True Blue Tattoo

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Known for its friendly Texas style, True Blue Tattoo has been a Downtown fixture for over 17 years. Catering to walk-ins and appointments alike, they have an astounding 15 artists with varying specialties and styles. The staff will make sure you get the exact tattoo that you want in a well-lit, clean, and professional environment. They opened a second location on Airport Blvd in 2013.

We insist upon:

– A sterile and clinical environment.
Knowledgeable and experienced piercers and tattoo Artists.
– Premium quality body jewelry, inks and supplies.
– A huge selection of artists with a variety of styles. Browse all of our Artist portfolios at
– We stand behind each of our tattooer’s and piercer’s work.

Thank you. We appreciate your business.

Located downtown Austin, Texas at 607 Red River in the 6th Street entertainment district and at 4507-B Airport Blvd.
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Place Categories: Gifts/Accessories, Jewelry, Services, and Tattoo.Place Tags: best tattoo shop, body jewelry, ink, piercings, piericing, tats, tattoo, and tattoo parlor.

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5 reviews

  1. Ed L., Sep 30, 2014 - True Blue Tattoo

    True Blue is the only shop in my book from now on, and the only place I would consider for something as important as a tattoo. Cory C did our work and all I can say is that he is a true pro. He has the talent in droves – and knows what it takes to put people at ease, connect with them and make the whole (painful) process a memory you will carry for life.

    I went in on a Saturday a couple of weeks before I wanted to get inked, just to check in and make sure I knew what we needed to do to get an appointment and talk art. I had gotten a great recommendation from another artist in the shop that for what we wanted – a watercolor koi – Cory was the guy. He immediately knew what I was talking about and in the weeks between, we swapped art and just touched-base to make sure things were still on schedule. My girlfriend Deana and I had been talking about getting inked together for a few years, and Cory kept us both updated – perfect customer service.

    Friday afternoon when we got there, D’ and I knew immediately that we were at the right place – things were ready, Cory put the final touches on the concept art, and we were off. We were getting matching koi, and I went first. This would be my third tattoo, but honestly the first two didn’t count, they were so small. Yah, it hurt, but pain is relative; and honestly, I think we all laughed and cracked up more than I have with anyone in years. Once mine was inked and done, he was able to do the same stellar job for Deana. She had a 20-year old comet tattoo on her ankle that she wanted to cover, and it could not have turned out any better. Just a superb job!

    As for the shop itself – it was lively, hip, comfy and True. We’re sticklers for clean – she’s an OR nurse, after all! – and this place was spotless. Would I recommend True Blue? Yep – for sure. Would I recommend Cory? Hell yah – but get your appointment early, cause the guy rocks it.

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  2. Tracey F., Oct 05, 2014 - True Blue Tattoo

    I went back to True Blue Tattoos on Red River. I brought two of my friends with me this time. They met with Jose and their tattoos turned out to be amazing! He listened to what they wanted, consulted with them, and they were extraordinarily happy with the results. I met with Scott Harris and got another tattoo. He is brilliant, skilled and incredibly talented. I showed him a picture of something I wanted I wanted, he made alterations and recommendations based upon the location I wanted the art. I am SO freaking happy with the tattoo. It was almost three hours for the tat and he kept me entertained throughout the whole period. I was able to focus on laughing thru the minimal pain. I HIGHLY recommend Scott and Jose! I will ALWAYS go back to them for future ink. The shop is clean, the people are great and genuine.

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  3. Sarita H., Dec 27, 2014 - True Blue Tattoo

    I got my nose pierced by Sarah, and she is freaking awesome! She answered all of my questions. I’m use to piercings so I wasn’t too freaked out. I would definitely request for Sarah if your thinking about going here for a piercing the procedure was extremely quick and she walked me through everything! Great place it is a tad bit pricy but it’s worth it.

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  4. Chris M., Mar 30, 2015 - True Blue Tattoo

    DNA (along with the staff and other artists) was super chill, friendly, and gave me an amazing tattoo. She worked with me very patiently to turn my ideas into a design that incorporated all of the elements that I wanted.
    I left the size, exact placement, and shading up to her.
    I was thrilled when I saw it for the first time.
    Love this shop.

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  5. Rick Burch, Nov 12, 2016 - True Blue Tattoo

    Dean-a is an Awesome artist…..and I can say anything I want about her cuz she’s my oldest daughter….Love Ya Big Sister, Dad.

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