Looking for a more permanent Valentine’s Day gift this year?
Seattle has no shortage of tattoo shops with talented artists in every neighborhood. We rounded up some of the coolest Seattle tattoo shops in one convenient list for you. Many of these tattoo shops welcome walk-ins, but some are appointment-only. If you’re not sure which it is, it’s best to call ahead or send the shop a message first.
Many of the shops are offering Valentine’s Day flash events, but even if they’re not, you can set up a special Valentine’s appointment with any of the shops. Plan ahead for a Valentine’s Day gift you and your loved ones won’t forget.
If an artist you like isn’t available, save this list, so you can schedule an appointment in the future! And always remember to do your own research and ask any questions that you have in order to make sure that the tattoo shop and artist you go to are the right fit for your needs.
In no particular order, here are 13 of the best Seattle tattoo shops:
1. Side Quest Tattoo, Capitol Hill
Side Quest Tattoo (formerly known as Artful Dodger) is an award-winning tattoo shop located in the Seattle neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Check out their website or Instagram to book with one of their talented artists.
They’re doing a Valentine’s Day flash event the weekend of Feb. 15-17. Get more info here.
Location: 617 E Pike St
Hours: noon – 9pm daily
2. Hidden Hand Tattoo, Fremont
Hidden Hand Tattoo is a tattoo shop in Fremont that is open daily for both walk-ins and appointments. They offer an extensive library of flash designs that you can choose from.
Location: 702 N 35th St
Hours: noon – 8pm daily
3. Nightshade Tattoo & Plant Shop, Queen Anne
Nightshade in Queen Anne is a hybrid store that combines two of the things Seattleites love the most: tattoos and plants! Although they don’t take walk-ins, you can make an appointment to get a tattoo when their books are open. They’re currently taking bookings for March and April 2024. In the meantime, it’s worth visiting the shop to check out their inventory of plants, gifts, and curiosities.
Location: 615 Queen Anne Ave N
Hours: 12pm – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday (Or by appointment)
4. True Love Tattoo, Capitol Hill
True Love Tattoo is a queer-owned tattoo shop in Capitol Hill that promises a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. They ask that you call or email them for artist availability.
They’re offering Valentine’s flash from Feb. 14th to 18th. Get more info here.
Location: 421 E Pine St
Hours: 1pm – 9pm daily
5. Seattle Tattoo Emporium, Capitol Hill
Established in 1941, Seattle Tattoo Emporium is Seattle’s oldest tattoo parlor. It’s a traditional walk-in tattoo parlor, which makes it ideal for getting a spur-of-the-moment flash piece.
Location: 1508 Boren Ave
Hours: 11am to 9pm Monday to Saturday, Noon to 7pm Sunday
6. Slave to the Needle, Ballard and Wallingford
Slave to the Needle Tattoo is an award-winning tattoo shop with two locations in Seattle. They often are able to take same-day appointments and walk-ins, but it is best to call or email them ahead of time.
They have Valentine’s flash available during the month of February. Get more info here.
Locations: 508 NW 65th St (Ballard); 403 NE 45th St (Wallingford)
Hours: 11am – 10pm daily
7. Emerald City Tattoos, Lake City
Emerald City Tattoo has artists specializing in traditional, illustrative, psychedelic, and full-color tattoos. You can email the shop for an appointment or call about walk-in availability.
They’re doing a Valentine’s theme flash day from Feb. 10th to 11th. Get more info here.
Location: 12332 Lake City Way NE
Hours: 1pm – 7pm Wednesday to Sunday
8. Laughing Buddha, Capitol Hill
Laughing Buddha in Capitol Hill offers tattoos as well as piercings and body jewelry. They are currently offering tattoos by appointment only, so check out their website or Instagram to see which artist you would like to book.
They’re offering Valentine’s flash that you can book here.
Location: 1121 E Union St
Hours: 11am – 9pm daily
9. Jackson Street Tattoo Company, Pioneer Square
They’re offering a February Flash Fandango with 15% off pre-drawn designs all month and a special Valentine’s flash offer. Find more info here.
Location: 208 S Jackson St
Hours: noon – 8pm daily
10. Supergenius Tattoo, Capitol Hill
You can walk in and get a tattoo on any day from one of the 13 artists at Supergenius Tattoo located in Capitol Hill. Check them out on their website here.
They’re doing a special Valentine’s flash event on Feb. 9th, 10th, and 11th. Find more info here.
Location: 1419 10th Ave
Hours: 12pm – 10pm daily
11. Lilith Tattoo, Central District
This queer-owned tattoo studio in Seattle’s Central District is by appointment only, although you are welcome to walk-in to view the space and artist portfolios. They typically have seven working artists there in addition to rotating guest artists. You can visit their website for more info or contact their artists directly for a custom tattoo.
They’re offering Anti-Valentine’s flash designs for the entire month of February. Find more info here.
Location: 2006 E Union St Unit 1
Hours: 10:30am – 7pm daily
12. Anchor Tattoo, Ballard
This small but popular tattoo parlor in Ballard has just two artists specializing in American traditional tattoos. You can check out their work or submit an inquiry on their website.
Location: 5451 Ballard Ave NW
Hours: 12-8pm Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday (closed Mondays)
13. Rabid Hands Tattoo Studio, Ballard
This tattoo shop in Ballard is a great place to go for anything from traditional to illustrative tattoos. They do welcome walk-ins if an artist is available, but appointments are preferred. You can view their artists’ work on their website.
They’re doing a Valentine’s flash day on Feb. 14th. Find more info here.
Location: 4775 Ballard Ave NW
Hours: noon to 8pm daily