having a seance- that’s Zack’s wheelhouse. His tattoos regularly feature glowing elements, 3D effects, and a mix of black and grey with neon colors.
Kevin Hicks - he tends to alternate between realism and illustrative, but either way Kevin makes clean, precise tattoos.
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Located in Downtown Dallas, Koneko is a perfect mix of spa, boutique, and tattoo shop. The best part? Owner Little Linda has gone to incredible lengths to make sure that they are completely vegan and cruelty-free. Everything down to the paper towels has been carefully curated for a positive, pleasant experience! Walk-ins are welcome and they do have a piercer on staff, plus they offer treatments like lash extensions and microblading.
Artists worth an Insta follow:
Little Linda - a veteran of the industry, owner Linda’s body of work regularly features a unique take on blackwork flowers with extremely clean lines that fit and flow with the body.