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Miami is one tatted up city. Need evidence? Reference back to a little show that aired in 2005 called Miami Ink. Kat Von D aside, we're still rocking our sleeve game down here, whether you know a guy in Little Havana or your skin is set on getting inked on Washington. On the off chance you need a recommendation, check out these ten tattoo shops that have perfected the art of body art, all arranged from north to south. Have someone or some place you'd love to recommend? Ink the love in the comments section and we'll consider adding. — Stephanie Parra

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1. Chop Shop Tattoos

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7286 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(786) 360-5084
This tattoo shop is so good, they even have an anthem. Sitting in the trendy Belle Meade neighborhood within the MiMo district, Chop Shop Tattoo Company sells accessories and other artisanal products as well, making it a go-to spot on any ink-lover’s agenda. [Photo]

2. Hellbound City Tattoo

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254 NW 36 St.
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 573-1602
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This two-story building, located right in Miami’s trendy Wynwood neighborhood, specializes in traditional pin-up, sailor-style, or Japanese artwork, but the artists sure know how to deliver. Check it out if you need someone to convince you against getting that tacky tramp stamp you’ll regret for years – rumor has it, some artists will flat out refuse. [Photo]

3. Handcrafted Tattoo & Art Gallery

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3438 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 571-8194
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Chris Nuñez, one of the stars from Miami Ink and Ink Master Fame, has brought his expertise to HandCrafted Tattoo and Art Gallery. In reality, the shop looks just as it sounds – a clinically clean, sterile shop that looks more like an art gallery and less like a kitschy tattoo parlor. If you’re lucky, you might spot other famed ink specialists who often visit and work at the shop on any given day. [Photo]

4. Inkredible Tattoo

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1697 Northwest 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33125
(786) 262-9713
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Inkredible Tattoo Studio is more than just a studio with a cute name. This Little Havana shop does a great job of adding detail to small tattoos, making it a go-to spot for those who want more than just the typical star outline on the inside of their wrists. [Photo]

5. Miami Tattoo Co

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1218 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 531-0204
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Located within an art gallery in South Beach, this shop offers more services than your typical tattoo parlor like body piercings and tattoo removals. Visit the shop’s website to learn more about what to do after getting your tattoo, including instructions for healing and proper after care. [Photo]

6. Ocho Placas Tattoo Company

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6240 SW 8th St
West Miami, FL 33144
(305) 264-0888
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This shop sits right on 8th street and is quite the charmer. Named “Best Tattoo Shop” in Miami by the Miami New Times in 2007, it offers a selection of tattoo artists, both resident and guest, to appeal to your inky wants. It also offers a clean website for clients, which makes it easy to book appointments for your session. [Photo]

7. Tattoo & Co. Miami

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9550 Southwest 40th Terrace
Miami, FL 33165
(786) 422-5063
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This shop currently has a location on Bird Road, but plans to open a second in Wynwood next month. It's one of those classic tattoo shops that specializes in a certain kind of tattoo. Trying to save a few pennies on your body art? Make an appointment on the company’s website, and save 10 percent off your purchase. And, while you’re there, upload a picture of the tattoo you want to preview how it’ll look and get a price quote before going into the shop and getting inked. [Photo]

8. Phat Joe's Tattoo Parlour

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8456 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 220-7707
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When taking cleanliness and professionalism into account, Phat Joe’s on Bird Road is among the top places to visit. Make sure to ask for Amado – he’ll give you the best shading on your tattoo, and will post his masterpiece to his personal Instagram account . Not ready to commit to the ink? No problem. Phat Joe’s also offers body piercing services. [Photo]

9. Inkaholik Tattoos

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9556 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33186
(305) 380-8118
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Inkaholic Tattoos has two locations in town and refers to each as "The Church" (located in West Miami) and "The Chapel" (located in Kendall). Both locations are reminiscent of a typical tattoo parlor – fully equipped with neon signs that read “body piercings” and “tattoos.” The place is colorful, and the outsides of the stores are decorated with posters and signs that make it impossible not to recognize. [Photo]

10. Tattoos By Lou

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9820 S Dixie Hwy
Kendall, FL 33156
(305) 532-7300
Tattoos by Lou boasts three locations – Kendall, North Miami and South Beach – to better cater to clients’ needs. With special guest artists visiting often, this family-owned shop claims it is Miami’s original tattoo studio. Want to save a few dollars when you’re getting your art on? Make an appointment on the stores’ website and be sure to read up on after care instructions, too.

1. Chop Shop Tattoos

7286 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
This tattoo shop is so good, they even have an anthem. Sitting in the trendy Belle Meade neighborhood within the MiMo district, Chop Shop Tattoo Company sells accessories and other artisanal products as well, making it a go-to spot on any ink-lover’s agenda. [Photo]
7286 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

2. Hellbound City Tattoo

254 NW 36 St., Miami, FL 33127
This two-story building, located right in Miami’s trendy Wynwood neighborhood, specializes in traditional pin-up, sailor-style, or Japanese artwork, but the artists sure know how to deliver. Check it out if you need someone to convince you against getting that tacky tramp stamp you’ll regret for years – rumor has it, some artists will flat out refuse. [Photo]
254 NW 36 St.
Miami, FL 33127

3. Handcrafted Tattoo & Art Gallery

3438 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Chris Nuñez, one of the stars from Miami Ink and Ink Master Fame, has brought his expertise to HandCrafted Tattoo and Art Gallery. In reality, the shop looks just as it sounds – a clinically clean, sterile shop that looks more like an art gallery and less like a kitschy tattoo parlor. If you’re lucky, you might spot other famed ink specialists who often visit and work at the shop on any given day. [Photo]
3438 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

4. Inkredible Tattoo

1697 Northwest 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33125
Inkredible Tattoo Studio is more than just a studio with a cute name. This Little Havana shop does a great job of adding detail to small tattoos, making it a go-to spot for those who want more than just the typical star outline on the inside of their wrists. [Photo]
1697 Northwest 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33125

5. Miami Tattoo Co

1218 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL
Located within an art gallery in South Beach, this shop offers more services than your typical tattoo parlor like body piercings and tattoo removals. Visit the shop’s website to learn more about what to do after getting your tattoo, including instructions for healing and proper after care. [Photo]
1218 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL

6. Ocho Placas Tattoo Company

6240 SW 8th St, West Miami, FL 33144
This shop sits right on 8th street and is quite the charmer. Named “Best Tattoo Shop” in Miami by the Miami New Times in 2007, it offers a selection of tattoo artists, both resident and guest, to appeal to your inky wants. It also offers a clean website for clients, which makes it easy to book appointments for your session. [Photo]
6240 SW 8th St
West Miami, FL 33144

7. Tattoo & Co. Miami

9550 Southwest 40th Terrace, Miami, FL 33165
This shop currently has a location on Bird Road, but plans to open a second in Wynwood next month. It's one of those classic tattoo shops that specializes in a certain kind of tattoo. Trying to save a few pennies on your body art? Make an appointment on the company’s website, and save 10 percent off your purchase. And, while you’re there, upload a picture of the tattoo you want to preview how it’ll look and get a price quote before going into the shop and getting inked. [Photo]
9550 Southwest 40th Terrace
Miami, FL 33165

8. Phat Joe's Tattoo Parlour

8456 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155
When taking cleanliness and professionalism into account, Phat Joe’s on Bird Road is among the top places to visit. Make sure to ask for Amado – he’ll give you the best shading on your tattoo, and will post his masterpiece to his personal Instagram account . Not ready to commit to the ink? No problem. Phat Joe’s also offers body piercing services. [Photo]
8456 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33155

9. Inkaholik Tattoos

9556 SW 137th Ave, Miami, FL 33186
Inkaholic Tattoos has two locations in town and refers to each as "The Church" (located in West Miami) and "The Chapel" (located in Kendall). Both locations are reminiscent of a typical tattoo parlor – fully equipped with neon signs that read “body piercings” and “tattoos.” The place is colorful, and the outsides of the stores are decorated with posters and signs that make it impossible not to recognize. [Photo]
9556 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33186

10. Tattoos By Lou

9820 S Dixie Hwy, Kendall, FL 33156
Tattoos by Lou boasts three locations – Kendall, North Miami and South Beach – to better cater to clients’ needs. With special guest artists visiting often, this family-owned shop claims it is Miami’s original tattoo studio. Want to save a few dollars when you’re getting your art on? Make an appointment on the stores’ website and be sure to read up on after care instructions, too.
9820 S Dixie Hwy
Kendall, FL 33156