Boston, Massachusetts has to be one of the most creative and entertaining cities when it comes to tattoo shop concepts. Collectively speaking, the city’s concentration of multi-purpose tattoo studios outshines the rest of the country, as if the shop owners couldn’t actually decide on what they wanted to do with their lives. That doesn’t make the art and ink itself any less awesome. Just ask the locals. Here are some of the top Boston tattoo shops that aim to entertain.
Boston Barber & Tattoo Company
Just as it sounds, the Boston Barber & Tattoo Company marries a classic barber shop with an innovative yet traditionally inspired tattoo studio. Established in 2007, the company has two locations in both Beacon Hill and the North End. The aesthetic pays tribute to a classic 1950s barber shop, and to top it all off— there is an espresso bar inside! Hair cuts are by walk-in only, but it would be hard to stay away with their all-in-one dynamic.
Stingray Body Art
Stingray Body Art is a bit more traditional in terms of shop concept, but the Allston-based company offers the area’s number one tattoo services and highest quality design and products. Their services range from custom tattoos, to unique body jewelry, to permanent makeup, to laser removal, and beyond. Some of the shop’s prized artists include Chris DeBarge, Aaron Girard, Alastair Cameron-Hodges, Bosco Layne, Mat Park, Derek Cilla, and Devin Coley.
Wave N Pave
Surf and skate enthusiasts in East Boston can rejoice with the diverse shop that is Wave N Pave. Along with skateboards, surfboards, and other accessories the shop offers custom tattoo work from resident artist and owner Carissa Lee as well as Jen Bierola. Frequent guest artists also stop by including Ryan Szadyr and Andy Robinson. It was founded in 2007 and calls the Orient Heights neighborhood its home.