About Us

Established in 2004, The Painted Bird Tattoo is located just off Interstate 93, 5 minutes & 2 exits north of downtown Boston. We offer the largest selection of various styles by award winning tattoo artists. We have thousands of designs to choose from & custom work is always available upon request.

Open 7 days a week! Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11am to 9pm Sundays: 12 noon to 5pm Walk-ins are welcome Proper ID is required

Consultations are always free Conveniently located on Wellington Circle in Medford Drive: intersection of Rt. 16 & Rt. 28 “T”: Orange line / Wellington stop Fully Licensed & Insured

We accept cash & all major credit cards- sorry, no personal checks, business checks, gift checks or money orders


I moved to New England in September and was looking for a good shop. Loved Painted Bird. Jason did my tattoo. I am so pleased. He was very efficient, and what I thought was going to be a much longer tattoo only took him an hour and a half. The tattoo I got was a ridiculous amount of straight lines, and he made sure that the ink wasn't too thick and "bled" together. I will recommend this place to anyone and everyone. All people in the shop were very nice and professional.

Erika J. Boston, MA

I've had two tattoos done by Dia, and they've both come out AMAZING. She is truly dedicated to doing good work, if you need a touch up the first ones free because she wants her work to be absolutely perfect. She's not afraid to tell you if your idea is terrible or if it won't hold up well, TAKE THE ADVICE. She's a professional and knows more than you do. Any work I get in the future will absolutely be done here.

Nikole s. Dover, NH

A friend and I recently went to the Painted Bird to get my first tattoo and her fourth. KC was the artist, and he did a phenomenal job. I was pretty nervous, but he kept me at ease throughout the process, and did an amazing job. I'm thrilled with how my tattoo came out (a small Celtic symbol), and would definitely go back to KC. He's very passionate about the work that he does, and was a true professional. Highly recommend KC and the Painted Bird!

Natalie M. Somerville, MA




Q: How long does it take to heal and what can I expect during that time?

A: A brand new tattoo will feel like a sunburn during the first day or two.  The tattoo may form a layer of dry skin or lightly scab within a few days- this is normal.  Do not try to remove any scabs or dry skin by picking at it or scrubbing in the shower- Let your tattoo heal by itself!  You should be fully healed within about 2 weeks.

Q: What do I need to do after I get a tattoo?

A: The tattoo artist will advise you on specifically what you will need to do after the tattoo.  In general, until the tattoo is healed, you will need to protect the tattoo from direct sunlight, avoid prolonged wetness (swimming, bath tubs/hot tubs,etc) and no petroleum jelly as the initial healing agent.  We do sell a specific aftercare cream that will help get the tattoo off to a great start.  Don’t be cheap and buy a $1.59 tube of A&D ointment at the local pharmacy- ointment has petroleum jelly in it and that is a no no…

Q: Does it hurt?

A: Every person is different, but generally speaking, the anticipation of any pain is usually worse than what it actually feels like.

Q. Is it safe to get a tattoo?

A. Yes, it is safe to get a tattoo.  Every tool and piece of equipment is sterilized immediately after each tattoo is completed.  All tattoo needles are 1-time use only.  They arrive to us from the manufacturer in individual pre-sealed pouches and are opened up right in front of you.

Q. What kind of tattoo designs can I choose from?

A. We have thousands of pre-made flash designs in the shop, but all of our tattoo artists do custom artwork.  If you have an idea, bring in a rough sketch or picture and the tattoo artist can draw something up for you.  We will not tattoo hate or gang related imagery.


Q. How much does a tattoo cost?

A. Our studio minimum is $60.  The individual pricing of a tattoo must be done in person and cannot be done over the phone, email or messaging.

Q. How old do I have to be to receive a tattoo or piercing?

A. Tattoo: Minimum 18 years of age with a license or birth certificate and picture ID.  Sorry- no one under 18- it’s the law.
Piercing:  18 years of age with a license or birth certificate & picture ID.  If under 18, you’ll need a parent/guardian present with the minor’s birth certificate and a picture ID from both the parent/guardian and minor.


Q.What is considered proper form of ID?

A. A state or government issued license/picture ID or a passport.  However, the picture cannot be more than two years old.

Q: Can I bring someone with me for support?

A: Unfortunately, the only person allowed in the tattoo area is the customer receiving the artwork.  Friends and family may wait in our lobby.  Children are NOT allowed in the store- Period!  It’s not that we don’t like children, it’s just that this is just not the right environment for an impressionable young mind…

Q: Can I just walk in to get a tattoo or piercing, or do I have to make an appointment?

A: Piercings are quick, so we only take walk-ins.  For tattoos, we take both walk-ins and appointments.  Granted, not every tattoo can be done as a walk-in due to time constraints, artist availability or design needs, but we will do our best to work with you.

Contact Us


567 Fellsway Medford, MA 02155

Phone:(781) 393-8282 

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