3 Best Tattoo Shops in Chicago 2018

If you’ve come here then you are most likely looking to get your first tattoo. Most of the time, people who already have tattoos will always go to the same tattoo artist unless they had a terrible experience.

Finding the right tattoo shop in Chicago can be a daunting task. There are tattoo parlors in just about every corner, so its hard to single it down to one. We have a great list here based on referrals and online reviews to help you choose one that will fit your needs.

However, it is important to discuss one thing before you continue to read through our list. You must look through the artists portfolio to make sure that they fit the certain style you are looking for. Each tattoo artist is unique in their own way. Some specialize in certain art and just because they have a wonderful portfolio doesn’t mean they will do a good job for what you are looking for. Without further a due, here are the top 3 tattoo shops in Chicago, Illinois

Tattoo Candy

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Originally in Indiana, this tiny shop located on Pulaski Rd is relatively new to the scene, but has climbed up the ranks due to their 5 star rating on yelp and affordable prices. Not to mention, their work is one of a kind and truly amazingĀ  If you just browse through their portfolio, their team of 5 artists have styles ranging from contemporary to have traditional art “with a twist of realism.” They also offer a promo for every $100 you spend, they will award a $20 certificate to your next piece! This is a great way to save up especially if you plan on having multiple tattoos done. They also have a $20 off special if you spend $100 on more on tattoos on piercing, and it does currently stack with their ongoing promotion. You can’t go wrong with Tattoo Candy, and if you’re looking for quality work at reasonable pricing, make sure to check these guys out.

Visit Tattoo Candy at 3460 N. Pulaski Rd. You can call them at (773) 283-8880.

Goodkind Tattoo

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Rob Goodkind is a well known tattoo artist in the area. From reading online, you can tell that his shop means everything to him, and providing an experience like no other is something that he strives to do. With a whopping 90+ 5 star reviews, how could we leave Goodkind Tattoo off of this list? His shop has been one of the go-to’s as they have three dedicated artists that offer 3 very different styles. So no matter what kind of tattoo you’re looking to get, they will have someone available that can do that for you. Additionally, Rob is always inviting other talented tattoo artists as “guest artists” to his shop. This provides even more options for you if you’re looking for a truly unique ink.

Visit Goodkind Tattoo at 3056 N. Clybourne ave. Unit CS, Chicago, IL 60618. They accept walk-ins, but if you have any questions, you can call them at (773) 857-0609.


9 Mag Tattoo

While many might be surprised to see 9 Mag Tattoo on this list, but let me start off by saying that this tattoo shop has over 100 reviews on Google, the most out of any other shop in the Chicagoland area. Let that sink in for a second! It is a black owned shop and owner Ryan Henry has been perfecting his craft since 2009.

On top of that, they are true professionals. That’s the first thing that comes in mind when we talk about 9 Mag Tattoo. While many tattoo parlors offer a friendly and inviting culture, which 9 Mag still does, but they are also true professionals and want to make sure that the whole process of getting a tattoo is streamlined. Their artists and staff work closely with you and discuss all options and create the sketch of what you want and will go over that sketch multiple times so that you are 100% satisfied and happy. As one user said “their tattoos are bomb.”

Visit 9 Mag Tattoo at 2150 S Canalport Ave, Chicago, IL 60608. Their contact number is (773) 999-5696.

You truly cannot go wrong with any one of these parlors on the list. They are among the best. Do your research on these and see which one you prefer! Have one that you think should be on this list? Email us!