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1. Embassy Tattoo

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247 reviews
Embassy Tattoo
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Location
5
Establishment
5

Address: 1762 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 733-3846

Guy: Tattoo shop


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Emily J.: I got my first tattoo here, Roman was my artist and he was incredible. He answered all my questions and didn't rush me while I was making decisions about the design and the placement. When we began he told me to take deep breaths and eased me into it. I am in love with the result! Setting up the appointment was a bit of a hassle because they are busy but totally worth it. I will absolutely be coming back!

Avery Johnson: This past weekend I went in to get my first tattoo and I was extremely excited about it because it was my birthday too. I walked in with my friends (we are all African-American) and we quietly waited in the lobby. At first the team were really great to us and we got to chat with the artist, the other POC staff were really great and I was genuinely excited, but then a white woman with red hair entered the space. The other receptionist asked her how her jog was so we assumed she worked there, so no issue. She scanned the room and approached us and asked that my friends leave because the lobby area had become "too busy". 'Too busy" or "too black"? My friends respected the request and left. A few minutes later, a group of white girls entered the shop and only one was being serviced but the white woman with red hair had no issue with their group being in the lobby with no masks. So somehow the black group made it busier? That whole situation made me feel uncomfortable so I left, we shouldn't have to act like we are back in Jim Crow times when we are paying for a service. Do better. Service: Tattoos

Tyler Mates: The gentleman who just arrived from Venezuela 🇻🇪 was SO GOOD. He had great energy, vibes and earthly conversation was out of this world 🗺 . I got the tattoo of my dreams. Of my best friend Ollie! Minimal style from a logo I already got. I was pleased with the turnout, price and service going in on standby. The logo was mine and it’s now on my skin for life! I forgot your name but thank you to the moon and back

Andrea Sevilla: I emailed them to get a quote for a tattoo but the artists I wanted weren’t available which is okay so I decided to go with Lola since she had openings. She wanted to do a video call or FaceTime to discuss further but when the day of the appointment came she didn’t reach out. I didn’t receive a call or an email to reschedule so I emailed them to do so. The second time I also got stood up by the artist and didn’t get any notification about it or an apology, no explanation as to why she hadn’t reached out to me both times either. They called me a week later wanting to reschedule for the third time but at that point I had completely lost any interest in her as an artist because it doesn’t really matter how good you are, you can’t be unprofessional and stand up people twice and expect them to still want to work with you. I’m sure she’s talented but I can’t give my money and trust to someone that doesn’t have any sort of respect my time.

marina castaneda: Roman pierced my nipples and did an amazing job, he took his time and did not make me feel rushed with the process at all. He took his time with my questions and understood my circumstances and was letting me decide if it was what I really wanted to get done. He also did two of friends nipples as well and they said nothing but good things to say about him. If you want someone to trust, go with Roman. He is NOT a creep, doesn’t make you feel rushed and lets you ask any questions you may have. Thanks Roman!

Shiera Grant: They’re extremely unprofessional and made me feel very uncomfortable and unwanted. My small tattoo had so much blowout, they did a terrible job. Please spend your hard earned money somewhere elseService: Tattoos

Nabeelah Muhammad: I came in for a simple tattoo of my birthyear. The tattoo was a dark blue/indigo shade. But after a few weeks the tattoo was completely faded and the numbers are not shaded in solidly. I was told my dark skin was the problem and that I chose a "bright" color. The artist admitted she may have overworked the tattoo. I came in for a touch up after spending more than 3 weeks trying to get scheduled. The receptionist were rude and ignored my emails and did not return my calls. It seems these artists don't know how to work on dark skin which is sad since their shop is in a predominantly black and Latino neighborhood. Service: Tattoos

Nicholas Daou: Tried to schedule an appointment with Lola, she flaked. I reached out to the shop who apologized and then I was assured she wouldn’t flake on the next consult FaceTime. Surprise surprise, she flaked and didn’t even answer the receptionist who tried to get ahold of her. She pulled a similar thing on a friend of mine, actually skipping a session and not just a consult call. Definitely not impressed and going to have to find a different shop to go to.

Amber Nicole: This shop is dangerous to BIPOC and exhibits many concerning racist behaviors toward black patrons. The front desk worker is hostile and the staff are incompetent on how to tattoo black and brown skin. This is a basic standard skill any artist should be well trained in, especially in a neighborhood that is predominantly black and Latinx. The lack of this shows a blatant refusal to adapt to the times and treat people with basic kindness and dignity.

Esther Makonnen: Second time visiting Embassy tattoo. The shop was very clean and customer service was excellent. Roman was my Tattoo artist he was very patient very friendly. I Absolutely love my chakra tattoo so thank you thank you Roman😊😊😊😊Service: Tattoos

2. Wasteland Tattoos

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107 reviews
Wasteland Tattoos
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Location
5
Establishment
5

Address: 3423 14th St NW 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20010

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 1PM

Telephone: (202) 627-0050

Guy: Tattoo shop


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Britta Buchanan: I go my tattoo in December 2016. Absolute tattoo newbie here. I went to Laughing Hyena because it had excellent reviews online and happened to be close to my apartment, and it did not disappoint. I worked with Isaac, who was friendly, down-to-earth, and knew exactly what he was doing. He drew up my design in two minutes and my tattoo was done in another two minutes. Since he knew this was my first tattoo, he gave me very clear instructions and advice for caring for it. He also guided me along in the tattoo process, emphasizing the sanitary measures Laughing Hyena always takes, and giving me tips for what to look for in a high quality tattoo shops for future reference. I was a bit nervous about getting my first tattoo and wanted to make sure I was going to an establishment that took their work and their customers seriously. I found both of those qualities in Laughing Hyena and would definitely go there again/recommend it to others.

Brittany L: My friend and I came here for our second and third tattoos, respectively. We came in for a consult with Doctor Z in May and made appointment for today (June 12). We didn't see our art until we arrived but he didn't disappoint! I selected a cross-stitch design, which isn't an easy thing to do. He was honest about how this was only his second one in ten years of tattooing but he did an amazing job. He had four options for me in terms of design and waited patiently while I hemmed and hawed before deciding. So thrilled; he definitely has found a life-long customer in me. As others have mentioned, the shop is cash only but is close to many banks in Columbia Heights. Ignore the purple in the photo, that's just the stencil.

Marc Jause: Critical: ProfessionalismOne of the Artist Isaac Colon is very non professional and has scammed me out of my money. He did not fulfill his obligations and was very deceptive. Stay clear of this guy, as he's not a guy you can trust unfortunately.

Abbie Ginis: I did tons of research on tattoos and studios before I finally settled on Hyena Tattoos, with Chris as my artist. This was my first tattoo, so I really appreciated how they offer a free consultation ahead of the appointment. It gave me a chance to meet the artist and discuss my ideas. And, looking back, even though I don't think I described what I wanted very well, Chris somehow created something totally unique for me. When I came in day of, we worked together to tweak the design until it was exactly what I wanted. The studio is clean, and Chris made sure to walk me through each step of the process while he was preparing me for the tattoo. I could go on and on, but I'm really happy with how this experience went and I'd definitely come back again!!

Kristen Vann: I had an amazing experience from the consultation to the getting my tattoo done. Dr. Z did an amazing Job on my tattoo! He worked fairly quick and was very professional. I love the end result. Try shop was very chill and the other artists there were entertaining and made you feel welcomed. I will be going for my next tattoo!

H M: I just got my first tattoo here and had a WONDERFUL experience. Chris, the artist I worked with, was very friendly and worked with me to find a design I was really happy with. He explained each step of the process as we went along so I knew exactly what to expect. I couldn't be happier with my new tattoo and am definitely going to come back and get another in my future. I definitely recommend Laughing Hyena Tattoos!

Monteia Goodwin: This was my 1st tattoo. Chris did a great job helping me feel comfortable. I gave him some general designs, he took my ideas created a beautiful design. The shop was moving locations in between my sessions, but they managed to keep everything spotless during the move. Already recommended this spot to a few coworkers. Thanks again Chris.

Daniella Constantin: Man this was my first time at this place and it was great from the time I walked in. Very organize and the tattoo artist really know what they are doing and everyone was great. I love my tattoo my guy knew exactly how to bring my vision to life. Thank you Raff!!!

Luna Blanc: Very talented tattoo artists. I've been to the shop several times, and ever since I got my first piece by Isaac, I haven't been anywhere else. So far I've gotten two half sleeves and a chest piece. Every time I go, they're super friendly, the shop is pretty clean, and I always have a great experience getting tatted there. I super recommend this place! if you're looking to get the most awesome tattoos you can get, go to Laughing Hyena :)
Response: Thanks Carolina, Its always a pleasure to have you in the shop. We look forward to your next visit.

Phil Winston: This place is great! Super clean and client friendly. The staff are knowledgeable, and the vibe is laid back. This was my first time at the shop, and Maria was my artist. She was awesome throughout the entire process - engaged from the initial consult all the way to the final product. She gave great feedback around tattoo designs and was committed to making sure I walked away loving the work - and I did! Thanks again, Maria! Cheers!

3. Fatty's Tattoos & Piercings Dupont Circle

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214 reviews
Fatty's Tattoos & Piercings Dupont Circle
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Location
5
Establishment
5

Address: 1333 Connecticut Ave NW 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 452-0999

Guy: Tattoo and piercing shop


Review: "Also, if you were just looking for something small with fine lines, they ..."

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Precious King: So, I’m not happy at all with my piercing. For $80 for an industrial piercing and for it not to come out right is upsetting. They do not have a large enough jewelry selection. Better bring your own, plus the little jewelry that they do have is around $30. You can order new jewelry from Body Candy.com or Amazon for 2/3 less price. Overall I’d suggest going elsewhere. Like I said the piercing wasn’t to my liking and now I have to have it redone. That’s more money and another two weeks of agonizing pain. Ugggh !!!!!

Jonnekia Ellison: I am blown away at just HOW OUTSTANDING the services were that I received from Michael and Mikey. I am from Florida and were visiting for the New Year. I was able to easily book an appointment for tattoos and a nostril piercing (my first) and chat with them on the customer portal beforehand. The pricing was very fair but honestly for the quality, I feel like they aren’t charging enough. Michael is hands down the BEST piercer. He was very knowledgeable, gave me supplies to clean my piercing until I made it home, and made the whole process quick and easy. I am scared of needles, funny to say, but I could barely tell he had started. He made me feel at ease and gave every customer (I watched at least 5 come in while I was being tattooed) that walked in after me the same level of stellar customer service. He listened to everyone’s wishes, gave his expert opinion on what the safest options were and pierced them at the perfect angle. Quick, easy and almost painless. Their implant grade jewelry is the best for piercings and I liked that it wasn’t about selling you some flashy expensive jewelry piece, but more of what is better for the healing process with their stock. Mikey did my tattoos and he is truly an incredible artist. My first tattoo was done carelessly and he was able to redo it while making it look fantastic. He did other cutesy tattoos for me (heart, flower, script rib tattoo, crescent moon) and he did them with such ease and precision and with the right tools to get the job done as painless as possible. He mentioned that he has been doing tattoos for 22 years and you can REALLY tell. My favorite part was how down to earth he is. If you want input on a tattoo design or what will work best, he’s there for it. He won’t shoo you out the door like most artists who just want to give you a quick tattoo. He made me feel calm and comfortable, like I could really be myself, and as a person who struggles with anxiety, I really appreciated that. It is now day 3 and I have no pain from my nostril piercing or four tattoos. I am also the biggest baby when it comes to pain lol. I HIGHLY recommend visiting their shop and are certainly considering driving 13 hours back there for any other piercings or tattoos that I want in the future. Service: Nose piercing

A. Burton Tripathi: Worked with Brian. Extremely professional, including first class hygiene and sterile practices. He is a brilliant artist. Brought my idea to life with more energy and impact than I could have imagined. Extremely clean lines. Very slick shading, color gradients, and highlighting. Absolutely tremendous! Getting signed up with an artist at Fatty's is a little weird. The shop is locked at all times. They don't take walk-ins and they don't answer the phone. You have to fill out the request sheet on their website. Then wait for them to contact you back on that page. Set up a time and go in for a consult. Artists might be late or no-show (rarely), so you need to have patience and be persistent. At the consult, you meet in person and discuss the project. They give you a price and an appointment. Come back at that second time to have the work performed and prepare to be amazed! Highly recommended.

Tyler Mates: I have got two great cover up’s from James (who’s no longer there) and the front desk gentleman is so nice! I’ve seen great work from the other artists. Make sure to book your appointment online first and get your quote, there is no phone service anymore

Demeris Morse: Tried to call all three locations and nobody picked up. The online appointment system also took multiple hours to get a response. I was just looking for a simple jewelry change and purchase, which shouldn’t require a laborious online system and lack of communication.

Catherine Cassell: I was recommended Fatty’s by a piercer of mine in another city and I happened to be in the area and walked in without an appointment. Dani had some time and took me immediately! I already had a piece of jewelry with me that I needed to get pierced and she immediately had it sanitized and pierced! She was incredibly kind and my piercing looks amazing. Will likely be coming back for a new piercing once this one heals :)

Tiff: Ladies, do yourself a huge favor and avoid this shop. I booked an appointment at this location because my usual piercing shop isn’t doing under-the-mask piercings, so Michael reached out to me and accepted my request immediately. But when I tell you how uncomfortable this man made me feel… please. Go elsewhere. He did an amazing job on my piercings BUT he will harass you and give you his number to try to get you to go on a date with him. Don’t do it. Go to Brilliance Piercing in Vienna, VA instead.

Angel Thompson: Danni the piercer is awesome and quick!!. I had my gauges upsized. It was painless and inexpensive. She knows her stuff and guides you to the right way of getting pierced. Thank you!!!

Shelley: Great experience. I deferred to their expertise on the size and location of my nose piercing, and I'm so glad I did. I love it! It was quick and easy.

Evie M: Despite my flighty arrival, Matt was patient & kind, not only with me, also with the flood of people who came in immediately after (weirdly lots of daiths) & the people on the phone AND was helpful in his (excellent & appropriate) suggestions & guidance to a person wanting a tattoo but non-committal in her aesthetic tastes. Michelle(? god I hope that's right) did 2 piercings for me that I already love, and was such great fun to talk with, the kind of person whom you just...would pay to talk to or be your friend. Like therapists wish they were. She did EXCELLENT technical work & was respectful, informative, and as sterile as you should expect a piercer to be, maybe more. I'll be back.

4. Jinx Proof Tattoos

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184 reviews
Jinx Proof Tattoos
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.6
Parking
4.5
Location
4.1
Establishment
5

Address: 3285 1/2 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 337-5469

Guy: Tattoo shop


Review: "The process was painless and the people in the shop were friendly!"

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Charlotte Somol: Super easy setting up an appointment, quick response time, and giving me an estimated price range based on the photos I sent. The people at the shop were very friendly and welcoming. Nico did my tattoo which was a relatively simple piece on my neck. He was very helpful as it was my first time getting a tattoo done and the process was very quick and easy. Very clean and sanitized area and barely hurt at all. Gave me lots of aftercare advice and the whole process was done in about 30-40 minutes. Highly recommend!

Skye Curry: Was planning on just walking around a bit after dinner, but saw this place and on a limb decided to go in and get a tattoo! The staff and atmosphere there was amazing and everyone was very nice. First time getting a tattoo and decided to do something very simple and small, and they went with it! Victor at the front was very welcoming and Nico, who did my tattoo, was very sweet and walked me through the whole thing! Quick, easy, and definitely worth it (: Service: Tattoos

Chelsea Kennedy: I’m so thankful for my experience at Jinx Proof. Nico was so patient with me and adjusted the stencil for me more times than most would find reasonable. The meaning behind this tattoo had a lot of emotion attached to it and I am so happy with how it turned out. The process was painless and the people in the shop were friendly! Sharing pictures from immediately after and 2 weeks healed. I’ll definitely go back to Nico for more work! Service: Tattoos

Trevor Luciani: I have gotten 11 tattoos from Jinx Proof in the past three years and do not have enough nice things to say about them. They are always honest about tattoo art, and will tell you if it is in an area that will make it fade or something they are not comfortable doing. They make sure that the tattoo they are gonna give if is the best. In specific, Tad Peyton at Jinx is probably one of the nicest people I have met. Not only an amazing artist, but a great guy as well. This is the place to go for any tattoo, piercing, etc! Service: Tattoos

Shruti Murali: Had a wonderful experience. Got my nose pierced and was in and out in 15 minutes. Karl was amazing - professional and friendly. Would highly recommend.Service: Nose piercing

Mallory Jones: I was strolling down M st and popped in with the goal to buy new a nose ring. I had gotten my nose pierced 6 months ago, but it wasn’t healing as I expected. As i was looking in the jewelry counter, Karl offered to help me. I shared with her my desires to switch out my ring and that when she told me that I had what they call a “piercing pimple”. She gave me advice on how to fix it and told me to come back and see her in a month if it wasn’t better. I saw improvements in just ONE WEEK and couldn’t be happier. I will go to Karl for all of my future piercings as I completely trust her to take care of me from beginning to end. Service: Piercings

Anya Sutor: They did an amazing job with my tattoo! They went out of their way to schedule me and everyone was so polite and professional to work with! I 10000% would go back again

Diane Hoover: Great tattoo parlor in DC. This is the second one I have gotten here, and I will get a third here. I highly recommend Jinx Proof to one and all.

Georgie Capotis: Went in to schedule a small tattoo and they could see me as a walk in. I worked with Nico and he was so patient and nice! It was my first tattoo so he walked me through every step and was so pleasant and easy to talk to. The shop is clean, the staff is nice, and I had an extremely positive experience.Service: Tattoos

Matt Goodrich: Went in for a walk in today - Nico was amazing! Second time getting a tattoo here and there's a reason it's the longest running tattoo shop in DC! If you want something big or small, this is the place to go. Friendly artists. Clean and bright studio. Will be going back for more later! And again, Nico was fantastic!

5. Tattoo Paradise

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267 reviews
Tattoo Paradise
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.5
Parking
5
Location
4.2
Establishment
4.6

Address: 2444 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 232-6699

Guy: Tattoo shop


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Miranda Cross: Nate and the entire staff at Tattoo Paradise are amazing— I have gotten 2 tattoos done here and both have been phenomenal experiences. The shop is clean and reasonably priced for DC. My first tattoo was of a handwriting sample and Nate was able to do it within a week after I emailed the contact form on the website to set a date. The second piece was an addition to an existing tattoo (picture) and Nate did an absolutely stunning job matching the new art to old with a combo of pre-done design and freehand drawn leaves and stems to integrate the two tattoos. I was able to work the design out with him in advance via email. The staff is entirely professional and kind— their piercer even took the time to explain what had gone wrong with a previous cartilage piercing I had done (not at tattoo parlor) and give me some suggestions for fixing it. If you are local or visiting I would highly highly recommend this shop, especially if you email them with availability in advance.
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words Miranda, we appreciate it so much! We are so glad you love your new tattoo and hope to see you soon.

Alex Riesner: Tattoo paradise was pretty exciting. My girlfriend and I went there to get our nipples pierced. We were referred to this place from another Tattoo shop and I was throughly happy with my experience here. The shop itself is pretty small and when I called I was told that piercing is not a booked appointment but a walk-in, first come first served situation. Absolutely fine, we come in on Monday and the shop looks phenomenal! Art on the walls and jewelry in cases, very clean and fun to look at. I fill out the paperwork and we are seen in no time at all. The woman the pierced us was extremely polite and respectful. She was professional throughout the whole experience, going over how to clean and maintain everything, what to do and what not to do and how long it would take to heal. Once we were done, it was a smooth recovery process from there. I would 100% recommend coming here again.

Meg: I got my very first tattoo here and it was absolutly lovely!! Ben at the front desk was so welcoming and helpful and a really cool guy. I was a walk in and it was so easy to schedule and get my tattoo. My tattoo was done by Sam who was so kind and made sure I was comfortable the whole time. I'll be sure to get every tattoo here from now on. Def worth every cent Service: Tattoos
Response: Thanks Meg! Sam and Ben were super happy to hear this! Hope to see you soon for your next tattoo

Kolton Whitmire: Alejandro is a visiting artist there who did my tattoo. I started getting light headed right away and he was very accommodating and checked in periodically throughout the tattoo to make sure I didn't pass out. He also gave me good suggestions on tattoo placement and size that I really appreciated. All around this shop is great.Service: Tattoos
Response: Hey Kolton Thanks for leaving a review! We will definitely pass this along to Alejandro.

Adriana B.: Was not even able to have a chance to use this business. They lost at least $400 tonight. Extremely disappointed. My friends and I came to DC for a couple days and wanted to get a tattoo. We stopped by around 2:30pm and the front desk guy, Drew told us to come back at 8pm but that he'd call me back if anything changed. I didn't receive any call or text all day, so we stayed somewhat local, showed up at 8 just for him to tell us sorry, they couldn't accommodate us. I asked why he didn't call or text like he said he would. He just shrugged it off and said sorry. Very disappointed because if we knew we wouldn't be able to get our work done there, we could have made it somewhere else at an earlier time. It's our last day in town and he knew this. Follow-up should've happened, it was a very easy task. Now we're calling all the local shops and they're closed.
Response: Hey Adriana, We are sorry to hear of your negative experience. When you come as a walk-in, spots are given on first come first served, and are never guaranteed. Because our booked appointments ran longer than expected none of our artists had enough time to tattoo your party. In the future feel free to set up an appointment by phone or email. We apologize for any miscommunication from our staff regarding our policies. Tattoo Paradise

Brandon Sousa: I went here for an ear piercing and had a great experience. Patti is an excellent piercer, very professional, fast, seemed like going to a capable physician rather than a body piercing. Cost seemed fairly high but I’m sure I’m just unfamiliar with piercing costs — it was $110 and a $20 tip for standard ear lobe piercings. The shop itself is clean but not very well-appointed. Just a large open space with a tiny bench for waiting by the window.
Response: Hey Brandon, Thanks for leaving a review, we appreciate it!

Kera: Straight weirdo behavior & a very incompetent front desk person. Doesn’t know prices/jewelry sizing. Kept questioning my knowledge of my OWN body anatomy. I know exactly what I came in there for & what size I ALREADY have in/want. Wasted an hour of my day/time waiting for the piercer that never came out to service us. Mind you, we’ve been calling for weeks and even came in person to receive piercings and she’d NEVER be there. Bad experience all around. Unprofessional and awkward customer service. From ALL STAFF.

Alexander Oaks: Amazing shop! Serious legends have worked here and still do! Flashworks amaiZng. Old school traditional azimg tooo!
Response: Hey Alexander. Thanks for the compliment! We appreciate you tons, and hope to see you again soon!

Ariel Goldberger: Terrible service, front desk staff are arrogant and cannot give you a quote until they make you wait for 45+ mins, then another 90 mins to actually get a tattoo. Getting a tattoo is also an experience - they don't understand thus they ruin it, also they don't allow you to take pictures, to what? I don't know the walls are full of low quality design anyway

Courtney Chrisman: Just got another tattoo here all by Trevor, fantastic experiences each time, I’m in love with my ink! But I also wanted to take a moment to say how well I think they’re handling being reopen in the pandemic. Appointments only keep it to only a few people inside at once, everything clean and sanitized. While waiting I overheard the piercer explaining to another client how to care new nose or earring while wearing masks every day which I loved!

6. Lady Octopus Tattoos

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92 reviews
Lady Octopus Tattoos
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Location
5
Establishment
4.7

Address: 1440 N Edgewood St Suite 165, Arlington, VA 22201

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (703) 528-1099

Guy: Tattoo shop


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Cam P.: Gilda's artistry was phenomenal, I'm so glad I found Lady Octopus Tattoo! I have over a dozen tattoos, but knew that I needed to go somewhere different than my usual shop for a very specific tattoo. Upon arriving, I was able to describe to Gilda what I wanted. She listened to every detail, asked the right questions, and was able to draw up an absolutely perfect design based off of what I told her. The tattoo she did for me was more beautiful than I even expected. I can't thank her and Lady Octopus Tattoo enough! Service: Tattoos

Colby Shomaker: Best tattoo shop in the area. They are extremely popular and appointments need to be booked several weeks to months in advance. Both artists (James and Gilda) are incredible.

Brooke Krouse: Had my first tattoo with Gilda last week and the experience was fantastic. Very clean and safe, and everything was explained thoroughly. It's healing very well and if I can ever decide on another tattoo I'll definitely go back! Highly recommend. Thanks Gilda!Service: Tattoos

Kassandra F: Positive: Cleanliness, Professionalism, Punctuality, QualityI had a faded -- ugly tattoo. Gilda worked her magic and revamped it with such finesse. Her artwork is amazing. Her attention to detail is phenomenal. She really listened to me. She was patient and beyond professional !!!!! I can't wait to go back for my next fix !!!!

Katie Haring: Gilda was absolutely amazing, a true artist who listened and gave me such a beautiful piece that I get to have on me forever! I cannot say enough good things about her and the shop.Service: Tattoos

Katy Cruz Hernandez: I had my session with Angela, it was my first time getting a tattoo and I got 3. Angela is very sweet, the process was fast, easy and not painful like I expected. I love my tattoos and I can't wait to come back!!! Great experience, nice shop and super sweet front desk. Definitely recommend!

Mallory Spalding: I got my first tattoo here with Gilda. She is a great person and a fantastic artist. She was patient with me and took the time during the design process to make sure I was getting what I wanted. I plan to get my whole right arm covered, and I plan to come back here very soon. Great service, and they actually respond to emails and customer inquiries, which makes them even better. Everyone has different tastes in art, and mine fit like a glove with Gilda and her amazing skills.

Grace Kelso: Can’t recommend Lady Octopus enough! I had my first tattoo from Susan and she was amazing. I was nervous but the whole shop and staff were so welcoming and relaxed. I am so happy with the results, Susan really took the time to make sure it was what I wanted. I will be back for another soon, thank you!

Eric Nilsson: Positive: Cleanliness, Professionalism, QualityI had a tattoo done by James here and had a great experience. James created an awesome custom design for me. The shop is very clean and takes safety seriously. I'm looking forward to getting my tattoo finished and will be coming back for future tattoos.Service: Tattoos

Sunni Moon: Positive: Cleanliness, Professionalism, QualityHad my first tattoo by Angela and am absolutely in love. She has a gentle touch and made my experience pleasant. Will be back for my second one as well!

7. Bethesda Tattoo

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173 reviews
Bethesda Tattoo
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.9
Parking
4.3
Location
4.2
Establishment
4.4

Address: 8227 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (301) 652-0494

Guy: Tattoo shop


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Bethesda Tattoo: what do users think?


Emily Butz: Arrived early and got paired with Erika for my ear piercings. She was super nice and did a great job helping me with the prices, along with making sure I was getting a good experience with my first piercings since they filled in after middle school. Plus, it’s a cool looking shop with expertly placed safety measures. I did have a little trouble working around the website, specifically setting up appointments and finding the needed paperwork to fill out. If there is some accessibility options with finding things I’d be eternally grateful. Thank you! Service: Ear piercing
Response: Hi Emily! We're glad to hear you had such a good experience here getting your ears pierced. Thanks also for bringing the website navigation to our attention -- we will certainly look into (and implement) ways we can make the website accessible for all of our clients.

Emma Yanevskyy: Love my tattoos from James. Clean, fairly priced, professional, and excellent experience all around. Everyone I’ve encountered at Bethesda Tattoo has been friendly and professional. They care about the work they do and it shows.Service: Tattoos
Response: thank you Emma, I'm having so much fun with your tattoo! I'm so glad it meets your daughters expectations! Hahaha.so cute.

Lina Aguillon: I had such a good experience with everyone here, especially my artist Pedro! I came in as a walk-in and the process was pleasant and fast. I was given great instructions for healing and my tattoo tuned out lovely. Thank you! Can’t wait for my next tattoo
Response: Lina, We're so happy to hear of your positive experience here. We look forward to seeing you again for your next tattoo.

Sarah Hetzler: Absolutely amazing service!! Jermaine did an excellent job on my tattoo. This was my first one and he explained every step of the process. Would highly recommend this shop to anyone wanting an extremely quality experience.Service: Tattoos
Response: thank you for the kind words Sarah, we love Jermaine to!

Matt J: Great local shop. The entire staff was so friendly, accommodating and communicative. Had some questions on my design, got honest feedback and so happy with the work. VERY clean, and use a new Saniderm process which made healing a breeze. Worked with James - plan to use him again and again!

Ramona Aubry: Got my first tattoo at this place. Super thrilled with the experience overall. Great team, great artist with a lot of attention for detail and comfort. Loved it and can’t wait to come back for my next tattoo! Highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a tasteful, affordable and painless tattoo experience !

Veeda B: This tattoo parlor, although very clean and seemingly professional, overcharges their clients by absolutely ludicrous amounts. And what's worse: twice now, I have been quoted an already too expensive price for very small tattoos, and then after the tattoo is completed, the artist hiked up the price by LITERALLY $80- this has happened, no joke, twice. And these tattoos each took maybe 10 minutes to complete, which was what the artist had estimated beforehand. So there would be no valid reason to increase the cost. I want people to please be careful and don't allow yourself to be taken advantage of. This happens most often with women and people with foreign accents (I have several personal experiences here along with anecdotes from friends who have been tatted here as well). Also, I've gotta say, all the tattoos I've had here have blow outs.
Response: This is a fake review. This business does not have records of a client by the name of Veeda B. Fake reviews are slander and harassment and this matter is currently being discussed with local police and Google.

Ludy: I love my tattoo from James, it was my first tattoo so I was very scared, but he gives you security, that man has hands that you don't even feel when he tattoos you, I left happy, thanks for a good experience.Service: Tattoos

Mikhayla Stover: Had SUCH a phenomenal experience here. A very cozy, very clean shop, and everyone there was very kind and accommodating! Will absolutely return for any future work I get done :)Service: Nose piercing
Response: Mikhayla, It was great having you here! We hope to see you again soon!

Bryan Whyte: Bethesda Tattoo will be the only parlor I will go to. The environment is forever interesting in the best manner possible and every artist has their own story tied to their amazing personalities. Looking forward to finishing my arm there.