7 of the best tattoo shops to check out in Calgary

Feb 21 2017, 9:59 am

Written for Daily Hive by Samantha Cashin

Tattoos have gained popularity over the past years, and it seems like everyone nowadays has at least one piece of ink displayed on their skin.

Whether it’s your first tattoo or one of many in your growing collection, it’s important that you choose a professional tattoo shop that will produce a piece of art specifically catered to your liking.


Immaculate Concept Tattoo

Pin ups, grey wash, headshots, Immaculate Concept will set you up with an artist that will pull off the style of tattoo you’re looking for. The shop takes pride in their cleanliness, making sure it is in the utmost sterile and sanitary conditions. Not only do they specialize in astounding tattoos, but they also offer piercings as well.

Where: 520 16th Avenue SW

Black Owl Tattoo Parlour

Black Owl Tattoo Parlor offers a variety of different styles of tattoos for their customers. Whatever style of tattoo you may choose, the staff at Black Owl will ensure that you leave their shop feeling ecstatic about your new ink.

Where: 1016 Macleod Trail SE

Gypsy Rose Tattoos and Piercings

Fun piece to do! by Nina #403tattoo #yyctattoos #rosetattoo #calgarytattoos #flowertattoo

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The artists at Gypsy Rose are not only highly trained professional artists, but they also do a lot to give back to the community. The shop has run several charitable events for the Calgary Food Bank, Calgary Women’s Shelter, ARF, and the Calgary Humane Society, raising over $20,000 for these local foundations. If you’re looking to get your next high quality tattoo, make sure to visit Gypsy Rose’s shop in person to book a session.

Where: #102 – 3132 26th Street NE

Smiling Buddha Tattoo

She’s all done ☠#smilinbuddha #tattoo

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Customers of Smiling Buddha will tell you that they wouldn’t get inked anywhere else. Paul Jefferies’ is a highly recommended artist at the shop, his reputation around Calgary is well known to those who have encountered his work.

Where: 2409 33rd Avenue SW

Black Bird Electric Tattoo

Flowers and dots for Angela. Thanks for sitting so well.

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If you’re looking for an artistic and detailed tattoo, Black Bird Electric has you covered. Each artist at the shop has an extensive background in artistic work and will create a work of art that will personally fit the style you’re looking for. We suggest checking out Quill’s portfolio, as this artist specializes in colour saturated pieces and greyscale realism.

Where: #102 – 1118 12th Avenue SW

Bushido Tattoo

Bushido Tattoo aims to give each customer a clean, safe, and unforgettable experience. Bring in anything that can help in designing your dream tattoo and an artist will draw up a masterpiece that you will be guaranteed to fall in love with. The staff encourages customers to stop by during operating hours to ask questions or book their next tattoo appointment.

Where: 218 17th Avenue SE

Human Kanvas

@coppertop_arts has been working on some large projects. Here is the first session for this sleeve.

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The staff at Human Kanvas will add a blast of creativity to any idea you may have in mind for your next tattoo. The staff down at the shop will help guide you through the tattooing process, making sure you leave with a piece of art you just cant stop looking at. Have a regrettable tattoo you’re dying to get rid of? Human Kanvas also offers laser tattoo removal as well.

Where: 2555 32nd Street NE

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