Got Ink? If you do, you’re not alone. According to a 2008 Harris Interactive poll, 16% of Americans have at least one tattoo. And the majority of those people, it seems, live on the West Coast. San Francisco, once the tattoo parlor capitol, has now been overshadowed by none other than Portland, Oregon. And Seattle has bragging rights, too, with over 50 parlors downtown.
Getting a tattoo seems to be the thing to do for vacationers, especially if they are on a memorable vacation, have something to celebrate or someone to honor. “There’s a story behind the tattoo,” says Amanda Whitney, a local hairdresser with tattoos on her chest, arms and back. But where to go in Seattle for talented artists and a positive experience? We have a few suggestions:
Madame Lazonga’s Tatoo
1529 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Since 1989, Madame Lazonga’s has been in the Pike Place Market. Vyvyn, the owner, is an award winning artist who has been designing since the ’70s. Her artwork is exquisite, and her staff very attentive. Vyvyn has a reputation for helping women cover scars from breast cancer surgeries, and has given back to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. It’s something she enjoys doing, she says, giving women self-confidence once again.
Lucky Devil Tattoo Parlor
1720 12th Ave
Seattle WA 98122
Lucky Devil has been in the Capitol Hill since 1993. A custom tattoo parlor, the artists work to help your creations look just like you want them to. “Jesse was absolutely amazing, great with color and extreme detail,” says Whitney of her chest tattoo. With a bright interior and rockin’ overhead music, you’re sure to have lots to look at and listen to while you’re getting inked.
Slave to the Needle Tattoo & Body Piercing
508 NW 65th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
With two locations, in Ballard and Wallingford, Slave to the Needle has been a favorite of Seattle Weekly for the past 8 years. The shop offers free consultations with the artist of your choice, so you can be sure you’re on the same page when it comes to designing and applying your tattoo. Each artist keeps a portfolio, so you can see what he or she has done, and maybe get a few ideas.
Artful Dodger Tattoo
1715 E Olive Way, Downstairs
Seattle, WA 98102
Winner of the 2010 Best of Western Washington Tattoo Parlors, this Capitol Hill shop has only been around since 2009. Lucky, the owner, has been an artist for over a dozen years, and he brings his expertise along with his talented staff, who give a wide variety of custom and traditional tattoos.