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The best tattoo studios in Bangkok

Get inked by the city’s best skin artists.

By Earn Saenmuk | Sep 09, 2016

  • The best tattoo studios in Bangkok

Black Pig NEW

Artists Luke Satoru and Manu Carrasco are all about super detailed designs made using inks in retro colors. Between the two artists, they cover everything from traditional Japanese to geometric tattoos. Check out their Facebook for guest artists. Prices start at B2,000. Make sure you call ahead; it’s by appointment only.
 
672/65 Charoenkrung Soi 28, 080-595-2999. www.fb.com/blackpigtattoobkk
 

Inkception

Located inside Siam Square's Lido Theater, this long-standing studio has five resident tattoo artists. Unlike some of the more arty studios, this one will welcome your friend's doodle or that pic you grabbed off the web, be it a watercolor tattoo or typography. Prices start at B1,500.
 
2/F, Lido Multiplex, 089-059-7111. Open daily 2pm-10pm. BTS Siam. fb.com/Inkception
 

Klai Jakkawan

The shop's team—a designer and three tattoo artists—encourage their customers to share their ideas so they can create a custom design for them, from short quotes to very detailed drawings to old-school color work. Prices start at B1,000. Appointments two months in advance are sometimes necessary.
 
Ladprao Soi 23 (Ratchadapisek 30), 085-100-6646. Open Wed-Sun 2-8pm. www.fb.com/Klaijakkawan
 

Lone Wolf Studio

Geometric, very thin line-and-dot artwork is the specialty here, making for detailed designs that are more modern and less cluttered than the old-school style. Embrace your inner hipster self and get a cool triangle tattoo, or go for a geometric wolf on your lower back. Prices start at B1,000.
 
Sukhumvit Soi 101 (Punnawithi Soi 3), 089-520-0994. Open daily 1pm-10pm. 
 

Common Ground NEW

Fans of Pan Road’s defunct Six Fathoms Deep tattoo parlor will spot familiar faces among the artists at this vintage Chinese shop-house near Saphan Taksin. Come here for old-school, vivid color tattoos, like a huge yakuza-style dragon for your back or a simple tribal design on your wrist. Special guest artists drop by on a regular basis, so check for updates on their Facebook page.
 
300 Rimklongsatorn Rd. Open daily noon-10pm. BTS Saphan Taksin. 
 

Saklai Tattoo Studio by Poo & Leck NY

The owners-and-artists Leck and his wife Poo spent time in New York City mastering the art of tattooing back in the ‘90s, before moving back to Bangkok and opening this studio in 1997. They are particularly well-regarded for doing amazing traditional Japanese tattoos with lots of colors. Make a reservation at least 2-3 weeks in advance. Prices start at B2,000.
 
2/F, Lido Multiplex, 081-830-8325. Open Mon-Sat noon-7pm. BTS Siam. www.saklaitattoo.com
 

Tattoo OD tudio

This little studio in Thonglor does many different styles, but our personal favorites are the line tattoos that prove body ink doesn’t necessarily have to be big and intimidating. There are four resident artists, each specializing in different styles, from very graphic work to words and letters. Just check out their portfolio and make sure you make a reservation in advance—the wait is pretty long. They also have guest artists from time to time. Prices start at B2,000.
 
2/2 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-662-5153. Open daily 11am-9pm. BTS Thong Lor. www.fb.com/tattoo.odstudio
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