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A tattoo artist adds a new design to a client’s forearm.



The new New Year is finally upon us and if you’re thinking about making some changes, there’s no better time to begin adding some permanent skin art to your body. Whether you want to add that little mandala or affirmation you’ve been thinking about for a while, make your body into a walking tribute to Harry Styles (complete with a life-size portrait across your entire back), or you want to tattoo yourself all in green and disappear into the forest, this is your year! Check out this guide to four tattoo shops in Houston where you can make it all happen.

713 Tattoo Parlour

One of the top-rated shops on Yelp with more than 500 reviews, 713 Tattoo Parlour has been inking Houstonians since 2002 and is currently staffed by 10 artists. You can choose a design from their extensive gallery, or work with an artist to create something totally custom. The shop offers both tattoo and piercing services, and also handmade custom eyelashes. Who even knew that was a thing?

Timeless Ink Studio

Google’s second most reviewed tattoo shop, Timeless Ink Studio's Instagram page displays a wide variety of subject matters, rendered in vivid colors and fine linework. Definitely worth checking out. One thing of note is that they prominently state “No finger tattoos,” so if you want “LOVE/HATE” across your knuckles you’ll have to look somewhere else.

Red Dagger Tattoo Studio

Red Dagger Tattoo is the place to go for a new twist on classic flash art, with fine linework, deep color, and amazing shading. Their repertoire also includes realistic portraiture, amazing anime recreations, and probably anything else you throw at them. Check out their Instagram here.

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