You can’t help but wonder if every politician in the nation’s capital is strutting around with full sleeves hidden under their suits and ties. With the number of quality tattoo artists in Washington D.C., it is not a completely far-fetched thought. From political tattoos to American traditional and flash pieces, to highly detailed black and grey portraits of past presidents— D.C. offers every tattoo imaginable by some of the industry’s finest. Here are the best Washington D.C. tattoo shops if you’re feeling patriotic and want to express your freedom of speech.
Fatty’s Tattoos & Piercings is an east coast body art powerhouse with three locations scattered between Washington D.C. and Maryland. All shops are strategically placed along the Red Line metro for easy access. The shop maintains high standards of tattoo and piercing excellence and has been featured in several major industry publications. It has also been named the best tattoo parlor in Washington D.C. by readers of the Washington City Paper. While Fatty is the owner and operator of Fatty’s Tattoos & Piercings, there are several artists who call the shop home and offer amazing custom ink.
Jinx Proof Tattoos is a custom ink shop in Washington D.C. that was founded in 1996 by Karl Hedgepath and Tim Corun. It is located in Georgetown and hosts a staff of eight artists including Tim Corun, Tony Morrell, Susan Behney-Doyle, Eric Doyle, Tad Peyton, Christian Beckman, Kevin McNutt, and Liana Joy. Jinx Proof Tattoos is open daily and offers walk-in tattoo service all seven days with appointments arranged for larger and more custom pieces.
Embassy Tattoo is a shop located on Columbia Road in Washington D.C. and is owned by artist Fernando Gonzalez. The staff takes pride in stylistic versatility and tattoo safety. Catering to residents and visitors to the nation’s capital, Embassy Tattoo is open seven days a week and is easily accessible by public transportation. Other well-known artists at the shop include Mark Stassburg, Hannah “Dot” Sheridan, and Kevin Avila.