Ok, let’s just start by saying that we’re not all up in here telling you to race out and get a tattoo, but rather that it’s kind of a lifelong commitment, so in the words of George Michael back in his Wham! days: if you’re gonna do it, do it right.
Finding a reputable studio is without a doubt the best place to start because you know, good tattoo artists tend to work at good tattoo studios. And so, in the spirit of community service, we’ve asked around and uncovered a few of Perth’s best tattoo studios just for you.
Here’s where to get inked up around Perth.
Morley and Margaret River
Hosting regular themed flash days is just one of the reasons we love Artful Ink in Morley (and Margaret River). Another is that they've been in the biz since the late '90s, so yes, you can trust them. There are plenty of resident tattoo artists to choose from, depending on the ink you're after, and there's even an offshoot of Artful Ink in Bali.
With fourteen tattoo artists currently on the books, there’s a high probability of finding the one that’s right for you at Bloodlines. They offer complimentary consultations, so if you’re in the market for a new custom piece all you have to do is pop in and have a chat. Keep an eye out on their social media for guest artists too.
Wright Street Collective
This little tattoo parlour packs a big punch and is home to four regular artists; each with very unique styles. Here you can get anything from a tiny Bart Simpson to a traditional old school sleeve, depending on which artist you prefer. Bookings are by appointment only, and you can find contact details for each artist on their Facebook page.
Adorned Empire is a private, appointment only studio tucked away behind an unassuming white door on Market Street. Upstairs you’ll be greeted by friendly vibes, good tunes and private tattooing rooms. There’re nine artists working away here, so again, plenty of opportunities to find your perfect match.
Mount Lawley And East Victoria Park
Holdfast Tattoo has been around since 2006 and is home to eight incredible artists spread across two studios. They offer complimentary 15-minute consultations to discuss your ideas with your chosen artist, but if you’re not sure which artist is for you, just pop in with your ideas and the receptionist will book you in with the right person for the job.
WA Ink Tattoo
Established in 1993, WA Ink is a definite mainstay of the Perth tattoo scene, with eleven artists currently working from their Fremantle studio. Bookings are preferred but walk-in appointments are available on some occasions, and all bookings come with a complimentary consultation. Made a bad decision? They also offer laser removal services.
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