Best of Kent: Best tattoo/piercing parlor

Maria McGinnis

First PlaceDefiance

Defiance has been tattooing members of the Kent community for over 10 years.

The shop offers custom tattooing and piercings every day of the week, and they’re conveniently located right on Main Street.

The tattoo shop has been voted number one by students several years in a row.

From its urban-rock atmosphere and friendly staff, to its impressive, custom tattoo creations, it’s no wonder why students make up the majority of Defiance’s clients.

Second Place: South Water Studios

Down the road, South Water Studios was voted second best tattoo and piercing parlor.

“We offer quality work at a fair price in an exceptionally clean and pleasant environment. Basically, it’s the place your mom would want you to go,” said Wendi Koontz, part-owner of South Water Studios.

Wendi Koontz and Carlos Gonzales opened their studio in 2014 focusing on custom artistic and cosmetic tattooing, such as permanent makeup and tattoo cover ups.

Third Place: War Horse Ink

War Horse Ink is a veteran-owned and operated tattoo shop located right outside downtown.

The shop offers custom ink, body piercings, tattoo cover-ups and more.

Maria McGinnis is an entertainment reviewer. Contact her at [email protected].