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For many, getting a tattoo is a right of passage. A tattoo can serve as a permanent reminder of a special life event, display a passion for the world to see or simply help you show your uniqueness. However, it is important to remember that a tattoo is, for the most part, permanent. It is important to have your tattoo done by a quality artist in a clean and safe environment. If you are considering taking the plunge and getting a tattoo, here are some great places in Pittsburgh to do it.

Rogue Tattoo
4419 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 447-1774

Located in Lawrenceville, Rogue Tattoo offers beautiful tattoo designs at a reasonable price. The tattoo artists will work with you to create a great design if you have something in mind but just aren’t sure how to turn it into a tattoo. Rogue uses only single-use needles and takes every precaution to offer you a safe and sterile tattoo experience. The artists are certified in blood-borne pathogen handling and certified in CPR.

Old Soul Tattoo
16 W. Pike St.
Canonsburg, PA 15317
(724) 743-0585

Located in Canonsburg, Old Soul Tattoo offers great work by talented artists at fair prices. Old Soul accepts walk-in appointments, but recommends making an appointment, especially for complicated designs. The artists will work with you to help you find a tattoo design that is uniquely you. Old Soul can also help with tattoos gone wrong by creating a cover-up or rework of an existing tattoo.

Human Production
2704 S. Park Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
(412) 854-5254

Located in the South Hills, Human Production’s team of talented artists will help you create a tattoo that looks more like a work of art. The shop is clean and the artists are very nice to work with. Walk-ins are accommodated when possible, but it is a good idea to call ahead and check for availability. Human Production accepts cash only for tattoo services and has many designs to choose from. The artists can also help you create a custom design.

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In The Blood
2005 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 481-3380

Located in the South Side, In The Blood offers beautifully designed classic tattoos in a clean, safe environment. If you’re not sure what design you want, or if you are feeling particularly daring, you can choose a design from the “get what ya get” box. These pre-made classic designs can be done for just $60. In The Blood can also help you to design a custom tattoo and work with you on more complicated designs.

Up In Arms
539 Carnot Road
Moon Township, PA 15108
(412) 264-3126

Located in airport area, Up In Arms is a favorite among many tattoo enthusiasts. The artists at Up In Arms take the time to draw your design in exact detail where you will be getting the tattoo and do not start the tattooing process until you are satisfied with the look. The artists are also certified at dealing with blood-borne pathogens as well as in first aid. It is a great place to get beautiful tattoo work done in a clean, safe environment.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at