University Ink is the premier tattooing and piercing shop in North Louisiana. Established in Ruston in 2006, University Ink has become a staple and has set the bar high for local shops. There are multiple artists specializing in many different styles of tattoo art ranging from traditional to geometric to hyper-realistic. University Ink does employ a full-time piercer, and walk-ins are fine as long as they are not already booked up. If you are wanting the best tattoo or piercing experience in the area, book with University Ink.
Cold Desert Tattoo Studio:
Cold Desert Tattoo Studio is a custom shop with locations by campus in Monroe, and then across the river in West Monroe. Originally opened in 2012, the business quickly expanded in two years to open a second location. It is a family-friendly and personable shop where they focus on the client and their needs. As with most tattoo studios, if there is space, they will work in a walk-in, but it is best to call ahead and make an appointment.
Fat Mermaid Body Art Boutique:
Fat Mermaid Body Art Boutique specializes in custom tattoo work and piercings in the calmest and most comfortable environment they can create. This shop strives to truly make a relationship with their clients instead of simply trying to get as many tattoos or piercings done. It is a welcoming environment and they work to make everyone feel that regardless of “gender, race, ability or orientation.” This shop specializes in mixing styles by having artists who are experts in their own individual type of tattooing. Fat Mermaid strongly recommends making an appointment by calling the shop or messaging on Facebook.
The Chapel is so close to campus that ULM students can walk to it for their piercing and tattoo needs. They do custom work and all of their artists are award-winning. All reviews of The Chapel describe how the environment is clean and professional which provides an overall pleasant experience. The artists at The Chapel are usually booked in advance, so call ahead before walking in.