These 8 Michigan tattoo shops are all owned by women / non-binary


When it comes to planning a tattoo, there are several things you need to check:

  • that you are engaged in tattooing and tattoo placement
  • that the tattoo parlor you are visiting is clean and well maintained
  • that you are completely comfortable and confident in your artist’s ability to create and complement your chosen tattoo design

When it comes to tattoo parlors, there are a lot to choose from in Michigan. However, if you are looking for a store that is owned by a woman or a non-binary owner, there are several to choose from across the state.

Here are 8 female-owned / non-binary tattoo shops that you can visit in Michigan:

1. Relevant tattoo and piercing

Relevant Tattoo & Piercing, located in Coldwater, is a tattoo shop owned and operated by women. They offer private rooms and, depending on their Facebook page, meet all walks of life. They can also offer services in English, German or Spanish. Like most tattoo shops, appointments fill up quickly and tend to be booked a few months in advance. You can contact Relevant Tatoo & Piercing at (517) 227-5880 or on their The Facebook page.

2. Heirloom Arts LLC

All artists at Heirloom Arts LLC are either non-binary or female. Located in Kalamazoo, they are focused on achieving a higher standard of quality design with compassion, according to their Facebook page. Currently, they accept clients by appointment only. You can make an appointment on their website, by sending an email to [email protected], or by sending a message to their Facebook page.

3. Balm

Balm is located on the west side of Grand Rapids. They take special care to learn about working with those who have suffered trauma so that they can provide a compassionate and safe experience. Specifically, Sarah is the artist trained in trauma-focused practices. Balm also offers a community fund where “sliding scale” tattoos are offered without asking questions. You can find out more about the community fund and how to make an appointment on their website.

4. Color tattoo and piercing splash

Splash of Color, in East Lansing, has been in business for over 20 years. The owner, Kris Lachance, has been running the operation since 1997 and strives to provide the highest level of cleanliness and safety to his customers, according to their Facebook page. Splash of Color can be reached at (517) 333-0990 or by sending a message on its Facebook page.

5. Lucky monkey tattoo

Lucky Monkey Tattoo in Ann Arbor claims to be world famous. At least that’s what’s written on their Facebook page. Their artists are also said to be award winning, which should inspire confidence in the artist you choose. The appointments seem open. All they ask is not to send a DM to request an appointment. Instead, they ask you to send an email to [email protected] Make sure to include your design idea, approximate size, location on your body, and contact details.

6. 7 Chakras Piercing and Tattoo Studio

7 Chakras Piercing & Tattoo Studio is located in Kalamazoo. They ensure that their customers have the safest and most user-friendly experience possible. It seems to be working. Their reviews praise the shop, including one that says,

This place is amazing !! Jasmine was a wonderful tattoo artist, she created such a comfortable environment and did an amazing job !! 10/10 I would recommend getting a tattoo from here.

Read more reviews and request a quote on their website.

7. My little needle tattoos

Claiming to be Plymouth’s oldest tattoo shop, My Little Needle Tattoos was established in 2008. Owner Latricia (Trish) Horstman has been making art since she was little and tattooing since 2004, according to their Facebook page. For any questions regarding dates, visit their Facebook page, call them at 734-883-9996 or [email protected]

8. Sei Bella tattoo

This tattoo shop in Muskegon offers what they call “mind guided tattoos”. Besides tattoos, you can find metaphysical treasures and tarot readings in one place. Sei Bella strives to provide a tranquil and safe space for you to explore the magnificent tattoo art of one of their artists. See the work of their artists and find information on making appointments here.

As someone who has a number of tattoos, I understand the importance of feeling 100% comfortable with your tattoo experience. If you’re looking for a specific woman or non-binary artist, hopefully the list above will help point you in the right direction.

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