Ancient Art Tattoo Studio is Tidewater’s longest running, artist-owned, tattoo studio chain. Established in the mid 1970’s, Ancient Art opened the doors to its first tattoo parlor in Yorktown, Virginia in the early 1980’s. Decades later, after overturning several citywide tattoo bans, this ground-breaking chain still stands strong with four reputable tattoo shops located across the Hampton Roads area: Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton and Yorktown.

Ancient Art Tattoo Studio’s founder, J.D. Crowe, has long paved the way for legalized tattooing in Hampton Roads. His persistence to educate the government on healthy tattoo practices during his historic battle with the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake resulted in the overturning of a 50-year ban on storefront tattoo parlors—the government judging to regulate them rather than banning them. J.D. Crowe later provided assistance to the Department of Health, preparing guidelines and diagrams outlining proper safety procedures in a tattooing environment to help the department develop its new legislation. This iconic victory eventually led to similar long-time bans being lifted in many of the surrounding cities, ultimately helping to raise awareness of proper health codes, practices and procedures in an industry once plagued by underground operations.

Tattooing in accordance to city legislation and the Department of Health, the fully licensed staff members at the Ancient Art Tattoo Studios in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton and Yorktown all provide safe and sterile tattooing environments. They are qualified to assist you with all of your needs: designing custom tattoos from your ideas or sketches, assisting with placement options, or just answering questions so that you, the client, can make more informed decisions. Our artists are proficient in all styles of tattooing and specialize in tribal tattoos, old school tattoos, oriental tattoos, cover-ups and repairing older tattoos or those poorly done, each Ancient Art Tattoo Studio location also houses impressive collections of the industry changing, Official Tattoo Brand™ flash sheets, filled with thousands of the world’s most popular tattoo designs, to help you in your search.

If you are thinking about getting a tattoo, stop by Ancient Art Tattoo. Their licensed professionals will take their time and talents to ensure that you receive a quality tattoo in a clean, healthy and sterile environment.

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