Inspired by Cardi B’s face tattoo? Visit these tattoo shops for beautiful ink

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  • Published on March 7, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Culture

Even if face tattoos aren't your thing, these tattoo artists are sure to have you leaving as a masterpiece.

It’s no secret that rapper Cardi B loves her children and now she has the ink to prove it.

The mother of two recently revealed a face tattoo, which showcases the name of her 18-month-old son, Wave. The cursive tattoo is on her left jawline, scribed in red ink.

The 30-year-old, who once told Complex she was glad “she never got a face tattoo as a teenager,” reneged on her word in the name of love.

Cardi showed her fans the permanent gesture of affection during an Instagram live. She also showed off the tattoo of her daughter’s name. Kulture is inked on her arm in a similar font.

“I tatted my son’s name because I love him. And I tatted my daughter’s name,” the Grammy-winning artist shared in an Instagram video.

Tattoos are a beautiful form of self-expression. People choose to get tatted for various reasons, ranging from capturing sentimental memories or losing a Saturday night prank.

Although you may not be as bold as Cardi to choose your face as your canvas, here are some tattoo shops nationwide that will turn you into a walking masterpiece.

Atlanta Ink Tattoo & Art Gallery (Atlanta, GA)

Atlanta Ink Tattoo & Art Gallery is a modern upscale state of the art tattoo shop, art gallery and gift shop. Artists at Atlanta Ink Tattoo & Art Gallery specialize in a wide variety of artistic styles, including but not limited to photo color and black realism, portraits, freehand, traditional, neo-traditional, and Japanese traditional work.

Pretty-N-Ink (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Owned by Crystana “Dutchess” Lattimore, Pretty-N-Ink is Charlotte’s premiere tattoo gallery. While studying in graduate school for her M.B.A., Dutchess discovered her passion for tattoo artistry and quickly became a respected and sought-out tattoo artist in her area. Her talent was seen worldwide as a member of the original cast of VH1’s “Black Ink Crew.”

Ocho Placas Tattoo Company (Miami, Florida)

Ocho Placas has been holding it down as Miami’s top shop for traditional and neo-traditional tattoos for over 21 years. Come here for impeccably precise outlines, solid blacks that pop, and beautiful old-school designs.

Leonardi Tattoo (Sacramento, California)

The team of female tattoo artists at Leonardi Tattoo have been dishing out the best ink in Sacramento for over 20 years. The two principal artists, Jen and Alycia, specialize in large custom pieces.

Fattys Tattoo (Washington D.C.)

Since 1994, Fatty’s has established itself as the best tattoo and piercing shop in the DMV metro area. They are the region’s leader for custom tattooing, body piercing and high quality body jewelry, and have consistently been voted “Best Tattoo Parlor” every year in the Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. Readers Poll. They specialize in high quality, custom tattooing.

Kila’s Tattoo Shop (Kansas City, Missouri)

Kila’s Tattoo Shop is Kansas City’s first Black woman-owned shop. Owner Kila Renee specializes in realistic and specialty pieces. Her black and white portrait tattoos are the best in the city.

Tattoos By Spirit (Columbia, South Carolina)

Spirit has been tattooing since 2008 and is constantly striving for excellence. Formally trained in classical techniques, Spirit prides himself not only in his work, but in customer service. Though he is often found at national tattoo seminars bettering his craft, he can be found at Tattoo Trillionaires in Columbia, South Carolina.


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