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Rising Dragon Tattoos

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(15 Reviews)

51 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

(212) 255-8288

Today: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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General Info
Rising Dragon provides New York with some of the best tattoos in the city for over 25 years! , all styles, japanese, bold color, tribal, black grey, lettering & portraits.

Regular Hours

Payment method
visa, master card, amex, discover, debit, cash
Union Square, Midtown Manhattan

Member of National Tattoo Association for 23 years.

Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Price Range : Average

By Appointment Only: No


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Lori H.



What's to say, these guys are awesome. I got an armband of Van Gogh's Starry Night put seamlessly around my forearm by Darren who was so enthusiastic about the whole project. As nervous as I was I felt really assured by his confidence. Other members of the staff was friendly and I couldn't help but notice how clean everything was, tough job for a big shop! I have other tattoos planned and I wouldn't go anywhere else.



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5 star tattoo service that won't break the bank!!!

Fromt the moment I began my search, and search I did for quite sometime, i knew I wanted somplace that was friendly, accomodating, non-intimidating, and ultra professional. Rising Dragon is it. For a first timer, you might get a little queasy in the stomach, but they will do everything to make you feel right at home.

From initial appointment, to consultation, to implementation, they are a class act and have no issue answering questions. I chose Wendi, who is truly awesome, and made the experience fun and as pain free as possible, (the last half hour was a teeth clencher but I came through!). The first hour or so flew by though, we even took a quick break and shared a stogie, and then for the last hafl hour she bared down and got me through the last part of the session.

In the end, the price was just right, and very fair, and I walked away very very happy. Everyone who has seen it is pleased, and it amazed that there is practically no swelling, and no scabbing. You get what you pay for!!

next time i will be heading back her way when it comes time for another one. Some of their artists have longer waiting times then others, so find who you want, and book in advanced if you know they are in demand, they will be worth the wait. Trust me!!

Thanks again to Wendi and the staff at Rising Dragon. Once it is all healed up the photo will be up on their facebook website.

Over and out!!!



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Rising Dragon Makes Me Happy

I did a lot of research before getting my first (and currently only) tattoo. That's how I landed on Darren at Rising Dragon.

The space is really comfortable, the tattoo artists all seem really cool and easygoing.

I chose Darren for his experience with and love for dragons. He's an amazing artist and as soon as I told him what I wanted and where I wanted it, he just started drawing on my foot with markers until he was happy with what he came up with (I was also happy with what he came up with). Getting tattooed was way easier than I thought it would be. It was a great experience all around and I definitely plan on going back to Darren for my next tattoo!



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Great Place

This tattoo parlor is great, the people there are friendly and know what they are doing. I got my first tattoo here (by the owner). It was a great experience and tattoo came out great. I knew what I wanted already but couldn't find the right image. He did that for me and suggested I added a few more things to it. I ended up with the Perfect Tattoo, people give me compliments and ask where I got it. I went back and got my second tattoo there also. I highly recommend it!



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Best tattoo Parlor, hands down!

Great Parlor, from the time you walk thru the door, and talk to either the receptionist or any artist you realize, .... ""This IS the place that I want to get my tattoo done"". This is not your everyday average shop.

The entire staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, regardless if this is your 1st tattoo or another to add to your list/ body, you are treated the same.

I got my tattoo done by Darren, the shop owner; I walked in with an idea and he made it "" come to life"".

I have refered a few friends to the shop, and they are ALL completely satisfied. From now on, I am not going to waste my time looking at any other shops, this is were I will get all MY INK done from.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The Best Tattoo Shop In NYC

This is the only tattoo shop that I would ever consider getting a tattoo at because its very professionally run, clean, and the tattoo artists are all friendly and make you feel like part of the family. The vibe in this shop is the best!

My husband uses Darren as his artist. Darren has done both of my husband's full arm sleeves. Darren is the master of creating amazing tattoos. He is gifted with that tattoo gun, making precise lines and he finishes it off with color, blending together the most wicked shades, this guy really knows how to make color pop! The colors are so vivid, that the tattoo takes on a life of its own. His artistry really shines when it comes to his Japanese themed work, including dragons, masks, warriors, goddesses, and koi fish. All of his Japanese themed tattoo work flows into these amazing sleeves that tell a story. My husband is now working with Darren on making full sleevies for his legs Last year Darren and my husband won best tattoo at the NYC convention and they are hoping to win again this year.

Whenever we travel, whether it be to Italy, the Carribean, or just within the USA, my husband always receives compliments on his sleeves. Everyone is impressed at the level of the design work from the cohesive story that is seen on his sleeve to how the colors blend and work together.

Darren hires the best artists in the city to work at Rising Dragon. All of the artists in the shop are top notch, friendly and talented, creating the most interesting tats on people.

WIthout a doubt this is the only shop, I'd ever entrust something as wonderful and lifelong as a tattoo to be created at. The experience and expertise cannot be surpassed! .

Dave Valeo


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Don't think twice, it's alright.

I did years of searching for a tattoo artist who was a ""true"" artist and not just some idiot with a needle. The staff at Rising Dragon represent a group of real artists and true professionals. If your goal is to have some truly original work done that you will get non-stop compliments about, then look no further. If you want some cheesy stock photo out of a book then go to one of the grimey shops found all over NY and elsewhere.



my best tattoo experience

i have 3 small tattoos, and i was shopping around for a good shop in nyc to get my first big custom piece. i have heard about rising dragon and since they were in union square, i went on my lunch break to check it out. well, after checking the portfolios, i picked an italian artist named Simone because his work seemed to pop out the most. now i am in the process of getting a huge, colorful piece and i couldn't be more pleased. his design way exceeded my expectations. and the! i get so many compliments and its not even halfway done. this guy is really professional and he really made me feel very comfortable... a real gentleman. my girlfriend just checked the rising dragon site and Simone now has his own website so please check it out @ will see what i mean. his work is really solid and you really can see my tattoo from down the block. an amazing experience with rising dragon and Simone, i can't wait until summer to show off his work. a great shop with great artists, very clean, friendly,and professional. Thank you Rising Dragon and Simone Lubrani!!!



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About 18 months ago - I began working on full sleeves on both arms - in a tribal style. I worked with Darren Rosa - and have gotten an outstanding design, and really GREAT work. We discussed the things I liked - some images of designs.... and he came up with an outstanding design. The talent and professionalism of this shop is superb.



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New York City's Best

I've been going to Rising Dragon for 6 years; I've had my back, chest piece, and half-sleeve done by the owner Darren Rosa. I am stopped all over the world by people asking where I had my work done. Darrens work has been featured in tattoo magazine several times (for which my work was pictured). It is truly unique- not something you just pull off a tattoo shop wall. The artists spend time fleshing out ideas with their clients and customize the work to their desires. Its a collaborative relationship that results in a one of a kind product.

If you live in NY or are just visiting and have been thinking of getting a tattoo, this would be the spot to go (or their sister site Chelsea Tattoo Company).



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Best Looking Tattoos in NYC

Rising Dragon is the best tattoo shop in NYC! All of the artists are friendly and extremely talented. Darren, the owner, is my tattoo artist and this year at the NYC Tattoo Convention at Roseland, we won the award for best tattoo of the night. Darren created this slamming tiger that took everyone's breath away. He also designed my two sleeves, which I receive compliments on wherever I travel. My sleeves are Japanese inspired; dragons, buddahs, koi fish, pagodas, spirit masks, All I can say is that the sleeves are really wicked and tell a intricate and cohesive story! And the colors are so intense. Check out Rising Dragons website for pics of my sleeve. You will not regret coming here, for you'll leave with a truly unique tattoo piece that nobody else will ever have! I'm getting ready to have my chest and legs done next. Darren and his artists are the creme de creme of the big apple!



They're the best

My boyfriend and I went to Darren two weeks ago. My boyfriend had a tattoo of a large rose on his arm but the tattoo was 44 years old. It had lost all it's color, the lines were thick and it was washed out looking. He wanted to cover it, which we knew would be difficult and wanted to make sure that the cover up be done by someone who had a lot of experience, talent and loved tattooing. After much research, we decided Rising Dragon was our choice. We spoke to Darren and decided he was the perfect person to do the job of a perfect cover up. Well, Darren did an AMAZING job. You can't tell where the old tattoo was on my boyfriend's arm. He has another appointment with Darren next month and he's looking forward to Darren's creativity again. The atmosphere is friendly, everything is clean and the people at Rising Dragon are very talented and creative. If you're thinking about a tattoo, THEY'RE THE BEST.



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best in city

hey guys ive been going to darren since my sis and uncle took me their was i was 18 ..... i am now 25 and have 8 tatoos almost all custom made by the owner darren ... and i am going 2 more in 2 months with a personal design from darren..also my wife has 4 tattoos also done by darren .... i once made the mistake because i was inpatient and got a tattoo some where esle ... which was a huge mistake .... i had to have the guys at rising dragon fix that tattoo because of the bad artwork ... after that one mistake .. i only trust the guys from rising dragonn....
do you self a favor and check out the artist on the website and make an appointment with jenny ... its ur best bet.....



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The best in NYC

These folks also own Chelsea Tattoo, on 23rd street, which is where they used to be located. Darren, the owner, is the best artist in NYC, hands down. Check out his work on their site.

I highly recommend this place to first timers and veterans of tattoos. They have some of the best artists you'll ever find in the world working here.




Darren Rosa is highly recommended for any tattoo's. My husband recently got a portrait done by him and it could not have been done any better.