Tattoo culture varies from state to state, but in a place like Ft. Lauderdale–where the weather is awesome year-round and there’s always lots of skin on display–it’s especially important to find the right artist for the piece you have in mind. Some are better at portraits or black and grey, while others do magnificent traditional tattoos. Whatever you’re looking for, Ft. Lauderdale almost certainly has it.
It’s important to have a design in mind before you walk into a shop and be as detailed as you can about what you want. These are very talented artists, but they aren’t mind-readers, and if you aren’t specific you risk wasting their time and your own. Let them know how big you want it, what colors you want, and where on the body you want it to go (although they can help with that; some designs look better on certain areas, so ask their opinion if you aren’t sure). Be sure to schedule a large block of time in your day, especially if the artist is drawing up an original design for you, because even if your ink won’t be very large, you may have to wait a while before the artist can get to you. Tattoo shops in cities like Ft. Lauderdale–which attracts lots of tourists–can be extremely busy, and even if you have an appointment, sometimes a piece goes longer than scheduled. It’s just the nature of tattooing, so don’t take it personally.
Now that you’re ready, you’ll want to do some research on local shops to see if one in particular will fit your needs better than the others. Here are some of the best places to visit in the Ft. Lauderdale area.
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Whether you’re looking for an original piece or a cover-up, this shop knows their stuff. Well-known for the friendly staff and clean, professional shop, this business is one of the most accommodating in the area and might even be able to draw up a design and ink you on the same day.
This kitschy shop is located right next to a bar, so you can get your ink and then sling one back with your friends. Known for a very laid-back vibe, this shop is home to artists who are patient and willing to work with anyone, from experienced tattoo fans to first-timers.
This little shop is perfect for those looking for a portrait tattoo. Clean and well-lit with a friendly staff, Stefano’s consistently draws in repeat customers due to the high quality and detail of their work.
Babylon is well known for the staff’s welcoming attitude and varied styles, so if you have a detailed piece or this is your first time, check them out.
Check out these shops online and shoot them a message if you’d like to make an appointment or have a question about a particular design. They’ll take care of you and make sure the experience is as fun and pain-free as possible.