Las Vegas, referred to by many as “Sin City,” is a place where people go to escape their daily quotidian. You’ve heard the phrase, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Unless, of course, you leave with a tattoo. Those are a bit more permanent. Luckily, while tattoo shops are a dime a dozen as are the wedding chapels, there are several shops that produce high quality and professional work that you might not want to get rid of so quickly, if ever. Many people even plan there trip to Las Vegas around getting tattooed by specific artists who are local to the area. Here are a few of the top tattoo shops for when you need a break from the craps table.
Illuminati Tattoo Co. may seem like a deceptive name, but the artist owned establishment lives up to the highest standards in terms of quality and ethics. Owner Dave Lepenske opened the shop in 2012 just one block away from the Las Vegas Strip and encourages visitors to stop by the shop to take a gander. Lepenske specializes in color work, American traditional tattooing, and large chest pieces. Other shop artists include Brad Charles, Tyler Morris, Heif Bean, and more. Each artist possesses their own unique background and influences ranging from surrealism, to portraits, to Disney and food inspired pieces.
Club Tattoo is best known for being co-owned by frontman Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. We interviewedBennington early last year about the Club Tattoo franchise which is one of the first to offer interactive digital tattoo design kiosks for the best consultation and tattoo possible. The shop is located inside Planet Hollywood and features elegant designer body jewelry as well as some of the industry’s hottest tattoo artists and piercers. Well known names that can be found at Club Tattoo include Jose Carlos, Wakako, Gary Silva, Robert Silva, Hiram Casas, Robert Kidd, and more.
702 Tattoo Shop
The artists at 702 Tattoo Shop in Las Vegas have one goal— to make you look better naked. They strive for quality over quantity in terms of pricing and stress that their ink isn’t necessarily cheap, but the end product is well worth it. Artists at 702 Tattoo Shop work in day and night shifts, offering a variety of style and personalities at all hours. Some popular names include Johnny Sickoe, Daz, Bing, Hamr, and more. The shop takes pride in constant industry innovation, which involves the artists continuously learning new styles, tricks, trades, and more.