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Fat Ram's Pumpkin Tattoo, Shopping, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Fat Ram's Pumpkin Tattoo Fat Ram's Pumpkin Tattoo

Boston’s best tattoo shops

Itching to get inked? Get your skin painted in style at one of Boston's best tattoo shops.

By Time Out Boston Staff
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Maybe it’s because of the cold weather and bulky clothing, but Bostonians aren’t quite as inked-up as their friends in warm weather locales such as Florida and California. That doesn’t mean Boston is lacking in top-tier options for artful tattoos. Read our essential guide to the top tattoo shops in Boston—with insider tips and recommendations. If you need to kill time while letting your ink dry, check out the best Boston attractions, best free things to do in Boston, and best museums in Boston. And once you’re ready to show off your new body art, consider visiting one of the best dive bars in Boston or one of the best live music venues in Boston.

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Best tattoo shops in Boston

Fat Ram's Pumpkin Tattoo, Shopping, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Fat Ram’s

1. Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo

Shopping Jamaica Plain

About as far away from "Mom" as you can get, the artworks created by the tattoo artists at Fat Ram’s run from baby portraits to colorful abstracts. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and certain to turn your dream ink into a reality.

Pino Bros
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Pino B.

2. Pino Bros Ink

Shopping Inman Sq

One of the largest tattoo shops in Boston specializing in custom designs and piercings, Pino Bros is also one of the most delightful—its artists are professional, and capable of elaborating on template designs with immense skill. Depending on when you visit, you may be made to wait some time for a consultation, but you're unlikely to come away disappointed.

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Regeneration Tattoo
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Regeneration Tattoo

3. Regeneration Tattoo

Shopping Allston/Brighton

Friendly, professional and wholly innocent of that cooler-than-thou attitude that often prevails in tattoo parlors, the staff at Regeneration Tattoo couldnt be better guides to the first-time customer. As an added bonus, they have a great taste in music. Custom tattoos are available by consultation only—note that youll have to apply for one in person, as they dont take reservations by phone.

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