Some people are obsessed with working out. Others 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 best spots to inked around the capital city.
Memento Tattoo & Gallery
About: Memento has award-winning 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.
Location: 1453 Grandview Ave, Suite A
Website: Memento Tattoo Gallery
High Street Tattoo
About: High Street Tattoo has been serving Columbus for 15 years. They have quite the all-star lineup of artists, including owner Joey Knuckles. The artists take care to deliver the tattoo of your dreams and walk-ins are accepted daily.
Location: 872 N High St.
Website: High Street Tattoo
Red Tree Tattoo Gallery
About: Red Tree Tattoo Gallery is a massive, appointment only tattoo parlor thats home to 22 phenomenal artists. Of course, you cant talk about tattoos in Columbus and not bring up Red Gallery founder Durb Morrison.
Durb first set up shop back in 1994, and since then, he’s gone on to be a founding father of sorts of tattooing in the capital city. He also happens to be the mastermind behind Hell City Tattoo Fest, one of the largest tattoo festivals in the country.
Location: 904 N 22nd St, Columbus, OH 43219
Website: Red Tree Tattoo Gallery
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 five different artist for you to choose from when you are on your quest for the perfect ink. They offer tattoos and piercings and they also accept walk-ins.
Location: 80 N. Hamilton Rd., Suite 3
Website: Lock Stock & Barrel Tattoos
About: In addition to regular tattoos, you can also head to American Crow Tattoo for cosmetic tattoos. Also called Semi-Permanent Makeup or Micropigmentation, these tattoos mimic the appearance of hair to enhance features like your eyebrows.
Of course, if you’re more inclined to stop in for a more traditional tattoo, you’ll still be in great hands.
Location: 265 Lincoln Cir, Gahanna, OH 43230
Website: American Crow
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. The parlor is by appointment only.
Location: 74 Parsons Ave.
Website: Cap City Tattoo
Sacred Hand Tattoo Society
About: Sacred Hand Tattoo Society in the fall of 2016. The shop offers a wide variety of tattoos, and they’re always happy to take a walk-in clients on a first come, first serve basis. Appointments can be made in person after a consultation with your tattoo artist.
Location: 960 Parsons Ave.
Website: Sacred Hand Tattoo Society
Stained Skin Tattoo and Art Gallery
About: Stained Skin is one of those places that just puts you instantly at ease. The staff are friendly and so knowledgeable, plus they’ve got a trove of happy former clients ranging from locals to touring musicians like Papa Roach, Good Charlotte, and Beartooth.
Location: 1255 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Website: Stained Skin Tattoo and Art Gallery