Places to get some ink in Tri-Cities (Townsquare media)
Places to get some ink in Tri-Cities (Townsquare media)
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Over the years, it seems tattoos have become more popular, you see more extravagant designs as well. It's no different here in Tri-Cities.

Where can you get some ink in Tri-Cities?

Although I only have two, barbed wire on one arm and some Chinese characters on the other ("peace and tranquility"--I checked multiple times), other members of our family have quite a few. My wife and older daughters in their late 20's have multiples, and they look cool.

 

Places to get tattoos (Townsquare media)
Places to get tattoos (Townsquare media)
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  Wife has a dragon from hip to arm on her side.

Her biggest one took multiple visits, and parts of it were a bit painful, but not horrible.

People have various reasons for getting one, often it's a reminder of a special time in their life, a special person, or event.   Or, just because.  Whatever the reason, a few tips before you start.

 Make sure you have a design that's feasible. Draw it on paper, or even better, if you can find a picture of the design that's clean and visible. Bring it to the artist beforehand and ask if they can replicate it.  Yes, there are some images that are extremely difficult to do on the skin.

 

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Ask the tattooer if they utilize Lidocaine.  It's a topical spray or ointment that can help ease some of the sting or pain but keep in mind, it's most effective once the work has begun and it begins to feel uncomfortable (if it does).   Also, know that certain areas are more sensitive than others. The inside of your arms, sides, parts of your back, and feet can be more painful than other areas being inked.

 

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When you consult with the artist, get a firm quote on the price. Show them your design or ideas before having them start so that way no surprises. Quality work on an extensive design can be a little expensive, perhaps a few hundred bucks, so find out in advance.

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Make sure you're getting a tattoo that you are NOT likely to regret years down the road...enough said.

And, in no particular order, here are some of the places you can get inked! Click on highlighted name for their website.

Powers Tattoo located at 5600 West Clearwater in Kennewick, they do free consultations.

Silver Black Tattoo is located at 5009 West Clearwater, in the Sun County Center Kennewick

 Needle Kings Tattoo is located at the Town Square Mall at 3902 West Clearwater in Kennewick

 Badder Ink Tattoo is located at 7520 West Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick

 Rose And Raven Tattoo is located at 209 West Kennewick Ave in Downtown Kennewick.

Hoops Body Art (and Tattoos) is located in Downtown Kennewick at 115 West Kennewick Ave. (that's where my wife got her dragon and others and I got my Chinese characters). An award-winning studio.

 Monarch Tattoo located at 320 West Kennewick Ave. has been active since 2000.

Symbolic Tattoo  3330 Court St. Suite L in Pasco

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