City of Ink is no Value Menu tattoo shop. It’s clean without being clinical, maintaining a traditional vibe without all that grime. Every piece is 100% custom, only inked after a close collaboration between artist and client.Many tattoo shops out there function like fast food restaurants. You walk in, pick something off a menu, and walk out thirty minutes later filled with regret. The only difference: a belly full of Big Macs eventually goes away. That barbed wire bicep? That’s forever, friend. City of Ink is no Value Menu tattoo shop. It’s clean without being clinical, maintaining a traditional vibe without all that grime. Every piece is 100% custom, only inked after a close collaboration between artist and client. The folks behind the shop believe that this is the only way to do it. “This is a fine art shop, a gallery. If it’s on the wall, on your arm, whatever, it’s got to have soul,” they tell us. Of course, you don’t respect the work and disrespect the talent. Each artist here has a distinctive style and is encouraged to explore that, to build a reputation of their own and flourish accordingly. Just don’t get upset when they talk you out of that Tweety Bird tramp stamp you’ve been wanting.
You may know this shop for their Castleberry outpost, but they also opened up shop over on Edgewood. At both locations, they’ve built a family of artists, each one more Positive Mental Attitude than the last. Just passing by? Odds are they’ll invite you to stroll on in, even just to look. “I mean they wonder what’s going on here; you don’t have to pay money to look at the walls.” City of Ink is working on bringing these people through the door, hosting gallery openings and inkless walk-ins alike. Now that’s our kind of shop.
Monday – Saturday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.