Hollywood has seen a recent tattoo boom and it might be due to the release of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,”or perhaps the paparazzi are finally catching celebrities with their skin exposed. Angelina Jolie chooses spiritual quotes, Megan Fox gets meaningful images, Lea Michele picks memorable milestones and Reese Witherspoon opts for family representations to be displayed on her body. No matter what your tattoo style is, you want them to be done professionally. Here are the best tattoo parlors in the Sacramento area to help you find a reputable artist to illustrate your body.
Update: We’ve created an updated list with our favorite tattoo shops in Sacramento. Check out our new picks here.
Monster Ink Tattoo
Hours: Mon to Sat – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monster Ink Tattoo has received rave reviews from its customers. The artist and owner of the parlor, Tuan Tran, is the winner of several tattoo contests. The shop recommends dropping in for a consultation prior to scheduling an appointment, and rates vary by piece. You can find samples of the artists’ work on the website, so you can decide which artist best illustrates what you are looking to have done before going in for a consultation. Monster Ink is known for being clean and comfortable, even for first timers.
Soulution Ink Tattoos
Hours: Mon to Sat – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The artist at Soulution Ink is most known for his colorful, abstract art, and customers also come here for tribal tattoos with intricate designs. The website houses a number of sample pictures of detailed designs, so those who are unsure of what exactly they want done can go there for inspiration. The talented artist is eager to answer questions to help make your experience comfortable and worry-free.
Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This tattoo parlor boasts a staff of four talented artists who each have a distinct style. Jackson, Branden, Alfredo or Steve will work with you to ensure you leave with the vision you had in mind when walking into he shop. Be sure to bring in an image similar to what you want so that the artists can work with you to create the perfect tattoo.
Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This body piercing and tattoo studio located in downtown Davis won the 2009 and 2011 Readers’ Choice Best Tattoo/Piercing in Yolo County. Images of piercings and tattoos displayed on the studio’s website make it easy to see that tattoo artists at Urban Body have great talent. The staff here is professional and will make you feel welcome.
Hours: Tues to Sat – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Many tattoo lovers recommend Primary Concepts as a fabulous tattoo parlor and those who have work done here regularly receive compliments. The owner and artist, Jessica, is known for the color and delicate lines in her pieces. The studio also has three other artists whose work you can view on the website. Primary Concepts also supports local artists, displaying and selling pieces for them in the shop.
Caitlin Gaustad is a freelance writer and a fourth year student pursuing a Managerial Economics major and Spanish minor at the University of California, Davis. You can usually find her with the latest copy of a fashion magazine, which she reads cover-to-cover, admiring the styling and design of each layout. Caitlin is excited to bring you coverage of Davis fashion and trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.