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Adam Werther of Adambomb is a MIAD graduate turned tattoo artist.

Milwaukee tattoo guide, 2011

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on April 16, 2011 at 4:04 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

Although some believed tattoos would become a fad of the '90s, for the most part, they've remained fashionable with a variety of different social groups, from hipsters to bikers to sorority gals.

"They're still really out there in the media," says Adam Werther, owner of Adambomb Gallerie, 2228 N. Martin Luther King Dr. "Turn on any basketball game and you're bound to see at least 20 tattoos."

Lower back tattoos (for women), tribal tattoos and armbands remain popular, with an increasing number of people getting literary and portrait tattoos.

"It's a great challenge to make something look realistic on the skin," says Werther.

Milwaukee has a long list of ink shops on all sides of town. Some have changed hands or come and gone over the years, but a core group has been in business for many years.

Here a guide to Milwaukee tattoo shops. Feel free to add others via the Talkback feature.

Absolute Tattooing
N89 W1687 Church St., Menomonee Falls, (262) 255-4884

American Tattoo Studio Ltd.
336 W. Main St., Waukesha, (262) 542-5622

Apocalyptic Tattoo
1950 W. Mitchell St., (414) 645-8088

Atomic Tattoos
1507 E. North Ave., (414) 289-7777
5700 W. North Ave., (414) 445-7777

Bay Street Tattoo
322 E. Bay St., (414) 483-5000

Black Dragon Tattoo
321 W. Main St., Waukesha, (262) 521-1177

Body Ritual
1459 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-3777
(Web site temporarily down.)

Brew City Tattoo
4637 S. 108th St., (414) 425-8282

Color Bomb Tattoos
8030 N. 76th St., (414) 371-2525

Custom Tattoo
1956 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 277-8282

Cutthroat Tattoo
1415 E. Brady St., (414) 347-2333

Gothic Body
1653 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 223-4244

Hustlin Hands Tattoo
5114 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 445-2665

Ink Addictions
1117 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 672-1111

Monster's Ink
3924 S. 51st St., (414) 545-6385

Moving Shadows Ink
4308 W. Forest Home Ave., (414) 321-0122

Papes Blue Ribbon Tattoo
3483 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 962-8750

Sacred Skin Tattoo
9509 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, (414) 259-9930

Saints and Sinners Tattoo Co.
1225 E. Brady St., (414) 226-4746

Starship Tattoo
4380 S. 76th St., (414) 321-1336

Solid State Tattoo
2660 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 744-0778

Str8 Klownin
635 E. Locust St, (414) 915-0249

Super Star Tattoo
712 S. 2nd St., (414) 273-7827

Twisted Tattoo
5130 W. Howard Ave., (414) 604-0100

Waka Chan Tattoo Shop
2916 W. Forest Home Ave., (414) 672-5899

Zoe's Vicious Circle
122 W. Howard Ave., (414) 727-6366


Tatter | Aug. 8, 2013 at 4:05 p.m. (report)

Madd Tatter Ink has a new location 4818 S. 76th street unit 124.Award winning and personable artist.

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rbunz | Sept. 26, 2011 at 5:24 p.m. (report)

How can you leave out the new and AMAZING Waukesha Tattoo Company?? Barry, Rich, Jason and George are some incredible artists and the Shop/Gallery is like no other! Check it out and show them some love please!!!

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jvanbortel87 | Sept. 16, 2011 at 3:22 p.m. (report)

Gotta say Bayview must be where its at when it comes to awesome shops. Frankie at Needle House set me up on there opening night and did an awesome job. I recommend stopping in and giving the place a shot.

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MagneticNorth | June 16, 2011 at 8:41 a.m. (report)

If you want quality, get to Solid State Tattoo in Bay View. Talk to Jon.

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JohnnyDough | April 18, 2011 at 11:47 a.m. (report)

i went to a guy named skully at the black dragon tattoo shop in waukesha. dude hooked me up with 2 of my tattoos. i went to other guys on the south side and did not like the work. i will have skully fix the old ones too.

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