Getting a tattoo in Bangkok often ranks high up on the whole Southeast Asian ‘gap year’ bucket list of things to do… or get done. But when taking that trip of a lifetime, the last thing you want to bring home is botched-design permanently inked into your skin, or even worse, a disease transmitted through a dirty needle.
So, to save you (some) of the pain of getting inked-up in the capital, we’ve done our homework, handpicking five of the best tattoo parlours in Bangkok. These are all studios that have earned a reputation over time, consistently delivering a high standard of service, cleanliness and customer satisfaction. Use this guide as a starting point then go to visit any tattoo studios that you like the sound of, have a look around, and chat to the artists in person about your exact specifications.
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Common Ground Tattoo(Silom/Riverside)
This vintage shophouse-turned-tattoo studio in Saphan Taksin is run by a group of international tattoo artists, with each one specialising in a different style of design. This is the same team from celebrated studio Six Fathoms Deep, but they have upped sticks and moved to this new location by the riverside. Standard black outlines are flawless, while the team’s talent really shines when it comes to the more intricate designs, such as gothic creatures and punk logos (all at the same price). A highlight of Common Ground Tattoo is the monthly visits of renowned tattoo artists fom around the world. A one-hour session costs a flat rate of 3,000 baht and you can find it just a few blocks away from Surasak BTS Station.
- Opening Hours: Tues - Sun 12:30 - 21:00
- Location: Saphan Taksin Exit 3
BKK Inc Tattoo Studio(Khao San, Old City)
This cosy shophouse is located just off Khao San, an area flooded with dozens of tattoo studios of varying reputation. The first sign of reassurance here is that BKK Inc were the first ever tattoo parlour in Bangkok to receive certification from the Paris Tattoo Convention. They also have internationally trained artists who specialise in niche areas of their field; ‘Banky’ is your man for retro designs; ‘Ball’ specialises in portraits; and ‘Kong’ impresses with his signature Asian-inspired characters and artwork. Prices start at 1,000 baht and do vary on design and intricacy.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 24:00 daily
- Address: 137 Tanao Road, Bovoniwet, Panakorn
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 629 2475
Mimp Tattoo(RCA, Rama 9)
This sleek and spacious studio can be found at RCA, one of the most popular nightlife streets in the whole of Bangkok. The main man in charge is ‘Mimp’, specialises in a wide range of Thai and Japanese designs and has won a long list of tattoo awards throughout his 10 year career. Find Mimp Tattoo at Block C at Royal City Avenue (parking available). Prices start from 1,500 baht.
- Opening Hours: 15:00 - 22:00 daily
- Address: 21/64 RCA Block C
- Tel: +66 (0) 9 5949 1778
Wat Bang Phra (Sak Yant Tattoos)(Nakhon Chai Si)
Probably the most famous place to get inked-up (near) Bangkok is at Wat Bang Phra temple in Nakhon Pathom, 50km west of the capital. The temple specialises in Sak Yant tattoos which are all given by the monks living at the temple. This iconic tattoo, made world-famous by Angelina Jolie, features Buddhist scriptures written in ancient Sanskrit and monks use a handmade, 18-inch needle that’s split at the end to create two dots with each stab. Tattoos at Wat Bang Phra are carried out daily (available for all) and they also hold a spectacular festival every year in March, complete with parades, chanting and mass-inking sessions.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 22:00 daily
- Location: Wat Bang Phra Temple, Nakhon Chai Si
Tattoo O’d Studio(Thonglor)
One of the best-known and well-trusted tattoo studios in the fashionable Thonglor area, this tiny two-floor shop house just holds two clients at a time – so it’s best to book ahead. Two local tattoo artists, ‘Snot’ and ‘Bank’, specialise in tribal patterns, lettering, black outlines and more intricate logos and murals. Tattoo O’d Studio have also been known to welcome an international tattoo artist as a guest from time to time. Tattoo O’d is located near Thonglo BTS on Sukhumvit 53, with prices starting from 2,000 baht.
- Opening Hours: 13:00 - 21:00 daily
- Address: 2/2 Sukhumvit 53
- Tel: +66 (0) 8 1629 6639
ALL DAY Tattoo Bangkok(Phrom Phong)
Conveniently located close to EmQuarter Shopping Mall, ALL DAY Tattoo features very talented English-speaking artists who make it their mission to ensure that you get exactly what you want in a tattoo. Able to create a great range of art styles - from realistic to tribal to Japanese art and more - they use very safe inks in a sterile environment for absolute safety.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 20:00
- Location: 710/4 Sukhumvit Road, Phrom Pong, Bangkok 10110
- Tel: +66 (0)98 381 4364
- Website: www.alldaytattoo.com