Best Of 2019

Best Tattoo Atelier: White Whale Tattoo

Walnut Hills’ White Whale Tattoo is renowned for its artistry in ink. The shop’s crew of highly skilled tattooers (boasting a higher ratio of female to male artists, for what it’s worth) creates individual masterworks on skin for clients with a bespoke mindset and range of styles that includes specialties in linework, pointillism, woodcut and other fine art. Most tattooers’ books are closed and appointments are scheduled months in advance, so unfortunately this isn’t the place for walk-ins. But, every so often, White Whale hosts special Flash Days. People line up around the block for these first-come, first-served events where you can select your design and artsist from pre-drawn sheets. All proceeds from Flash Days benefit White Whale’s ongoing work in Guatemala, where they do cover-up tattoos for former gang members and assist with other outreach efforts in the Central American country. White Whale Tattoo, 650 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, whitewhaletattoo.com.