9 NYC Tattoo Shops You Should be Following on Instagram

9 NYC Tattoo Shops You Should be Following on Instagram

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When it comes to art, some would argue that the human body is the ultimate canvas. New York’s tattoo scene is home to some of the most talented artists in the industry, and the shops that they represent are world famous. So whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next piece, or just want to appreciate the work of NYC’s amazing art community, check out some of the most popular shops below (listed in alphabetical order). Our criteria includes Instagram followers, post activity, price, and average booking time. Have a favorite shop we didn’t list? Feel free to leave it in the comments. Enjoy!
 

Bang Bang NYC

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Opened by Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy in 2014, Bang Bang NYC features some of the most talented artists in the world. Keith himself has a strong reputation among celebs, leaving his mark on artists like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber (40,000 feet above the ground on an airplane). The celeb favorite shop isn’t on the cheap side, minimums start at $300, and appointments can take 3+ months to book. Artists & Appointments »
 

East River Tattoo

Founded by Duke Riley in 2000, East River Tattoo is Greenpoint’s go-to spot for American history, the maritime world, line work, and nature. Minimum’s start at $100 at this cash only parlor. Artists & Appointments »
 

Invisible Tattoo

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Cradled in the Lower East Side, you’ll find a very unassuming tattoo parlor established by Troy Dennings. Don’t let it’s subtle looks fool you, Invisible NYC has a strong repertoire of some of the most talented artists in the world with a strong preference toward Japanese and Asian styles. Some beautiful sleeves come out of this shop. Prices start at $100/hour. Artists & Appointments »
 

King’s Avenue NYC

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Founded by Mike Rubendall, King’s Avenue offers two locations, one in NYC and the other in Massapequa, Long Island. The shop’s impressive array of talent are also joined by guest artists on a regular basis, usually popping up on the shop’s Instagram feed. Prices start at $150/hour with a minimum of $80. Artists & Appointments »
 

Last Rites Tattoo Theatre

Established by Paul Booth in 1998, Last Rites is the premier destination for tattoos with a dark influence. In 2007, the parlor was expanded to also include a full blown art gallery complete with two levels and a mezzanine. Prices start at $100/hour. Artists & Appointments »
 

New York Adorned

New York Adorned is a collective tattoo studio and jewelry store which specializes in a wide array of tattoo styles and trendy piercings. Check out their website for guest artist appearances. Artists & Appointments »
 

Saved Tattoo

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Established by Scott Campbell, Saved Tattoo offers a variety of styles in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tattoo’s start at $100. Artists & Appointments »
 

Smith St.

Located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Smith Street was established in 2008 and specializes in traditional American tattoos. Opened by Bert Krak and Steve Boltz, the shop’s four highly skilled artist can get busy, so book in advance. Minimum’s start at $100. Artists & Appointments »
 

Three Kings Tattoo

Established in 2008, Three Kings offers two locations, one in Brooklyn (Greenpoint) and another in Manhattan. With more than 15 permanent artists on staff, Three Kings is great for walk-ins. The parlor is known to offer a wide range or styles, and even includes they often bring in guest artists from all over the world to further diversify their offerings. Price per hour ranges from $80–$175. Artists & Appointments »
 

 

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