The Finest Tattoo and Piercing Studio
in Dubuque

We provide

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.

Yes, we mean all of you.

Customers First
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. 

Are you a student or faculty member?

Look for our fliers on campus to collect your chance to win discounts.

Do you want to be on our team? 

Your hard work will get you free services.
Just message us through our contact page for more details. 
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.
Some new changes

Booking Appointments

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 your deposit will be forfeited.  No call no shows will also have their deposit forfeited.  
Thank you for understanding.

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. 

Tattoo Etiquette

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. 


The Crow's Nest 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 safety of your child. Thank you.