Featured Dallas Artists
Here are some of the best Dallas tattoo artists and shops according to our research. If you think we should add anyone to the list or if you see anything that should be edited, contact us by clicking here
Calvin F. Xavier III
Mike Hamill Jr.
Ruben Jag Mitchell
Las Colinas Tattoo
One of the highest rated tattoo shops in the Dallas area is J. Hall & Co. Gentleman Tattooers. The company is owned by 20-year tattooing vet Josh Hall, who also happened to be a licensed paramedic for eight years before he opened up the shop. They specialize in traditional tattooing and Americana tattoos, but they have artists that can handle just about anything that you throw their way.
While J. Hall & Co. Gentleman Tattooers is an excellent place to get a tattoo in Dallas, it’s not necessarily the right place for everyone. Each shop will have artists that specialize in different styles and will obviously be of different skill levels, so you will want to do a bit of research before you hire anyone. What’s great is that most of the top tattoo shops in Dallas will have a website with a selection of photos to give you an idea of the type of tattoos they’re known for making. A good idea would be to find a couple of shops you like online and then visit them in person to find out for sure which one you should hire to get your ink done.
If you know anything about Dallas, then you won’t be surprised that a lot of locals go into the tattoo shops in the area looking to get Dallas Cowboy tattoos. Some will go in looking to get simple Dallas Cowboy logo designs, while others will go all-out by getting the team’s stadium tattooed on their skin or even one or more of their favorite players. If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan and you want to get a tattoo to show it, you’ll have no problem at all finding a tattoo shop in Dallas that will do a great job on it.
If you like the look of Skyline tattoos or you were looking to get a tattoo to show your love for the city, then the Dallas skyline tattoo might be perfect for you. The Dallas skyline is one of the most beautiful sites in the city, regardless of whether you’re looking at it during the day or at night. These tattoos can look amazing as part of sleeve tattoos, but many people instead choose to get them on their backs to make the buildings as large as they possibly can. These are often highly detailed tattoos, so you will want to find a top Dallas artist to do the work for you if you decide to get one.
You will find that most people in Dallas are quite proud to live in the city and state, so you will find quite a few that have tattoos of the outline of Texas. Sometimes there will be an image of a popular place in Dallas inside of the outline, while in other cases that area will be left blank or filled in with some color. If you are a proud Dallas resident and you want everyone to know that you are a Texan through and through, then this might be the best tattoo idea for you.
History of Dallas
Dallas was inhabited by the Caddo long before it was claimed in the 16th century as part of the Spanish Viceroyalty of New Spain. The French had also claimed the area, but the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819 made the Red River the most northern boundary of New Spain which officially put Dallas in Spanish Territory.
Athanase de Mezieres was one of the first Europeans to visit Dallas which was in 1778. The King of Spain owned de Mezieres’ services at the time. It is said that he most likely crossed at what is now known as Fort Worth. After he crossed at the West Fork of the Trinity River, it is said that de Mezieres followed edge of the western part of the Easter Cross Timbers starting at the Tawakoni Village, near Waco on the Brazos River.
The biographer of De Mezieres was named Bolton and decided that de Mezieres had described his route as crossing at the West Fork of the Trinity River which would have put him between Arlington and Fort Worth.
The Dallas we know of today was under the rule of the Spanish until 1821. At that point, Mexico had declared its independence from Spain and became part of Coahuila y Tejas which was a Mexican state. In 1836, the Republic of Texas seceded from Mexico and for 10 years it was a country independent from anyone.
Dallas was first surveyed in 1839 by John Neely Bryan while looking for a nice trading post to serve settlers and Native Americans. It is said he may have chosen this spot because of the intersection of Caddo trails at on of the natural fords which were along the Trinity floodplain and the only ones for hundreds of miles. Bryan had a bit of inside information and knew the Preston Trail was supposed to run near the Ford. It would be the north and south route. The ford that was at Bryan’s Bluff would become even more important when in 1845, Texas was annexed by the United States.
Bryan returned to his home in Arkansas after he surveyed the area. During this time, all Native Americans in Northern Texas were forced to leave because of a treaty. When Bryan returned to the area, half of his customers were gone because of the treaty. At that point, Bryan decided he would create a permanent settlement instead of creating another trading post. In November 1841, Bryan went on to begin his own settlement. J.P. Dumas laid out and surveyed .5 square miles in 1844 which would later be known as part of downtown Dallas. The name and origin of it are still unclear. People aren’t quite sure where the name for the city came from. It could have been named after Bryan’s Scottish ancestry or someone at that time named Dallas as there were quite a few.
The Early Times
On February 2, 1856 during the Regular session of the Sixth Texas Legislature, Dallas was allowed a town charter. The first mayor was Samuel Pryor along with six aldermen, a treasurer recorder and a constable. The towns population had reached 678 by 1860 and it included Germans, French, Swiss, Belgian immigrants and 97 African Americans who were mainly enslaved. The city was already starting to become a hub as several stage lines were passing through because of the railroad that passed by Dallas.
During July of 1860, a fire had started in the square and burnt much of the businesses and buildings in Dallas. Many white people assumed slaves were the cause and they chased two abolitionists out of Dallas shortly after. Three African American slaves were then murdered followed by the officials of Dallas ordering all other slaves to be whipped. Dubbed the “Texas Troubles” this was an embarrassing moment in Dallas history. The night before the Civil War started, the county had voted to leave the secede. On June 8 of that year, the war had officially begun, and Dallas wasn’t touched on account of its distance from the battles.
During the reconstruction period, the state experienced some benefits, but Dallas also dealt with some challenges. Slaves were emancipated on June 19, 1865. At this point, many African American started moving to Dallas after the war for work. This was because Dallas was booming compared to many other southern cities. In addition, African Americans were trying to escape rural areas to get away from other whites, so they could start their own communities. Freedmen’s towns (or towns started by former slaves) were popping up all over Dallas. Funding for public education was granted because of The Reconstruction. It was the first time ever and it was what kickstarted school districts to be set up all over the state. Then in 1871, Dallas was officially named a city in the state of Texas.
One prominent Civil War veteran was William W. Ross. He came to Dallas in 1866 and was one of the early land owners in the area. Along with his brother Andrew J. Ross, there was a road named after them to honor the brother and pieces of land they had owned previously. The name was renamed to honor Mahatma Gandhi in 2009.
Dallas became known as a commercial center for the future when the Houston and Texas Central Railroad and the Texas and Pacific Railway intersected in Dallas. In addition to helping the area become an important commercial center, the railways allowed for the population to grow at a rapid pace. The Dallas population when from 3,000 in early 1872 to over 7,000 in the same year. New businesses and buildings were popping up dally and Dallas became the capital of the markets for commodity crops and raw materials. These included cotton and grains and were shipped to the East and South. If you were heading west, it was the last place you could stop for supplies.
And this is just the start of the story of Dallas. It has a great story and if you are interested, there is a lot more information on it.
Dallas, Texas has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Blink Custom Art & Tattoo, Taboo Tattoo, and Last Angels Tattoos, Dallas is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of around 1,223,000 there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 78 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Dallas. Google Places lists 328 different tattoo shops in the Dallas area, which shows how competitive the city truly is. Fine Line Tattoos currently boasts one of the largest selection of artists in the area, listing the following artists on their site: Todd Hlavatey, Casey Corlic, Jon Chancey, Gus, Joe McVeigh, Keven Dale, Valentine Garze, Stevie, Tom Yosenick, Enrique Castillo, Jesus, Rikki Knight, Fia, Chris Stripling, Tony, Kali, Chris, Kiimberly, and Robyn. When doing research for your artist, we suggest not paying too much attention to price because quality is much more important when you’re going to be living with the artwork for the rest of your life.