Proudly Serving Philadelphia Since 2014

My wife and I just got our second tats from John Howie, and I can’t express how impressed I am with this shop. Way relaxed and cool vibe, professional to the core and killer, killer artists. I got a Jules Feiffer illustration on my forearm, and the rendering was spot on – especially impressive given the non-standard tat image. Will be back, and back, and back.

Mark G.

Our Artists

Anna Sylvan
Anna Sylvan
An up and comer in the Philadelphia Tattoo Community, Anna is a graduate of the Cab Calloway School of the Arts and uses her college studies in zoology and botany to inform her designs. With a diverse background and genuine love of people, Anna enjoys combining client creativity with her unique illustrative art.
Liz Glitz
Liz Glitz
John Howie
John Howie
With a fine arts pedigree, John Howie has been working as a professional artist since 1996. After tattooing for over a decade, John opened his own studio, Frequency Tattoo Company, in 2014. Fueled by a genuine passion for tattooing, John’s strength lies in his versatility—from American traditional to delicate portraiture, John delivers. Committed to both his craft and clientele, John’s work has been featured in Philadelphia Weekly, Revolver Magazine, and Apple Jacks Studio.

Friendly, professional, committed to clients, and DAMN GOOD ARTISTS. My sister and brother-in-law have been raving about this shop for years; so much so that I made an appointment for when I was visiting (even with my own artist at home.) BEST DECISION EVER. SO happy. Now I know what all the fuss is about.

Jaime F.

About Frequency Tattoo

Frequency Tattoo Company

Frequency Tattoo Company opened the doors to its brand new facility in March of 2014. Since then, Frequency has maintained a commitment to the highest possible standards of tattooing excellence, clinical-level hygiene, and customer service—all at a fair price, in a comfortable and friendly environment.

Frequency Tattoo Company is an entirely custom studio, meaning there are no standardized templates, making every tattoo truly one of a kind. Versatile and talented artists John Howie, Anna Henzy, Justin Turkus, and Robert Kraiza work with each client to create a unique piece, carefully considering aesthetic and placement, all while maintaining the integrity of the customer’s original idea.

Frequency isn’t simply an in-and-out tattoo shop; it’s a commitment to artistry, community, and the customer, constantly striving to set new industry standards. Walk-in or by appointment, come in and see us, you’re always welcome.

I just got my second tattoo from John Howie and he is the absolute best. His shop has a great atmosphere, and everything was so sterile and clean. He himself is a great artist to work with and I will definitely be returning to Frequency.
Casey D.

Location & Hours

Frequency Tattoo Company

Frequency Tattoo Company

4038 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: (267)331-8804


Our shop hours are flexible depending on artist schedules. While we take walk-ins when we have availability, we recommend calling ahead.

Came with a rough sketch and John was able to refine it for me. Great guy to chat with, even better tattoo artist. Really happy with the work he did; will recommend to my friends in the area. Definitely a solid tattoo parlor.

Elliott F.

Set an Appointment

All artists are generally booking at least four weeks out for a week day, or six to eight for a Saturday.

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