Top 5 most requested tattoos in Birmingham and where to get them

Great work at Sanctum Tattoos and Comics. Photo via @amberstrangetattoos

Ever wondered what the most requested tattoos in Birmingham are? Read on to find out! Plus, learn which local tattoo shops have rave reviews. 

Most Requested Tattoos

After speaking with at least a dozen tattoo shops in the greater Birmingham area, these are the top five most requested tattoos locals are asking for:

  • Names
  • Quotes
  • Portraits
  • Lettering
  • Religious

Custom tattoos are also high on the list.


Here’s a look at some unique local tattoos:

Photo via Gabri Hembree for Bham Now
Tattoo by Vincent DeAngelis. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now
This Alabama Theatre sign is familiar! Tattoo by @randyfortenberry, @joeyhensontattoos, @steelworksgarage. Photo via Tradition Tattoo on Facebook
S’more tattoos are a must if they are as fun as this one by Joey Henson. Photo via Tradition Tattoo on Facebook
Peanut butter jelly time! Tattoo by Joey Henson. Photo via Tradition Tattoo on Facebook
Feelin’ catty.

Popular Tattoo Shops

Classic 13 Tattoo

Which design with you choose? Photo via Classic 13 Tattoos on Facebook

This shop was created by John Mihelic and Bryan Haynes. Alongside their talented team of artists, the shop has over 50+ years of experience in tattooing and piercing. 

Choose from thousands of designs or bring in your own idea and an artist will free-hand it into an amazing work of art.

Tattoo by Vector Doe. Photo via Classic 13 Tattoo on Facebook

Address: 2107 2nd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Contact: 205.224.5666
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. Noon-9PM, Fri.-Sat. Noon-11PM; Sun. Noon-7PM


Non Stop Art Tattoo

Get custom designs here. Photo via Non Stop Art Tattoo on Facebook

This shop may offer a collection of designs to choose from, but if you want a tattoo that is truly custom, this is one place you should definitely consider. 

Walk ins are occasionally taken, but appointments are strongly encouraged. 

Address: 213 20th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Contact: 205.251.1119
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 2-8PM


Sanctum Tattoos & Comics

Tats and comics session. Photo via Sanctum Tattoos & Comics on Facebook

Sanctum Tattoos and Comics is the ultimate place to go to turn your love of comic books and tattoos into a permanent masterpiece on your flesh.

Here you can find experienced tattoo artists like Aaron Hamilton. Hamilton’s style is heavily influenced by comic book art and horror cinema iconography.

Taking it old school with Mario and Yoshi. Photo via @thehorns
Tattoo by Aaron Hamilton. Photo via @thehorns

Other tattoos styles are, of course, available from Hamilton and Sanctum’s other artists.


Address: 4410 4th Ave S., Birmingham, Al 35222
Contact: 205.201.6862
Hours: Tues.-Sat. Noon-8PM; Sun. Noon-4PM

Black Bones Tattoo Co.

Located in Homewood, Black Bones Tattoo Co. has provided custom tattoos for over 22 years.

Tattoos offered:


  • Black and grey
  • Color
  • Custom
  • Japanese
  • Portrait
  • Realistic
  • Religious
  • Traditional
Photo via Black Bones Tattoo on Facebook

Address: 281 W. Valley Ave, Homewood, AL 35209
Contact: 205.407.7427
Hours: Sun.-Mon. 1-10PM, Fri.-Sat. 1PM-Midnight

Tattoo Jungle

Not only does Tattoo Jungle stand out for its name, but it’s been around for some time. The owner, Jeff Browning, has served the Calera area for over 40 years.

This is where I got my tattoo and also where I got my nose pierced by Browning himself. He was super nice and totally calmed my nerves. All in all it was a great experience.


Services include:

  • Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Jewelry and cosmetic tattooing
Gorgeous sleeve. Photo via Tattoo Jungle on Facebook

Address: 4601 US-31, Calera, AL 35040
Contact: 205.668.6566
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. Noon-10PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-Midnight

What do you think is the best place to get tattooed around Birmingham? Let us know!