Overgrown beards, hippy pants, and obscure boutique stores might be all the rage these days, but body art is one thing that’ll never go out of fashion. Slowly shedding its status as a societal taboo, tattoos add a certain vibrancy to people’s lives, and there is nothing like the satisfaction of art on your body. Whether you’re a first-timer or a decorated pro, this list of the best tattoo parlours in Singapore will help you fulfil your ink desires.
Exotic Tattoos & Piercings
Owner Sumithra Debi (grand-daughter of the legendary Johnny Two-Thumbs) belongs to a rare breed of tattoo artists who doesn’t own a single tattoo. Having tattooed for almost two decades, her success is all the more impressive considering the challenges posed in a predominantly male industry. Besides specialising in portrait pieces and cover-up tattoos, she is the only tattoo expert in Singapore who does 3-D nipple art for breast cancer survivors.
Exotic Tattoos & Piercings is located at Far East Plaza Unit #04-11, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213, p. 6834 0558.
Familiar Strangers Tattoo Studio
What started out as a part-time job has now become a fully fledged commitment to beautifying people’s skins. Whopper Tan was 16 when he entered the world of tattooing, and he currently owns Familiar Strangers Tattoo Studio – one of Singapore’s most consistent ink parlours. His team features the talented trio of Glen Tan, Tommy Seow, and Chris Corleone, who specialise in designs ranging from Japanese tattoos to Polynesian prints.
Familiar Strangers Tattoo Studio is located at #01-10 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Road, Singapore 058416, p. 9760 4147 (SMS and WhatsApp only).
Fingers Crossed Tattoo Company
A newcomer to Singapore’s body art scene, Jared Asalli’s intricate sketches and eye for detail has made him one of the hottest properties around. While he may be adept at tattoo styles ranging from realism art to traditional pieces, his best work comes in the form of mind-blowing geometrical patterns.
Tattooing by appointment only. For Fingers Crossed Tattoo Company, email email@example.com for enquiries.
A master in portraiture, Ael Lim is your go-to guy if you fancy an image of Bob Marley or Marilyn Monroe blotted on your skin. This tattoo genius has won a multitude of ink awards through the years, and he now regularly travels to internationally renowned conventions across the globe to work his magic.
Imagine Tattooing is located at 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, #01-10, Singapore 168976, p. 9107 9181.
Like a true-blue vagabond, this hip studio in Chinatown travels adventurously between the various forms of body art. Experimentation is no biggie over here, with the talented threesome of Valerie Yang, Peenut Lee, and Aaron Cai providing a smorgasbord of styles and ideas.
Vagabond Ink is located at 333 Kreta Ayer Road, #01-19, Singapore 080333, e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
If tattoo artists were rock stars, Elvin Yong would without a doubt be the Kurt Cobain of the ink world. His incredible pieces of work have ripped the fabrics of social media with a surging popularity, and one is only a few clicks away from admiring his sick skills. Tip: his finest creations cover huge areas of skin, and you would be getting the best out of him with large designs.
Contact Elvin Tattoo at 9798 9140 or email@example.com.
Johnny Two Thumb
Through the years, one institution has withstood the sweeping changes of Singapore’s tattooing landscape. That place is Johnny Two Thumb. Founded by the late inking legend, the studio is now operated by Chak (Johnny’s co-founder), and Jaws (a high-octane motorcycle enthusiast). Their limitless wealth of body art knowledge is immeasurable and guarantees a loyal customer base for these veterans.
Johnny Two Thumb Tattoo Studio is located at #04-15, Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213.
Hounds of the Baskervilles
The first of its kind in Singapore, the Hounds of the Baskervilles is a barber shop that offers nifty (though slightly pricey) cuts. Their excellent grooming skills are complemented with a bespoke tattooing service at the back of the shop, and getting a tattoo after some facial sprucing doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Good news for Sailor Jerry art fans, these lads specialise in the traditional American arts.
Hounds of the Baskervilles is located at 24 Bali Lane, Singapore 189860, p. 6299 1197.
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