A quick glance at this shop’s one-of-a-kind tropical facade, complete with a grass-skirted island girl saluting the sun, might suggest a place that pours Polynesian drinks. In reality, it’s a full-service tattoo and piercing establishment (and occasional art gallery) that’s been a part of the Philly scene since 2002. No Ka Oi, which translates to “the very best” in Hawaiian, features a rotation of 30 tattooers. In the South Street tradition, they are happy to accommodate walk-ins.
Looking to get inked up while in town and wondering where the best tattoo shops in Philadelphia are? You're in luck: we've rounded them all up for you.
For decades, the epicenter of the city's tattoo culture was a cluster of famous tattoo shops just off South Street—one of the top Philadelphia attractions in its own right that’s been long known as much for its counterculture appeal as its heavy foot traffic. But, in recent years, things have changed: talented artists have branched out to the farther reaches of local neighborhoods, setting up independent operations and building audiences in Fishtown, deep South Philly, West Philly and beyond. Which means that a trip to get tattoo-ed up will end up feeling like a tour of the city as well.
Check out our top picks, which we selected based on art style, overall approach to the craft and flexibility.
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