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Best Tattoo Studio

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Live Free Tattoo (Featured)

Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Only You Tattoo (Featured)

Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
SparrowHawk Studio (Featured)

Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Only You Tattoo (Featured)

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Only You Tattoo (Featured)
photo by: Lindsey Max

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Only You Tattoo (Featured)

Best in tattoo shops: All-around BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Only You Tattoo (Featured)

Best in tattoo shops: Local tat incubator BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
West End Tattoo

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Only You Tattoo (Featured)

Best in tattoo shops: Private tattoo experience BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Southern Star Tattoo - Little Five Points

Best in tattoo shops: New modern style tattoo shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
City of Ink

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Southern Star Tattoo - Little Five Points

Best tattoo studio to spark a cultural renaissance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
City of Ink
Art isn't just skin deep at Castleberry Hill's City of Ink. The six-year-old tattoo and art gallery remains a hub for the city's urban arts, culture, and indie hip-hop scenes. With a staff that consists of such well-known influencers as Greedmont Park co-founder and one-half of local rap duo Mach 5,more...
Art isn't just skin deep at Castleberry Hill's City of Ink. The six-year-old tattoo and art gallery remains a hub for the city's urban arts, culture, and indie hip-hop scenes. With a staff that consists of such well-known influencers as Greedmont Park co-founder and one-half of local rap duo Mach 5, Corey Davis; locally celebrated acrylic painter Paper Frank; and 2013 "Best Ink" reality-show alum Melvin Todd; the shop is one of Atlanta's most high profile. The artists on staff take their custom-designed work seriously and have nurtured a cultured customer base as a result. People travel from across the country, and sometimes internationally, to get tatted up. It's all part of the vision put into play by co-founder Miya Bailey, who last year independently released his film Color Outside the Lines, about the 20-year legacy of black tattoo artists. Judging from the look of things, the next two decades should have City of Ink's imprint all over them. less...

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Memorial Tattoo - East Atlanta/Ormewood Park (Permanently Closed)

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
13 Roses Tattoo Parlor (Permanently Closed)

Best tattoos for all colors of people BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
City of Ink

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Only You Tattoo (Featured)
A shitty haircut will eventually grow out, and an embarrassing sweater will, with the help of a good friend, find its way to the nearest Goodwill. But tattoos are (pretty much) forever. And if you have some poorly executed scribble-scrabble permanently marring your flesh, forever is going to feel likemore...
A shitty haircut will eventually grow out, and an embarrassing sweater will, with the help of a good friend, find its way to the nearest Goodwill. But tattoos are (pretty much) forever. And if you have some poorly executed scribble-scrabble permanently marring your flesh, forever is going to feel like FOR-EV-ER. No threat of that at Grant Park's ONLY YOU TATTOO. Founded by Matt Greenhalgh and Danielle Distefano in early 2009, Only You's artists are adept at everything from American traditional to Japanese-style to lifelike portraits. You can even vet the artists' portfolios on the shop's website. Greenhalgh's full sleeve designs are gorgeous, and Distefano's adorable owls have us itching to roll up our pant leg and place ourselves under the gun. 415 Memorial Drive. 404-659-4900.www.onlyyoutattoo.com. less...

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
13 Roses Tattoo Parlor (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Memorial Tattoo


809 Moreland Ave., 404-622-9222; 190A Carrol St., 404-681-9111. www.memorialtattooatl.com.

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Memorial Tattoo - East Atlanta/Ormewood Park (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up
13 Roses Tattoo
524 Flat Shoals Ave., 404-880-0713, thirteenroses.squarespace.com

Best Place For Old-School Ink BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
East Atlanta Tattoo (Permanently Closed)
When Dirk Hays opened EAST ATLANTA TATTOO in 2001, his was the only tattoo parlor on the stretch of Glenwood Avenue that led hipsters into the East Atlanta Village. And if imitation is the highest form of flattery, so is encroachment: At least two new tattoo shops have moved within inking distance frommore...
When Dirk Hays opened EAST ATLANTA TATTOO in 2001, his was the only tattoo parlor on the stretch of Glenwood Avenue that led hipsters into the East Atlanta Village. And if imitation is the highest form of flattery, so is encroachment: At least two new tattoo shops have moved within inking distance from EAT within the past year or so. Hays' tattoos embody his fondness for lowbrow culture, one of the reasons he opened up the Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo next door last fall, making him a strong supporter of the local lowbrow scene with continually growing art shows. He's turning the power of his ink back onto canvas, and his paintings are a reflection of his tattoos. Here's to Hays not entirely giving up one art form for the other. less...

Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
13 Roses Tattoo Parlor (Permanently Closed)

Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
All Or Nothing Tattoo And Body Piercing (Featured)

Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Tattoo

Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
All Or Nothing Tattoo And Body Piercing (Featured)
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