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Tattoos Built To Last!

Whether you are interested in something small or a custom design, Black Water Tattoo & Design is the place for you. Safe, bright pigments, single use needles and outstanding personal customer care. Stop in and discuss your ideas. We take walk-ins based on availability.  Black Water Tattoo and Design is dedicated to bringing you quality tattoo work and customer service that is second to none. Add new art to your skin with a variety of tattoo styles from Black Water Tattoo & Design. We provide bold color and bold lines in authentic designs ranging from the 1920s to modern times. These classic images never go out of style.

Tony | Owner
Tony | Owner
Specializing in all tattoo types.
Killian | Artist
Killian | Artist
Fine Line, Black & Grey, Neo Traditional, Japanese, Portraits, Realism & Color Illustrative
Hank | Artist
Hank | Artist
Specializing in all tattoo types including portraits.




Eye Brow




Nostril Jeweled






Snake Bites






Tongue Snake Bites




Ear Lobe


Ear Lobes






Both Nipples




Navel Jeweled


Micro Dermal Body


Micro Dermal Face


Change Out


Change Out Below The Belt


Exotics (Deposit) By Apt Only




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I called ahead and asked if I could get a quarter-sized Batman logo done. I walked in about 20 minutes later, and Hank had already printed it out. He was really fun to work with! I would recommend him to everyone. Lisa Nelson, Sterling, VA

Lisa Nelson, Sterling, VA

I’ve been going to this shop since 2014, when they were known as “Traditions Tattoo”. They’ve always been friendly and professional. I’ve never had a bad experience here. Killian, Tony, and Hank are all great guys, very talented, and go above and beyond to make sure their clients are satisfied.

Sean B. Sterling,Virginia

I absolutely love this shop! My husband and I have gotten 7 tattoos here and we can’t imagine going anywhere else! We always feel so comfortable and at home every single time we walk in whether it be for a tattoo or just to say hello. Killian is amazingly talented and does awesome work. He is a true artist.

Michelle M. Sterling, VA
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Walk-in clients are welcomed, though Black Water Tattoo & Design can not guarantee that we have time for them everyday. Our scheduled clients take priority. If you want Black Water Tattoo & Design to do a small tattoo on a walk-in basis, you are best calling the shop at 703-527-8377 to see what availability is looking like for the day.

For one session tattoos Black Water Tattoo & Design is able to give a quote for the tattoo upfront. For larger, multi-session projects, Black Water Tattoo & Design charges strictly by the hour. It is nearly impossible to guess the cost of a tattoo via e-mail, so Black Water Tattoo & Design raraely produces estimates prior to the in-person consult.

Black Water Tattoo & Design does not send out artwork via e-mail. You will see your final tattoo design the day of the appointment. Any minor changes will be made that day. If major changes need to be made to the design, Black Water Tattoo & Design may choose to reschedule you. To avoid this, please be precise during your consultation to avoid any misunderstandings. If you change your mind about the tattoo design and wish to have an entirely new design drawn, your original deposit will be forfeited and you will be asked to leave another.

An open mind, as well as any printed visual material that you think might be helpful. The printed imagery works as a guide to give Black Water Tattoo & Design an idea of what sort of style you are drawn to, so it does not have to be exactly what you want. Please be as precise as you can and have your thoughts organized. Although our staff love drawing, they do not have time to re-draw your image over and over again because there was a lack of communication.

For most designs, Black Water Tattoo & Design requires an in-person consult (special arrangements can be made for out-of-town clients). The best method is to e-mail the tattoo artist with a general description and some basic reference material attached. From there, they will contact you to arrange the in-person consult. A $100 deposit is taking during the consultation before any drawings are made, and the deposit is non-refundable. The deposit does go towards the total cost of the tattoo and is deducted from the final session of the tattoo.

  • Address – 101 E HOLLY AVE #13, STERLING, VIRGINIA 20164

  • Hours – Mon-Fri: 12pm-8pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm-6pm

  • Phone – 571-375-2959