Some people are obsessed with working out. Other’s find joy in creating art. But for some hardcore Columbusites, adding new art to their body is the perfect hobby.
Tattooing has been a part of the culture of humanity since the Neolithic Era. Evidence of this ancient art form exists on mummified skin, with the oldest example dating back to between 3,370-3,100 B.C.E.
Tattoos, both in style and function, have evolved over the years. But to nearly all those who get tattoos, their designs have meaning and purpose. When it comes to deciding on where to go in Columbus for your new ink, there are a lot of options.
After reading customer reviews and taking input from some seasoned tattoo-addicts in the community, here are the 9 Best Tattoo Parlors in the capital city.
Memento Tattoo & Gallery
About: Memento has 6 different artists capable of tattooing nearly any style. The gallery at the parlor features works of the tattoo artists working there, and is rotated on a monthly basis.
Hours: Monday-Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Closed Sunday.
Location: 1453 Grandview Ave, Suite A
Website: Memento Tattoo Gallery
High Street Tattoo
About: High Street Tattoo has been serving Columbus for a decade. They have quite the all-star lineup of artists, including owner Joey Knuckles, Blake Hall, William Murray and Chad Patzer.
Hours: Open Daily from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: 872 N High St.
Website: High Street Tattoo
Short North Tattoo
About: The tattoo artists at Short North Tattoo run the cleanest shop in town. All of the artists are trained in blood born pathogen safety and first aid. You can find more than 60 years of tattoo experience amongst Jay Blevins, Evan English, Biz, Miller, Ben Chambers, and shop owner, Matt Carlisle.
Hours: Sunday-Monday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: 1042 N High St.
Website: Short North Tattoo
Evolved Body Art
About: With dozens of both full time and guest artists, you’re guaranteed to find the experience and style you’re hoping for in your tattoo. Evolved has two locations. In addition to tattoos, they also offer piercing services.
Hours: Open daily from 12 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Location: 2520 Summit St. and 1980 N High St.
Website: Evolved Body Art
Lock Stock & Barrel Tattoos
About: Lock Stock & Barrel Tattoos has 3 full time artists; Mike McCollum, Jon Elliott, and Jonathan Brookshire. They are located in Gahanna, OH.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Sunday & Monday.
Location: 80 N. Hamilton Rd., Suite 3
Website: Lock Stock & Barrel Tattoos
About: Fate Tattoo has been providing unique body art in Columbus since 1997. With a combined experience of over 50 years in the tattoo industry, Jack, Dustin, and Ben can tattoo a variety of styles.
Hours: Monday-Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 2202 N High St.
Website: Fate Tattoo
Cap City Tattoo
About: Ready for some girl power? Cap City is Columbus’ premiere female-owned and operated tattoo parlor. But don’t worry, there are male artists available for the comfort of all customers. Cap City specializes in custom tattoos, cover ups, and touch ups.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Closed Monday & Tuesday.
Location: 80 Parsons Ave.
Website: Cap City Tattoo
Sacred Hand Tattoo Society
About: Owners Big Meas & Joey Knuckles opened Sacred Hand Tattoo Society in the fall of 2016. The duo offers a wide variety of tattoos, adn they’re always happy to take a walk-in clients.
Hours: Open daily from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Location: 960 Parsons Ave.
Website: Sacred Hand Tattoo Society
Inspired by Ink Tattoo Studio
About: After opening in 2001, Inspired by Ink quickly made a name for itself in the capital city. They have a large group of artists, who’s skills and artistry will inspire any customer.
Hours: Saturday-Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Location: 2413 N High St.
Website: Inspired by Ink Tattoo Studio