The Finest Tattoo and Piercing Studio
in Dubuque

Like no other.

We are happy to provide you with quality in everything that we offer. From our tattoo ink to our jewelry you will always get the best. To us, your happiness and health are our top priorities.
 Every year our entire staff continues their health and artistic education to excel at their craft, as well as keeping up with the ever-changing tattoo and piercing styles.  
You will also be happy to know that our staff is certified in Cpr, First Aid, Cross Contamination Control, and have had Bloodborne Pathogen Awareness Training.  It does not stop there though, our body piercers take on an average of 15 classes a year to keep current in aseptic training and many other various health related,  and technical classes.
Customers First

Yes, we mean all of you.

Art aside, we believe that the absolute most important service that we can offer you is listening.  We understand that your ideas are personal, so without judgment, we listen to what your needs and wants are, then translate them into  tattooable art. We always take the time needed to ensure that you are comfortable with your design, we do this by allowing you to be part of the creative process. We help to educate you on what is a workable tattoo idea,  and what will not work and why.  You can call us anytime during our operating hours to schedule a free consultation. 
​​​​​We are in this together. 

 From the moment you walk in, and every step after, 
we are here to create an amazingly unforgettable experience to carry with you for life. 
Our Future Guests and Events
The following are events we will be attending, places we are currently donating to, 
and a list of upcoming guest tattooers that will be performing tattoos or piercings at Crow's Nest.

All of October
Drop off your old coats

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October 21st

Come see us.
Because a portion of the money you spend here will get donated to the
Dubuque Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

November 5th
 Join team Crow's Nest for a walk.
Click the picture below to donate through Team Crow's Nest page.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Event Details
Walk Date: 11/05/2016
Walk Location: Peosta Community Center - 7896 Burds Rd - Peosta, IA
Check-in/Registration Time: 11/05/2016 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Amanda Garber 
Contact Phone: 563-231-0199 
Contact Email:
Past events and guests

Kasey Gonzalez

October 7th - 9th

We are so are so excited for Kasey to be here.

Talk about skills.
This man just destroys black and grey realism. Kasey's work impresses anyone who sees it. 
 He's already fully booked. 
So don't delay the next time he comes.

To check out more of his work,
​just go ahead and click the facebook icon. 


Not only was Halo on Ink Master season 4,
but Halo's work graces the pages and covers of some of todays top tattoo magazines. His realistic style, awesome color and portrait work has won him awards all over this great country of ours! Halo also does airbrush work that has gained him notoriety in that circle as well. Check out his site to book an appointment or to spend some time looking at his portfolio!

Check out these amazing tattoos that Halo perfromed while he was a guest artist here at
Crow's Nest Tattoo. 

We Raised $900 ​​
The money you spend here will get donated.
Woodstock is giving 100% of the money he makes this day to Compass to Care.
Join him and many others the next day on this benefit ride.

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Helping Kids Fight Cancer
One Trip At A Time
Compass to Care, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization,
ensures all families can access life-saving cancer treatment
for their children.
We carry out this mission by scheduling and paying for travel arrangements to the hospital
where a child is being
treated for cancer.
Ultimately, we give children the best access to life-saving cancer treatment, regardless of their family’s financial situation.

Merv Heiner

We welcome back Merv who is also from Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery.  He already has a following in this town, you should join them to get some incredible work.  Merv has won awards for his work. Not only is he talented, he's a super nice dude. 

Merv started some incredible pieces while he was here at
Crow's Nest Tattoo

Our Water Balloon Fight

Romper Stompers Childcare Center and Crow's Nest Tattoo wanted to give our kids and us adults something fun to do that is also free! That's right, Free. It's for all ages, we will separate children into age groups, and adults, well its a free for all. There will be food on site provided by one of our sponsors Catfish Charlies. There will be a cost for food, but all the money Charlie makes he is donating to The Way the Crow Rides, a benefit to raise money for underprivileged children's school supplies. We also have ink filled balloons for "Paint the artist" where you can throw balloons at the artists!

August 13th 2016

We raised $2000 and helped 100 families get school supplies.

We did this for your children, our future.

Some new changes

Booking Appointments

Tattoo Etiquette

We require a minimum of a $100.00, non-refundable deposit to book a date and time for your tattoo. If the project is a large scale one, we may require a higher deposit. Of course, this comes off of the  final session price of your tattoo. We do accept payment over the phone if needed. A 24-hour notice is required for a schedule change or deposit is void.  No call no shows will also have their deposit voided.  
Thank you for understanding.
Your tattoo is a personal and awesome experience, bringing in multiple people will take away from that personal touch. To ensure that your artist can concentrate on you, we only allow 1 person per studio, which means friends would have to stay in the lobby. Too many people hanging out will clutter our lobby and make it hard for us to best serve you and other clients. Thank you for your consideration. 

Cash or Credit Accepted


We accept both forms of payment, however, we have a 5% credit or debit surcharge on all transactions.  We do have an ATM set up for your convience as well, with a $4.00 surcharge. 
Paragon Piercing does offer ear lobe piercings on a child with consent, typically 5 and up. Other than a child coming in for this procedure, children are not allowed into Crow's Nest Tattoo. This is for the safty of your child. Thank you.