About

Founded by David Dettloff in October 1995, The Ink Lab features experienced, award winning tattoo artists and body piercers from around the world. Located in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood. Our shop is clean, friendly and drug free, all of our artists and piercers are licensed by the state of Minnesota and regulated by the Minneapolis Department of Environmental Health. We specialize in a wide array of tattooing styles, including one of a kind custom designs, tribal, traditional americana, oriental and flash. Both our tattoo artists and piercers give all their clients the highest quality service with the strictest of sterile conditions.



Walk-ins

We usually take appointments, but are happy to do walk-ins whenever time is available, on a first come first served basis.



Tattoo Regulations

YOU MUST BE 18 TO GET A TATTOO HERE, WE DO NOT TATTOO MINORS, EVEN IF THEY HAVE PARENTAL CONSENT!



Sterilization

-Anything that can be disposed of between tattoos and/or piercings , is. (cups, paper towels, ink & caps, rubber gloves, etc.)

- Needles are single use only and are disposed of after each tattoo and/or piercing.

- Tubes and needles are autoclave sterilized prior to use.

- Jewelry is sterilized prior to use.

- Work areas are cleaned with a viral disinfectant.

- Licensed by the City of Minneapolis with regulation by the Department of Environmental Health.



Tattoo After Care

We carry the H2Ocean line of aftercare products, here are some care instructions :

1. Leave bandage on for at least four hours, but no longer than twelve hours. Do not re-bandage your tattoo.

2. Wash your tattoo using H2Ocean Blue Green Foaming Soap, water and your fingers. Do not use a wash cloth, and pat dry (DO NOT RUB).

3. Wash your tattoo at 4-5 times a day for the first three days.

4. After washing apply a thin layer of Aquatat to your tattoo and work it into your skin.

5. After three days, start washing your tattoo once per day, and stop using the Aquatat and switch to Ocean Care Tattoo Cream. Continue to use until your skin is no longer dry and peeling. This should take around three weeks. Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo.

6. DO NOT go swimming, or do anything to soak your tattoo in water for the first two weeks.

7. Avoid getting your tattoo in direct sunlight for the first two weeks, after it is fully healed, you may want to use a strong sun block on your tattoo to keep the color brighter and stronger.

9. If you have any excessive redness forming around your tattoo, or excessive swelling, or any other questions or concerns, feel free to call. Please contact a healthcare professional at the first sign of infection.

One of the Best Tattoo Shops in Minneapolis, MN

YOU MUST BE 18 TO GET A TATTOO HERE, WE DO NOT TATTOO MINORS, EVEN IF THEY HAVE PARENTAL CONSENT!

We usually take appointments, but are happy to do walk-ins whenever time is available, on a first come first served basis.

Enjoy your visit to our web site and if you have any questions please feel free to call, e-mail us, or stop on by our shop.

 

Tattoos offer a unique, vivid way to express yourself and show what’s important to you. And not any ink will do. When you commit to getting a tattoo, you want quality work that will last through the decades—and you want something you’re proud to display.

For an appealing tattoo and talented artists, visit The Ink Lab. As one of the best tattoo shops in Minneapolis, MN, we have a focused attention to detail, and we continually strive to exceed our customers’ expectations.

Depend on Our Experience

The Ink Lab was founded in 1995 by David Dettloff, and we continue to follow a high standard of excellence and cleanliness. We’ve won the City Pages award for Best Tattoo Shop in 1999, 2002, and 2009, and we’ve won the City Pages award for Best Body Piercing in 1998 and 2005.

To accommodate any style, our licensed team of tattoo artists specializes in a variety of tattoo styles, including tribal, oriental, flash, and traditional Americana. If you have something specific in mind, we can also do custom designs. Our shop is also fully equipped to do body piercings.

Whether you’re getting new ink or a piercing, our team is committed to keeping a safe, drug-free, and sterile environment for all our customers.

Contact Us

If you’re looking for the best tattoo artist in Minneapolis, MN, turn to The Ink Lab. Take a look at our art gallery, and if you have any questions, give us a call at 612.823.2969 or message us through our website.

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