Welcome to Bay City Tattoos, where we take pleasure in making your body art. Formerly Phat Katz, Jeff Ziozios and his crew of artists resurrected the old shop and reborn from it was Bay City Tattoos. Bay City Tattoos is a comfortable, clean and friendly studio that makes sure your tattoo, permanent makeup, or body piercing is a positive and memorable experience.
We are located on the corner of 7th Ave. and 17th St. in historic Ybor City, our shop shares in the culture and nightlife that Ybor is so unique for.

We are open 7 days a week
  • Monday - Thursday 10 am-1am
  • Friday - Saturday 12pm-2am
  • Sunday 2pm-10pm
Walk- ins are always welcome, though appointments are always encouraged. Give us a call to set up your 1st or 100th tattoo or body piercing You can contact us at (813)-248-1100



Jeff Ziozios



John Cole



Jak Landon



Steve Mcalister



Josh Finkelstein

With a combined 60 years in tattooing experience, our artists Jeff Ziozios, John Cole, Steve Mcalister, and Jak Landon are completely dedicated to the art of tattooing, permanent makeup, and body piercing. Our artists and staff are skilled at designing your tattoo and piercing ideas into beautiful works of body art, creating the perfect piece for you. Bay City Tattoos' artists have the versatility and ability to offer all styles and designs of tattooing and body piercing. Whether you are looking for a custom piece to create that sleeve you've always wanted, cover up of an old or unwanted tattoo, realistic portraits of pets and loved ones, script (letters), Japanese style or some beautiful free hand flowers for a piece down the side of your body, we are happy to work with your ideas in any style and make your body art.




05/21/2014 by Jeff Ziozios

Flower sleeve tattoo by Jeff Ziozios at Bay City Tattoo in Tampa, Florida. For more info and pictures see my gallery or www.jeffziozios.com.


05/04/2014 by Jeff Ziozios

Rose cover up tattoo by Jeff Ziozios at Bay City Tattoo in Tampa, Florida. For more info and pictures see my gallery or www.jeffziozios.com.

Tattoo Aftercare

Now, you have your fresh new tattoo, and you want to take good care of it! From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don't take proper care of it. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken.

Leave That Bandage Alone!

Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason - to keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later.

Wash and Treat

After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap are my highest recommendations - generic brand antibacterial soaps are actually better, to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. (If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.)
Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. **Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.**

Specialty Products and Lotions

If you prefer, you can also use a specialty product ask your tattoo artist what they recomend. Use the products as directed as continue for 7-21 days.
After that, continue to keep it clean, but you can use lotion when needed instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye and fragrance free.. Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, and Swimming
Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It's OK to get your tattoo wet - just don't soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you'll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don't saturate your tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. Swimming - whether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water - should be avoided for at least 3 weeks.

Scabbing and Peeling

After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!

Protection from the sun

After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun's ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. Before spending a lot of time in excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a minimum 70SPF sunblock. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride.

Address: 1632 E. 7th Ave, Ybor City, FL 33605

Phone: (813) 248-1100