The Ten Best Tattoo Shop Names in Denver

Tattoo by Travis Koenig from Bound by Design
For some, it can be scary to finally decide to get a tattoo. Where do you even start? When it comes to researching a shop, its name is probably the first thing you'll come by--whether you hear it from a friend or you find it on social media. So tattoo shops have to pick a name that sets them apart from the rest, that tells clients who they are and what kind of experience to expect. Denver has its fair share of tattoo shops, many of them with original, witty, weird and memorable names. Here are our top ten.

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Colorado Tattoo Artist on Ink Shrinks Debut Tuesday on Spike TV

Tattoo artist Justin Nordine stars in a new television show on Spike TV.
In a half-dozen years, Justin Nordine has gone from art teacher to tattoo artist to television star. Now working at The Raw Canvas Tattoo Studio, he's also part of a team of artists and therapists on Spike TV's new television show, Ink Shrinks. The pilot episode will air on Tuesday, December 16; if it's well-received, the show will be signed for a full season.

See also: Tattoo Artist/Rock Star Corey Miller on Music, Ink and Television

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Artist Scott Ferguson talks about the tattoo experience and lifestyle

Photo by Sean Hartgrove
Colorado native Scott Ferguson has always been an artist, but what drew him to the tattoo industry was the rugged lifestyle. Ferguson has been hanging out a tattoo shops since he was a teenager and tattooing professionally since 1996; he currently works at Thick as Thieves Tattoo. Westword recently caught up with Ferguson to talk about the tattoo lifestyle and giving his clients a good experience.

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Boulder Tattoo Project film premieres this week

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Photo by Andrew Brislin
After the Boulder Tattoo Project commissioned world-renowned poet and 2013 Guggenheim fellow Anne Waldman to write a love letter to Boulder, "Boulder Zodiac" was parsed into 218 segments and tattooed onto the bodies of 218 volunteers last fall. Some of them got complete phrases, some just commas -- and then six participants skipped town, which necessitated a second round of tattoos for the final phase of the project.

See also: The Boulder Tattoo Project puts poetry in motion

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Tattoo Talk: Ryan Willard on hard work, Denver's tattoo scene and Abraham Lincoln

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Ryan Willard has been working non-stop since he started tattooing ten years ago. He's is the owner of Marion Street Tattoo (where yours truly got a tattoo a few months ago), which will be celebrating its fourth anniversary in April. Willard plans to spend the year traveling and tattooing across the U.S. and Germany; before he takes off, we caught up with him to talk about his background, his thoughts on running a business and the tattoo industry in Denver.

See also: Marion Street Tattoo becomes first "Certifiably Green" tat shop in Denver

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Make your mark at the Boulder Tattoo Project's Halloween fundraiser for flood victims

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Chelsea Pohl and Vinny Bachert of the Boulder Tattoo Project.
On Thursday, October 31, the Laughing Goat at 1709 Pearl Street in Boulder will be the host of a Halloween party to help Boulder flood victims -- and also to introduce some of the 200 people getting tattooed in the Boulder Tattoo Project, which we profile in this week's cover story. And by doing good, you'll also have a good time: You get eight hours of entertainment for the $5 suggested entry donation.

See also: The Boulder Tattoo Project puts poetry in motion

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Marion Street Tattoo becomes first "Certifiably Green" tat shop in Denver

Earlier this year, Marion Street Tattoo was officially certified as a green business by the Denver Department of Environmental Health. The only tattoo shop in the city to currently hold the title, the business hopes to set an example for other tattoo shops.

Owner and artist Ryan Willard and says he got the idea to apply for the city's Certifiably Green program after chatting with some other business owners in the area.

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- Emily Francis brings together art and music with Marion Street Tattoo Gallery

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Photos: Ink Slingers Ball and Tattoo Expo leaves its mark on PT's ShowClub

Photo/Ken Hamblin
Hundreds of local ink enthusiasts put their tattoos to the test at the Ink Slingers Ball and Tattoo Expo over the weekend. The eighth annual event took over PT's ShowClub on May 18, 2013, as ink junkies competed for $2,000 grand prizes for the best sleeve, black-and-white, color and large tattoos. Photographer Ken Hamblin captured all the action: Continue reading for a few highlights, and visit our full Ink Slingers Ball & Tattoo Expo slide show for more photos.

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- Five reasons restaurant employees should be allowed to have tattoos and piercings
- Tattoo Nation documents California's romance with ink
- Tattoo Nation director Eric Schwartz on the oral history of the art form

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Menswear Mondays: Artist Shane O'Connor on his punk-rock fashion

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
People can try on many titles or jobs until they find one that suits their taste, just as they try on different clothes to find the best fit. Spray-paint artist Shane O'Connor is the other way around with many jobs, but he has always managed to retain his punk-rock edge throughout the search. Read here to find out what style icons inspire his look, what his favorite accessory is, and which material he used to make a skateboard out of.

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- Menswear Mondays: Musician John Missy Kidd on his color-block style
- Menswear Mondays: Industrial dancer Jolt Holcomb on his Clockwork Orange style
- Menswear Mondays: Student Asgeir Baldursson on his U.K. look

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Tattoo Nation director Eric Schwartz on the oral history of the Chicano black-and-grey art form

The first home of Tattooland on Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, 1978.
When Denver-based fine-art photographer Eric Schwartz set out to photograph people with tattoos, he didn't expect to find a detailed history underneath the artwork. After a chance meeting with California tattoo legend Edward "Chuco" Caballero at a national tattoo show, the story for Schwartz's first film, Tattoo Nation, began to reveal itself -- the documentary profiles some of the biggest artists and tattoo recipients to come out of the the early Los Angeles-based, Chicano black-and-grey tattoo scene.

In advance of Tattoo Nation showing at two theaters in Denver this Thursday, April 4, Schwartz spoke with Westword on how the photography project became a film, and the people he met along the way.

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- Photos: Stovall Costilow Collective blends a tattoo studio with an art gallery
- The most ridiculous tattoos at Water World this weekend
- Water World: Where your bad tattoos take on a new meaning

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