top rated Tattoo Artists in San Francisco, California

We have manually picked the best Tattoo Artists in the San Francisco, California area by checking their online client reviews for the best star ratings, and by reading customer testimonials to verify reliability and customer satisfaction. We selected these local businesses based on their expertise and excellence to help you find the right business to meet your needs

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Cold Steel America

  1783 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Located in the historic district of Haight-Ashbury, Cold Steel America boasts of having 18 years of experience in the art industry. They offer body piercing, tattooing services, and jewelry selling. Their piercers are licensed by the Association of Professional Piercers and their tattooists are versatile and knowledgeable. Their studios are super clean and well maintained and staff who are friendly and approachable. Their services can be accessed seven days a week and are open from 12 PM to 8 PM. Cold Steel America also offers custom-made jewelry from different materials other than steel. Customers do not necessarily need appointments to have consultations and can walk in whenever as long as the studio is open.

Authentic Tattoo

  1509 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

Tex is the owner of Authentic Tattoo and has over 20 years of experience in tattoo artistry. She also happens to be a painter which makes it easy for her to customize tattoos for her clientele. She has perfected her art by custom drawing every tattoo for every customer unless a customer requests otherwise. All a customer needs is an idea of what he/she wants and Tex will happily give guidance through putting together a piece. She has been featured as a guest artist in several studios in Europe, New Zealand and she even does an annual visit to Portland. This only shows how talented and experienced Tex is to work with.

Royalty Tattoo Collective

  1009 California Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010

This tattoo parlor is based in downtown Burlingame. The studio is very spacious and clean, an indication that the tattooing is performed under hygienic conditions. The studio is portioned into four sections with a private room. They even have a license from San Mateo County Health Department and use a single needle on a single user to ensure health safety. Apart from tattooing, the studio has interests in low-brow art, graffiti, music, design and Kawaii culture. The studio’s operational hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 12 PM to 8 PM and Sundays 12 -6 PM.

Mom’s Body Shop

  1408 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Mom’s Body Shop has been in operation for 19 years. The shop is located in the heart of the Height-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Its stuff is made of five tattoo artists, three body piercing artists, and other rotational artists. They carry out their services under clean and sterile conditions and are licensed by the Health Department. They are experienced in all sorts of tattoos ranging from simple tattoos to Japanese, tribal, Celtic and traditional. When it comes to piercings the experts at the studio do a clean and perfect job, to the customer’s satisfaction. Customers do not need to book appointments, walk-in consultations and services are allowed. Mom’s Body Shop is open seven days a week from 12 PM.

Dream Masters Custom Tattoos

  228 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

This particular shop in San Francisco has won numerous awards over the years including Best Tattoo Shop in San Francisco for five years in a row. Svetlyo who is one of the three artists in the shop has won the best artist award in several competitions. All the artists employed in the shop have to be trained by him. The team works on a personal level with the clients to assess whether the chosen tattoo goes well with the client’s anatomy. The three resident artists are licensed and certified by the San Francisco Health Department and have been tested for Hepatitis and HIV. They focus on ensuring the health of both the artist and client is protected and zero cross-contamination rates.

Micah Riot Tattoo

  3150 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Micah Riot Tattoos was started in 2015 by Micah who has been tattooing since 2008 and has been employed in two of the best tattoo shops in San Francisco. She ventures into experimental tattoos and her vast competence in tattooing has seen her grow drastically in the art. Micah Riot is usually booked out even for three months. She follows a strict policy before accepting a client which includes answering some of her questions online. She charges $50 for consultation and $225 per hour for a professional custom tattoo. A deposit fee is also required for booking her services.

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