7 May, 2024
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Top Tattoo Shops, Parlours & Studios In Hong Kong

7 May, 2024
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From the rockabilly vibe of The 59 Tattoo and Barber Shop to the colourful MoFo Tattoo, here’s our list of trusted shops to get a tattoo in Hong Kong. Finding the best tattoo artist in Hong Kong might be subjective, but if you’re looking for some ink-spiration, we’ve got you covered — pun intended!

It won’t seem like it when your skin still feels like it’s on fire after a tattoo, but once everything settles down, don’t be surprised to find yourself planning to visit another tattoo artist in Hong Kong. Whilst a reputable (and sparkling clean!) tattoo parlour is important, you should always find a tattoo style that you love (remember it’s permanent!), and then an experienced and talented tattoo artist to match. If you’re a first-timer, there are quite a few pointers you need to prepare for (read on to the bottom part!). And if you’re planning on getting inked, save this post for trusted tattoo shops in Hong Kong.

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The 59 Tattoo and Barber Shop – Retro tattoos and vibes at this Hung Hom tattoo shop

We are charmed by the vintage atmosphere and decor of this cool barber shop that also has tattoo artists working in the back. The 59 Tattoo and Barber Shop specialises in traditional tattoos (no surprises there!) and there’s something soothing about the buzzing of the tattoo gun and the clippers going in tandem. Walk in for a tattoo and you might walk out not just with new ink but also a new haircut!

The 50 Tattoo and Barber Shop, Shop C, 1-D Wing Lam Mansion, San Lau Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 5661 0681, www.instagram.com/the59tattoo

MoFo Tattoo – Tattoo shop in Causeway Bay founded by design school graduates

Since 2013, MoFo Tattoo’s stable of tattoo artists has been adding plenty of colour to both local and international skin. Each tattoo artist excels in a different aesthetic, from delicate line tattoo designs for women to bright pop art creatures (although it’s impossible to choose once you see their amazing work). You’ll find yourself returning to this Wong Kar Wai-style shop for more.

MoFo Tattoo, Unit 2B, Cleveland Mansion, 5–7 Cleveland St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.mofotattoo.com 

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Blackout Tattoo – Spotless Sheung Wan tattoo shop to get inked in comfort!

The artists at Blackout Tattoo identify themselves as germaphobes so you can expect a spotless studio with extra measures taken to prevent infection (whether it be from the tattoo or COVID-19!). Some of the Team Sassy members have personally been inked by the legend himself, Rob Kelly who’s known for his gentle touch, striking colours and wicked sense of humour.

Blackout Tattoo, 102 Hing Tai Commercial Building, 114 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 9247 3522, www.blackout-tattoo.com

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The Company Tattoo – Bold tattoos and piercings in Mong Kok

Go bold or go home — or well, go to The Company Tattoo if you’re looking for striking thick lines in particular. The growing group of tattoo artists at this studio are all experienced (with one apprentice!) and whether you want floral patterns, detailed portraits or fun geometrics, you can expect your desired design to match the real deal to the T! They also offer piercing services at The Company Tattoo so you’ll be walking out of this tattoo studio feeling like a total badass.

The Company Tattoo, Shop B, 3/F, 581 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 9629 9535, www.facebook.com/thecompanytattoohk

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The Dragons Lair Tattoo – Tattoo shop offering vegan and organic ink

For starters, this parlour uses vegan tattoo ink that offers the best and brightest result whilst remaining skin-friendly and organic. It’s also meticulous about hygiene and only uses disposable needles, gloves, razors and ink cups. UK artist Jonny D was the former apprentice of old-school master and Hong Kong tattooing legend Jimmy Ho (so you are literally in trusted hands!). And tattoo artist, Evita is an expert in Japanese traditional style and colourful cartoon and anime tattoos.

The Dragons Lair Tattoo, 5/F, 83 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2337 7969, www.dragonslairtattoohk.com

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Freedom Tattoo – Kowloon studio by celebrity tattoo artist Gabe Shum

We might not know exactly when we’re planning on getting a tattoo but we’ve been saving designs from Freedom Tattoo nonetheless! From cute and quirky designs with fine lines to detailed designers and floral patterns in colour, the imagination runs wild here. Also, founder Gabe Shum is a celebrity artist himself with clientele including David Beckham and Lebron James (um, yes we’re sold!). Book an appointment at this spacious studio to see his (needle) magic yourself!

Freedom Tattoo, Room B3A, 10/F, Luen Ming Hing Factory Building, 36 Mok Cheong Street, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 5333 3151, www.freedomtattoo.hk

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Friday’s Tattoo – Japanese and American-inspired tattoo shop in Causeway Bay

If you’re going to get inked, make the ambience count as well! From the flashy neon sign at the storefront to the eclectic collection of wall art and more, Friday’s Tattoo is the place to go. We’re warning you ahead — you’ll have a hard time picking which tattoo artist to go for, they’re all equally talented with an amazing portfolio of tattoo styles and designs (maybe we’re just indecisive). You can expect both American and Japanese tattoo designs and opt for going mono or multicolour. Plus, the artists are all so relaxed and calm that it’ll definitely brush off on you!

Friday’s Tattoo, 9A, G/F, Lei Ha Court, 13-15 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 5595 0130, www.fridaystattoohk.com

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Hello Tattoo – Fine line portraits, florals and Japanese tattoo designs

The aesthetic, the colours, its Sailor Moon designs — where do we even begin? From playful corgi cartoons to simple floral designs, Hello Tattoo will definitely not disappoint. This was one of the very first tattoo studios to offer watercolour tattoos and you can also get Japanese designs, old-school, American traditional and more. We also hear that the studio is very Insta-worthy, so don’t forget to snap a pic or two while you’re getting inked!

Sassy Tip: Since the studio is located in the busy Kwun Tong industrial area, it might take some time to find the right place. We suggest leaving the house a bit earlier if you have an appointment, or grab a friend who knows their way around Hong Kong!

Hello Tattoo Hong Kong, Unit S, 11/F, Block 2, Kwun Tong Industrial Centre, 460-470 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 6644 8114, www.hongkongtattoo.com

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Meiyee Tattoos – Tattoo shop specialising in delicate and colourful ink work

A cat-lover herself, Meiyee is your go-to artist if you’re looking for a classic watercolour tattoo of your pet (or a unicorn!). Apart from animal designs, Meiyee also works on illustrations featuring her delicate line work. Her creative colour tattoo designs for women will make you feel like a fairytale princess!

Meiyee Tattoos, studio address provided upon contact (private studio in Sai Kung), 9735 6962, www.facebook.com/meiyeetattoos

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Star Crossed Tattoo – Traditional Japanese and American tattoos in Wan Chai

If you’re going to get inked, you need to know about this gem at Sun Street. From traditional Japanese tattoos by Ross to traditional old-school American-style tattoos by Rika and fine line, ornamental, delicate tattoos by Yahel, the different tattoo artists here each possess their own style so take your time to browse around the website before picking who to go for (they all do an amazing job!).

Starcrossed Tattoo, 1/F, 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2882 3001, www.starcrossedtattoo.com

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Soul Canvas Ink – Realistic tattoo portraits of animals and people in Sheung Wan

Resident tattoo artist, Kin Liu specialises in realistic portraits of people and animals (so go on, make room for Grandma on your arm, or your beloved pet or even Al Pacino!). Given the high attention to detail, the prices here may be slightly expensive but it’s worth every penny if a realistic portrait is what you’re looking for. Liu’s 13+ years of experience come with many words of wisdom: his advice for those looking for a tattoo is, “Be clear with what you want, but after that, you have to trust your artist.” 

Soul Canvas Ink, Unit 6B, Lee Man Commercial Building, 105-107 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 9326 8420, www.soulcanvasink.com

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Zink Tattoo – Tattoo shop for detailed and hyper-realistic designs in Tsim Sha Tsui

Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Zink Tattoo is owned by Zac Wong, an award-winning tattoo artist with over 18 years of experience, and his wife Vivi. If you take a look at his portfolio, you’ll find some jaw-dropping black-and-white portraits that look like they came straight out of a photograph. So if you’re thinking of getting a portrait of that special someone on your arm, check this studio out on Instagram or make an appointment here (no walk-ins).

Zink Tattoo, 3/F, 30A Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Whatsapp: 6677 2271, www.zinktattooshop.com

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What To Know Before Getting Your First Tattoo

  • Stay hydrated and get a meal beforehand, as low blood sugar could affect the process
  • Depending on your design, it could take hours to complete your tattoo
  • Yes, it is painful! Some of the more sensitive areas on our body include the sides of your torso, around your rib-cage, armbands and inner thighs 
  • Your friends may experience pain in different areas than you (and of course, everyone has a different pain tolerance) so don’t fully depend on others’ experience
  • Be meticulous about the aftercare and make sure you have loose and light clothing in your closet already
  • Fresh tattoos will take up to two weeks to heal and during this time you can’t go swimming and must avoid direct sunlight and avoid long showers or baths

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Editor’s Note: “Tattoo Shops, Studios & Parlours In Hong Kong” was first published in October 2019 by Béatrice Hug and was most recently updated in May 2024 by Team Sassy.

Main image courtesy of Anthony Tran via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of @the59tattooshop via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of @mofo_tattoo via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Blackout Tattoo, image 4 courtesy of The Company Tattoo via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of The Dragons Lair Tattoo (HK) via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Freedom Tattoo HK via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of Friday’s Tattoo HK via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Hello Tattoo, image 9 courtesy of Meiyee Tattoos via Facebook, image 10 courtesy of Star Crossed Tattoo, image 11 courtesy of Soul Canvas Ink via Facebook, image 12 courtesy of Zinc Tattoo Shop, image 13 courtesy of Getty.


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