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Rooster Down Tattoo Gallery's artists see possibilities wherever they look. Blank skin becomes a canvas for intricate tattoos—vibrant portraits that wrap around arms, backs, and antlers. So when it came time for Rooster's team of artists to purchase a business, they took a similar approach and looked for another blank canvas. After much searching, the artists found their perfect location—a vintage home more than 100 years old.

With two stories, the classic house makes visitors feel more like guests than customers. Upon entering, the staff invites patrons to lounge atop a waiting room's leather couches and watch a flat-screen TV, which hangs directly above a fireplace. The team then leads patrons into one of several private tattoo rooms. Here, Rooster's resident and visiting artists—artists like Graydon Payne and Melissa Senesac—get to work away from any distractions, such as a right-bicep dragon tattoo coming to life and playing the left-bicep trombone tattoo. The artists' steady hands can emblazon bodies with vibrant custom artwork or, alternatively, use EliminInk tattoo-removal technology to restore skin to a blank slate.

7353 15th Ave NW
Seattle,
WA
US

Behind a storefront nestled amid Belltown's bleeding-edge galleries and Art Deco artifacts, a quiet revolution is brewing. The shop is Dzul Ink Lounge, and inside, tattoo artists and brothers Jacob and Alex Dzul are out to turn decades of preconceptions on their collective ear. Gone are the cheesy designs and abrasive alt-rock assaults that typify most tattoo parlors. Instead, visitors step into a lounge that has more in common with a contemporary art space, a quality that's also shared by the shop's vivid, customized tattoos. Whether they're getting their first tattoos or adding ink to an already impressive bodily canvas, clients can flip through an iPad filled with thousands of the shop's exclusive designs, or collaborate with one of the resident artists on designs that are as personal as they are precise.

2104 3rd Ave
Seattle,
WA
US

Skin and Soul Tattoo's gallery displays an explosion of artistic talent. First there are Brittney Nettles' gorgeous hibiscus flowers, with leaves that wind like vines up the rib cage. Chris Gilvarry also has his own distinct style that’s dominated by grinning skulls sharp-toothed fish. Finally, there's AJ Lynn's perfectly aligned calligraphy and sketches of orchids in spring bloom.

Whether the medium is permanent ink or semipermanent henna, each piece of art offers a balance of technical skill and creativity to ensure its long-lasting beauty. Metal art also rounds out the parlor's service menu, with piercings to adorn an eyebrow, nose, navel, or wooden peg leg––just to name a few.

102 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue,
WA
US

full service day salon and spa attached. All your desires for beauty in a one stop shop. We cannot change who your are, BUT WE CAN CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AND FEEL!

19815 Mountain Hwy E
Spanaway,
WA
US

Don’t be surprised if you walk into Derm F/X Tattoo and find a fellow patron taking a nap on the couch. The shop’s regulars are known to come in and hang out, which is perfectly fine with the staff. Derm’s three artists—Cody, Scotty, and Chentelle—have spent 10 years making their studio the type of place where clients also feel like friends. It’s probably not hard for them to bond with their patrons: approximately 98% of their work is custom tattoos they’ve created by collaborating with clients. And they’re honest—if they feel a guest is asking for art that isn’t doable, they’re not afraid to say so. Unlike the key to never losing one's keys, Derm’s excellent reputation isn’t exactly a secret, as they have attracted clients such as Seahawks players Kam Chancellor and Marcus Trufant.

3312 Auburn Way S
Auburn,
WA
US

After 10 years in the industry, husband-and-wife team Mark and Maren opened Hip-Hop Robot Tattoo as a clean and creative destination for getting inked. Peruse the artfully decorated interior while waiting to have a bicep turned into a canvas or a forehead into a marriage proposal. Each professionally trained artist collaborates with skin wearers to ensure they walk away with the perfect body design, artfully inked in black and gray ($100/hour) or vivid color ($120). The store’s vibrant ambiance helps clients overcome tattoo block with a range of original ink drawings and vinyl art, in addition to a leather couch for relaxing while dreaming up a new design.

118 S Lucile St
Seattle,
WA
US