By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 16, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Although some believed tattoos would become a fad of the '90s, for the most part, they've remained fashionable with a variety of different social groups, from hipsters to bikers to sorority gals.

"They're still really out there in the media," says Adam Werther, owner of Adambomb Gallerie, 2228 N. Martin Luther King Dr. "Turn on any basketball game and you're bound to see at least 20 tattoos."

Lower back tattoos (for women), tribal tattoos and armbands remain popular, with an increasing number of people getting literary and portrait tattoos.

"It's a great challenge to make something look realistic on the skin," says Werther.

Milwaukee has a long list of ink shops on all sides of town. Some have changed hands or come and gone over the years, but a core group has been in business for many years.

Here a guide to Milwaukee tattoo shops. Feel free to add others via the Talkback feature.

Absolute Tattooing
N89 W1687 Church St., Menomonee Falls, (262) 255-4884
absolutetattooing.com

American Tattoo Studio Ltd.
336 W. Main St., Waukesha, (262) 542-5622
americantattoostudioltd.com

Apocalyptic Tattoo
1950 W. Mitchell St., (414) 645-8088

Atomic Tattoos
1507 E. North Ave., (414) 289-7777
5700 W. North Ave., (414) 445-7777
atomictattoos.com

Bay Street Tattoo
322 E. Bay St., (414) 483-5000
baystreettattoo.com

Black Dragon Tattoo
321 W. Main St., Waukesha, (262) 521-1177
blackdragontattoo.com

Body Ritual
1459 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-3777
(Web site temporarily down.)

Brew City Tattoo
4637 S. 108th St., (414) 425-8282
brewcitytattoo.com

Color Bomb Tattoos
8030 N. 76th St., (414) 371-2525

Custom Tattoo
1956 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 277-8282
custom-tattoo.net

Cutthroat Tattoo
1415 E. Brady St., (414) 347-2333
cutthroattattoo.com

Gothic Body
1653 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 223-4244
gothic-body.com

Hustlin Hands Tattoo
5114 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 445-2665

Ink Addictions
1117 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 672-1111

Monster's Ink
3924 S. 51st St., (414) 545-6385
monstersinktattoos.com

Moving Shadows Ink
4308 W. Forest Home Ave., (414) 321-0122

Papes Blue Ribbon Tattoo
3483 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 962-8750
skinmilwaukee.com

Sacred Skin Tattoo
9509 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, (414) 259-9930
sacredskintattooing.com

Saints and Sinners Tattoo Co.
1225 E. Brady St., (414) 226-4746
saintsandsinnerstattoo.com

Starship Tattoo
4380 S. 76th St., (414) 321-1336
starshiptattoo.com

Solid State Tattoo
2660 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 744-0778
solidstatemilwaukee.com

Str8 Klownin
635 E. Locust St, (414) 915-0249
str8klownin.com

Super Star Tattoo
712 S. 2nd St., (414) 273-7827
superstartattoo.com

Twisted Tattoo
5130 W. Howard Ave., (414) 604-0100
twistedtattoostudio.com

Waka Chan Tattoo Shop
2916 W. Forest Home Ave., (414) 672-5899
wakachantattoos.tripod.com

Zoe's Vicious Circle
122 W. Howard Ave., (414) 727-6366
zoesstudios.com

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.