Tattoos aren’t just for bikies and hipsters anymore and with tattoo studios now almost as common as fish ‘n’ chip shops, how are you suppose to know where to go!? We’ve compiled the best places to get inked in Melbourne so you can finally tick ‘Get A Tattoo’ off your bucket list.
#1 Eureka Rebellion Trading
Not only does this Collingwood store house one of the best tattoo studios in Melbourne, but it’s also a barber shop and record store. The first of its kind, Eureka Rebellion Trading is a one-stop-shop for vinyl, apparel, imported hot sauces, music, photography prints and permanent ink. They also throw some killer parties and events in store!
#2 Blue Lady Tattoo
Think of the stereotypical, grungy tattoo parlour set in a dark basement somewhere creepy. Yeah, Blue Lady Tattoo is the complete opposite! The studio is in a spacious, done-up loft warehouse with full-length windows letting in a steady stream of sunshine. The walls and cabinets are adorned with tattoo art and random trinkets, and thanks to a previous tenant, there's even a Jacuzzi in the bathroom!
#3 Dynamic Tattoo
Open since 1991, the team at Dynamic Tattoo have seen it all. You can book in with any one of the five resident tattooists, plus they host international guest artists, so you’re sure to find the design and style you’re after. Over the years, the art from the team has even been exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria!
#4 Third Eye Tattoo
Third Eye Tattoo has seven ridiculously talented artists working at the studio full time. They specialise in custom designs, traditional, script, realism, Japanese, water colour, geometric and mystical. They’re open every day and encourage walk-ins. You’ll be having such a good time with the guys that you won’t even notice the pain!
#5 Eternal Instinct Tattoo
If it’s good enough for Pink, then it’s good enough for us! And if you’re after a Japanese dragon, koi or hannya mask, make sure to book an appointment with the founding father himself, Giovanni Di Mizo. You might be waiting a while, but it’ll be worth it!
#6 Devils Ink Tattoo
Devils Ink is a fine flash and custom design studio, so if you’ve got an idea for a tattoo, but aren’t exactly Picasso on paper, just send the team your idea in any format and they’ll take care of the rest. And if you want to get that Chinese symbol removed from your lower back, the guys at Devils Ink have you covered with the latest laser technology!
#7 Victims of Ink
Getting your first tattoo is slightly terrifying – I think it’s the sound of the tattoo gun, the big tatted-up guys and the overwhelming fear of getting permanent ink needled into your skin. But rest assured, there’s none of that here - these gifted humans have created the ultimate relaxed vibe for inking your skin.
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Image Credit: Eureka Rebellion Trading via Facebook