In an unassuming warehouse conversion on a Surry Hills sidestreet is one of the world's most respected purveyors of Japanese ink. Established in 2013 by revered Irezumi master, Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal, Authentink is at once a great general-purpose studio for first-time tattoo seekers and veterans alike, catering to a range of aesthetics, and also a leading light in the most traditionally informed Japanese styles for true connoisseurs of the art form. Forreal is one of only a handful of Australian tattooists to use the hand-poked technique known as ‘tebori’.
Australia is a nation of ink addicts, and as demand has soared and social taboo waned, the number of tattoo studios across the country has exploded. In Sydney, there are a dizzying number of establishments ready to etch your latest (or first) piece of body art, but since you'll be wearing this doodle for the rest of your days, it's worth shopping around before going under the needle.
We’ve scoured the city to compile a list of the very best in the business, based on the calibre of their work, quality of design, and the overall level of customer experience. Below are our picks of the best tattooists in Sydney, from walk-in-friendly studios to highly-sought, by-appointment artists.
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