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We visited the 24 absolute best tattoo shops in Calgary!

We visited the 23 absolute best tattoo shops in Calgary!

Whether you’re an experienced tattoo lover or getting inked for the first time, finding the right tattoo shop is important to guarantee the best possible result for your body art. Luckily for you, we’re here to help make sure your body modification goes right!

We’ve taken a closer look at the top tattoo shops in the city, highlighting what makes these shops stand out. Let’s get started!

How We Chose the Best Tattoo Shops in Calgary

Experience and reputation – The best tattoo shop must have an excellent reputation and have been in business for a long time. We looked for reviews and ratings from previous customers on the shop’s website and social media pages.
Portfolio and style – The best tattoo shop must have an impressive portfolio and a wide range of styles that align with their customers’ vision. It’s preferable if they have prior tattooing experience.
Cleanliness – The best tattoo shop should be able to maintain cleanliness and order. They must be able to use proper sanitation and sterilization procedures, such as disposable needles and single-use ink caps.
Aftercare – The best tattoo shop should provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure that the tattoo heals properly. Their artists must take the time to explain how to care for your tattoo and provide aftercare products.

1. Gypsy Rose – Nina

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STYLES
  • Neo-traditional
  • Floral
  • Portrait
  • Wildlife designs
  • WEBSITEhttp://www.gypsyrosetattoo.com/
    ADDRESS3132 26 St NE #102, Calgary, AB T1Y 6Z1, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS403.275.9844
    OPERATING HOURSMonday - Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Wednesday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

    Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    PRICE$185 per hour
    Specialization: Neo-traditional, floral, portrait, and wildlife design tattoos
    Vegan ink: Yes
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes (free)
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style5/5
    Cleanliness5/5
    Aftercare4/5

    It’s always a great experience to walk into a shop and be greeted with a smile and positive energy, and that’s what you can expect at Gypsy Rose. They offer free consultations, which is a great service to have, especially if you’re still unsure about what you want.

    We have to give a special mention to the owner, Nina, who is an incredible artist expert in neo-traditional, floral, portrait, and wildlife designs. The shop has other artists on staff though, which is good news for clients who want more style options than Nina provides.

    Gypsy Rose also impressed us with their dedication to safety – standard procedures and well-kept tattoo stations. We expect every tattoo enthusiast to be safety-conscious, so it’s reassuring to know that this shop is up to par with cleanliness.

    It’s just that they appear to be focusing more on their piercing services these days. However, their artists’ tattoo versatility is still something to consider, plus the shop has a great vibe overall if you really want a more serious tattoo experience. 

    Pros

    • A large team of tattoo artists
    • Wide range of tattoo style choices
    • Solid tattoo aftercare service
    • Upfront pricing
    • Vegan tattoo ink offered

    Cons

    • Focused more on their piercing services

    Lovely people and atmosphere

    Amazing experience with a professional group. Nina did my tattoo and he absolutely killed it. Lovely people, lovely atmosphere, without a doubt I know where I will be going for my next tattoo. – Andrew

    Professional, had a great experience

    What’s a great way of spending Valentine’s day? Getting tattooed here of course. It was a great experience. They did 3 simple finger tattoos and was very professional, and really easy to talk to. My finger tattoos have such amazingly straight, clean lines which I’m impressed with considering how bony my fingers are – Dominica “Dyno” Witt

    2.  9 Element Tattoo – Jim Tran

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    STYLES
  • Asian
  • Floral
  • Ornamental
  • Anime
  • Mandalas
  • WEBSITEhttps://www.9element.com/
    ADDRESS#41 3131 27th Street NE, Calgary, AB, T1Y 0B3
    CONTACT DETAILS(403)-454-9930

    [email protected]

    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    PRICEMinimum charge: $120
    Specialization: Character-design tattoos
    Sanitized place: Yes
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Payment options: Cash only
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style5/5
    Cleanliness5/5
    Aftercare4/5

    9 Element Tattoo Studio can be a great option if you’re someone who enjoys showcasing their interests through body art. And if you like character-inspired art tattooed on your skin, their tattoo artist, Jim Tran, is a good choice.

    He is the in-house artist who does the character designs for which they’re widely known. No matter how complex the design is– characters from video games, anime, and cartoons – Jim has proven to be a real talent in making designs come alive. 

    Now, another impressive thing about this place is the general feel of their tattoo studio. The ambiance at this shop is also next-level, and we’re not just talking about the cool decor (although that stuff is on point too!). 

    The real standout feature here is how clean and sanitized everything is –  we can actually smell the cleaning agents they use to sanitize the stations. It might seem weird to say, but it really gave us a sense of comfort. 

    Heads up, though: this tattoo shop only accepts cash, which can be inconvenient for other clients. Bring some bills with you when you come through, so you can easily get on with the process after collaborating on your design with the artist.

    Pros

    • Specializes in anime, cartoon, and gaming tattoo designs
    • Accepts small and big tattoo requests
    • Collaborative approach to designs
    • Transferable deposits
    • Has three in-house tattoo artists

    Cons

    • Limited payment options

    Everyone is talented, very gentle

    Every time I come here I have an amazing experience. Everyone is always so nice and welcoming! My tattoo by Jim looks amazing and everyday I get stopped by people asking where I’ve gotten it done. I can’t wait to get more from him, and I’m looking forward to Getting pieces by Connie as well. Everyone here is so talented! Jim is very gentle and very easy to talk to as well which makes the whole experience phenomenal! – Cynthia Yu

    Awesome, great experience

    Had a sessions with Steph, was my first tattoo, she was awesome, walked me through what to expect, explained the aftercare very well. Overall experience was great! – Andy Wah

    3. Studio Phi Tattoo – Dustin Poole

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    STYLES
  • Japanese
  • Art nouveau
  • Blackwork
  • Geometric
  • Classic neo-traditional
  • Americana
  • WEBSITEhttp://www.studiophitattoos.com/
    ADDRESS217 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A4, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS(403) 277-4449
    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    PRICEMinimum charge: $120

    Hourly rate: $180

    Specialization: Artistic and cosmetic tattoos
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style5/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare4/5

    Studio Phi Tattoos is also a top-notch tattoo shop in Calgary that provides a wide range of tattoo styles. With three talented artists, including founder Dustin Poole, they can cater to almost any inking needs, no matter what design you want.

    His skill in black and gray realism as well as neo-traditional designs makes him the most sought-after of the three artists. Though we were disappointed when we learned that he currently doesn’t accept new clients due to safety concerns (the two other artists do).

    Looking closely at their profile, Studio Phi is quite a flexible shop. Aside from traditional tattooing, the shop also specializes in cosmetic tattooing – something we really appreciate because not every tattoo shop provides both services.

    Studio Phi also sells tattoo-themed merchandise, making it a true haven for tattoo enthusiasts in Calgary. Plus, the shop’s ambiance is edgy and energetic, adding to the overall excitement of getting a new tattoo.

    Pros

    • Offers both artistic and cosmetic tattoos
    • Able to do complex and multi-element designs
    • Wide range of tattoo styles and sizes
    • Tattoo-themed merchandise available
    • Excellent in consultations
    • Online appointment booking available 

    Cons

    • Not all artists accepts booking, as of writing

    Clean studio, professional artists

    My experiences a Studio Phi have been great.  The studio is always clean and the artists are absolute professionals.  The studio has a super chill vibe, and all the artists are really nice, definitely no egos here.  They are all very talented. Dustin did a fantastic job tattooing my sleeve.  I would highly recommend visiting the studio. – Jason St. Louis

    Great atmosphere, amazing talent

    Great Experience throughout, great shop, and great atmosphere. Staff is friendly and outgoing. Shop is very clean and creative decor. I have received  a lot of work done by Dustin, I have also known him for many years, he has amazing talent! – Angela Caponigro

    4. Strange World Tattoo

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    STYLES
  • Traditional
  • Portrait
  • WEBSITEhttps://strangeworldtattoo.com/home.html
    ADDRESS403-282-8181 CALGARY, Alberta, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS+1 403-282-8181
    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Specialization: Japanese-designed and wildlife tattoos
    Autoclave and single-use needles: Yes
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes 
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style4/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare5/5

    Strange World Tattoo is yet another great tattoo shop in Calgary that we enjoyed during our personal visits. From the professionalism of the staff to the caliber of the artists, the shop is a real gem in Calgary’s tattoo scene.

    Among their internationally-acclaimed tattoo artists, Paolo seems to stand out for his incredible skill and polite demeanor. Actually, he’s the only one in Strange World to specialize in Japanese-designed tattoos, making him quite popular among patrons. 

    The shop’s dedication to maintaining high standards of sterilization practices is definitely a plus. This level of attention to detail is rare to find, so we feel assured that clients are getting tattooed in a safe and sanitary environment. 

    Additionally, the aftercare support provided by Strange World Tattoo is pretty good, especially with the products provided. Clients receive a tattoo gift bag, which includes everything they need to care for their new tattoos. 

    Pros

    • Award-winning tattoo artists
    • Wide assortment of tattoo styles
    • Provides tattoo care packages
    • Well=sterilized procedures
    • Online appointment available

    Cons

    • Strict cancellation policies
    • Not upfront with prices

    Easy and quick

    I have been here multiple times for a tattoo in the past 5 years, every time I’ve booked it’s been an easy and quick process. – Carmen Szeto

    Healed perfectly, great designs

    Paulo is great! All his designs have came out extremely well and he is definitely a great tattoo artist. His ink sits well in the skin and every piece he has done has healed perfectly. Highly recommend Paulo and Strange World. – Joseph Vinatieri

    5. Fox and the Machine Tattoo – Chris Spence

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    STYLES
  • Realism
  • Floral
  • Blackwork
  • Doted
  • Neo-traditional
  • Black and gray
  • WEBSITEhttps://foxandthemachine.com/
    ADDRESS2030 11 St SE #11, Calgary, AB T2G 3G3, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS(403) 452 8750
    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Specialization: Large tattoo designs, custom tattooing
    Licensed: Certified in bloodborne pathogens training
    Consultation availability: Yes 
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style4/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare5/5

    There are many things that distinguish one tattoo shop from another – for Fox and the Machine Tattoo, it’s how they make clients as comfortable as possible. Even though none of our team members got tattoos there, they made us feel welcome.

    They provide comfort in particular by providing refreshments before each procedure and ensuring that each tattoo station has multimedia options. Little touches like these take the experience to a different level. 

    Certainly, an aftercare package is a great thing to consider, so it’s definitely a plus in our book that they have it. It’s just that they’re not as exceptional in this regard as other studios, although the effort is well appreciated. 

    Perhaps the biggest drawback to this fantastic tattoo shop is its location, which can be challenging to find. So, if it’s your first time with them, make sure to arrive early in case you get lost as we did.

    Pros

    • Wide assortment of tattoo styles
    • Offers signature tattoo styles
    • Multimedia options at each tattoo station
    • Refreshments provided before sessions 
    • Detailed aftercare instructions and care package

    Cons

    • Difficult to find location 
    • Often difficult to schedule an appointment

    Incredibly talented and professional

    Chris Spence completed a custom tattoo for me, was incredibly talented, polite and professional as was everyone else in the shop. I highly recommend Fox for anyone that wants flash or custom and an awesome vibe. – Stacy Meissner

    Surpassed my expectations

    I went in July for a cover up from Chris and he surpassed my expectations! I didn’t have a ton of ideas of my own on what I wanted to cover my existing piece so I let him do his thing and it turned out amazing, cant even tell it’s a cover up. 10/10 would recommend this shop to anyone. – Ashley P

    6.  New Dimension Tattoos – Peel 

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    STYLES
  • Portraits
  • Realism
  • Gray-shade and colored
  • WEBSITEhttp://www.newdimensiontattoos.com/
    ADDRESS808 Edmonton Trail Unit B2, Calgary, AB, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS(403)-719-8099

    [email protected]

    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    PRICEStarts at $90
    Specialization: Custom tattooing, wildlife and floral tattoos
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes (free)
    Design services availability: Yes
    Payment options: Cash, Debit, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express
    Experience and reputation5/5
    Portfolio and style5/5
    Cleanliness3/5
    Aftercare4/5

    New Dimension is a tattoo shop in Calgary owned by Peel, a seasoned tattoo artist with over 30 years of experience. If you ask us, this level of knowledge is enough to earn our trust, although there are other things we liked here.

    One thing that is prominent about the shop is its ability to make tattoos of varying styles and complexity. Whether it’s customized, floral, portrait, realism, or wildlife designs, the shop’s two artists, Peel and Michele, can take the request.

    They have an extensive portfolio of their works available on their website. If it’s the kind of craftsmanship you’re looking for, you can take our word for it that they have great attention to detail – they really have done some of the best tattoos we’ve seen.

    One last thing to note is that the shop has a minimal fee that starts at $90, which is pretty reasonable compared to other shops in the area. And hey, if that still seems like a lot of cash, don’t worry –  they won’t charge you anything for consultations or drawings.

    Pros

    • Over 30 years of experience in the industry
    • Low minimum fees
    • Free consultations and drawings
    • Able to do complex styles
    • Extensive work portfolio
    • Often has promos

    Cons

    • Strict cancellation and rescheduling policies
    • Has minor sanitary issues

    Respects privacy, super friendly

    Really happy with my new tattoo ! I was a bit nervous since it’s been over 10 years since my last tattoo but I was really happy I went here to get another. There’s separate rooms for a bit more privacy and everyone is super friendly . Will be coming back for more ink ! – Brooke

    Great atmosphere

    Love these guys! Friendly and great artists. Ive been getting work done by Peel for over 10 years. I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else because of the atmosphere of the shop! Keep is up guys!!! – Lori Deschanel

    7. Robot House Tattoo – John Roberts

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    STYLES
  • Portraiture
  • Realism
  • New school
  • WEBSITEhttp://robothousetattoo.com/
    ADDRESS1331 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T2, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS [email protected] 
    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Specialization: Portrait tattoos
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Payment options: Cash and credit card
    Experience and reputation5/5
    Portfolio and style4/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare4/5

    If you’re in the market for a custom portrait tattoo, you can go with Robot House Tattoo. From the rave reviews of their satisfied clients, it’s clear that John Roberts and his team have a reputation for stunning, high-quality tattoos.

    Whether you want a tattoo of a loved one, a pet, or even a celebrity, John’s portfolio of portrait tattoos speaks for itself. With numerous accolades and a long list of satisfied clients, it’s pretty easy to find him fantastic to work with.

    Now, due to the popularity of the shop, John only accepts a limited number of requests, so make your appointment well in advance. Challenging as it sounds, for us, this speaks to their meticulous work, which is an important factor to consider.

    While this is a minor drawback, we believe that everything about Robot House Tattoo – the in-depth consultation and exceptional artistry that follows – makes it a worthwhile investment.

    Pros

    • Customized tattoos made by an award-winning artist
    • Specializes in portrait tattoos
    • A collaborative approach to custom tattoos
    • Impressive work portfolio
    • Can book an appointment online

    Cons

    • Currently only accepts a limited number of requests

    Artistic talent, welcoming approach

    I have several tattoos (including two sleeves) by John Roberts and can attest to his artistic talent, welcoming/collaborative approach, and perhaps most importantly, his focus on professionalism and customer service above all- something that is relatively rare in the industry. I would recommend him to anyone in a heartbeat. – Cory Smith

    Great designs

    Amazing experience! Fair prices, great designs and really professional artists (John Roberts was our tattoo artist). – Émilie Boucher

    8. Ambassador Tattoo – Dan Cameron

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    STYLES
  • Realism
  • Floral
  • WEBSITEhttps://www.ambassadortattoo.com/#home
    ADDRESS108-7500 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0L9, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS+1 403-253-9099
    OPERATING HOURSMonday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Specialization: Large tattoo designs, Japanese tattoos
    Licensed: Regulated by Alberta Health Services
    Consultation availability: Yes 
    Payment options: Cash only
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style4/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare4/5

    — Credits to: loveleighmaed | @loveleighmaed93571 on YouTube

    It’s the first time we’ve heard of Ambassador Tattoo, and we have to say, we were thoroughly pleased by their services. Actually, we learned about them through a referral, and it’s easy to see why they have so many returning customers.

    Our first impression of them is highly favorable since they have only been founded recently. Their artists are incredibly talented, the shop itself has a cool, laid-back vibe, and the staff is super friendly and accommodating. 

    They may have a small team of artists (led by Dan Cameron), but they certainly make up for it with their impressive range of tattoo styles and techniques. We were particularly impressed with their realistic drawings (the level of detail and precision was truly amazing!)

    Though we reckon it’s best to note that the place can improve its customer service team, which may be due to their small staff size. Regardless, their scheduling process was extremely flexible, which slightly makes up for any shortcomings.

    Pros

    • Expert in realistic and expressive tattoos
    • Wide range of tattoo styles
    • Specializes in large tattoo designs
    • Features silent tattooing techniques
    • Flexible scheduling
    • Caters to walk-ins
    • Online appointment booking available

    Cons

    • Short staffed 

    Helps with the pain, phenomenal job

    Went in for a tattoo back in September of 2021. Dan did a phenomenal job on the tattoo and was very accommodating with my schedule and even helping with the pain through the use of some effective numbing spray. I’ve highly recommended Dan to friends and family alike and I certainly look forward to returning for my next piece. – Miguel Monroy

    Relaxed atmosphere, incredible artists

    This was my first time at Ambassador. They did an incredible job transforming the space into a relaxed and artistic atmosphere. Stephanie is an incredible artist. We reworked the stencil several times before we were both satisfied with the tattoo placement. Every staff member (and client for that matter) was friendly and cheerful. An afternoon well spent! – Carole Carby

    9. Hoi Tattoo

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    STYLESCosmetic tattoos
    WEBSITEhttps://hoitattoo.com/
    ADDRESS607 Confluence Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1C3, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS403 813 8083

    [email protected]

    OPERATING HOURSMonday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Specialization: Cosmetic tattoos
    Licensed: Bloodborne pathogens certified and Alberta Health Services approved
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: No
    Payment options: Cash and credit card
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style4/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare4/5

    We understand that not all Calgarians visit tattoo parlors to get inked with wild and imaginative tattoos – some seek out cosmetic tattoos too. For that, here comes Hoi Tattoo, which specializes particularly in scalp and brow tattooing.

    The shop offers both nano and henna brows, so clients can expect perfectly shaped brows that last. Having the opportunity to see them work, we can vouch for how impressive their attention to detail is when it comes to eyebrow tattoos.

    Additionally, we learned (from our on-site interviews) that Hoi Tattoo provides cosmetic tattoo training to those who are interested. It’s great to see a company that is dedicated to helping others and sharing its knowledge, so we give them points for that.

    Unfortunately, with Hoi Tattoo being solely a permanent makeup place, this means that they don’t offer any colored art designs. If you’re looking for something more creative, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

    Pros

    • Permanent makeup for the eyebrow, scalp, lashes, and lips
    • Specializes in eyebrow tattoo
    • Offers cosmetic tattoo training sessions
    • Team of skilled cosmetic artists
    • Appointment booking online

    Cons

    • Limited to cosmetic tattooing
    • Not available on weekend

    Masters permanent makeup

    Hoi is a super master artist when it comes to permanent makeup. I cannot thank Hoi enough for giving me the best eyebrow permanent makeup service, for being so gentle and caring and for taking such good care of me throughout the entire service. My eyebrows look amazing after I received her permanent makeup services and I am in awe of how beautiful my eyebrows turned out. If you’re looking for permanent makeup in Calgary, look no further. Hoi Tattoo is your go-to! – Oana Novac

    Right artist, went above expectations

    Hoi did my luxury nano brows at Hoi Tattoo and I absolutely love them!! I have wanted to have my eyebrows microbladed for so long but was hesitant because I wanted to be sure I found the right artist. Hoi is so amazing and also the kindest person! She really listened to what I was wanting to achieve and she went above my expectations! I highly recommend going to Hoi Tattoo they take microblading to the next level. – Kelsey Pringle

    10. An Tattoo Inc. – Chiwon An

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    STYLES
  • Realism
  • Black and gray
  • WEBSITEhttps://www.antattoo.net/
    ADDRESS102 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 5N7, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS+1 403-474-5357
    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Specialization: Asian-design tattoos
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style5/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare3/5

    An Tattoo is among our favorites when it comes to stylistic specialties. This studio is well-known for black and gray designs as well as Asian designs, making it a great place to get an eye-catching and realistic effect tattoo.

    One of the main reasons people visit the shop is the owner, Chiwon An. He’s renowned for his outstanding talent and attention to detail, and looking closely at his portfolio, he’s definitely worth checking out.

    They give priority to projects that are open to design ideas or match their style preferences, which we find to be an interesting approach. It definitely ensures that the final tattoo design is not only visually appealing but also uniquely tailored to the client’s preferences.

    However, it’s worth noting that An Tattoo has age restrictions in place – they only accept limited tattoo requests and ink for customers who are at least 20 years old. So, make sure to plan accordingly if you’re interested in getting a tattoo from them.

    Pros

    • Specializes in realism and black and gray designs
    • Heavy influence from Asian art
    • Has three in-house tattoo artists 
    • In-person consultations

    Cons

    • Open for clients at least 20 years old only
    • Accept limited tattoo request

    Best tattoo experience

    Got a portrait of my daughter by Chiwon An & I couldn’t be happier. Great shop & all The artists are amazing. Everyone was so nice and the whole experience was very comfortable. Best tattoo experience I’ve ever had. I hope to get more work from Chiwon again in the future. A+ all around. – Paolo Josue

    Better than I imagined

    Awesome experience with Chiwon. His selection of pieces on my sleeve were great and it turned out better than I imagined. Very impressed. – Justin Bekker

    11. Human Kanvas Sunridge – Chris Stout

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    STYLES
  • Traditional
  • Realism
  • New school,
  • Neo-traditional
  • Blackwork,
  • Illustrative,
  • Geometric
  • WEBSITEhttps://humankanvas.com/
    ADDRESS2555 32 St NE #323, Calgary, AB T1Y 7J6, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS403.291.4295
    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Sunday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    PRICEHourly rate: $160-$200
    Specialization: Tribal and geometric designs
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style5/5
    Cleanliness3/5
    Aftercare4/5

    Next on our list is Human Kanvas, which we loved for its wide availability. With multiple locations throughout the city, this tattoo shop is an excellent option for a quick tattoo fix.

    They accept group bookings, by the way. So basically, they’re your best option if you want to get tattooed with friends – something you might want to do if you’re celebrating a milestone or simply want to get matching art.

    Speaking of artists, we had the pleasure of seeing Chris Stout work in person, and we can attest to her mastery of tribal and geometric designs. If you want, you can check out her gram and see for sample tattoos for yourself.

    Unfortunately, all of these advantages come at a price, as their hourly rates and even deposits are on the pricey side. There is good news for clients getting a minimal tattoo, though, as Human Kanvas will charge you a minimum fee. 

    Pros

    • Has various locations in Calgary
    • A large team of tattoo artists
    • Accepts group bookings
    • Accommodates walk-ins
    • Minimum fee for minimal tattoos
    • Freedom to choose artists

    Cons

    • On the pricey side
    • Additional fee for disposable tools
    • Strict cancellation policies

    Very personable, made me feel comfortable

    Big shoutout to Chris Stout at Human Kanvas Sunridge location.  It was my very first tattoo and right from the first moment I meet Chris it was an amazing experience. She made me feel very comfortable and asked all the right questions. I found her to be very personable and inspiring, she knew how to put my thoughts and ideas into a design. – K Kinger

    Welcoming and bright

    Clean shop. All female tattooers & pierces running the place right now. Welcoming and bright. Katie was awesome to hang out and chat with for a few hours and she left some GORGEOUS art on my skin. No complaints. Will definitely return. – Kerri

    12.  Calibre Tattoo – Tea Phan

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    STYLES
  • Floral
  • Ornamental
  • Unique pieces
  • WEBSITEhttps://calibretattoo.myonlineappointment.com/
    ADDRESS454 14 ST NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z7
    CONTACT DETAILS(587)896-8799
    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Specialization: Bright and high-contrast colored tattoos
    Biodegradable disposables: Yes
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Payment options: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Amex, PayPal
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style5/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare3/5

    Calibre Tattoo’s Tea Phan is a good choice for those seeking vibrant, contrasting colors in their tattoos. With a focus on floral and ornamental designs, she’s widely known for expertly enhancing and highlighting various body parts with her artistic talents.

    Tea’s commitment to safety is just as impressive as her expertise, which is one of the many reasons we recommend the shop. She uses disposable tools and high-quality materials to ensure both safety and satisfying results.

    Now, it’s obvious that their sole artist is undoubtedly skilled. But her limited availability is a common source of frustration shared by both their clients and our team, particularly for customers seeking more flexible scheduling options.

    Fortunately, the shop’s free virtual consultations provide a somewhat convenient solution, allowing clients to discuss their tattoo ideas from the comfort of their own homes. Although it’s not a complete solution, it does make the entire process more accessible and stress-free.

    Pros

    • Specializes in high-contrast colored tattoos
    • Free virtual consultations
    • High standards of safety 
    • Multimedia entertainment available during tattooing
    • Can be booked online

    Cons

    • By appointment only 
    • One tattoo artist only

    Made me feel comfortable

    I loooove my new tattoo, it’s exactly what I wanted and I’ve gotten plenty of compliments from friends already! Tea made me feel comfortable during the process, and she even let me eat first before getting tattooed. I highly recommend her if you’re looking for a tattoo artist who’s very talented, kind and easy going! – Camila

    The best, highly recommended

    Amazing experience as usual with Tea! I just had my fifth tattoo with her and I recommend to others and plan to go back again! She’s the best! – Alexis Lum

    13. Addictive Ink Tattoo and Piercing – Colin Ditchfield

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  • Black and gray horror
  • Realism
  • Portrait and animal
  • Neo-traditional
  • Dot work
  • WEBSITEhttps://addictiveinktattoos.com/
    ADDRESS117 Main St N, Airdrie, AB T4B 0R3, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS403 948 5518

    [email protected]

    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Specialization: Black and gray, colored tattoos
    Licensed: Regulated by Alberta Health Services
    Consultation availability: Yes (free)
    Design services availability: Yes
    Payment options: Cash, Debit, Visa, Mastercard
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style5/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare3/5

    Addictive Ink has a talented team of seven tattoo artists who are capable of providing a wide range of options for your tattoo – that is, if you don’t have any other style in mind yet.

    Their artists have extensive experience in both black and gray and colored tattoos and have a keen eye for shading, contrast, and color blending. To help you visualize, this often results in stunning and vibrant tattoo pieces.

    They do, however, specialize in customizing and designing intricate tattoos.

    As mentioned, they can be a good option if you’re undecided about your tattoo design. They can provide you with expert advice and suggestions to help you find the best option that suits your personality and style. 

    The shop’s owner, Colin, who has honed his craft to become proficient in all tattoo styles (from traditional to modern designs), stood out to us. We strongly advise booking an appointment with Colin if this is your first time.

    Pros

    • Has seven in-house tattoo artists
    • Specializes in both black and gray and colored tattoos
    • Provides expert advice on tattoo designs
    • Wide and large studio
    • Complimentary consultations

    Cons

    • Located outside the city

    Incredibly welcoming

    Colin has done all my tattoos for years, and I don’t have enough words to say how amazing he is as a person as well as a amazing artist, he took my vision and turned it into a reality, the entire Addictive ink staff had always been incredibly welcoming and I always have a amazing experience whenever I step foot inside the studio. 110% will recommend Addictive ink to anyone that asks – Paige Lum

    Talented and professional

    Fantastic tattoo shop! I have spent approximately 43 hours under the needle here and love my sleeve. The staff are incredibly talented and professional. Overall this is an incredibly clean, safe, and well run business. – Nathan Willms

    14. Inktender Studio – Josh Lamoureux

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    STYLES
  • Biomech
  • Illustrative
  • Realism
  • WEBSITEhttps://www.inktender.com/
    ADDRESS1802 1 St NW #202, Calgary, AB T2M 2T2, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS403.971.6699

    [email protected]

    OPERATING HOURSMonday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Specialization: Large scale tattoos
    Sanitized private rooms: Yes
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes 
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style4/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare4/5

    Despite being a relatively new tattoo shop in Calgary, Inktender Studio boasts experienced tattoo artists, including its owner, Josh. As such, we find that they can match the quality of other established tattoo shops that specialize in similar designs. 

    The shop is renowned for its expertise in creating large-scale tattoos. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that Inktender Studio also does tattoos of all sizes, maintaining its reputation for intricate and polished detailing.

    Now, we understand the value of a personalized tattooing experience with a clean, private space and entertainment options and this shop provides just that. The private rooms are well-sanitized and cleaned thoroughly after every session. 

    It’s pretty obvious that Inktender is a private tattoo studio, which can be a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a more exclusive and luxurious tattooing experience. They operate exclusively by appointment to keep this level of service. 

    Pros

    • Specializes in large-scale tattoos
    • Accepts any size of tattoo request
    • Luxury private rooms
    • Music and movie entertainment during the tattoo session

    Cons

    • Bookings by appointment only

    Super professional, did an amazing job

    Josh did an amazing job on my sleeve. He turned my super simple idea into a really cool Mucha inspired art piece. Besides the tattoo itself, Josh is super professional, the studio is very clean, and the location is easy to get to. – Rebecca Hrushka

    Passionate and creative

    Josh is a fantastic character! Fun to talk to, always has a positive attitude. Super skillful, passionate and creative.  I got a full sleeve and half chest piece done by him. It was my first tattoo ever and I always left every session with a smile on my face! When I’m ready for another tattoo, I will be back. I do recommend Josh to anyone looking to get any work done! – Jordan Worobec

    15. Foxy Ink Tattoo Studio

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    STYLESCustomized designs
    WEBSITEhttps://foxy.ink/
    ADDRESSCalgary, AB, Canada T2S 2X9
    CONTACT DETAILS587.323.FOXY

    [email protected]

    OPERATING HOURSMonday - Friday: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Saturday: 10:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Sunday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Specialization: Custom tattooing
    Licensed: Licenced by the City of Calgary, Alberta Health Services approved
    Consultation availability: Yes (free)
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation3/5
    Portfolio and style4/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare5/5

    The amount of praise for Foxy Ink’s aftercare support is exceptional, earning them a solid local reputation. We commend the level of care and attention they give to clients –  from the moment they enter the shop until the aftercare process is completed.

    When you consider them, one thing is certain – you’ll receive comprehensive aftercare instructions. On top of that, they provide aftercare products, such as high-quality healing balms and moisturizers, to help keep their tattoos healthy and looking their best.

    The fact that they only have one artist in-house is perhaps their biggest drawback. If there’s one thing we always look for in these reviews, it’s the availability of the shop to accommodate many clients (aside from the range of tattoos, of course).

    The thing that makes up for it is that Foxy Ink is open every day, giving clients the benefit of flexible scheduling. They’re even open until 9:00 PM. most days, which is a major boon for clients with hectic schedules.

    Pros

    • Superior aftercare support
    • Consultations available
    • Open 7 days a week
    • Pleasant and hospitable experience
    • Online booking available

    Cons

    • Has only one tattoo artist
    • Sessions need to be scheduled beforehand

    Amazing tattoo customization

    Yana is an amazing tattoo artist. I wanted something custom that reflected both my parents. I talked with her about my ideas and what I was looking for and she created a beautiful work of art that captured exactly what I was looking for. A Scottish thistle with 4 left clovers. I would highly recommend her and hope to get another one done again in the future. – Shannon Kornylo

    Great attention to detail

    Yana was very friendly and being a newer artist she was careful with design and paid great attention to detail! She got myself, my mom and my aunt in on a few days notice after another long time local artist shut down his practice with no notice. I was so appreciative and we are all very happy with her work, I would definitely come back for more and recommend her to anyone looking for good quality work! – jessica Vossler

    16. Anthony Ashman Tattoos

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    STYLES
  • Traditional
  • Realism
  • WEBSITEhttps://anthonyashmantattoos.com/
    ADDRESS1800 4 St SW #120, Calgary, AB T2S 2S5, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS+1 587-435-5081
    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Specialization: Big and bold pieces
    Safety procedures: Yes
    Licensed: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style5/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare3/5

    If you’re into large and striking tattoos, we highly recommend checking out Anthony Ashman’s portfolio. He has been tattooing for eight years and has a broad range of styles to fit diverse stylistic preferences. 

    We particularly admire his vibrant and stylish approach to tattooing. His exceptional use of color makes his larger tattoos pop, and he’s proficient in everything from realistic portraits to bold Americana-style designs.

    However, it’s essential to note that he doesn’t specialize in minimalistic tattoos, and even his smallest pieces are usually substantial. If you prefer more subtle or smaller tattoos, you might want to explore other artists.

    Additionally, Ashman doesn’t accept walk-in clients, so be sure to schedule an appointment ahead of time if you’re interested in working with him.

    Pros

    • Eight years of experience
    • Specializes in large and expressive tattoos
    • Proficiency in intricate and multi-faceted designs

    Cons

    • By appointment only
    • Website is not available, as of writing

    17. Eternal Image Tattoo – John Boletta and Scott Veldhoen

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    STYLESBold blacks and grays tattoo designs
    WEBSITEhttp://www.eternalimage.ca/
    ADDRESS1209 10 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0W6, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS403.228.3958

    [email protected]

    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Specialization: Traditional and contemporary tattoo designs
    Safety procedures: Yes
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: No
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation5/5
    Portfolio and style4/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare3/5

    Whether you’re into traditional or contemporary tattoo designs, Eternal Image can create a unique piece of art. It’s all thanks to their two full-time artists, Scott Veldhoen and John Boletta, who are both masters of their respective genres.

    Besides the range of tattoo designs, we also lived the kind of customer service they have. Their clients mentioned (during our talks) that Scott and John go out of their way to ensure that they’re comfortable during the tattooing process, so that’s a check in our book.

    We especially appreciate the way they offer suggestions to enhance the final product, which showcases Eternal’s commitment to providing a good experience for their clients. This, to us, is an essential characteristic of a top-tier tattoo shop. 

    The only downside we noticed is that the shop can be slow in accommodating customers since they only have two artists. However, we’re confident that the quality of their work and the attention to detail they give to each client make any waiting well worth it.

    Pros

    • A collaborative approach to designing tattoos
    • Comfortable tattooing process
    • Lighthanded tattooing
    • Specializes in realism and new school designs
    • Accepts any tattoo size request

    Cons

    • Takes around 3-5 days in responding to accommodation inquiries

    So patient, very caring

    I got my first tatoo done from John.As i entered the shop i was hell kind of nervous but as soon as i started talking to John all my anxiety and nervousness vanished.He was so pateint with me throughout the decision of my placement.He was a very caring guy.I would definately definately recommend going to him. – The Little Healer

    Goes the extra mile

    This was my 3rd visit to see Scott – and it was just as great as the first. Scott goes the extra mile to ensure the work looks it’s best, and that you are comfortable through the entire session. – unknown

    18. Boss Tattoos

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    STYLES
  • Realism
  • Geometric
  • Americana
  • Blackwork
  • Floral
  • Portraiture
  • WEBSITEhttps://www.bosstattoos.com/
    ADDRESS

    8 Parkdale Crescent NW #202, Calgary, AB T2N 3T8, Canada


    1301 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 3P9, Canada


    1331 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T2, Canada


    4515 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2G 0A5, Canada

    CONTACT DETAILS825 561 BOSS (2677)
    OPERATING HOURSVaries by location
    Specialization: Colorful tattoos
    Licensed: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Payment options: Varies by location
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style4/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare4/5

    Boss Tattoos is another go-to spot for anyone in Calgary looking to get some new ink. With four locations throughout the city, clients can always expect someone from their team to assist them in bringing their tattoo design to life.

    They have quite a reputation, which is obviously due to their talented artists, each with their own distinct style and approach to tattooing. Having witnessed them in action, we can say that they stand out the most when it comes to colorful tattoos.

    Speaking with their customers, it’s clear that Boss Tattoos is a top choice for those looking for a unique and eye-catching tattoo. We’ll never forget how they can’t stop raving about their ability to create bold and vibrant colors, and that’s what makes the shop memorable in our minds.

    One thing to note is that each artist at Boss Tattoos has their very own individual tattoo business – it’s possible that their attention may occasionally slip between the shop’s clients and their own. However, this is a small price to pay for the creativity of the tattoos that they produce. 

    Pros

    • Four locations all over Calgary
    • Numerous artists per location
    • Expert in delivering colorful tattoos
    • Accept walk-ins

    Cons

    • Irregular scheduling at times

    Beyond professional as always

    Finally able to finish my leg tattoo with uv reactive ink. My artist friend was beyond professional as always. Many known artists work out of this location and even though I’m nearly out of space on my body for tattoos I will be returning to add more tattoos to my collection. – Roger Walker

    Super chill, absolute magic

    Great shop, phenomenal experience full of very talented artists. Got a  portrait done on my chest by Saga Anderson,  professional, informative and super chill. This artist isn’t just good he is absolute Magic, I couldn’t be happier with my tattoo, would recommend him hands down for anyone looking for a realism tattoo. – Phillip Gibson

    19. Cinnamon Girl – Amy

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    Minimalist

    Cosmetic and paramedical tattooing

    WEBSITEhttps://cinnamongirlclinic.ca/
    ADDRESS4616 Valiant Dr NW #208, Calgary, AB T3A 0X9, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS+1 403-288-2769
    OPERATING HOURSMonday - Friday: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    PRICETiny tattoos: $100 - $150
    Specialization: Tiny tattoos, cosmetic tattoos
    Safety procedures: Yes
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation5/5
    Portfolio and style3/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare3/5

    If you want a tiny tattoo that reflects your unique personality, Cinnamon Girls has got you covered. Modern tattoo technology allows for the creation of tiny tats, and they’re certainly prepared to provide such a service.

    We initially thought this didn’t require any consultations (considering the size) but they do, further demonstrating a high level of client care. They even offer free quotes for those who just want to know how much a tattoo will set them back 

    Their talented tattoo artist, Amy, does all the magic, and looking at the sample designs, she does simple yet sophisticated designs. Her expertise in tiny tattoos is top-class, truly makes for a perfect permanent accessory.

    Lastly, you should know that Cinnamon Girl is also a clinic offering cosmetic tattooing and is actually one of the go-to clinics in Calgary for permanent makeup like eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip tattoos. Such works are costly treatments, and getting it from them is no exception.

    Pros

    • Specializes in tiny tattoos
    • Sample designs available online
    • Collaborative approach with the clients
    • Free online consultation and quotation available
    • Experts on cosmetic tattooing

    Cons

    • Limited to tiny tattooing and cosmetic tattooing
    • A bit pricey

    Seamless experience, so fun

    Great service and staff. Got my first tattoo here and my artist, AMY took extra care to explain each step. She made the whole experience seamless and enjoyable and answering all my questions. AMY is so fun and bubbly and makes you feel like a friend more than a client. – Mariza Oanes

    Could not be more thrilled

    I love this place! Everyone is friendly and professional and I always leave feeling well cared for.

    Recently, I saw Amy and I could not be more thrilled with the small tattoos she gave me! I have had so many compliments on them. – Teresa Marks

    20. Skull and Lotus Tattoo 

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    STYLES
  • Black and gray
  • Realism
  • Cartoon
  • WEBSITEhttps://www.skullandlotustattoo.com/
    ADDRESS6029 Centre St S, Calgary, AB T2H 0C2, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS+1 403-255-5359

    [email protected]

    OPERATING HOURSWednesday - Saturday: 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM

    Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    PRICE$150-$180
    Specialization: Simple outlines
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style3/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare4/5

    Location-wise, getting a tattoo at Skull and Lotus Tattoo checks the box. It’s conveniently located near Chinook Mall, so you can easily combine your tattoo appointment with other errands within the area,

    If, for some reason, the shop’s location is still inconvenient for you, their tattoo artists are always creating new designs and showcasing them online. Claiming your desired design and securing an appointment is a breeze too – simply place a deposit and wait for them to get in touch.

    It’s best to note though that their designs are known for their simplicity, so bold designs may be less common. Unless you specify otherwise, their artists can still cater to whatever design style you prefer.

    Now, despite the fact that their range of designs may be somewhat limited, the overwhelming majority of their customers have praised the neat yet elegant tattoos they consistently deliver. We, obviously, see this as a point of strength for Skull and Lotus Tattoo.

    Pros

    • Simple yet neat and elegant tattoo designs
    • Conveniently located near Chinook Mall
    • Designs available for grabs online
    • Able to accommodate any kind of tattoo designs
    • Artistic merchandise for sale

    Cons

    • Currently not accepting walk-ins

    Perfect, amazing job

    Sherry did my tattoo and helped get the design I wanted.  It is perfect, she did an amazing job and it was only an hour.  She was friendly and very in tune with what I was asking for.  She made sure I was happy from beginning to end.  I can ot rave enough about her and would recommend her to anyone I know. – Sherilynn Seftel

    Worth every penny

    Skull and Lotus has become my go to spot for tattoos. I live out of town but the quality of work, the friendliness and the professionalism make it worth the drive and worth every penny.  From the first time I walked in I was immediately greeted and felt very welcome. My experiences and interactions with everyone here have been so positive it makes the process super easy. – Ramone Davie

    21. Atticus Tattoo

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    STYLES
  • Japanese
  • Americana
  • realism
  • Black and gray
  • Old school
  • Neo-traditional
  • Sacred geometry
  • Dharma
  • WEBSITEhttps://atticustattoo.com/
    ADDRESS618 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0B6, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS(403) 719-6661

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    OPERATING HOURSMonday - Sunday: 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Specialization: Americana and Japanese designs, small tattoos
    Sanitized place: Yes
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style4/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare3/5

    Atticus Tattoo is a top-notch tattoo shop that cares about its clients. With a friendly and welcoming reception staff, flexible scheduling options, and a clean and hygienic environment, they surely deliver comfort and satisfaction. 

    For us, what sets them apart is their free 30-minute consultations and drawings, providing their clients with a great way to get started on their custom tattoos. Plus, it’s really nice that they have private studio rooms for those who want an exclusive experience.

    Their operating hours are also a huge plus, with their shop open every day until late at night. This level of flexibility is rare in the city and shows their commitment to their clients’ needs – even walk-in clients will be accommodated!

    While it’s no secret that Atticus Tattoo offers some great services, we’ve also come across some complaints about long wait times and sudden appointment changes. Unfortunately, some previous clients have expressed discontent with the shop’s accountability.

    Pros

    • Free 30-minute drawings and consultations
    • Wide range of tattoo styles
    • A large team of tattoo artists
    • Flexible scheduling
    • Accepts walk-ins
    • Tattoo removal services available

    Cons

    • Few complaints about long wait times and unexpected rescheduling
    • Poor aftercare support

    Quick and pain-free

    Timmy is a Rockstar! So quick and pain free! I am super happy with the service from booking my appointment online to finishing it by phone. The actual art work was exactly as planned. – Pamela Malec

    Very clean, helpful staff

    I’ve been to Atticus Tattoo twice now and have gotten 3 tattoos. Every single time I have not been disappointed. The shop was very clean, staff was super helpful and assisted me with any questions I had when it came to my first tattoo. – Madison Byrt

    22. Kensho Tattoo – Rick “Horioka”

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  • Japanese
  • Americana
  • Blackwork
  • WEBSITEhttps://www.kenshotattoo.com/
    ADDRESS#202 320 10th. st. N.W. Calgary Alberta
    CONTACT DETAILS(403)454-9500

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    OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Specialization: Japanese tattoos
    Licensed: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Payment options: Cash, Visa or MasterCard
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style3/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare3/5

    We absolutely love it when a tattoo shop has a unique specialty, and Kensho Tattoo certainly fits the bill. This shop is renowned for its expertise in Japanese tattoo designs, led by its owner Rick “Horioka,” who has honed his craft with the legendary Kisaragi in Japan. 

    But that’s not all – the shop also has a diverse team of artists who can work in Americana and blackwork styles. No matter what kind of tattoo design you’re after, they’re ready and willing to take on the challenge, no matter how big or small.

    Now, despite the intricate nature of Japanese tattoos, we’re pleased to know that their artists are still adept at black and gray designs. But perhaps the most surprising feedback we heard was about their fast tattooing without ever sacrificing quality.

    Comparing our team’s notes, it’s impossible to overlook Kensho’s ambiance and comforting environment. We are certain this greatly contributes to helping ease any nerves before getting inked, especially for first-timers.

    Pros

    • Specializes in Japanese tattoos
    • Solid team of tattoo artists 
    • Accepts all sizes of requests
    • Fast tattooing
    • Accommodates walk-ins

    Cons

    • Relatively limited tattoo styles

    Patient, overall an awesome experience

    I finally decided to get my first tattoo as a birthday gift to myself and I am very glad I came across Kensho Tattoo Company. I met Rick who was super friendly and patient and worked with Chad who was available sooner and just as friendly and patient. Really like? No – actually love my tattoo, it makes me happy so much that I am looking forward to my next one! Thank you Chad for all your help and making my first tattoo an awesome experience and thank you Rick for your confidence in him. Amazing! – kr y

    The shop is vibing

    Had work done by Chad and Rick on separate occasions and I was pleased on all my visits. The vibe at this shop is giving…. – Ifémi Onyinyechi Aygekym

    23. Leaves with Ink

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    STYLES
  • Black and gray
  • Realism
  • Japanese
  • Floral
  • WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/Leaveswithink/
    ADDRESS815 1 St SW #402, Calgary, AB T2P 1N3, Canada
    CONTACT DETAILS+1 587-215-9008

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    OPERATING HOURSOpen 24 hours
    Specialization: Monochrome designs
    Safety procedures: Yes
    Consultation availability: Yes
    Design services availability: Yes
    Payment options: Cash only
    Experience and reputation4/5
    Portfolio and style3/5
    Cleanliness4/5
    Aftercare3/5

    Leaves with Ink has built a reputation for providing exceptional and efficient tattoo services without compromising on quality. Their skilled and professional tattoo artists have a keen eye for detail and work quickly to deliver stunning results. 

    This shop warmly welcomes both first-time tattoo customers and those seeking to cover up old tattoos, regardless of the complexity of their design ideas. Though they are particularly experts in monochrome tattoo designs – not to mention customization options too. 

    The thing is that Leaves with Ink are limited to black and gray tattoo designs, which we surely find quite a turnoff. However, this didn’t stop many Calgarians from seeking out the shop for its intricacy and artistry in monochrome designs, at which they are exceptional.

    While the shop’s small staff size disappointed us, their flexible scheduling made up for it. If you find it difficult to schedule tattoo sessions around your hectic schedule, Leaves with Ink is open 24 hours a day and is one call away.

    Pros

    • Specializes in monochrome designs
    • Accepts revamp and cover-up requests
    • Efficient tattoo services
    • Flexible scheduling
    • Welcomes first-time tattoo customers

    Cons

    • Limited to black and gray tattoo designs

    Beautiful work of art

    Leaves is easy going, very honest and creative guy. I walked in with a list of things I wanted incorporated into my first tattoo and no real direction on how it was to be done. 2 other artists turned me down but after a 20 minute sit down with Leaves, all he said was “Give me 3 days” haha. Now I have this beautiful work of art I will cherish. (photo is of tattoo still in the works)—Cody Corkin

    Adds amazing textures

    Was in town for a funeral – NEEDED my first ink (in memoriam) and to get it while I was “home”. With short notice, Leaves slipped me in before my flight out. And delivered the perfect tat. Started with an internet vision, and he modified per desires and added amazing texture. Good guy, good talent. Everything I could ask for of the experience. Thanks a ton, Leaves! I’ll never forget my first. ;)—Blake Watters

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