Wilmington, NC Tattoo & Design Studio

Welcome to Good Graces Tattoo, a tattoo & design studio founded on quality craftsmanship and solid design sensibility. We strive to deliver solid tattoos and good design solutions in a calm and engaging atmosphere. Located upstairs in the old white brick building on 118 S.17th Street just outside of downtown Wilmington, NC. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm offering custom tattoo design, illustration and digital design work. Good Graces Tattoo is predominantly by appointment only but can accommodate walk-ins when available. Thanks for stopping by!

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Pleased to Announce

We are pleased to announce Nate Mcgaughy joining us full time here at Good Graces Tattoo. Nate leans more towards Japanese style of tattooing but can handle anything you throw his way. Nate is available for walk-ins and more immediate availability. Contact him today to set something up!


Can I bring a friend?

A: Sure. It’s always nice to have someone accompany you if you’re a little uneasy about getting tattooed, especially if it’s your first. However, please limit your crew to 1-2 people.

Can I bring my child?

A: Please make arrangements for childcare before coming to get tattooed. Often there is language and other visuals not suited for young eyes and ears. In addition, it is not recommended by the Health Department.

Do I need to leave a deposit for an appointment?

A: Yes, a deposit is the only way to secure an appointment. Your deposit covers the artists time for research, preparing the drawing and setup. It does not go towards the final cost of the tattoo. Deposits are typically $50 for smaller pieces or $100 for pieces taking more than an hour, however each artist require different deposits. Check with your artist to see what they require. If you cannot make your appointment(s) please provide at least a 48 hour notice. The deposit is non-refundable or transferable and is subject to void if you neglect to fulfill your obligation to make it to your appointment(s).

Do I need to tip?

A: Tipping as a general rule in a service industry is a common courtesy and recommended to be handled just as you would a stylist, waiter and/or waitress.

Do you do design work?

A: Yes. Our studio offers design and illustration services on a custom basis.

Do you do piercings?

A: No.

Do you have a shop minimum?

A: Yes, but it depends on who you prefer to get tattooed by. Each artist has their own minimum.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes. They are available in the shop or available via snail mail. They are not transferable or exchangeable. Our gift certificates expire after 6 months.

Do you take credit cards or are you cash only?

A: We take all major credit and debit cards, however, cash is always preferred.

Do you take walk-ins?

A: No. All of our artists book by appointment only. If you would like to get tattooed, please contact the artist you wish to work with via their individual page to set up a time for a consultation and/or tattoo.

How do I book a consultation?

A: Booking a consultation is the best way to ensure you are on the same page with the artist. Times for consultation vary depending on the artist, but your best bet is to try and book consultations when we open and close to ensure our undivided attention.

How do I book an appointment?

A: The best way is to come to the shop and talk in in person. Aside from that (especially if you are from out of town) you can give us a call and set something up that way. We are a small operation, so bear with us. We will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

How do I find your shop?

Our shop is at 118 S. 17th Street in the big white brick building on the left hand side of the road. We are upstairs in the building. You’ll enter on the south side of the building through a common area and come up the stair case into the shop. We have signage that hopefully points you in the right direction.

What are your hours?

We are open Tuesday through Saturday from noon-7pm.