One of The Best Tattoo Artists in Milwaukee
Award-Winning Tattooist Mike Davenport
Tattooing is about more than ink on skin. It’s about capturing and creating your story. And yes, it’s about making a beautiful piece of art: one that’s not just on you, but looks and feels like a part of you. I’m Mike Davenport, also known as Pure Gold Tattoos. I’ve earned my clients’ trust by being true to their visions, dedicated to my craft, and committed to great customer service and tattoo experiences.
Traditional & Neotraditional Tattoo Artist in Milwaukee Offering Unparalleled Tattoo Experiences
Get a Custom Tattoo That's Part of You, Not Just On You
I’m a traditional tattooist in mindset, relentlessly focused on the fundamentals of great tattoo art. Yet, I am more than a tattoo artist. I recognize my role is also confidant, storyteller, and old-school craftsman. With deep roots in traditional tattooing, my style has evolved into a unique blend of traditional and neotraditional techniques. My work is characterized by bold lines, high contrast, and a touch of texture that brings each piece to life.
I didn’t get into tattooing just for the art. I also embraced it for the lifestyle, the freedom it offers, and the connections it helps me make. Some tattooers may forget that the clients make this amazing work and lifestyle possible. I never forget. The many client reviews you’ll find on my website and elsewhere were earned through this mindset and my respect for the best traditions and techniques of tattooing.
From the initial communication and consultation, I emphasize clear communication, set expectations, and ensure every client is prepped for the best possible experience of getting a new tattoo. I understand the profound impact of the tattooing process, both physically and mentally. It’s not just about enduring the pain so you have something cool on you; it’s about discovering inner strength, commitment, and a newfound appreciation for who you are and what you can do.
Each of the custom tattoos I create is a collaboration between me and my client, a shared journey of bringing a vision to life. I want you to walk out of the shop not just loving your new tattoo, but feeling better about yourself, more confident, and ready to show the world your story. With each custom tattoo, I aim for two things: a bold, lasting design that fills you with pride—attention-grabbing from across the street and beautiful up close and personal—and an experience that’s smooth, comfortable, and memorable.
I Honor Your Story and Help You Show It With Pride
I believe everyone is entitled to live their lives, express themselves, and be respected. Tattoos, for me, are more than just art. They’re a way to capture experiences that make us who we are and a powerful way to shape where our story will go. They’re a testament to our freedom to remember, to reimagine, and to wear our stories with pride.
I also believe tattoos should be a part of you, seamlessly integrated into your skin and flowing with your body so well, it feels like it’s a part of you. Not just a sticker placed on top. My approach ensures that every tattoo tells a story (even if it’s just a symbol that you think looks cool, it says something) resonates deeply with the wearer, and becomes a source of power to their human spirit.
Even if it’s just a cool-looking design like a classic wolfhead with a dagger through it, that’s the power of tattooing. You get to decide who you are in the world. It’s easy to forget the essence of this craft. It’s a privilege to be a part of your story, to give life to your ideas, and to ensure that the experience is as positive and powerful as the tattoo itself.
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The Tattoo Shop
Walker's Point Tattoo Co. Is My Home Base in Milwaukee
Since joining the team at Walker’s Point Tattoo Co., I’ve felt at home in this highly professional tattoo parlor, in Walker’s Point just outside downtown Milwaukee. This place is more than just a shop. It’s family. I’m proud to be a part of this incredible crew of tattoo artists. Thanks to them, the owner, and our community of amazing clients, the shop has been recognized as the best tattoo shop in town. Our loyal clients and friends voted us the Best Tattoo Parlor in Milwaukee in the Shepherd Express four times.
Our clients always comment about how comfortable, inviting, and visually appealing the shop is. You’ll get a friendly welcome at the door and immediately notice the artwork covering the walls—mostly original art by the tattooists working here.
We take walk ins and I welcome you to stop in to try and catch me (see my normal working hours listed below), especially if you want to explore your options with the other tattoo artists, too. While I might be busy tattooing, I’m happy to pause for a quick consultation with you. And, whether it’s your first tattoo or you’re a long-time collector, everyone in the shop will treat you right and make you feel comfortable and welcome.
How To Contact Me About Your New Tattoo
Reach Out Or Stop In
From our first chat, whether it’s through a text, email, or direct message, I prioritize clear communication and efficiency. I value your time, which is why I ensure the communication and booking process is seamless. You’ll find how I do things puts you at ease and makes the tattoo process enjoyable and the final product above and beyond your expectations.
Like I said above, walk ins are welcome. If you’re positive you want to work with me, it’s best to reach out to me here first. But if you’re not sure or you’re already in the neighborhood and want to stop by, feel free to. I vouch for every one of my fellow tattoo artists at Walker’s Point Tattoo Co.