The Best Tattoo Parlors in Hoboken + Jersey City, According to Locals

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Whether it’s someone’s first time getting inked or they are well-experienced with tattoos, having needles on your skin can be a nerve-wracking experience. finding the best tattoo parlor is difficult because, after all, it’s permanent. Customers want to be sure that the place they find is trustworthy and the artists are experienced. We asked Hudson County locals what their favorite spots are to get a tattoo, so if you are in the market for some new ink, keep reading to learn about the trustworthy parlors in the area. Read on to discover the best tattoo parlors in Hoboken and Jersey City, according to locals. 

Jersey City Tattoo {253 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

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Jersey City Tattoo was brought up several times when we asked the locals about their favorite spots. They have been in business since 2007, so customers can trust they have the expertise to deliver quality designs and service. Jersey City Tattoo specializes in both traditional design, as well as custom, one of a kind tattoos. Adam Paterson, the shop owner, as well as artist Kevin Garetz were highly regarded for their amazing work. “Kevin Garetz was so easy to talk to and made the whole experience awesome,” says Brittany, a Jersey City local and fourth-time customer of Jersey City Tattoo. 

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Roses and Rebels {160 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

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For customers that want their very own custom design, Roses and Rebels in downtown Jersey City is the perfect choice. Located just a short walk from Grove Street PATH station, Roses and Rebels is “not just any tattoo shop,” according to locals. Ashley, a Hoboken resident and loyal customer at Roses and Rebels explains that “the facility is clean and very comfortable, and everyone who goes in there gets treated like family.” Owner Christian Masot and the team are true artists that deliver quality, long-lasting work.

Heart in Mind Tattoo {437 Central Avenue, Jersey City}

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Located in Jersey City Heights, Heart in Mind Tattoo is a one-stop-shop for all things body art. They offer custom tattoos and body piercings. Their rave reviews on Facebook mention great customer service, a friendly atmosphere, and exceptional, clean work. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. 

Hoboken Body Art {107 10th Street, Hoboken}

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Hoboken Body Art is not only a favorite among residents, but it is the one and only tattoo parlor in the Mile Square. Having been in business for over 20 years, many of their customers are regulars, and those that are first-timers will find themselves itching to return. Hoboken Body Art specializes in both tattoos and body piercings. 

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No matter what kind of design you are thinking about committing to, you can be sure that Hudson County has plenty of great tattoo parlors offering trustworthy and quality service. Take it from the locals, customers can’t go wrong by choosing one of the options above. 

Have you been to one of these parlors, or do you have another favorite local spot? Tell us in the comments!

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Alexis moved to Hoboken after she graduated college in 2015 and fell in love with the area right away. She currently lives in Jersey City with her boyfriend, Ewan, and works in New York City as a fashion buyer by day and an aspiring entrepreneur by night. In her spare time, when she is not exploring the new, trendy spots around town, you will find her working out at one of her favorite local classes, singing along to the soundtrack of Wicked, or creating macrame wall art and home decor that she sells on Etsy.