1. Tat 2 U, Lima
Location: 3200 Elida Road, Lima
Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: You can be sure to have a great experience at Tat 2 U. The owner, Lorne Howden Sr. sits on the Allen County Board of Health, so the standards for cleanliness and a sterile environment are very high here. With six full-time tattoo artists, customers’ ideas of what they want are sure to be captured in a one of kind, custom tattoo. The store also does body piercings which make up about 30 percent of their business. While most customers make an appointment, walk-ins are welcome, too.
2. White Wizard, Lima
Location: 649 N. Main St., Lima
Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Monday to Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: With 20 years of experience, White Wizard is a great place to get just the tattoo you want. Five artists are available to custom design a tattoo that reflects just what the customer has envisioned. Artists there like to encourage their customers to use their imagination. They also offer body piercings which make up about 50 percent of their clientele.
3. Professional Touch, Lima
Location: 1942 Elida Road, Lima
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: Tattoo artist who goes only by YoYo, owner of Professional Touch, specializes in custom artwork, some of which takes up to nine hours. He strives to create not just one-of-a-kind tattoos but an awesome environment. Any success he has, he contributes to his customers.
Honorable Mentions: TNT Tattoos, Van Wert; Scratchers Ink, St. Marys; Ink King Tattoo, Lima