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<p>Three Kings Tattoo</p>

Three Kings Tattoo

With the NYC Tattoo Convention starting Friday 13, we rounded up the best places to get inked.

Three Kings Tattoo
Williamsburg and Greenpoint have become hotbeds of high-end tattoo studios, and chief among them is this three-year-old shop, owned by artists Matty No Times, Alex McWatt and Myles Karr (the three kings of its name). You'll find no high-and-mighty rock & roll airs here, however: Crimson walls lined with paintings and book cases make the joint feel more like your neighbor's living room. The 12 artists on staff produce varied designs, ranging from Tim Burton--esque portraits to classic roses and skulls.  Starting at $60 a pop, the tats are a deal for the quality of the work (some of the artists have a three-month-long waiting list). 572 Manhattan Ave between Driggs and Nassau Aves, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-7755, threekingstattoo.com). Daily noon--8pm.

Whatever Tattoo
Like the name implies, anything goes at this joint on the St. Marks strip. Those looking for a deal will find superior quality compared with other pick-a-design-off-the-wall parlors. As it's a street shop, walk-ins are the norm, and the staff of five artists means you won't have to wait long. While the $60 minimum might not make Whatever the cheapest parlor on the block, it's a steal compared with other high-end joints in the city. Plus, the 2am closing time on the weekend means your late-night whims can be easily realized—for better or worse. 17 St. Marks Pl between 3rd and 4th Sts (212-777-2430). Mon--Thu, Sun noon--11pm; Fri, Sat noon--2am.

Saved Tattoo
Celebs like Courtney Love, Marc Jacobs and the late Heath Ledger have flocked to tattoo artist Scott Campbell, one half of the duo that owns this seven-year-old Williamsburg shop (the other half is artist Chris O'Donnell, an 18-year veteran of the trade). Between them and the handful of artists in residence, customers can choose from Japanese style (O'Donnell), new Americana (Seth Wood), tribal-inspired ink (Thomas Hooper) and more, with pieces starting at $100. While the price tag might be hefty, the spalike environment (exposed wood beams, Japanese screens) will make the cost a distant memory once the needle starts buzzing. 426 Union Ave at Devoe St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-0850, savedtattoo.com). Daily noon--8pm.

Beaver Tattoo
Once you find out that this Queens shop is an all-girl tattoo parlor, the name should click. Cheeky titles aside, this tiny, checker-floored store is all business. The six women artists excel at black-and-gray realism and quirky tats, including a rendition of the Brooklyn Bridge and kitschy designs like a cassette tape and a dress form. Of course, gentlemen are also welcome—the skill of the work will convince any antiquated nonbelievers that ladies can work a needle. On top of the bitchin' tats, the $40 starting price should seal the deal. 94--02 Jamaica Ave at 94th St, entrance on 94th St, Woodhaven, Queens (718-441-1328, beavertattoo.com). Mon--Thu 1--9pm; Fri, Sat 1--11pm; Sun 2--6pm.

New York Adorned
This 15-year-old institution has earned a reputation as a destination for serious tattoo aficionados. The eight artists present a smorgasbord of styles, including black-and-gray, portraits, Americana and traditional Japanese tebori (a hand-poked method), the latter courtesy of resident artist Shinji Horizakura (all pieces start at $100). Currently taking up space in its retail sister store, Love Adorned (269 Elizabeth St between E Houston and Prince Sts; 212-431-5683, loveadorned.com; Mon--Thu 1--8pm; Fri, Sat 1--9pm), as the flagship undergoes renovation, the shop is expected to move into its improved digs near the end of May. 47 Second Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts (212-437-0007, nyadorned.com). Mon--Thu, Sun 1--9pm; Fri, Sat 1--10pm.

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AJ
AJ

fly rite tattoo in williamsburg should be on this list! i got a bunch of tattoos from jeb maykut there, that shop is the best

kate coyle
kate coyle

I am going to Newyork in October and am planning on having a tatoo done.I have few done but have seen somework that can be doneto a higher standard than in Ireland ware I live so cant wait

john
john

Ummm how is paul booths last rights not on this list?

Ravish Momin
Ravish Momin

Yeah, the Smith Street Parlour (Brooklyn Tattoo) HAS to be in this list… it's simply one of the best!

Nick
Nick

I go to DAMM NICE for my work. He specializes in scar masking and cover up tattoos like the one I'm getting. I went to multiple artists in and around the city and those that I felt could handle the job didn't seem too interested. I found DAMM on google. By appointment Private studio Highly Recommended www.dammnice.com (914)751-DAMM/3266 info@dammnice.com

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hardwood floors

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Anonymous
Anonymous

got my first tattoo done at Three Kings! Tamara rules! :)

Anonymous
Anonymous

How is it possible that Smith Street Tattoo Parlor could be left off this list!? It's disgraceful that Whatever is on this list and Smith Street is not.

Anonymous
Anonymous

How is it possible that Smith Street Tattoo Parlor could be left off this list!? It's disgraceful that Whatever is on this list and Smith Street is not.

BabyJebus
BabyJebus

Three Kings is AWESOME. I've been tattooed there twice. short walk from the Bedford L or Nassau G. great staff, relaxed atmosphere. I have no intention of ever being tattooed anywhere else.

Les
Les

Why does it sound like the person doing this article didn't do their homework? Adorned, Saved, Three Kings I can understand. But Whatever & Beaver tattoo?? Really. That's far from even a good shop. IMO if you can't stay in business doing tattoos and need to sell bongs to help pay the rent, they shouldn't be on the list. And let's all face it. $40 tattoos shouldn't be a selling point over quality. How about Last Rites, Sacred Tattoo, Invisible Tattoo, Anil Gupta's Inkline, Red Rocket..... Time Out Magazine loses my respect for this article.

d2
d2

First of all, ask most tattooers and they'll tell you they work at a tattoo SHOP, not a parlor/parlour. Secondly, this article should have been much better researched, to include: - East Side Ink - Fly Rite - Daredevil - Porcupine - Smith Street Tattoo - Tattoo Culture - Invisible NYC Personally, I would NEVER want a tattoo bargain, since it's forever, so I'd NEVER go to a street shop. I'll stick with shops like New York Adorned and East Side Ink, because they draw artists who really care about their craft, about tattoo history, and care about creating custom illustrations that will translate well onto skin.

p j f
p j f

imho, there have been 2 glaring omissions: smith street tattoo parlour in brooklyn top shelp tattooing in queens

FreeDumb1
FreeDumb1

Tattoo Culture in Williamsburg also a great place for custom work.

Griff
Griff

I also agree with Fly Rite. The shop is awesome, and the artists are super cool.

Jeremy Harris
Jeremy Harris

I agree with you on 3 Kings, but you totally should have mentioned Fly Rite in Williamsburg and East Side Ink in Manhattan.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You really should mention East Side Ink. Its somewhat off the beaten path. I personally had my tattoos done there and I've met several others who have as well. The place is very clean and the artists do fantastic work.