Read Street Tattoo Parlor

★★★★☆
  • 882 Park Ave

    Baltimore, MD 21201

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  • 410-523-4657

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Everyone was very friendly. The place was very clean. Tomek made sure I was happy with the design and the tattoo turned out great. This wasn't my first tattoo but it was by far my best and I plan on getting all of my future work done at

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★★★★★

Everyone was very friendly. The place was very clean. Tomek made sure I was happy with the design and the tattoo turned out great. This wasn't my first tattoo but it was by far my best and I plan on getting all of my future work done at

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I got my first tattooo at Read Street and it was undeniably awesome. Everyone there was really friendly and Charlie put a ton of work into designing my tattoo, which looks amazing. It didn't take long and it didn't cost much. The whole experience was kickass.

I've had friends who got tattoos that look like shit. But mine keeps getting me laid. People approach me all the time and ask about it - Where I got it and why it looks so good. Every time I tell them: Just go to Read Street they'll hook you up. So stop whatever it is you're doing and go.

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★★★★★

I got my first tattooo at Read Street and it was undeniably awesome. Everyone there was really friendly and Charlie put a ton of work into designing my tattoo, which looks amazing. It didn't take long and it didn't cost much. The whole experience was kickass.

I've had friends who got tattoos that look like shit. But mine keeps getting me laid. People approach me all the time and ask about it - Where I got it and why it looks so good. Every time I tell them: Just go to Read Street they'll hook you up. So stop whatever it is you're doing and go.

Pros: Friendly, Professional, Talented and Accomodative

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This is going to be long, but they deserve an excellent, detailed review.

I'd been to Read Street before in 03 and had a pretty good experience, so I went back to have a half sleeve worked around the piece I had already gotten there 6 years ago.

On first walking in, I really liked the atmosphere of the new location, and it was very clean and well kept

One or two people have written reviews that they didn't feel the artists were friendly, but I had the complete opposite experience, like most other posters. I've been to other shops for other tattoos, and have always felt that the artists act elitist, but this wasn't at all how I felt at Read Street.

I talked with Jeff about what I wanted and he came up with a really beautiful design that worked well with that I already had. He was really receptive to my ideas and made a lot of good suggestions, and made me feel very comfortable. I've completed 3 of 4 sessions to date, and have spent about 11 hours there so far, and I can say that the other artists that work there are equally respectful and friendly, as I've seen them interact with me and their own clients.

I would recommend this shop over any other. They are all phenomenal at their craft and are also cool, down-to-earth guys. I'll definitely be back.

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★★★★★

This is going to be long, but they deserve an excellent, detailed review.

I'd been to Read Street before in 03 and had a pretty good experience, so I went back to have a half sleeve worked around the piece I had already gotten there 6 years ago.

On first walking in, I really liked the atmosphere of the new location, and it was very clean and well kept

One or two people have written reviews that they didn't feel the artists were friendly, but I had the complete opposite experience, like most other posters. I've been to other shops for other tattoos, and have always felt that the artists act elitist, but this wasn't at all how I felt at Read Street.

I talked with Jeff about what I wanted and he came up with a really beautiful design that worked well with that I already had. He was really receptive to my ideas and made a lot of good suggestions, and made me feel very comfortable. I've completed 3 of 4 sessions to date, and have spent about 11 hours there so far, and I can say that the other artists that work there are equally respectful and friendly, as I've seen them interact with me and their own clients.

I would recommend this shop over any other. They are all phenomenal at their craft and are also cool, down-to-earth guys. I'll definitely be back.

Pros: Friendly, Professional, Excellent Work

Cons: Sometimes parking

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Let me start by saying Tomack is one serious tattoo artist and a cool mofo.I will be a repeat customer and will tell everyone I know where the best in Baltimore is working.Tomack you f?*kin rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

Let me start by saying Tomack is one serious tattoo artist and a cool mofo.I will be a repeat customer and will tell everyone I know where the best in Baltimore is working.Tomack you f?*kin rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: every thing

Cons: nada thing

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With new owners, Charlie Foos and Jeffrey Pitt, Read Street Tattoo Parlour has just raised the bar for expert custom tattooing in Baltimore. Not only is the atmosphere welcoming, but their work is unmatched in the area. With a recent addition to the team, you will be blown away by the mutual and individual talent of Read Street. Charlie started a sleeve on my right arm that I've since had shaded by him, and no joke, I get stopped randomly everyday by someone's admiration for his work. If you are looking for quality and a range of expertise, look no further. Check out Read Street.

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★★★★★

With new owners, Charlie Foos and Jeffrey Pitt, Read Street Tattoo Parlour has just raised the bar for expert custom tattooing in Baltimore. Not only is the atmosphere welcoming, but their work is unmatched in the area. With a recent addition to the team, you will be blown away by the mutual and individual talent of Read Street. Charlie started a sleeve on my right arm that I've since had shaded by him, and no joke, I get stopped randomly everyday by someone's admiration for his work. If you are looking for quality and a range of expertise, look no further. Check out Read Street.

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With new owners, Charlie Foos and Jeffrey Pitt, Read Street Tattoo Parlour has raised the bar for expert custom tattooing in Baltimore. Not only is the atmosphere welcoming, but their work is unmatched in the area. With a recent addition to the team, you will be blown away by the mutual and individual talent of Read Street. If you are looking for quality and a range of expertise in both Eastern and Western styles of tattooing, look no further. Charlie designed a sleeve on my right arm that he recently shaded and I'm not kidding when I say that everyday I randomly get stopped on the street with admiration for his work. It's AMAZING!!!!

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★★★★★

With new owners, Charlie Foos and Jeffrey Pitt, Read Street Tattoo Parlour has raised the bar for expert custom tattooing in Baltimore. Not only is the atmosphere welcoming, but their work is unmatched in the area. With a recent addition to the team, you will be blown away by the mutual and individual talent of Read Street. If you are looking for quality and a range of expertise in both Eastern and Western styles of tattooing, look no further. Charlie designed a sleeve on my right arm that he recently shaded and I'm not kidding when I say that everyday I randomly get stopped on the street with admiration for his work. It's AMAZING!!!!

Pros: Expert Tattooing/ Awesome service

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What a waste. Seth sold out and moved away.The new owners have no clue how to run a business professionally. The quality of the work is average at best. There are better options for tattoos in B-More but it's a shame that this place has slid so far. I'm not sure how long they can make it riding on Seth's past credentials.

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★☆☆☆☆

What a waste. Seth sold out and moved away.The new owners have no clue how to run a business professionally. The quality of the work is average at best. There are better options for tattoos in B-More but it's a shame that this place has slid so far. I'm not sure how long they can make it riding on Seth's past credentials.

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My first visit there was a nightmare when my 300.00 tattoo disappeared 3 days later. The tattooist blamed it on bad ink initially and I later learned that he used gray wash instead of black ink. A friend's daughter had the same thing happen and recently a colleague was blown off for his appointment after spending thousands of dollars getting work done by the owner, Jeff Pitt. The original owner is now in Portland and the business has suffered exponentially since his departure. Sad, but true.

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My first visit there was a nightmare when my 300.00 tattoo disappeared 3 days later. The tattooist blamed it on bad ink initially and I later learned that he used gray wash instead of black ink. A friend's daughter had the same thing happen and recently a colleague was blown off for his appointment after spending thousands of dollars getting work done by the owner, Jeff Pitt. The original owner is now in Portland and the business has suffered exponentially since his departure. Sad, but true.

Pros: None

Cons: Unreliable, Unprofessional and Uninspired

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Not one, but two friends recommended this parlour to my husband and I. Jeff Pitt started my husband's sleeve with a huge Buddist monk that he custom designed for him. It's not a 2D looking blob like a lot of big tats, and it didn't make his arm out to be a doodle pad, like some sleeve art tends to be. He incorporated a gnarly Japanese maple with falling leaves that fade into bold negative space. It looks sick! I can't wait to see the finished product! My baybeh has definately gotten hotter! Tomorrow, I'm getting a piercing there!

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★★★★★

Not one, but two friends recommended this parlour to my husband and I. Jeff Pitt started my husband's sleeve with a huge Buddist monk that he custom designed for him. It's not a 2D looking blob like a lot of big tats, and it didn't make his arm out to be a doodle pad, like some sleeve art tends to be. He incorporated a gnarly Japanese maple with falling leaves that fade into bold negative space. It looks sick! I can't wait to see the finished product! My baybeh has definately gotten hotter! Tomorrow, I'm getting a piercing there!

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i must agree with the other two reviews. I went with a friend who wanted to get something from off of an album. when he presented this to the artist, the guy seemed like he was all for it, but we overheard him say that he did not want to do it because he only does custom art. Great work does not compensate for a terrible attitude.

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★☆☆☆☆

i must agree with the other two reviews. I went with a friend who wanted to get something from off of an album. when he presented this to the artist, the guy seemed like he was all for it, but we overheard him say that he did not want to do it because he only does custom art. Great work does not compensate for a terrible attitude.

Pros: clean

Cons: bad customer service

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Hail Loop,

I'm sure you remember the guy who offered to do your tattoo? I'm his girlfriend, and I'm black. So I would be REAL careful about making those sorts of assumptions about people. As far his questions to you, you just assumed he was coming down on you for being a black girl in a LZ shirt - get over yourself and realize when someone is simply trying to make conversation....

Moreover, if you want good artwork going on your body, you need to let the artist prepare it first.

tsk, tsk, tsk.........

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★★★★★

Hail Loop,

I'm sure you remember the guy who offered to do your tattoo? I'm his girlfriend, and I'm black. So I would be REAL careful about making those sorts of assumptions about people. As far his questions to you, you just assumed he was coming down on you for being a black girl in a LZ shirt - get over yourself and realize when someone is simply trying to make conversation....

Moreover, if you want good artwork going on your body, you need to let the artist prepare it first.

tsk, tsk, tsk.........

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i recieved multiple tattoos over the years at read street. i just want to let everyone this is where you want to get your first tattoo. they will work with you, from start to finish on yor chosen design. the parking isn't as bad as you think either. as for getting inked up. check out there website and judge for yourselves.

www.readstreettattoo

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★★★★★

i recieved multiple tattoos over the years at read street. i just want to let everyone this is where you want to get your first tattoo. they will work with you, from start to finish on yor chosen design. the parking isn't as bad as you think either. as for getting inked up. check out there website and judge for yourselves.

www.readstreettattoo

Pros: best group of artists in the baltimore/dc area

Cons: nothing

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I got tattooed here a few times and it was great! to the girl with the led zeppelin t shirt, i bet noone wanted to do your tattoo because you wanted something completely asinine. Or something that would not work as a tattoo. And i have a feeling you are just upset that you got called out on wearing a shirt of a band you know NOTHING about. You are a poser so go get a terrible tattoo at any of the other lame shops around town. Anyone that wants a REAL tattoo from a REAL artist, go here. There is a reason this shop is world renowned...

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★★★★★

I got tattooed here a few times and it was great! to the girl with the led zeppelin t shirt, i bet noone wanted to do your tattoo because you wanted something completely asinine. Or something that would not work as a tattoo. And i have a feeling you are just upset that you got called out on wearing a shirt of a band you know NOTHING about. You are a poser so go get a terrible tattoo at any of the other lame shops around town. Anyone that wants a REAL tattoo from a REAL artist, go here. There is a reason this shop is world renowned...

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The previous "reviewer" obviously has no idea what kind of operation Read St. is. They most likely pointed you to some books for reference, to gain a starting point, as they do with pretty much everyone who goes into their shop. they keep an immense library of reference books on hand, to make sure that each tattoo's particular subject matter is thoroughly researched. You will not find any instant tattoos at their shop, nor will you find anyone working there, who feels they can handle every person's requests. If you were directed to some books, you might want to consider that perhaps you werent being clear as to what you wanted, and the artist needed a point of reference.

I'm thrilled with the service and the work at Read St., and will continue to have all of my work done there. i have always felt that my artist understood me, and never did i feel blown off, or that they were "stuck up"

Perhaps you're better off getting tattooed at a "museum", if you can't understand how it works at a real tattoo shop.

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★★★★★

The previous "reviewer" obviously has no idea what kind of operation Read St. is. They most likely pointed you to some books for reference, to gain a starting point, as they do with pretty much everyone who goes into their shop. they keep an immense library of reference books on hand, to make sure that each tattoo's particular subject matter is thoroughly researched. You will not find any instant tattoos at their shop, nor will you find anyone working there, who feels they can handle every person's requests. If you were directed to some books, you might want to consider that perhaps you werent being clear as to what you wanted, and the artist needed a point of reference.

I'm thrilled with the service and the work at Read St., and will continue to have all of my work done there. i have always felt that my artist understood me, and never did i feel blown off, or that they were "stuck up"

Perhaps you're better off getting tattooed at a "museum", if you can't understand how it works at a real tattoo shop.

Pros: The best work on the East Coast

Cons: Parking is a bit difficult but not impossible, somewhat hidden location.

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Went there because I was told they were good. Had a vision for a back piece. The guy didn't really want to listen to me, but instead pointed me to some books. I did not want to get a McTattoo so went somewhere where they actually listen to the client.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there because I was told they were good. Had a vision for a back piece. The guy didn't really want to listen to me, but instead pointed me to some books. I did not want to get a McTattoo so went somewhere where they actually listen to the client.

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Great tattooing has been coming out of Read Street for YEARS, but in the last 15 months, Seth has assembled a truly versatile and friendly staff, capable of accomplishing any genre of tattooing with perfection. My husband and i have been long-time clients of Seth's, and with his popularity snowballing, we found him to be booked solid for about two months.
We wanted tattoos to mark our 10 year wedding anniversary, and since it was a spur of the moment idea, we werent able to get any time with Seth right away. He was happy to refer us to one of his co-workers, Hunter, who had us wrapped up and on our way to dinner with just a few hours notice.
Your best bet is to check for yourself, and not to just take my word for it. The guys there consistantly win "Best of Baltimore" for a reason, and not to my surprise, i've found them to be regarded just as highly the world over. I was so proud when i walked into a tattoo parlor in Melbourne Australia, and they knew who did my work before i even spoke a word to them! The artist there was so happy to see Seth's work, that he took several photos of me, the tattoo, and of him with me as well!
Just do a search online, or even better, go there, and see for yourself.
I promise you'll be pleased!

PROS: safe, and professional, yet relaxed envrionment. peace of mind.
CONS: sometimes there can be a long wait to get tattooed, but so worth it!

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★★★★★

Great tattooing has been coming out of Read Street for YEARS, but in the last 15 months, Seth has assembled a truly versatile and friendly staff, capable of accomplishing any genre of tattooing with perfection. My husband and i have been long-time clients of Seth's, and with his popularity snowballing, we found him to be booked solid for about two months.
We wanted tattoos to mark our 10 year wedding anniversary, and since it was a spur of the moment idea, we werent able to get any time with Seth right away. He was happy to refer us to one of his co-workers, Hunter, who had us wrapped up and on our way to dinner with just a few hours notice.
Your best bet is to check for yourself, and not to just take my word for it. The guys there consistantly win "Best of Baltimore" for a reason, and not to my surprise, i've found them to be regarded just as highly the world over. I was so proud when i walked into a tattoo parlor in Melbourne Australia, and they knew who did my work before i even spoke a word to them! The artist there was so happy to see Seth's work, that he took several photos of me, the tattoo, and of him with me as well!
Just do a search online, or even better, go there, and see for yourself.
I promise you'll be pleased!

PROS: safe, and professional, yet relaxed envrionment. peace of mind.
CONS: sometimes there can be a long wait to get tattooed, but so worth it!

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Baltimore got really lucky when Seth decided to open his shop here in 1999. Read Street Tattoo offers truly world class tattoos, in a city where something so special could easily be overlooked, perhaps in favor of a lower price, or ease of obtainability. I first got tattooed by Seth when he worked at a shop in randallstown, and have since followed him to Read Street, where he's completed three large pieces on my back, chest, and lower leg. I cant express enough, the amount of compliments i get on the color and detail, and people never believe that my tattoos are several years old, many thinking that they are fake!

I recently went back for another tattoo from him, and found him to be booked solid for about 5 or 6 weeks, so he referred me to one of his co-workers, Hunter, who did an awesome job on my new tattoo! He walked me through the design process, placement, color choices, and longevity issues. (some of the lines were too close together), and the whole time, he was SOOO patient with me! He was such a sweetheart!

i will come right out and say that these guys are not the cheapest place in town, but they are EASILY the most skilled and most friendly. I will also say that it's best to AT LEAST call ahead if you plan on getting a tattoo.

They have portfolios visible on their website, and personally, I'd be wary of places which dont offer to show the work up-front.

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★★★★★

Baltimore got really lucky when Seth decided to open his shop here in 1999. Read Street Tattoo offers truly world class tattoos, in a city where something so special could easily be overlooked, perhaps in favor of a lower price, or ease of obtainability. I first got tattooed by Seth when he worked at a shop in randallstown, and have since followed him to Read Street, where he's completed three large pieces on my back, chest, and lower leg. I cant express enough, the amount of compliments i get on the color and detail, and people never believe that my tattoos are several years old, many thinking that they are fake!

I recently went back for another tattoo from him, and found him to be booked solid for about 5 or 6 weeks, so he referred me to one of his co-workers, Hunter, who did an awesome job on my new tattoo! He walked me through the design process, placement, color choices, and longevity issues. (some of the lines were too close together), and the whole time, he was SOOO patient with me! He was such a sweetheart!

i will come right out and say that these guys are not the cheapest place in town, but they are EASILY the most skilled and most friendly. I will also say that it's best to AT LEAST call ahead if you plan on getting a tattoo.

They have portfolios visible on their website, and personally, I'd be wary of places which dont offer to show the work up-front.

Pros: Top notch work clean, friendly environment, good conversation

Cons: parking is somewhat difficult, the shop is not wheelchair accessible

 

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