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Our award winning artists have 30 years combined professional service. Learn more about us!


We love what we do and appreciate the recognition. Learn more!


From Black & Gray to Realism and Traditional, we cover it all. See examples!


We can handle any request. See what we can do for you.

  • "I went to Area 51 for my first tattoo based on a recommendation from a friend.  My choice was a sizable tattoo for a newbie.  I met with Khalid beforehand to make sure he could reproduce it from the picture and we discussed size, placement, color, price, etc.  He made me even more certain that it was exactly what I wanted and I made my appt.  Khalid was very professional and explained exactly what he was doing every step of the way.  He put me at ease, made me laugh and made my first experience a very good one.  He made sure I understood the healing process and how to care for it  I had no problems whatsoever.  I LOVE my tattoo!  Khalid does AMAZING work. I receive many compliments and I always recommend Area 51.  I thought the price was reasonable given the time and detail.  I will definitely return to Area 51 for my next tattoo."
    - Susan (

  • "I have had work done by 3 of the 4 artists here including the owner Khalid. I just booked an appointment for some new work, and it was like I had been there only a week ago ( even though it had been close to 3 years ). Got an appointment, which will be only the first of a bunch this year, and will without a doubt be satisfied once again!"
    - Chris K. (

  • "Couldn't have asked for a better experience.  As a tattoo newbie I was nervous, but Khalid (shop owner) quickly earned my trust with a patient, detailed explanation of the process.  He turned my idea for a tattoo into artwork that I'm thrilled with.  The shop was really clean, and the vibe was professional but warm.  Each artist working on other clients smiled and said hi during my session.  They put me at ease, and Khalid delivered a beautiful tattoo.  I'll be back, and I will recommend Area 51 to everyone I know.  Thanks Khalid!  You are the best!"
    - Camille E. (

  • "The staff was VERY welcoming and warm. You don't get that too cool attitude that a lot of shops tend to have. They guarantee their work for life so free touch ups if it fades (unless your dumb and don't listen to their care instructions which are very easy to follow). They are extremely helpful and will work with you to make sure you are getting EXACTLY what you want the exact way you want it. I will be getting all my work done at Area 51."
    - Bobby L. (

  • "The best place around. Very clean, excellent and caring staff. Call to get an appointment. They really take their time and make sure you get the best tattoo."
    - Heather A. (

  • "Nice place in historic downtown Crystal Lake.  I was a total tattoo "newbie" and got a little Om put on my foot to celebrate becoming a yoga teacher last summer.  All of the staff were super nice (colorful too!). We took time to agree on what I wanted, exactly what it would look like, and where it would go.  Everything was super clean & comfortable.  My tattoo artist was very patient with me as I'm a bit squeamish  about needles.  Great experience.  Highly recommended - especially for "newbies"  :)"
    - Deirdre R. (

  • "My daughter & I went together to get our first tattoos.    We both wanted quotes inked on our feet. I just simply hand wrote the quote I wanted on the back of a reciept and asked that it be drafted in a fancy script.  Khalid worked his magic and gave me a draft.  I was amazed that he could free hand the words and turn them into "art'.  I have a very low-pain tolerance and was VERY nervous.  Khalid made me feel relaxed, made me laugh, and talked me through the pain.  Honestly, I was a whimp and he was so patient!  Both my daughter & I are VERY happy with our tattoos.  This is the 3rd shop I visited before deciding this was the one.  I asked several friends who had tattoos for recommendations.  However, after reading many reviews on the recommended shops and other shops within 1 hour of where I live I chose A51 as they had the best reviews.  It is clean, hip, and not a dark scary gangster looking place.  It is also located in a nice area."
    - B.C. (

  • "I have 7 tattoos done by the artists at Area 51 and I love everyone of them!!  The studio is very clean and the artist are very knowledgable, friendly and professional.  They take their time with each client to make sure you are 100% satisfied.  This is the place to go if you are looking to get some new ink!"
    - Tamara R. (

  • "Everything you could want in a tatoo shop...talented artists, very clean, very professional, very helpful when you call with questions.  Overall, very happy I went here for my first tatoo....will definitely be going back for my 2nd one.  Desi did mine...she did an excellent job!"
    - Carrie C (

  • "I went to Area 51 on July 15th to get my Harry Potter tattoo. I walked in not knowing if I could even get an appointment, but Nikki said she would take me right away.  I had an image I wanted to use, and Nikki graciously resized it for me a bunch of times. A lot of people say that they are perfectionists, and I rarely believe them - but Nikki WAS an absolute perfectionist.  A quality that I love in a tattoo artist.  She was more concerned than I was about my placement, and changed it many times to make sure it was JUST right. As we were tattooing (it was a short session, my tattoo is no bigger than a Post-It) I caught her up on Harry Potter lore, and she helped keep me distracted.  Nikki did an AMAZING job - my lines are clean and crisp and I hope they stay that way.  Again, she reviewed her work with a critical eye, and made sure it was flawless before letting me leave. Overall?  The shop was clean and neat.  They had a friendly vibe and I was greeted and offered help by everyone there.  I will definitely return to Area 51 and pass the word along."
    - Ashley P. (

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