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Here are some of the best Reno 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
A Toda Madre Tattoos
Tattoo Profile: Since 2012 A Toda Madre Tattoos has been focused on providing our Reno customers with the highest quality tattoo work, in a clean, friendly, and professional environment. Whether you are in search of a stunning original tattoo that you will be proud of for life, or a cover up to help â€œeraseâ€ a bad memory A Toda Madre Tattoo Shop is here for you.
Tattoo Profile: Setting the standard for tattoos in Reno, NV for 20 years! Please call or email the shop directly for ALL inquiries.
Tattoo Profile: Reno’s premier custom tattoo studio. 8 years runnin’. Come get tattooed by the best reno has to offer in a customer friendly atmospere.
Tattoo Profile: Custom Tattooing and Body Piercing for over 20 years in Reno Nevada.
Black Cat Tattoo Parlor
Tattoo Profile: Black Cat Tattoo Studio is tattoo Artist owned and operated. We pride ourselves on having a well rounded group of Artist’s with over 60 years combined experience. We all invite you to come in and enjoy our clean and friendly atmosphere. With a wide variety of styles, we are confident we will have the right Artist for you!
Under Your Skin Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: At Under Your Skin Tattoo & Body Piercing Studio, we are 100% dedicated to our craft. Tattoo and piercing shops are a dime a dozen these days, but that doesn’t mean you have to trust your body to just anyone. We are formally trained and educated in the art of tattooing and body piercing, and we uphold the strictest sterilization standards in the industry.
Tattoo Profile: Evolution Tattoo is located in Reno, NV. Established in 2006, we have grown to be one of Reno’s premier tattoo studios. We have a talented, friendly and professional staff that can help you realize your tattoo ideas from purely custom work to portraits and cover-ups.
Battle Born Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: When you come to Battle Born Tattoo, you’ll observe our high standard of sterilization. And unlike many tattoo shops, we don’t require a shop minimum and we also accept walk-ins.
Lasting Dose Tattoo
Reno Tattoo Company
Tattoo Profile: We are Reno Tattoo Company, a first rate custom tattoo, piercing, body jewelry and art studio, The shop is located in the center of Midtown Reno, on the second floor above Recycled Records and Kaia Fitness. We are honored to have a group of talented artists that specialize in an array of tattoo design.
Marked Studios Inc
Tattoo Profile: We exist to nurture a creatively professional tattoo studio where artists and clients flourish in an experience enjoyed for life.
Of all of the tattoo studios in Reno, Nevada, perhaps the most well-known of the bunch is Reno Tattoo Company. This custom tattoo and piercing shop is located right in the middle of midtown Reno and are known for having a spacious, clean shop. They also have a great roster of artists throughout the week, so most people will have no problem matching up with someone who has a style that matches the type of design they are looking to get.
While Reno Tattoo Company is a great tattoo shop choice for a lot of people, the truth is that you will want to do a little bit of searching around before you commit to one. You can easily do this by simply looking for tattoo shops in the area online and seeing what other customers have said about them. You should also head on over to their websites so you can get a look at what their studios look like and the type of tattoos they are known for making. This type of research only takes a couple of hours at most but it can definitely help you when you are searching for a top tattoo shop in Reno. After you’ve done your internet research and narrowed down your list of shops, we highly recommend going to your favorites and checking them out in person before you make your final decision.
Some people choose to look for a tattoo artist in Reno who can do a great job for them rather than searching for the tattoo shop that they will end up visiting. Some of the more well-known tattoo artists in the Reno area include Mark McKinnon, Maya Claiborne, Jonnie Edmonds, Tony Medellin, and Chris Melzo. What you’ll get from all of these artists and all of the other great ones in the area is attention to detail in their work and excellent chairside manner.
Just like with tattoo shops in Reno, you will also want to take some time to research some of the artists in the area before you commit to anyone. You might end up hiring one of the artists mentioned earlier or maybe you find another one that has a cool style that you think will work for your design. You have two options when looking for a tattoo artist in the Reno area: Either go online and search for local artists’ portfolios or head on over to some shops to see the type of work that their artists do. Both options work well and will greatly increase your chances of finding the right artist for the type of design you plan on getting.
A lot of people who live in or around Reno and even those who just love the city will sometimes want to get Reno tattoos to show off that love for the city. As you might expect, many of these tattoos have to do with gambling or other type of entertainment specialized in Reno, but you will also see quite a few sports tattoos for the local colleges and pro sports teams.
Reno is the hub of Washoe county and resides in the western Nevada. Even though Reno is one of the biggest cities in Nevada, it has still earned the moniker of “The Biggest Little City in the World.”
Reno earned this nickname back in the late 1800’s. Back then, residents were loading up in cities like San Francisco, New York and Chicago. People were enthralled with the idea of these major cities in the times after the Civil War (also known as the Gilded Age) and they were going there in droves making these cities some of the wealthiest in the world with their booming industries, electric streetcars and tall skyscrapers.
At that time, the smaller cities wanted some of that attention and money as well. Many of the smaller cities were really going after it trying to attract new people to move there. Many of these cities were trying to be the city that was dubbed “the biggest little city”, but there was only room for one. Places like Sioux Falls, Memphis, Wichita and Reno were the cities that were competing for the name and a local reporter named “The Biggest Little City on the Pacific Coast” just after 1900. It is said that the phrase described the attitude of the city as opposed to the size. Reno had big vision, opportunities and pride.
The local people in business really pushed the nickname in 1910 during the summer, when Jim Jeffries and Jack Johnson squared off in one of the biggest boxing matches of the time bring thousands of people to Reno. The nickname was plastered all over every piece of promotion put out for the fight.
In 1910, it was somewhat of a stretch to call Reno a “city” since Reno’s population sat around 10,000 people. However, many were surprised by the urban vibe of the city which made it feel much bigger than the statistics show. When people came to Reno, the thought they might see a country town with an outpost and stables but what they found instead was a hub of cultural sophistication, a university and a downtown with a lot of charm. Much of it came from the hordes of people coming to Reno for a six month divorce.
Over the course of time, the moniker started to catch on and in 1929 it was proven that the people of the city loved the name too because the slogan that won was the “Biggest Little City in the World.” Just a few years before that, the label was put on the Virginia Street sign. Now that the slogan was part of one the most popular images associated with Reno, it gained much more notoriety and you can add legalized gambling and even faster divorces to the reasons Reno kept gaining steam.
People were settling in the area of the Truckee Meadows around the early 1850’s. It was a pretty fertile valley and to only help the attractiveness, the Truckee River flowed through the valley and made its way to Pyramid Lake from Lake Tahoe. To add to subsistence farming, the people that first lived in the area were picking up business from people traveling along the California Trail. The trail went along the Truckee river heading west and this was before it split off towards Donner Lake which was a where the Sierra Nevada started.
Then around Virginia city in 1850, gold was discovered and from there, this little mining community started to develop into something special. However, what really drove in the people was the discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 which led to the minding rush. Thousands of people took off from what they called home to head west in search of their fortune.
In 1859, Charles Fuller began to build a toll bridge made of logs to cross the Truckee River to create a connection between the California Trail and Virginia City. This little community would soon service the travelers that had their childhood near that bridge. Fuller sold the bridge to a man named Myron Lake and two years later and he continued to build the community up with the addition of some important staples. He ended up naming it Lake’s Crossing and in 1864, Roop County was consolidated with Washoe County and Lake’s Crossing ended up being the biggest town in the whole county.
The Central Pacific Railroad was starting to being built east from Sacramento in 1863 to ultimately connect with the Union Pacific Railroad and then to the First Transcontinental Railroad. Once the railroad station was founded, Reno was official, and this happened in 1868. Charles Crocker, CPRR superintendent of construction, gave the Reno its name after a Union officer that was killed in the Civil War named Jesse Lee Reno.
Reno was the gambling capital of America before 1950. However, business was reduced with the growth of Las Vegas, growth of Native American gambling in California and the buyout of Reno Air by American Airlines reduced the business going to Reno. Eventually the older casinos like the Primadonna, Mapes Hotel, Horseshoe Club, Palace Club, Fitzgerald’s Nevada Club and Harold’s Club were torn down and the smaller casinos were either shut down or turned into resident housing.
Reno has always had a draw for people living in northern California because of the gambling and Las Vegas was pulling in customers from the Phoenix area and Southern California.
If you’re looking for sports entertainment, Reno is home to the affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks called the Reno Aces and they play in Greater Nevada Field which was opened in 2009 and is located in the downtown area. Reno has played host to many professional baseball teams in the past and most of them were under the Reno Silver Sox name.
There is plenty to do in Reno and when you visit, you will see what we are talking about. Whether you are looking for historical sites to visit or cultural sophistication, Reno has it all.
Reno, Nevada has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Evolution Tattoo, Lasting Dose Tattoo, Aces Tattoo, Absolute Tattoo, Battle Born Tattoo and Marked Studios, Inc, Reno is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of around 230,000, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 56 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Reno. Google Places lists 70 different tattoo shops in the Reno area, which shows how competitive the city truly is. 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.