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.
When you think of a permanent piece of art on your body, the idea can be a little intimidating. Christy Brooker founded her spa-like Damask Tattoo to counteract that notion. Indeed, the bright and chic ambiance inside the studio will make you think you’re about to get a massage rather than a tattoo. All of the tattoo artists at Damask Tattoo are women, and each one has different artistic specialties and interests, ranging from nature to portraits to street art. Clean is the name of the game here, and Damask Tattoo provides a special all-natural vegan aftercare kit to make sure your tattoo heals properly without any harmful chemicals. The artists take their role seriously in the community, which is shown in everything from their sponsorship of a woman’s softball team in Seattle to their fun and informative blog. Damask Tattoo is the perfect place to get some beautiful body art in a friendly, unintimidating atmosphere!
Liposuction, augmentation and more require going under the knife. Luckily for tattoo lovers, they only have to go under the needle. Under the Needle Tattoos is a popular tattoo shop in Seattle. Located in downtown Seattle, Under the Needle is an easy place to stop in for a consultation, to explore tattoo options or to get a pre-scheduled tattoo. Traditional and more contemporary styles are practiced from all tattoo artists, and guest artists are frequently featured as well, giving guests an opportunity to get a once-in-a-lifetime tattoo design. Facilities are clean and professional every day. Under the Needle also supports other local artists, carrying local goods, crafts, jewelry and more for sale in the shop. Tattoo-related events are often held in conjunction with Under the Needle, so check the shop’s website for more details to avoid missing out on these awesome events.
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.
Tattoo artists Derek Noble and Jesse Roberts were doing the devil’s work at the former Lucky Devil Tattoo Parlor before becoming owners of the newly opened Dark Age Tattoo. Their previous building was demolished, which forced Lucky Devil to close, but the new studio is even better. Fear not, faithful customers: this new studio still has masterful artwork and friendly, professional artists--they're just in located in a modern, airy new studio. You can count on the artists here to really be interested in the concept you have for your tattoo, and to use their own creativity and mastery of their craft to make it the best piece possible. You’ll never have to worry about cleanliness here, as Lucky Devil is fastidiously clean and careful. Stop into Lucky Devil, and you'll be the "lucky devil" with a gorgeous new tattoo!
There’s nothing comical about the work being done at Laughing Buddha Tattoo and Body Piercing. Located in the heart of Seattle’s hipster-friendly Capitol Hill neighborhood in a brightly lit, window-lined building, Laughing Buddha Tattoo has been providing tattooing and piercing services since the mid-90s in their edgy shop, where big books filled with examples of tattoos by each of the shop’s artists are available to peruse. The shop also carries a wide range of high-quality body jewelry and distinctive crafts from around the world, making for great gifts for friends or loved ones who fall just about out of the mainstream. Don’t fret on after-care techniques, either – Laughing Buddha’s personable staff is always willing to provide advice and information for maintaining piercings and tattoos for years to come.