We contacted 27 Tattoo Shops in Kansas City, Missouri and hand-picked the best for you to choose from
The following email is sent to all tattoo shops in Kansas City, Missouri. The responses to this email will be shown in the “Email Response” section of each shop.
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I am interested in getting a single-line tattoo on my leg. Something like the cat here: https://www.xotly.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Single-Line-Tattoo.jpg
So my question is:
Do you guys specialize in these kind of tattoos?
And how much does it cost to get a tattoo like that?
Size – 3×3 inches
Is it possible to get colors in the tattoo, like in the example?
Happy to hear back from you guys,
I also have some other questions, so feel free to answer those:
1. What ingredients in the ink you’d use for the colors in the tattoo?
2. Does color ink causes an itchy rash? I have kinda sensitive skin.
3. Can you perform a patch test?
4. Are you a licensed tattoo artist?
5. In case you did some single-line tattoos, can you share some examples?
Table of Contents
- 1 39th Street Tattoo
- 2 A1 Tattoo Shop
- 3 Dragonfly Tattoo Studio
- 4 Exile Tattoo
- 5 Hand & Dagger Tattoo
- 6 Headless Hands Custom Tattoos
- 7 Illustrated Man Tattoo
- 8 Irezumi Tattoo
- 9 Jeremy Latta Tattoos
- 10 Jessie Hopeless
- 11 John Monk’s Revelation Tattoo
- 12 Mikey Wheeler
- 13 Stormy Tattoo
- 14 Surreal Tattoo Studio
- 15 The Ink Parlor – Main Street
39th Street Tattoo
39th Street Tattoo has a team of professional artists resident in the studio, who offer custom designs for clients who insist on the complete originality of their tattoos. To help clients make the best-informed decisions, the studio has curated a photo gallery of representative work on their website, as a handy reference portfolio and a good indicator of what to expect from the studio. Studio owner Aubrey has many years of tattooing experience and across a wide range of styles, including landscape, realistic images, Japanese themes, and traditional monochrome (black and grey). The studio is also known for its clean and healthy environment.
A1 Tattoo Shop
A1 Tattoo Shop was founded in 1993 by owner Brennan O’Rourke, who has been tattooing for over 20 years. Brennan’s specialization is in American Traditional themes, and also Japanese styles in large sizes. In his studio, Brennan works with an experienced team of artists who have extensive training in both large- and small-scale images. Together, the team is able to deliver high-quality tattoos with different styles to suit client needs, including hand-drawn and vintage-looking images, original designs, and cover-ups or removals of old tattoos. The studio focuses on providing professional-level body art which clients will be proud to wear.
Dragonfly Tattoo Studio
Dragonfly Tattoo Studio has been in business since 1997, founded by owner- operator Troy Butner. Over the decades, Troy has carefully selected highly-skilled tattoo artists to work with clients, painstakingly building his studio’s reputation one client and one tattoo at a time. The result is an impressive roster of experienced tattoo artists, and a wide repertoire of body artwork, ranging from minimalist images to full-sleeved colorwork. Dragonfly Studio Tattoos emphasizes a clean and safe environment for its clients.
Exile Tattoo is a pair of studios, both located in Kansas City and founded by “Whispering” Danny Kobzantsev: Exile Tattoo and Exile Tattoo 2. Both studio locations share a team of eight resident tattoo artists. Their work shows influences from classic American and Japanese images and designs, although they are also proficient in most tattoo forms and would be happy to take on commissions for custom designs. Clients can specify whether to stick to traditional monochrome (black and grey) or bolder colored tattoos. To spice up its premises, the studio often hosts pop-up stores or put up their artists’ personal artwork, to the benefit of local charities.
Hand & Dagger Tattoo
Hand & Dagger Tattoo is where a group of highly talented tattoo artists have chosen to practise their trade: providing specialist tattoos in a broad variety of styles and taking on commissions for custom design work. The artists at this studio are highly proficient in creating designs of virtually any style that clients can think of, including traditional images from American and Japanese themes, monochrome (black and grey), lettering and scripts, watercolor or full-color works, intricate and delicate geometric patterns, realistic portraits and images, and other unconventional images. Clients often come away impressed by the studio’s comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, the group of friendly and talented artists, and the clean and safe environment. Walk-ins are as welcome as appointments.
Headless Hands Custom Tattoos
Headless Hands Custom Tattoos may not be the most intuitive brand name for services that require a lot of thought and imagination, but this studio is certainly not just about executing tattoos without thinking. It has been in the business of providing tattoos and body piercing services since 2006, and built up an impressive reputation in the local market since. The studio prides itself in providing custom designs, in a variety of styles to suit the client: realistic images, neo-traditional themes, abstract shapes, traditional lettering, and monochrome (black and grey) or color images. Headless Hands makes it a point to always use fully sterilized instruments and materials when tattooing; there is a prominently displayed high-temperature, high-pressure autoclave that is used for that purpose. The resident artists are fully trained in the latest safety and hygiene procedures, so that clients have that extra peace of mind. A nice touch is that the studio’s services does not simply stop after tattooing; it provides after-care advice and services, to ensure that clients know what to do, and not to do, during the healing process.
Illustrated Man Tattoo
Fans of science fiction author Ray Bradbury will appreciate the Illustrated Man Tattoo studio. Owner Jack Cox opened the studio in 1972, when it was Kansas City’s very first professional tattoo studio. Over many decades of serving clients in the industry, Jack has built up a team of tattoo artists who easily take on work across a wide variety of styles, including monochrome (black and grey) images, colorwork, traditional and contemporary American themes, and realistic portraits. The studio also provides cosmetic (temporary) tattoos, or permanent makeup services for clients who want them.
A Kansas City institution, Irezumi Tattoo has been around for nearly 20 years. The studio is staffed by a team of about a dozen resident artists and two body piercing specialists. They are highly experienced in a wide variety of body art styles, such as realistic portraits, traditional American themes, monochrome (black and grey), color sleeves, realistic images, custom lettering and more. Walk-in customers are as welcome as those who make appointments in advance.
Jeremy Latta Tattoos
Jeremy Latta is a professional tattoo artist based in Kansas City. He has been doing this for over 18 years, accumulating a considerable following and clientele in the process. Having founded the studio “Dark Lotus Tattoos” in the city of Liberty, MO, he subsequently moved the studio to Kansas City, and renamed the studio after himself. Client testimonials highlight Jeremy’s skill, personality, and knowledge in all aspects of tattooing. Prospective clients can email him to view his portfolio of work, which encompasses a considerable range of tattooing styles. Jeremy is currently working out of the “Exile Tattoos” studio in Kansas City (see separate listing).
Jessie Hopeless has been providing custom designs to discerning clients since 2003. Recently, she opened a new private studio right here in Kansas City. Jessie continues to serve clients in her inimitable styles, which spans realistic images, monochrome (black and grey), contemporary and abstract designs. Her Instagram account provides a comprehensive view of her past work and influences. The quality of her work is evident, for example in her nomination for 2020 Best Tattoo Artist at The Pitch: Best of Kansas City. Clients often enjoy talking to her during their tattoo sessions; her B.A. in Philosophy enlivens the conversation and many clients report having gained much more than a tattoo which is after all only skin-deep.
John Monk’s Revelation Tattoo
Located in the town of Gladstone, Revelation Tattoo is billed as a high-energy place, unlike most tattoo studios which emphasize calming and Zen-inspired influences. Founder and owner John Monk has been in business since 1992, and has deep expertise in traditional and contemporary American and Japanese styles, across full-color artwork and monochrome (black and grey) designs. The studio has a team of nine resident artists, who have achieved recognition by the local newspaper (the Gladstone Dispatch) as “Best of the Northland” for two consecutive years.
Mikey Wheeler offers a variety of tattoo services and styles, such as realistic portraits, floral, geometric and historical styles. With over a decade of experience, Mikey is not lacking in clientele, though he currently works out of the studio Mercy Seat Tattoo. Clients appreciate Mikey for the attention to detail and evident dedication that he brings to producing custom designs just for them.
Stormy Tattoo accepts appointments only. The owner, Stormy Jackson, has been a professional tattoo artist for about two decades, and has spent a considerable amount of time at multiple studios in the Kansas City area. Through this experience, Stormy has gained knowledge and expertise in providing one-of-a-kind, highly original designs. He specializes in cover-up work, using images from a range of styles such as monochrome (black and grey), realistic portraits, American and Japanese traditional themes. Kansas City Magazine has named him as the city’s Best Tattoo Artist.
Surreal Tattoo Studio
Surreal Tattoo Studio specializes in highly intricate and detailed tattoo designs, across a variety of tattooing genres and styles. The studio’s motto is that “no design is too difficult”, and a constant stream of clients appear determined to put that to the test. Appointments through the online booking system are highly recommended, although walk-ins can sometimes find a slot especially if they are from outside Kansas City. As a tattoo is permanent, however, the studio strongly recommends that prospective clients take the time to carefully select their desired style and even choose the artist that they find most sutiable, by studying the studio’s portfolio in detail.
The Ink Parlor – Main Street
The Ink Parlor – Main Street offers a wide range of flash tattoo designs to choose from. More prepared clients can also choose to commission a custom tattoo design. The studio’s team of resident artists are fluent in a wide variety of body art styles, such as traditional American, neo-contemporary Japanese, monochrome (black and grey) images, realistic portraits, and full-sleeve colorwork. The studio is known for a healthy, clean and very sterile environment. While some prospective clients may find the premises too clinical, others appreciate its obvious sanitary benefits.
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