Best Nashville Tattoo Shops

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For this post, I researched every Nashville tattoo shop. I drew on personal experience, reviews, what services they offer, how long they have been in business, and how professional their establishment appeared. It's obviously impossible to visit each shop and experience their work personally. However, we can definitely see what people are saying about the results – real customers don't lie.

There are a number of things to consider when choosing where to get a permanent tattoo. We took these into consideration when selecting the best tattoo shops.

Here's what we considered:

  • Cleanliness. Do they take the time to adequately sterilize all equipment and encourage customers not to touch jewelry?
  • Are they certified as a tattoo artist? If they offer piercings, are they APP-certified?
  • Availability. Call before you go.

Pride and Glory

181 Reviews | Rating: 4.7/5 | Address | Website

Pride and Glory is located downtown in SOBRO, just a couple blocks from Bridgestone (you can see it from their driveway) and across the street from Margaritaville Hotel. The staff/artists are very friendly and professional, providing great conversation and tattoos.

They offer walk-ins every single day, accommodating tourists, large groups, locals, and clients from all over. They have been downtown since 2014. The shop provides a really cool modern yet rustic/industrial atmosphere that gives a warm Nashville feel.

They are in an old Nashville warehouse re-done with beautiful barn wood, epoxy floors, huge garage doors, a comfortable lobby, and individual booths for privacy. Open every day from 12-9 p.m. except Monday & Tuesday. 

Available Services:

  • Tattoos
  • Walk-ins welcome

Most recent Google review: This was the most wonderful tattoo experience from start to finish! We were immediately greeted with a warm welcome, provided honest feedback about our tattoo idea, and connected with an artist. All of the artists and staff appeared to be genuinely happy and helpful. Our artist, Francky, made the tattoo process comfortable and collaborative. He was polite, funny, and answered all of our questions! Highly recommend going to Pride & Glory in Nashville—We will definitely be back!

Icon Tattoo

491 Reviews | Rating: 4.6/5 | In Business: 22 years | Address | Website

Icon Tattoo is a shop that we highly recommend from personal experience. First, the customer service is outstanding. They will give you an explanation of all your options. In the case of a piercing, they will inform you of the quality and the story behind how it's chosen. When you get the piercing, you have a lot of options about the metal, stones, and the way that the backs are made.

Sanitation at Icon is very important; they won't let you touch the jewelry.

Overall, they are flexible and kind.

Available Services:

  • Tattoo
  • Piercing
    • Implant-grade titanium.
    • Solid 14k and 18k gold.
  • Walk-in services are available.
  • Appointments available.

Most recent Google review: “Very clean and professional!! Aaron did a fantastic job adding on to existing tattoo and helping come up with a great idea to add to it as well. Went in as a walk-in and was taken care of quickly. I would definitely recommend Icon for all your tattoo needs!!”

Black 13 Tattoo Parlor

250 Reviews | Rating: 4.7/5 | Address | Website

Black 13 Tattoo Parlor is a custom tattoo parlor that has been voted the “Best Tattoo Studio” for 13 years in a row in Nashville Scene's “Best of Nashville” Readers Choice Awards.

Established in 2008, Black 13 Tattoo Parlor is located in Nashville, Tennessee, and offers a clean, comfortable upscale environment with the finest artistry and customer experience. B13 artists include Ryan Thomas, Steve Pearson, Brad Dozier, Nathan Fisher, Courtney O'Shea, Luke Baxter, Cole Armstrong, Danielle Jeanne, Chris Holbert, Daniel Hughes and Evan Davis. The main goal of Black 13 is to provide a wide array of quality work and exceptional customer service for clients, all within a comfortable and welcoming environment.

Available Services:

  • Tattoo
  • Walk-in services are available.
  • Appointments available.

Most recent Google review: I recently had an appointment with Danielle! She was the epitome of incredible. I have never felt so secure and important to any tattoo artist who was doing my tattoos. She was kind, efficient, and open to my vision. The front desk team of Nicole and Danielle were the very definition of kindness and were so welcoming to me. The studio was beautiful and so inviting. This was one of the best decisions I could have made. I am so happy and can’t say enough nice things about this wonderful team.

One Drop Ink

690 Reviews | Rating: 4.9/5 | In Business: 11 years | Address | Website

Award-winning tattoo shop in North Nashville.

Available Services:

  • Specialize in all skin types
  • Piercings:
    • Nose, ears, septum, tragus, belly, lip, labret, tongue, nipples, cartilage, eyebrow and more.

Most recent Google review: This tattoo parlor is amazing!! My three sisters and I went in together to get tattoos from Christin. She was so fast, and the tattoos turned out beautifully! It's really confident line work and perfect shading. She was also patient with us when we wanted the placement of the tattoo drawing changed before she started. The atmosphere of the parlor was also really comfortable, and everyone was so nice! Thank you, ONE DROP INK!!

Safe House Tattoo Studio

222 Reviews | Rating: 4.9/5 | In Business: 10 years | Address | Website

Opened in 2012, Safe House Tattoo brings a diverse group of great tattoo artists to Nashville.

Available Services:

  • Tattoos

Most recent Google review: Best tattoo experience by far. Christopher Cousins reached out to me soon after filling out the easy form and he was able to get me in way sooner than expected. He had drawn up something for me I never would have thought of, and it was amazing! He made sure I was comfortable the whole time and was very clean. I’m so in love with my new tattoo! Christopher was also very thorough with aftercare instructions, which I really appreciated. It is a super cool place and amazing people. I’ll be coming back for sure.

Electric Hand Tattoo

159 Reviews | Rating: 4.9/5 | Address | Website

Available Services:

  • Tattoos
  • Aftercare
  • Walk-ins available
  • Appointments encouraged
  • $100 minimum

Recent Google review: We had a great experience. Justin was so wonderful in connecting us with each tattoo artist who matched our styles. The artists Maddie, Ben, and Matt were so talented and professional.

Island Tattoo

52 Reviews | Rating: 4.9/5 | In Business: 4 years | Address | Website

Started in 2019 by Kirk George and Jay Quarles, Island Tattoo Nashville is a high-end custom tattoo studio.

Most recent Google review: Kirk did an amazing job with my tattoo! He was very responsive and easy to communicate with leading up to our appointment. The shop was comfortable and clean. And most importantly, the art is top-notch. I couldn't be happier with my tattoo. Thanks Kirk!

Available Services:

  • Tattoos
  • No walk-ins and no same-day appointments
  • Bookings are made 1-2 months out
  • $400 minimum

Most recent Google review: Kirk did an amazing job with my tattoo! He was very responsive and easy to communicate with leading up to our appointment. The shop was comfortable and clean. And most importantly, the art is top-notch.

Music City Tattoo

41 Reviews | Rating: 4.9/5 | In Business: 18 years | Address | Website

Opened in 2004 on Music Row in Nashville.

Available Services:

  • Custom tattoos
  • Appointments and walk-ins

Most recent Google review: When you live on the West Coast but meet an awesome guy named Mike and his beautiful wife Laura, you start traveling to Nashville to get tattoos. I've been having Mike tattoo me for the last 5+ years, and each tattoo is amazing. Mike not only has the gift of gab, but he offers a chill, Zen-like environment to just “be” in. Great work, great environment, worth every penny. You won't find a more personalized, professional and friendly tattoo experience in Nashville.

Art Immortal Tattoo

434 Reviews | Rating: 4.8/5 | Address | Website

Two locations are in Portland and Madison, Tennessee.

Available Services:

  • Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Microblading
  • Appointments
  • Walk-ins
  • Aftercare

Most recent Google review: For Christmas, my family went in to get five different tattoos for our family Christmas together. @billy_gale didn’t blink once. He was like, “let’s go!!” All five tattoos were smokin’ hot!! You will not be disappointed with Art Immortal Tattoos!! Ask for Billy Gale!

Titan Tattoo

391 Reviews | Rating: 4.8/5 | In Business: 12 years | Address | Website

Opened in 2010, Titan Tattoo won the Best Tattoo Shops in Nashville award for 2022.

Available Services:

  • Tattoos
  • Piercing

Most recent Google review: My sister and I came in for a tattoo this afternoon as walk-ins. There were others ahead of us, but the front desk personnel were welcoming responsive, and helped ensure our wait was as short as possible. We ended up working with Paul, who did a wonderful job giving us exactly what we asked for at a reasonable price. He was personable and enjoyable to work with. We couldn't be more pleased, and we're incredibly impressed with this Paul and this shop. 10/10 recommend 🙂

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