In recent years, tattoos have become increasingly common, with men and women from all walks of life investing in the art. But it’s as important as ever to take the time to investigate the many parlours and artists that are around, to discover which ones suit your unique tastes and needs. Here, we take a look at some of Sydney’s best tattoo parlours, from the super-famous Bondi Ink to the quirkier, boutique studios.
Bondi Ink practically needs no introduction. Certainly the most famous tattoo parlour in Australia, its artists Giorgia Mae, Moses Savea, Shaun Bones, and Ellie Thompson and owner Wendy Tadross are the stars of the hit reality television show Bondi Ink Tattoo Crew, which has just been picked up for syndication internationally. Their celebrity clients have included Ronan Keating, Fred Durst, Guy Sebastian, and Zayn Malik. If you want to know if they’re right for you, see some of their clients’ custom tattoos on Instagram (@bondiink666) or call them for an appointment. Bondi.Read more
Hunter & Fox, located in Beaconsfield, maintain a fantastic website where you can view example upon example of each of their artists’ work in the pursuit of inspiration and ideas. If you’re looking for crazed skulls and wizards, perhaps Heath Nock. A more traditional tat? Stevie Edge is your guy. Spongebob Squarepants? Ask for Lauren Winzer. Hunter & Fox allows walk-ins, and the vibe is both warm and chill. Drop by to talk to the artists anytime. Beaconsfield.Read more
Formerly known as Shanghai Charlie’s, Tattoo Rosie’s is a popular 20s-themed parlour in Surry Hills, offering high-quality custom and classic designs in a range of styles. Consultations are free, and the atmosphere is super friendly, but if you’d like to do your research before dropping in, each of their artists are on Instagram (@calebharrower, @williampbrown, @sophiabaughan, and @demiiacopetta). Same day tattooing is available if time permits — just call to book. Surry Hills.Read more
Broadway Tattoo is a great all-round tattoo parlour in Glebe, offering everything from small first-time tattoos to full sleeves and body suits. Just don’t ask them to ink your neck or face. Broadway has a commitment to ensuring that whatever tattoo you decide upon, it’s something that you’re not going to regret later. If you do ever find yourself in that position, though, they offer laser tattoo removal and lightening of old and unwanted tattoos. Glebe.Read more
Discerning men looking for a unique, custom tattoo created in collaboration with a highly experienced artist should look no further than Lighthouse Tattoo. The appointment-only, custom tattoo parlour will assign the right artist to each client to help them create the design of their dreams, in styles ranging from traditional Japanese to dot work to realist portraiture. Call to make an appointment, take your ideas, and then rest assured knowing that you’re talking with an expert. Botany.Read more