A Top 10: Our Choices For The Best Tattoo Shops In Portland

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Written By John @ The Portlandist

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The Best Tattoo Shops in Portland Oregon

Below is our picks for the top 10 best Tattoo Shops in Portland Oregon. To snap directly to a specific location, please click the corresponding link in the list below.

  1. Sea Tramp Tattoo Company
  2. Icon Tattoo Studio
  3. Scapegoat Tattoo
  4. Grizzly Tattoo
  5. Atlas Tattoo
  6. Martian Arts Tattoo
  7. Ever True Tattoo
  8. Wonderland Tattoo
  9. Tattoo 34
  10. Raving Artist Tattoo Studio

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10. Sea Tramp Tattoo Company

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This Central Eastside studio boasts the distinction of being the oldest tattoo shop in the state, established in 1978 by colorful artist Bert Grimm. Grimm opened his first shop in 1916 in Maryland and is rumored to have tattooed historic figures including Bonnie and Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd before opening Bert Grimm’s World Famous Tattoo Shop in Long Beach, California in the 1950s. Grimm arrived in Portland near the end of his life to open his final establishment, and though he died in 1985 following a long illness, his hand-painted flash sheets still adorn the walls of the Sea Tramp studio. Meanwhile, the shop is still operated by Grimm’s Long Beach protégé Don Deaton. 

Though Deaton has largely retired from inking after more than 40 years behind the pen, he does occasionally accept appointments; most of the shop’s work is performed by a trio of seasoned artists: Patrick Murphy, Skot Ramsay and Mike Stevens. The shop excels in old-school designs, although pieces of all varieties are available and executed with precision and artistry. 

The shop is open 363 days a year and later than most of its competitors, making it a popular choice for spontaneous inkings. Bring cash for the shop minimum of $80 and consult your artist for hourly rates. 

Email | Instagram | Web | (503)-231-9784
523 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97214


9. Icon Tattoo Studio

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With vast windows and high ceilings that flood the studio with light, simply walking into Icon Tattoo can be an uplifting experience. Located in the historic Davis Block of North Portland, Icon has offered meticulous attention to detail and fine craftsmanship since 1999, earning it a spot among the most revered tattoo studios in the city. 

Icon’s artists shine with minimalist designs in the old-school and black-and-gray traditions, though each member of its staff brings unique creativity and style to their creations. Longtime industry veteran Lucky Matthews primarily works in traditional American, Japanese and Polynesian styles, with a particular affinity for large, boldly-colored pieces; San Francisco Bay-area native Alena Chun draws influences from her Chinese and Korean background as well as classic American designs; Melissa Baker, a recent transplant to the Portland area, brings two decades of tattooing experience and a fine arts degree from the University of Georgia to her craft. 

Before walking through the door at Icon, keep in mind that the shop accepts cash payments only, with a minimum of $100 and prices based on size and detail. As always, book an appointment in advance if you wish to work with a specific artist. 

Email | Instagram | Web | (503)-477-7157
813 N Russell Street, Portland, Oregon 97227


8. Scapegoat Tattoo

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One of the largest and most well-known tattoo shops in Portland, Scapegoat Tattoo’s location in Southeast Portland’s vegan mini-mall has made it a favorite among customers who eschew animal-based products. The shop is committed to using only vegan inks and products that are animal-free and have not been tested on animals. 

Scapegoat’s experienced artists include John Wilson, who specializes in ornamental, nature and traditional designs as well as custom pieces; Ryan Redman, whose talents are best reflected in his ornate, Gothic-inspired black-and-white designs; and Olivia Britz-Wheat, known for her creative portrait work. 

Email | Instagram | Web | (503)-232-4628
1233 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97205


7. Grizzly Tattoo

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In addition to earning accolades for their high-quality old-school designs—skulls, tigers, roses and snakes—the artists at Grizzly Tattoo have built a reputation as the friendliest tattoo shop in the city. The shop’s talented professionals include Tyler Adams, whose three decades in the industry have included stints at fellow top-10 shops Sea Tramp Tattoo and Infinity Tattoo; David Stein, an acclaimed oil painter whose work has been exhibited in New York and Berlin, among other global locales; and Davis Eirmann, a skater, surfer and audiophile whose artistry has been strongly influenced by skateboard graphics, surfer tattoos and punk rock album covers. 

Though the shop does accept walk-ins, Grizzly’s artists generally keep packed calendars, making advance reservations a must. The shop minimum is $100, with hourly prices ranging from $150 to $200 depending on the design, size and placement of the piece. 

Email | Instagram | Web | (503)-265-8146
3949 N Williams Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97227


6. Atlas Tattoo

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This North Portland tattoo shop set in a sprawling blue house has drawn thousands of customers over its 25-year history, with a deep bench of body artists known for their creativity and meticulous work. The shop’s strengths include neotraditional and Japanese-inspired designs, though any of its skilled artists are easily capable of manifesting whatever design you might imagine. 

The shop is open seven days a week and accepts walk-in appointments, although you’d be wise to make an advance reservation—especially if you have a specific artist in mind. The daily call-in list opens at 11 am., and same-day slots fill on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Prices start at $180 per hour for basic designs, although more complex drawings may cost $200 or more per hour, depending on the artist. Each artist handles their own payments and deposits, with some accepting only cash and others accepting electronic payments or both. Be sure to confirm with your chosen artist ahead of your appointment. 

Email | Instagram | Web | (503)-281-7499
4543 N Albina Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217


5. Martian Arts Tattoo

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Founded in 2013 by husband and wife team Jerry and Joanne Martian, Martian Arts Tattoo revels in the offbeat culture personified by the local slogan “Keep Portland Weird.” The shop’s artists specialize in tattoos inspired by “geek culture”—primarily anime and cartoons—as well as Japanese-inspired designs and old-school art. Though most of the work they deliver is custom-designed, walk-ins are accepted based on availability, but keep in mind that with just four full-time artists, the calendar at Martian Arts tends to fill quickly. 

Conveniently located in the popular Hawthorne District, this cozy second-floor studio sits just above Farmhouse restaurant at the corner of 34th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard. In addition to Jerry and Joanne, Martian’s artists include Adam Triplett, a native of Appalachia whose favorite designs include botanical pieces, skulls and esoterica; and John Lyon, a former abstract painter who earned an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and specializes in dot work, geometric designs and photo representational pieces. 

The shop minimum is $80, with hourly prices ranging from $120 to $150. Deposits are required to book an appointment, with amounts that vary depending on the artist. 

Email | Instagram | Web | (503)-477-5069
3352 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Oregon 97214


4. Ever True Tattoo

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Now celebrating a decade in business, Ever True Tattoo owner Drat Diesler opened his breezy Old Town Portland studio after 17 years working in other area shops, making him among the most experienced body artists in the region. Adam Bailey, Scott Umeki, Dayton Skuse and Toni Beat round out the studio’s roster of talented artists, and they’ve become known for their botanical designs, geometric patterns and Polynesian black work as well as high-quality traditional American and Japanese-inspired pieces. 

Unlike some of its competitors that book up months in advance, Ever True makes a point to hold space for spontaneous customers and welcomes walk-ins with a modest shop minimum of $60, with average hourly prices around $160. If you have a large or complex piece in mind, however, Diesler recommends booking a consultation with an artist to discuss your vision before arriving to get inked. 

Email | Instagram | Web | (971)-563-5093
213 SW Ash Street, Portland, Oregon 97204


3. Wonderland Tattoo

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In less than a decade in business, Wonderland Tattoo has taken off like a rocket in Southeast Portland, thanks to the exceptional custom work delivered from the hands of its sublimely talented team of artists. However, their legendary quality has led to a highly exclusive appointment calendar, with Wonderland’s books opening only a few times per year as sessions become available. 

Wonderland owner Alice Kendall brings more than 20 years of industry experience to her work, and her science- and nature-themed tattoos have become almost legendary in the Portland area. Her colleague Kirsten Holliday hails from Texas Hill Country and favors bold lines and rich, saturated tones in her traditional designs and botanical illustrations. Los Angeles native Savannah Treviño earned a fine arts degree from USC before relocating to Portland, where she joined Wonderland as an apprentice in 2017 and counts botanicals, animals, vintage photography and folklore among her primary artistic influences. Artists Sean Wright, Cecilia Wingate, Katy Bisby and Sarah Walls fill out the shop’s deep bench of skilled artists. 

Once you score an appointment, expect a one-hour minimum charge and an hourly rate of $225, which may seem steep but reflects the premium quality of Wonderland’s pieces. 

Email | Instagram | Web | (971)-254-4352
7020 SE 52nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97206


2. Tattoo 34

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Tattoo 34 proudly bills itself as the only indigenous- and black-owned tattoo shop in Portland, and its work is a celebration of the diverse influences and experiences its staff—both in-house and guest artists—brings to their craft. 

Owners Toby Linwood and his wife Nisha Supahan met during their undergraduate studies at Southern Oregon University, later moving to the San Francisco Bay area for Toby’s career in sports marketing. In 2010, Toby’s job—as well as Nisha’s career as an acclaimed wedding photographer—fell victim to the recession, and the couple and their three children returned to Oregon in 2012 as Toby sought to re-launch his creative passions as a tattoo artist. After spending several years building his portfolio at multiple studios, he landed at Hawthorne Ink.

When the opportunity became available to purchase the business in 2016, the pair decided to take the leap, transforming it from its previous identity as Hawthorne Ink into Tattoo 34. The name was inspired by multiple sources, including Toby’s age at the time and his first business, Three Fourths Designs. In the rebranding, the couple sought to make the shop more welcoming and accessible, which included taking steps like implementing an online waiver to reduce paper waste and establish a credit card system as an alternative to the previous cash-only policy. 

The bulk of Tattoo 34’s business is by appointment only, although its proprietors have begun working to set aside days when one or multiple artists are available to do walk-in or “flash” pieces; follow the shop’s social media for the latest information on daily offerings. Tattoo 34 accepts cash, cards and shop gift cards for the $100 minimum and hourly rate, which varies based on the artist performing the work. 

Email | Instagram | Web | (503)-235-3606
4035 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97214


1. Raving Artist Tattoo Studio

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Despite the challenges of maintaining a one-person operation, Court Casteman has firmly established her niche in the Portland tattoo scene as the proprietor of Raving Artist Tattoo Studio. The Raving Artist experience is a direct reflection of the artist herself, who strives to create a cozy and comfortable environment where clients can relax and enjoy their inking sessions. A self-professed lover of all things outdoors, Casteman brings her passions for hiking and nature photography to her work, specializing in pieces inspired by flowers, animals, mountains and rivers. 

A lifelong artist, Casteman earned a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Dallas before deciding to pursue a full-time career in tattooing at the age of 32. When she’s not applying ink to skin, she prefers sketching on paper with ballpoint pen, and her imagination and creative artistry make her an ideal collaborator for custom pieces. 

Casteman is available by appointment only and charges a $100 minimum, with an hourly rate of $150. Most pieces require a consultation and deposit prior to scheduling. 

Email | Instagram | Web | (503)-272-1225
833 SE Main Street, Portland, Oregon 97214


Our Final Thoughts: The Best Tattoo Shops in Portland Oregon

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