There are so many tattoo studios - let alone artists - throughout Pennsylvania to choose from. Whether it's your first rodeo or you've done it dozens of times, there's one thing that's always certain - you want to make sure you're getting quality work for your money.
We get it, the choice of artists can be overwhelming, so we did the hard work for you and checked out the portfolio's of hundreds of studios - finally narrowing down the list to these 30 Pennsylvanian tattoo artists that you should definitely book in with before the end of the year.
Note: they are listed in no particular order or area.
Where: Flower of Life Studios, Boalsburg
With nearly 30k followers on Instagram, his work speaks for itself and it's no surprise that Brian is a top choice for many Pennsylvanian's seeking an artist. Brian will be moving to Denver in the fall, so if you want a tattoo by him you need to book it in ASAP.
Where: Wyld Chyld Tattoo Studio, Pittsburgh
This tattoo Goddess works at Wyld Chyld in Pittsburgh, and according to their website, she was awarded Best Watercolor at the United Ink Cradle of Aviation tattoo expo in 2016. This woman has some legit bragging rights.
Where: White Willow Studio, Pittsburgh
Nathan Mould is perhaps one of the most well-known tattoo artists in the Pittsburgh area, and it's pretty clear why. Dot work is still a pretty new thing with tattoo artists in America, so finding those that are comfortable with it can sometimes be a challenge. Not for Mould though, he specifically specializes in dot work, so if this is the style you're after you can feel confident booking your appointment with him.
Where: Artform Tattoo, Lower Burrell
Where do I even start? Seth goes above and beyond expectations to produce unique and outstanding work. Honestly, all I can say is you won't find anyone or anywhere else with a portfolio quite like Seth's.
Bill White Jr.
Where: M and M Tattooing Downingtown, PA
Watercolor? Check. Geometrical? Check. Traditional? Check. If you need an all-around tattoo artist who is pretty comfortable with every style, then Bill White Jr. is your man. He prefers originality, so bring him a unique idea!
Where: Gypsy Tattoo Parlor, Pittsburgh, PA
It doesn't get much cuter than these simple and illustrative storybook-like cartoon tattoos by Michelle. She specializes in this design, so be sure to check her social media because I know you're dying to see more!
Where: Never Say Die Tattoo, Harrisburg
One word: detail. Rob Diamond's realistic and surreal style artistry will leave you speechless. He has an amazing eye for detail, and I think most notably, while many tattoo artists struggle to make portrait tattoos look good, Diamond makes it look like a walk in the park.
Where: Central Tattoo Studio, Philadelphia
His artwork is gentle and vibrant - published artist Pete Zebley is the man for all of your watercolor-inspired needs.
Where: Grace Tattoo, Phoenixville
Tim Kamerdze is unmatched in character inspired full-sleeve tattoos. Actually, his sleeve work is just unmatched in general, it's just that I'm totally obsessed with the Nintendo sleeve he did.
Where: 717 Tattoo, Columbia
Another great artist hailing from the Harrisburg area, Michael Bradly has an amazing portfolio ranging in a complete color spectrum from black and white to vibrant and colorful.
Erikka James Heckman
Where: Incognito Tattoo Studio, Greencastle
If Lisa Frank had a tattoo artist sister, it would be Erikka. Rainbow unicorns, colorful jellyfish... you name it, she's probably done an adorable tattoo of it - yep, even monsters and dragons.
Where: Electric City Tattoo, Wilkes Barre
It's not shocking that Bob Shock is another excellent mandala and dot work artist. He also does quite a lot of traditional style tats too, so click that website link below and check out all of his work.
Where: Kyklops Tattoo, Pittsburgh
Pete Larkin of Kyklops Tattoo is a master of traditional style tattoos. I mean the guy has been tattooing since 2005, so he's probably at level 100 of his tattoo skill. Anyways, he likes to tattoo lady heads, dragons, daggers, and wizards.
Where: Artisan Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
Who needs a night sky when you can have a dope astronomical tattoo to gaze at instead? Jason Angst, the owner of Artisan Pittsburgh tattoo studio, is absolutely brilliant at otherworldly and space design tattoos.
Where: Séance Tattoo Parlor, Bensalem
From the many faces of Jason to portraits of Marilyn Manson, Paul Acker, owner of the Seance Tattoo Parlor, specializes in nonother than horror inspired artworks. Before you ask, I don't think they give discounts just because it's Friday the 13th or Halloween.
Where: Instattoosionalized, Northampton
A few words come to mind to describe Brynne's work; dainty, outstanding, fun, and just plain cute. Her shading techniques are absolutely flawless and the colors are always vibrant.
Where: Inferno Studio, Kane
Another great all'rounder, from dot work to watercolor and everything in between, Bob Price can pretty much make any of your tattoo visions come to life.
Where: Body Graphics, Philadelphia
This pregnant momma isn't letting anything slow her epic tattooing game down! She will be on maternity leave in the fall but she's currently booking for December 2018, so get penciled in on that schedule before it fills up!
Where: 570 Tattooing Co., Wilkes-Barre
If you're diggin' the gory-horror tattoo vibes, you need to check out Ron Russo's portfolio.
Where: White Oak Tattoo Co., West Chester
Traditional with a hint of girly. For being a young artist, Rachel has quite an extensive portfolio and thousands of fans on Instagram - so don't miss out on a chance to book an appointment with her.
Where: Alex Frew Tattoo, Bloom
Shading and dotting can be tricky to mix, but Alex Frew has no trouble doing it. Additionally, many dot work artists prefer doing only black, white and red ink tats - but not Frew, this tattoo legend doesn't limit his abilities.
Where: Ravenwood Collective, Pittsburgh
People are going crazy about Roberts' X-Ray tattoos, and I have to admit they are pretty unique. Oh, and before you book an appointment you should probably know he prefers to tattoo with only red, blue, black, and white ink.
Where: Magic Eye Tattoo, Kensington
These tats are equal parts eerie and cool. If you've been wanting a tribal/occultic style tattoo, go to Gus.
Where: Eclipse Tattoo, Springdale
Chris is a female artist who specializes in watercolor - and making women feel comfortable while getting tattooed. According to Eclipse Studio's website, it is an all-female tattoo studio so women who aren't comfortable being tattooed by or around men can still go and get tattoos. You go, Chris!
Where: American Tattoo, Verona
Featured on the first season of Ink Master Angels, you can feel pretty confident in Joe's tattoo abilities - I mean look at the detail in his work, and check out the coverup posted below. Wow, he's good.
Where: Raw Power Tattoo, Feasterville
Talk about intricate. Scott seems to love a good challenge - I mean, have you seen his optical illusion tats? That can't be easy.
Where: DLG Tattoos, Jeanette
After one look at his portfolio, it's pretty safe to say Mike loves doing portraits, and he's darn good at it too. And, um I'm 100% jealous of whoever got this Korn tattoo.
Where: Bloodlines Gallery, Pittsburgh
Doug really has that whole gothic Edgar Allan Poe-style working in his favor. Oh and he travels around too, so if you're not in Pittsburgh maybe you can catch him somewhere else.
William Bryce is another really awesome traditional tattooist. While he spends a lot of his time in the 'Burgh, he also travels around to different states and areas. If you want to book in with him or see his travel dates and locations, click the website link below.
Where: Midtown Tattoo, Erie
If nautical nonsense is something you wish, RICH VEL-EZ. But no really we are pretty obsessed with his extravagant nature sleeves.
Whether they're located right in town or half the state away, undoubtedly all of these artists are worth the drive.
So the real question is, which of these tattoo artists do you want to book in with and why? Additionally, we'd love to know if there are any other artists that you really like and think should make any future lists! Be sure to comment their name, studio and Insta handle.