Exploring the Art of Tattooing in Humboldt County, California

Welcome to Bohemian Tattoo, your premier destination for stunning tattoos in the beautiful Humboldt County, California. Nestled amidst the vibrant city of Eureka, our shop is a haven for self-expression, creativity, and exceptional craftsmanship. With our team of talented artists, we strive to provide a unique and personalized experience that goes beyond just getting inked. So, if you’re in Arcata, Fortuna, and McKinleyville or even Redding, Santa Rosa, or Bay Area, read on to discover why Bohemian Tattoo should be your go-to choice for your next tattoo journey.

The Power of Self-Expression Through Tattoos

Tattoos have long been a powerful medium for self-expression, allowing individuals to carry their stories, beliefs, and passions on their skin. At Bohemian Tattoo, we understand the significance of this form of art. Whether you’re looking for a small symbol or a full sleeve, our artists are skilled in translating your ideas into meaningful designs that reflect your unique personality and style.

Finding the Perfect Design

When it comes to finding the right design for your body, it’s important to trust the artists at Bohemian Tattoo. While it’s natural to seek inspiration online, we encourage our clients to allow us to exceed their expectations. Our talented artists possess a wealth of creativity and expertise, capable of designing something even better than what you initially envisioned. Trust us with the size and placement of your art, as our artists have a keen eye for balance, composition, and aesthetics.

Choosing the Right Tattoo Artist

Choosing the right artist is paramount to ensure a satisfying tattoo experience. At Bohemian Tattoo, we believe that your connection with the artist’s style is crucial. Our diverse team of artists specializes in various styles, including large-scale tattoos, fine line work, floral designs, and realism. We take pride in our ability to create artwork that speaks to our clients and captures their vision, resulting in a design that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Humboldt County’s Tattoo Destination

Located in the heart of Humboldt County, Bohemian Tattoo is the go-to destination for skin art enthusiasts in Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, McKinleyville, and beyond. Our shop has become a hub for creativity and self-expression, attracting clients not only from the local area but also from Redding, Santa Rosa, and the Bay Area. We’re proud to serve these communities and offer them a unique body art experience that combines exceptional artistry and a welcoming environment.

At Bohemian Tattoo, we believe that getting tattooed is more than just a fashion statement. It’s an opportunity to embrace your individuality, celebrate your passions, and carry your story with you. Located in Humboldt County, California, our shop is dedicated to providing exceptional craftsmanship, personalized designs, and a memorable experience. Whether you’re in Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, McKinleyville, or even visiting from Redding, Santa Rosa, or the Bay Area, Bohemian Tattoo is here to help you embark on your tattoo journey. Trust our talented artists to bring your vision to life and create a tattoo that you’ll be proud to wear for years to come.

Tattoo artist Eureka arcata Fortuna Mckinleyville Redding Humboldt California Santa Rosa
Tattoo artist Eureka arcata Fortuna Mckinleyville Redding Humboldt California Santa Rosa

Walk in Tattoo Arts Alive Flash Event at Bohemian Tattoo in Old Town Eureka

We’re looking forward to Saturday. It should be the first Arts Alive with decent weather in Eureka, CA. We should have 3 or 4 sheets full of tattoo flash designs based off of Star Wars characters to celebrate May the 4th be with you. Prices will range from $100 for most designs in black and grey and $150 for color. There is a sheet with slightly larger designs that will be $200. Alejandro and I are both designing a larger piece for whoever chooses at a slightly higher but enticing price.

You can set a book an appointment to make sure you get tattooed that day or try for a walk in. Walk ins will be on a first come first serve basis.

We look forward to seeing Star Wars fans smiling faces at the shop. Here’s a few of the tattoo flash designs Galen has come up with. There will be more to come. If you haven’t seen our work yet, Make sure to check out our portfolios.

 Walk in tattoo flash designs. Star Wars themed.

You can read more about the history of Max the 4th be with you here.


April 11, 2024

Whether you are looking to get your first tattoo done or are new to the area and are looking for the best tattoo shop, today’s article is for you. We are going to discuss a few tips to help you find the best tattoo shop for you around Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville or Fortuna.

Getting a tattoo is something you should take time and really put some thought into. This does not only apply to the tattoo itself, but also to the tattoo shop you want to go to, and which tattoo artist you want to work with. Contact Bohemian Tattoo today to learn more about our tattoo shop!

Best tattoo shop Humboldt County


Don’t hesitate to ask your family and friends about their experiences with tattoo shops and different artists. They will give you the best insight possible about their likes, dislikes, and overall experience. Then, check out local reviews through Google My Business, Facebook, and Yelp, and read through people’s experiences. Reviews can give you a great sense of the tattoo shop atmosphere, the tattoo artists, and the quality of the tattoos you can expect to receive.

Another way to get great tattoo shop referrals is if you see someone with a quality tattoo that is the style that you are looking for, simply ask them where they got it done and if they are happy with how it turned out. The majority of people are more than happy to share their experiences and refer people to their favorite tattoo artists.


Listen, the best tattoo artists don’t have to advertise because their work speaks for them. In other words, when you see someone with a great tattoo, ask them where they got it. Ask them who their tattoo artist is. Remember, when you’re looking for a great tattoo, you don’t simply walk into any old tattoo shop and expect to get a great tattoo. If you want the best tattoo, you have to think about what you want, and know who can deliver. I like to get tattooed by someone whose portfolio makes me think: “I’ve got to get tattooed by them, I love their style!”

Note: once you’ve chosen your tattoo shop make sure you’re ready. You can read about preparing for your tattoo here.

Once you have a good list started of tattoo shops, go visit each one to see the atmosphere of the shop, meet the artists, and get a first-hand look at their tattooing process. See if your references and reviews add up. The most important advice we can give is to not just settle on a tattoo shop because you heard it was good, read some reviews, or don’t know where else to go. Bottom line: If the ink shop you visit isn’t exactly a fit, move onto another shop and continue to visit shops until you find the one that fits your needs and that you feel confident with. Of course, whenever you’re in Eureka, CA, you’re welcomed at Bohemian Tattoo!


Receive quotes from multiple shops. This will not only give you a good idea of what your tattoo is going to cost but can help you gauge the quality of work that you are going to receive. Warning: cheap tattoos are a bad idea. A great tattoo artist is worth their weight in gold (as your tattoo will be with you forever), and you want a tattoo artist who understands how your tattoo will adjust with your body through the years. With tattoos, you get what you pay for, and though pricing is important to take it into account when choosing your tattoo shop, make sure you understand what a good tattoo should cost. Then get your quote/estimate and start saving! Try to remember, tattoo shops with a low minimum (under $100) or a low hourly rate (under $200) aren’t confident enough in their work to charge what other artists are. You can get a free quote for your custom tattoo online anytime.


While you are visiting the different tattoo shops, be sure to take note of how clean they are. Keeping a sanitary environment is extremely important for tattoo and piercing shops. When you get a tattoo or piercing, multiple doors are opened to bacteria that can lead to severe infections. Start by looking at the general cleanliness of the shop, then watch closely to see what type of precautions the artists take to ensure that bacteria and viruses are not being spread. Here are some of the major precautionary actions that should be performed:

  • Sterilizing the tattoo table in between clients
  • Wearing gloves the entire time and putting on new gloves for each client
  • Covering all surfaces near the tattoo and tools with clear plastic
  • Using individual disposable containers for ink
  • Cleaning the skin prior to tattooing and continuously during the tattooing process
  • Using new, sterile needles for each client


Verify that both the shop as well as the individual artists have the licenses that they are required to have for tattooing. Bottom Line: Never let a tattoo artist that is not licensed tattoo you. At Bohemian  Tattoo, all of our artists are licensed and professional. With great knowledge in the art of tattooing as well as the proper process of tattooing, we take great pride in our tattoo shop and ensure that you will receive high-quality service during each and every visit. Contact Bohemian Tattoo with further questions or concerns!


Now that you have confirmed that the tattoo shop is sterile and licensed, it is time to find the right artist for your tattoo. At this point, you should have a pretty good idea of what style of tattoo you are wanting. Looking through the portfolios of the artists you are choosing from is a vital step. You will want to choose an artist that specializes in the exact style of tattoo that you are looking for to receive the best end-result.

At Bohemiann Tattoo, you can find just about any style of tattoo from one of our talented tattoo artists. Here are the main tattoo styles that they specialize in:

  • Floral tattoos
  • Sleeve/large scale
  • Art deco/nouveau
  • Black and gray realism tattoos
  • Color realism tattoos
  • Full-color tattoos
  • Water-color tattoos
  • Traditional black and grey tattoos
  • Neo-traditional tattoos
  • Japanese tattoos

Check out some tattoo artist portfolios to see exactly what their previous work looks like!


Take some time to have a conversation with the artist that you choose before your tattoo appointment. Get to know a little bit about them, and share with them a little about yourself. This will help you both be more comfortable when it comes time for you to get your tattoo. Some tattoo shops even allow you to upload and submit a custom tattoo design idea in advance, so you can get pricing and pick the artist who is best suited for your tattoo style. Letting the artist get to know you opens the door for them to get a better idea of how to personalize your tattoo and really bring your vision to life. The artists at Bohemian Tattoo take pride in building strong relationships with customers and with these 7 Tips to Finding the Best Tattoo Shop, your next tattoo will be your best.