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February 14, 2019

A quick guide to the top tattoo shops in Philly

Check out these panoramic photos of the city's parlors

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Carroll - True Hand Society Tattoo Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

True Hand Society, 2345 East Susquehanna Ave. in Fishtown.

So, you're thinking about getting some fresh ink and wondering where's the best place in Philly to go. In the City of Brotherly Love, you'll find tattoo shops in almost every neighborhood.

Below are our picks – in no particular order – for the top shops in the city. We've included panoramic photos of the locations, plus photos of some of the artists' work, too.

Scroll through and start planning your next tattoo.

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No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo

Location: 610 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147

Carroll - No Ka Oi Tiki TattooThom Carroll/PhillyVoice

No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo, 610 S 4th St. in Queen Village.

Located in Queen Village, "no ka oi" is Hawaiian for "the very best," according to the shop's website.

The unique décor, from the clouds on the ceiling to the palm trees, gives the place a relaxing atmosphere you won't find elsewhere in Philly.

The artists mainly do custom designs, but there is a selection of flash sheets, too, and walk-ins are welcome.

Philadelphia Eddie’s Tattoo

Location: 621 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147

Carroll - Philadelphia Eddie's TattooThom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Philadelphia Eddie's Tattoo, 621 S 4th St. in Queen Village.

Philadelphia Eddie's is probably the most well-known shop in the city. The name is instantly recognizable.

It was founded by Crazy Philadelphia Eddie, born Eddie Funk, who became a legend within the tattoo world.

Check out the shop's current artists here.

Olde City Tattoo

Location: 44 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

"Tattooing is by appointment or impulse," according to the shop, which has a classic tattoo parlor vibe.

If you're looking to go big, you may want to go to Olde City Tattoo. The shop's artists do a lot a larger pieces.

True Hand Society

Location: 2345 E. Susquehanna Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125

Carroll - True Hand Society TattooThom Carroll/PhillyVoice

True Hand Society, 2345 East Susquehanna Ave. in Fishtown.

The studio and design firm, established by tattooer Mike Ski and designer Jessie Jay, is located in a renovated church. 

It's home to eight tattoo artists, each with their own style, available by appointment only.

Black Vulture Gallery

Location: 208 E. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125

Carroll - Black Vulture Gallery TattooThom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Black Vulture Gallery, 208 E. Girard Ave. in Fishtown.

Black Vulture in Fishtown is both a tattoo studio and a gallery. The space is unique with walls completely covered in artwork.

The shop's group of versatile tattoo artists take both appointments and walk-ins.

Eastern Pass Tattoo

Location: 1835 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19148

This is the shop that inked the tattoo of Gritty as a a deity – possibly the first tattoo of the mascot. It was veteran artist Scott Bakoss who did the work.

Eastern Pass is located above vintage/thrift store Jinxed in East Passyunk. The shop recommends those who want inked stop in, check out the studio and meet the artists before booking an appointment. 

The studio also takes walk-ins if time permits.

Seven Swords Tattoo Company

Location: 2580 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125

Carroll - Seven Swords TattooThom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Seven Swords Tattoo Company, 2580 Frankford Ave. in Kensington.

At this Kensington shop, there's a large selection of flash sheets with artwork, but Seven Swords' artists also do custom tattoo designs.

There are eight resident artists, each with tons of experience and their own style.

Art Machine Productions

Location: 1345 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125

Fishtown's Art Machine Productions is both a tattoo shop and art gallery. There are 10 resident tattoo artists.

Fun fact: Tattooer/owner Tim Pangburn was featured on TLC’s "America’s Worst Tattoos" where he fixed bad, old tattoos.

Frequency Tattoo Co.

Location: 4038 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19129

Located in East Falls, Frequency is home to four tattoo artists who do custom designs. Tattooer John Howie, who has a fine arts background, owns the shop.

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