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Getting a tattoo (or even your 50th) might be at the top of your list of things to do in Austin, but it’s a process that involves a lot of tough decisions. What are you going get? And where? And who’s going to do it? And how are you going to break it to mom? A great tattoo shop can make getting through that checklist pain-free (until the needle comes out, of course). Thankfully, there are a lot of great tattoo shops in Austin, with the rise of ink experts rivaling the rise of food trucks in Austin in the past decade or so. These 12 best-of-the-best tattoo shops feature great artists working across numerous styles in super-chill environments that will make your experience, and the result, just what you were looking for. Grab some liquid courage at one of the best bars in Austin, and get your ink on.