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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 30th 2011


A tattoo is permanent, so you should carefully consider the ramifications of getting one. Consider your occupation (in fact, you might want to ask if the company dress code dictates that they be covered during work hours), and how your tattoo will be perceived by others.

If you do decide to get a tattoo, there are several tattoo shops in and around New York City that do excellent work. They must adhere to strict health department standards, so if you have any doubts, ask to see their most recent health inspection. A reputable tattoo shop, such as these listed below, should have no problem showing it to you.

Now, all you have to do is choose the tattoo shop. Here are a few for your consideration:

Fineline Tattoo

Did you know that tattooing was banned in New York City from the early '60s until the late '90s? Well, it was, but that didn't stop some tattoo shops from operating clandestinely. Fineline Tattoo was one of these.

When the tattooing ban was lifted, Fineline Tattoo brought its already professional, hygienic practices out into the open. The artists' work is superb, and you can be ensured that your tattoo will be applied in a safe, sanitary method.

Sacred Tattoo, 424 Broadway

The tattoo ban hadn't quite been lifted when Sacred Tattoo was founded (it opened in 1990, and the ban was lifted a few years later), but when it was lifted, people flocked, and still flock, to this once clandestine shop.

Sacred Tattoo is not only the place to get a tattoo, but also an art gallery of some of the finest in tattoo art. The shop displays different tattoo artists' work at different times, so visit often to see the latest in tattoo artistry.

Saved Tattoo, 426 Union Avenue, Brooklyn

The tattoo artistry at Saved Tattoo is spectacular. Swirling designs, bold bright colors, and attention to the most intricate detail is evident in each tattoo that is given at this shop. It's well worth the trip to Brooklyn.

Red Rocket Tattoo, Midtown Manhattan and Levittown, Long Island

This is another one of the more innovative tattoo shops in New York. The Midtown Manhattan location is a combination tattoo shop and body art gallery, so you can see the works from different tattoo artists from other areas as well as the resident artists.
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When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York City
Cost: Depends on tattoo shop
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