Awesome tattoo studios in Bangkok


Getting inked is never an easy decision, whether it’s your first or your 30th one – especially if you’ve never worked with the artist before. 

Instead of wasting your time and money at dodgy ink shops that offer “tattoos for cheap” which are popular in extreme tourist hotspots, head to these qualified and experienced artists when in Bangkok.

Here are some renowned tattoo studios to visit if you’re considering getting inked on your next trip to Thailand.


1. ALL DAY Tattoo – bold neo-traditional designs


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ALL DAY Tattoo knows exactly what they’re doing when it comes to the art of tattoos. This is evident in their vast range of styles and designs available from their arsenal of talented artists – from geometric pieces and neo-traditional work, to realistic portraits that have gradients and shadows down pat.

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This is perfect for folks who want to get a specific style in mind as there will be an artist to cater to your taste.

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Check them out on Instagram here.

ALL DAY Tattoo
Address: 710, 4 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Phrom Phong, Bangkok 10110
Opening Hours: 12PM – 7PM, Daily
Nearest Train Station: Phrom Phong BTS
Telephone: +66-98-381-4364
Website


2. Lone Wolf Studio – delicate single-needle styles


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International artists like Bang Bang and Dr Woo have made single-needle tattoos all the rage these days, with this style being really popular amongst the younger generation. However, finding an artist who can replicate such work locally can be a challenge.

If that’s what you’re after, then Lone Wolf Studio is definitely the tattoo parlour for you. Their portfolio is full of both bold and delicate pieces, with fine strokes and ever-so-slight shading that will make your inked artwork one of a kind.

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If you’re looking for a more elaborate piece, they’ve got it in the bag. Check out this sick take on scenes from the movie Joker!

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Check them out on Instagram here.

Lone Wolf Studio
Address: Buttima 4, Punnawithi 3, Sukhumvit 101, Bang Chak, Phra Khanong, Bangkok 10260
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 1PM – 8PM. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Nearest Train Station: Punnawithi BTS
Telephone: +66-89-520-0994
Website


3. Inkception – cute doodle tattoos


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Inkception is where cute little doodles we have on the back of our notebooks transform into real-life playful tattoos. Styles can vary from scribbly sketches to drawings with vivid colours depending on the artist you go with.

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Who said tattoos can’t be adorable and childlike? 

Besides cute lil pieces, they also have a wider range of styles available, from script work to portraits.

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Check them out on Instagram here.

Inkception
Address: Lido Cinema 2nd floor, Siam Square soi 2, Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Opening Hours: 2PM – 10PM, Daily
Nearest Train Station: Siam BTS
Telephone: +66-97-126-7130
Website


4. Black Pig Tattoo BKK – traditional Thai-inspired pieces


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At Black Pig Tattoo BKK, traditional Thai folk characters like Ramayana and mythical animals are reinterpreted and redesigned into oriental Japanese illustrations. 

This blend of 2 different artistic styles is a refreshing and eye-catching take on the usual art styles we’re used to seeing, and look trendy and old-school at the same time.

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They have a wide variety of flash designs to pick from too
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Check them out on Instagram here.

Black Pig Tattoo BKK
Address: 394/1-2 Mahajacha Road, Grand Palace, Bangkok 10200
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11AM – 7PM | Sat: 1PM – 6PM. Closed on Sundays.
Nearest Train Station: Sanam Chai MRT
Telephone: +66-80-595-2999
Website


5. Common Ground Tattoo – fun people & pet portraits


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This cosy tattoo shop also accepts walk-ins and consultations
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Tattooing people’s faces onto our skins might not be something new, but Common Ground Tattoo allows you to add a playful twist to this otherwise conventional style.

This is done by adding pops of colour and bolder lines while preserving the realistic elements and shading face portrait tattoos are supposed to have. 

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And if the family member you’re looking to get inked is a furry friend, they do pet portraits too!

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Check them out on Instagram here.

Common Ground Tattoo
Address: 300 Rimklongsatorn Rd Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Opening Hours: 12PM – 7PM, Daily
Nearest Train Station: Saphan Taksin BTS
Telephone: +66-2-073-9161
Website


6. Saklai Tattoo Studio – old-school oriental designs


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Saklai Tattoo Studio has been in operation since 1997. This humble tattoo parlour in Ekkamai is run by 2 artists who spent their time in the early 90s in New York City to fully master their inking skills.

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From classic far-east Japanese art to delicate Chinese-inspired sleeves, you can tell that these artists are old-school and have truly honed their art form. If you’re looking to get an extensive oriental-style tattoo done, here’s where to go.

Check them out on Instagram here.

Saklai Tattoo Studio
Address: 45/2-3 Ekkamai 2 Alley, Phra Khanong Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12PM – 7PM. Closed on Sundays.
Nearest Train Station: Ekkamai BTS
Telephone: +66-81-830-8325
Website


7. Divine Ink Tattoo – photo-realistic tattoos


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Divine Ink Tattoo allows people to ‘paint’ their loved ones’ faces in lively colour on their skin. Combined with their skilful tattoo techniques, the result is an ultra-realistic human portraits to stay with you forever.

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They’re black and grey tatts look just as good, if that’s what you prefer.

Check them out on Instagram here.

Divine Ink Tattoo
Address: 152 Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
Opening Hours: 2PM – 11.30PM, Daily.
Nearest Train Station: Sam Yot MRT
Telephone: +66-2-629-0120
Website


8. Mimp Tattoo – colourful tattoos and cover-ups


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If you think traditional tattoos only look good in black and white, Mimp Tattoo is here to change your mind. In this studio, they cover all types of styles that come in vibrant, bright colours – whether it’s mythical Thai folk characters or abstract flowers. 

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We reckon those looking to get bigger pieces covered up would find this parlour a top choice.

Check out their Instagram here.

Mimp Tattoo
Address: 21/64 block C, Soi Soonvijai, Rama 9, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10310
Opening Hours: 11AM – 9PM, Daily.
Nearest Train Station: Phetchaburi MRT
Telephone: +66-95-949-1778
Website


*Bonus* Wat Bang Phra – Sak Yan tattoos by real monks


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Although Wat Bang Phra is situated in Bangkok’s perimeter province of Nakhon Pathom, it’s still worth the 1 hour journey if you’re looking to get traditional Thai tattoos, known as Sak Yan in Thai. 

Angelina Jolie is known for having an extensive Sak Yan back piece – although she didn’t get her tattoo here, this is what it looks like!
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Thai Tattoo Cafe

This “parlour” is unlike any other on the list – Wat Bang Phra is actually a temple that offers daily sak yan sessions done by the monks that live there. These sacred tattoos that represent all sorts of things, such as protection, luck, and fortune through sacred characters and mythical animals.

Here, you can even get the iconic ‘5 Taew,’ like the one Angelina Jolie has, which is believed to be a lucky charm to whoever has one.

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You also won’t be seeing the usual set-up of tattoo guns here. Sak Yan is traditionally done via a stick-and-poke method. If you’re genuinely looking to get a special tattoo to remember your trip to Thailand by, pay Wat Bang Phra a visit.

Wat Bang Phra
Address: Moo3 4014 Bang Phra, Nakhon Chai Si District, Nakhon Pathom 73120
Opening Hours: Fri – Wed: 9AM – 5PM. Closed on Thursdays.


Think carefully, ink well


If you’re an ink newbie and new to all of this whole thing, do make sure to have to have a careful think before getting your very first tattoo. Any reliable artist will be open and willing to have consultations prior to your ink sesh to discuss what you want for your piece, so communication is key!

Plus, they’ll also be able to give you sound advice on how to take care of your ink, as well as improve on an idea you might have in mind to make sure it’s ageless. After all, it’ll be smacked on forever.

So have a browse and happy inking in BKK!


Cover images adapted from: @alldaytattoobkk and @common.ground.tattoo

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