Style & Shopping

Four Baltimore-Area Tattoo Shops to Have on Your Radar

Choosing a shop that aligns with your vision and comfort level is half the battle, so here's a mini rundown to help with your research.
Dave Wah, one of the owners of Stay Humble Tattoo Company. —Photography by Christopher Myers

The decision to get a tattoo is not one to be taken lightly—the design is permanent, after all. And choosing a shop that aligns with your vision and comfort level is half the battle. Whether you’re itching to add to your ink collection or are a first-timer wondering where to begin, we’ve got you covered with this mini rundown of great local tattoo shops.

Fruit Camp
Art is celebrated in more than one way at this Remington studio. The first floor, an open space washed in natural light, is a tattoo parlor, while the second floor houses private studio space for artists across various disciplines. Inclusivity and accessibility are fundamental to this shop. Operating as a collective, Fruit Camp’s artists freely work within their own style, their own schedule, and their own rate structure. 2656 Miles Ave., [email protected]

Love Struck Tattoo
Bright, colorful, and filled with lush plants, Annapolis’ Love Struck Tattoo is a uniquely inviting space. The crew of artists is known for being friendly and collaborative. Each artist here handles their own booking and design process with wide-ranging styles, including traditional, realism, and ornamental. The studio also has a resident cosmetic tattoo artist and accepts tattoo party bookings for you and your besties (Champagne and free touch-ups for a year after service included). 29 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, 301-578-6891

Stay Humble Tattoo Company
If you’ve strolled Hamden’s 36th Street, chances are you likely caught a glimpse of the iconic “Stay Humble Baltimore” mural on Chestnut. Inside and up the stairs, you’ll walk into a tattoo shop that feels a bit like the city itself: somewhat small, but bursting with personality. Ditto for the talent—while Stay Humble leans more into classic tattoo styles, each artist brings their own flair to the table. 801 W. 36th St,, 410-235-1234

Black Lotus Tattoo
The full-service Black Lotus is known for its award-winning artist roster and streamlined services. The emphasis is on the art, so there’s no pre-drawn flash to opt for. The shop also offers piercing services as well as tattoo removal through trans epidermal pigment release, a less invasive alternative to lasers. And word to the wise: Bookings, managed by the shop, fill up quickly. 7466 New Ridge Road, Suite 22, Hanover, 410-487-6675