Best 6 Tattoo Shops in Hamilton For 2023


While tattoos are not as edgy as they used to be—seems like everyone has a tat these days—they’re still primarily a mark of creativity, confidence, and cool.

You have to be confident to get permanently inked and know exactly what you want.

The best tattoo shops in Hamilton are home to true artists who will translate your ideas into a stunning work of art.

So think long and hard before getting one because you’re going to live with it for the rest of your life. While you’re at it, think about exactly where you’ll get your first tattoo in Hamilton.

How Much Does a Tattoo Cost in Hamilton?

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Average tattoo prices in Hamilton range from $30 to $100 for sizes under 2x2, between $100 and $200 for a 3x3, and around $250 or more for a 4x4 tattoo.

Prices depend on where you live, the experience level of the artist, their hourly rates, and if it's a custom tattoo.

Size Average Price
Tiny Tattoo (Under 2 in) $30 – $100
Small Tattoo (2 - 4 in) $50 – $250
Medium Tattoo (4 - 6 in) $150 – $450
Large Tattoo (6+ in) $500 – $4,000
Artist & Experience Hourly Rate
Beginner (1-3 yrs) $80 – $120
Established Artist (5-10 yrs) $120 – $180
Experienced Artist (10+ yrs) $150 – $250
Famous Artist $200 – $500

Your tattoo cost is an investment in permanent body art that you'll wear every day. The last thing you want is a super-cheap tattoo that you might have to pay double the cost of removing if you don't like it later.

That's why the best tattoo artists work thoughtfully to create designs with long-lasting appeal.

Tattoo Shops Hamilton

By now, you should have a general idea of your tattoo budget along with the design and execution you have in mind.

It’s time to shop for the best tattoo shops in Hamilton to make it come to life.

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1. Grim Tattoo Studios

Located in Parkdale, Hamilton GRIM is a Premium Tattoo + Body Piercing Studio, featuring award-winning guest Tattoo Artists from around the World.

GRIM provides the highest quality service and client experience, from the moment you walk into the studio until your tattoo or piercing is healed.

They tattoo all body types, all skin tones, and all people. 100% Vegan Tattooing

Address: 196 Parkdale Ave N, Hamilton, ON L8H 5X2, Canada


Phone: +19055441222

4.8 Rating !!!

Client Review

Grim studios is a beauty tattoo shop. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but clean and welcoming. The staff is very friendly and I highly recommend. I was offered a privacy screen while getting tattooed which I thought was awesome for any people who are a little uncomfortable about getting unclothed. Mat Did a fantastic job on my chest tattoos and excited to get more! I have found my new tattoo and piercing shop.
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2. Hamilton Tattoo Parlour

Whether you're looking for a simple walk-in-sized tattoo or a large-scale project, the artists at Hamilton Tattoo Parlour are determined to ensure you are satisfied with the outcome of your tattoo.

The artists will work one on one with you to provide designs held at a high standard of quality.

Address: 32 Hess St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3N1, Canada


Phone: +19057699030

4.9 Rating !!!

Client Review

Love coming here to get tattoos, very clean and all of the tattoo artists that work there are all so nice and kind. Never had an issue, love the work they do !! I've currently only had two tattoos from there but I'm already booking another one and I'm going to continue to for every tattoo in the future 🙂🙂👍 overall just a great experience. I highly recommend them to everyone!! If your looking for nice tattoo work, than go to Hamilton tattoo parlour !!
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3. John Street Tattoo

John Street Tattoo (formerly Mata Mata Studios) is one of Hamilton's premier custom tattoo studio.

John Street is a custom studio - all of their work is designed specifically for you.

Big or small they particularly love making tattoos in the style of Traditional, Neo-Traditional, Realism, Japanese, and Illustrative.

Address: 179 John St S, Hamilton, ON L8N 2C5, Canada


Phone: +19055776282

4.9 Rating !!!

Client Review

I had my tattoo done by Alex in April. I gave him a reference picture and he put his own spin on it. I absolutely love it. I adore his line work and style. It’s been a few years so i was a bit nervous. He made it super comfortable. The music was great and the other artists were super friendly and chatty. He asked a couple times if i needed a break and was very professional. Highly recommend this place and Alex!
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4. Grey Harbour Tattoo

located in the heart of the art district, James St North, in Hamilton, Ontario.

Grey Harbour opened its doors in April 2015 by artists/owners, Tom Penny, Rob Vino, and formerly  Sherlane White.

The studio features a clean, bright, and inspiring atmosphere. They are a semi-private studio, so appointments are preferred, however, they do offer walk-ins based on availability.

Address: 172 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L1, Canada


Phone: +12893897878

4.9 Rating !!!

Client Review

I had my first and second tattoos completed by Tyler Mansey at Grey Harbour Tattoo, and they were both wonderful experiences! Tyler was super friendly and accommodating. Both visits were 5 hr sessions and he made sure I was comfortable through the whole process. The studio is beautiful and bright and the atmosphere is very welcoming. Everyone here is incredibly talented, and I would absolutely recommend Grey Harbour to my friends. I will definitely be returning. 🙂 Thank you for such amazing work!
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5. Artifact Tattoo

Located at 463 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario. Artifact Tattoo is largely appointment-only but caters to walk-ins when time allows.

Artifact offers custom Tattooing by Andrew Wheeler, Warren Wase, Andy Gibson, Scott Hume, and Kevin Compuesto.

Address: 463 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 1B8, Canada


5 Rating !!!

Client Review

Amazing experience here with Andrew. He finished off my sleeve and did a fantastic job with the concept, colours and efficiency. There was awesome vibes in the shop with all of the artists, I highly recommend this place!
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Located in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Pauly’s is the place to visit for quality, industry-leading art in an unsurpassed atmosphere.

They specialize in all areas of tattooing, from realism and portraiture to traditional or customized designs, as well as freehand work.

Address: 170 Hamilton Regional Rd 8, Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1C3, Canada


Phone: +19056628804

5 Rating !!!

Client Review

By far the best tattoo shop my hubby and I have been to. The artist makes you feel involved in the creative process and makes sure that your voice is reflected in the piece. The new shop is so much nicer than the last location too. I highly recommend booking an appointment in advance, he does take walk ins when possible, but at times we've had to book a week or two out. Whether its an hour or a week it's always well worth the wait.

That brings us to the end of our list of the Best Tattoo Shops in Hamilton.

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  • Jess Levy

    Jess Levy is an artist, travel writer, foddie, and marketer. She loves planning local and international trips to nourish her creative soul.