In the grand scheme of things, a New York City tattoo is like a wall mural painted on a single brick—according to Inked magazine, New York is the most-tattooed city in America, with 277 tattoo parlors in the city as of 2014. Even with so many options, though, there’s some consensus as to the best tattoo shops in NYC. At Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn—a Brooklyn tattoo is like a Little Italy cannoli—a staff of more than 20 residents constitutes some of the best tattoo artists in NYC. In SoHo, the traditional American and Japanese designs at Daredevil Tattoo complement the diversity of styles at Sacred Tattoo. NYC tattooing, it seems, has earned its own wing at the Met at this point.

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