Freaks on Broadway, 4037 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
Freaks on Broadway has the reputation of doing some of the best tattoo artwork in town. The large “tattoo” sign above its doorway is its way of welcoming new faces and reminding old faces why they still love to come.
The inside is decorated with Greek stone seating, and the walls and entryways are warm and dark chocolates. There isn’t a speck of dust in site, which should be expected in an area handling many needles. On the walls hang various framed designs for the waiting customers to choose from. Artists such as Lacie G. and Joe Lewis have their art in plain sight for browsing.
Any basic tattoo can be beautifully crafted here. From flowers to skulls, large owls to tiny writing, ask any of the pleasant staff members and they will be more than willing to help with any questions.
Freaks is open Mondays-Saturdays from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from noon -7 p.m. No appointments are necessary and tattoo prices start at $50. Yelp.com calls Freaks’ price range “moderate.” Prices also vary with size, style and color. The parlor also performs body piercings starting at $40.
2. Grimm Tattoo, 3915 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
Grimm Tattoo in Westport is a lesser-known shop, but their quality is unmatched. The original shop was founded by Bert Grimm, and was named to honor the Grimm family’s tattoo tradition since 1914.
The atmosphere at the shop is relaxed. Wes Grimm, tattoo artist and shop owner, puts customers at ease as he tells many of his life’s entertaining stories. Everyone is very personable and goes the extra mile to relieve first-time jitters.
A deposit is required to hold an appointment with one of the artists. Be sure you want to ink before you commit. Search Grimm Tattoo on Facebook to see more of their artwork.
3. Old Souls Tattoo Parlor, 2006 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
Despite the name, Old Souls Tattoo does business with people of all ages. Located in the Crossroads District, Old Souls was once known as Freaks Tattoo. Having outgrown their previous location in the Northland, Old Souls was established in 2012 and has continued to flourish ever since.
Noah Moore is the owner and also a well-known tattoo artist. He works alongside Jim Little and Shea Lehman to meet and exceed their customers’ needs.
No music is blasted in the shop. This makes the atmosphere here welcoming and conversational.. Artwork by the three artists can be viewed on their website.
Appointments are a must, but if walk-ins are your thing, you can come in Saturdays to get immediate gratification.