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Best Tattoo Shops in San Antonio

Posted by Drew Plotkin (Chief Dude Officer) on

Dude: Did you know that San Antonio is the most visited city in all of Texas? Giddyup!

With so many people visiting San Antonio, your pals at Derm Dude ™ put together a list of some of the best tattoo shops in all of San Antonio.

Because let's face it, if you tour The Alamo and get the Riverwalk out of the way, you’ll be ready for some fresh ink.

FIRME COPIAS

Top Tattoo Shops in San Antonio, TX

A local favorite with four convenient locations to choose from, Firme Copias is at the top of our list because of the shop’s willingness to cover and re-create whatever new style and design you want!

Black and grey, color realism, color, lettering/script, mandala, and neo-traditional tattoos are all on the menu at this one-stop-shop.

Resident artist at Firme Copias include owner, Mike Chagolla and a team of eight other talented artist such as King Sylol, Rone Kills, Augie Stakes, Tattu Tim, Spinner Top and Richard Casarez.

Tattoo by Richard Casarez, San Antonio, TX

You can get new ink here seven days a week, and they have a piercer on staff if you want to get your tongue, eyebrow, or…. whatever …pierced. (Send us pics. Maybe….)

They do accept walk-ins but call ahead if you’re looking for a specific artist and see if they have a waitlist.

BOARDWALK TATTOOS

Boardwalk Tattoos | San Antonio, TX

Located at 7218 Blanco Rd in San Antonio, TX - Boardwalk Tattoos opened in 2015 and won the best Tattoo Shop in San Antonio in 2021 by Expertise.com.

Tattoo Design By Abel of Boardwalk Tattoo | San Antonio TX

This shop offers a wide variety of tattooing styles, including traditional tattoos, realism, portraits, watercolor, Polynesian tribal, Japanese-style, hyperrealism, dot-work, and script. Whew! Did we leave anything out?

Resident Artist at Boardwalk include co-owners, Abel & Su as well as six other seasoned tattoo artists: Bobby Hulsey, SEAN, MEGHAN, and Frankie.

Boardwalk Tattoos does take walk-ins, but it’s a busy shop that generally has appointments booked out a full week in advance, so if there’s a specific artist you like, call ahead and schedule your time in the shop.

FORTUNE BROTHERS TATTOO COMPANY

FBTC | San Antonio TX

Fortune Brothers Tattoo Company was founded in 2009 by Robert Corso and Dan Barnett. While these two fine dudes aren’t blood brothers, their fraternal friendship helped create the tattoo shop that stands today, lacated at 918 Oblate Dr. San Antonio, TX 78216

Current Resident artists at FBTC include co-owner Robert, and two other highly experienced artists, Ruben Huizar & Mark Morfin. They specialize in Traditional American, Japanese, and cover-ups. The shop also offers complete custom pieces, but if you like to pick flash art, then this is your place. The shop has an insane amount of flash art pieces to choose from to make a permanent impression on almost any part of your skin.

Sar Wars Themed Tattoo | San Antonio TX

INK COUTURE TATTOOS

Ink Couture Tattoo Shop | San Antonio TX

Ink Couture Tattoos has three San Antonio locations (Thousand Oaks,Shaenfield Ranch, & St. Mary's Strip) so a shop will be close by no matter what part of the city you’re staying in (or…wake up in, if it was one of those kinds of nights.) No judgment dude...

Ink Couture Tattoos strives for a luxury-style tattoo shop vibe, while at the same time, being as affordable and competitive as any other tattoo shop in San Antonio.

The shop has a huge roster of artists and can provide you with any style of tattoo that you’re looking for.

INCEPTION TATTOOS & PIERCINGS

Inception Tattoo | San Antonio TX

Inception Tattoos and Piercings is a unique shop that gives back a lot to the community. The shop offers free nipple tattoo reconstruction for any breast cancer survivors, discounts to active military personnel, and involves themselves in the community as much as possible.

Indian Head Tattoo | San Antonio

Located at 12244 Nacogdoches Rd San Antonio, TX 78217 - the shop is family-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned. It’s a safe place for people of the LGTB community and welcoming to ink seekers from virtually all walks of life.

Inception Tattoos and Piercings is a full 'custom-only' tattoo shop, meaning it’s not a shop to get flash work. You’ll need to schedule an appointment to get a quote and discuss

your tattoo; they do not do walk-ins. Once your appointment is set, you’ll need to make a deposit. If your appointment is made over the phone, have a credit card ready.

DANDYLAND CUSTOM TATTOO & PIERCINGS

Dandyland Tattoo | San Antonio

Dandyland Tattoo and Piercings has been operating in San Antonio since 1996. Since its opening, readers of the San Antonio Current have voted Dandyland Tattoo and Piercings the number one tattoo and piercing shop in San Antonio an astounding fourteen times. These guys are located at 1620 Fredericksburg Rd San Antonio, TX 78201

The shop’s piercers are members of the Association of Professional Piercers in San Antonio. This means the piercers are constantly being educated about new piercing techniques and procedures. They only use the highest quality, medical-grade, internally threaded jewelry.

Dandyland Tattoo and Piercings operates on an appointment-only system. The shop offers custom tattoos in color realism, black and grey realism, watercolor, abstract, painterly, portraits, animal portraits, and traditional American.

Conclusion

With so many people visiting San Antonio, Texas, it’s no surprise that the tattoo industry is thriving in this city. We picked these shops based on reviews and support from locals. Many of these shops have been operating for decades and show no signs of slowing down.

Whatever your tattoo desires may be, now you’ll have a headstart finding a tattoo shop in San Antonio that’s right for you!

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