When it comes to life-long commitments, getting inked is pretty high up on the list. After all, whatever you choose is going to be on your body for, well, forever.
Thankfully, here on the Sunshine Coast, we are spoiled for choice with talented artists that are sure to give you the body art of your dreams. So, to make sure you have no regrets about your new tattoo, we’ve rounded up the best tattooists and studios on the Sunshine Coast.
Sam Clark Tattoos
Noosa North Shore
Social media teleported his skills globally and now, Sam Clark Tattoos is not only renowned as one of the best tattooists on the Sunshine Coast, but in Australia. Picking up his clients by boat to take them across to his Noosa North Shore studio, a tattoo adventure with Sam is a mix of pure relaxation meets pure pain. Long waitlists are inevitable, so plan your next ink session well ahead of time.
Definitely one of the best tattoo studios on the Sunshine Coast, Ink Attack is home to a range of versatile and talented artists. Owner and tattooist Damien Wickham, travels the world to compete in tattoo conventions and has brought home a whopping 52 winning trophies. All the tattooists in his studio have diplomas in art and are just as skilled with a tattoo needle, as they are with a pencil. Whatever style you’re looking for, whether its realism, portraits, traditional or fine line, the artists at Ink Attack will deliver.
A major player in our search for the best tattooists on the Sunshine Coast, Foundry Tattoo is definitely one of the coolest studios. From the vintage furniture to the walls lined with art, this place oozes creativity and flair. Foundry’s four house artists have over 30 years of combined experience in the tattoo business, which means they know what they’re doing. From spontaneous walk-ins to large scale custom pieces, these guys do it all.
Mr Ink Tattoo Lounge
Mr Ink doesn’t skimp when it comes to quality, versatility and creativity, and every one of their artists has their own unique style. Whether you’re chasing simple lines, black work, large scale portraits or intricate mandalas, you can sit back and relax—or at least try to—knowing that your new work will be exactly what you imagined.
Craftsman Tattoo Parlour
This place is one of the Sunshine Coast’s hidden gems, tucked away in Nambour’s backstreets. With six house artists that have tattooed across the world, Craftsman Tattoo Parlour has been a part of the Sunshine Coast’s tattoo scene for over 20 years. Consistently rated five stars among past clients, the artists at Craftsman’s have built a strong reputation for delivering everything from vibrant colour work to delicate flowers.
Tattoo Junction in Noosa has been drawing on limbs, torsos and everything in between, for over 15 years and is a clear favourite among locals for its friendly and experienced artists. Specialising in traditional tattoos, colour work and portraits, the artists here know what they’re doing, and pride themselves on their professionalism and cleanliness (which are two things you definitely want from your tattoo artist).
North Shore Tattoo
From designing your tattoo through to aftercare, the artists at North Shore Tattoo go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable, happy, and most of all, in love with your new tattoo. In fact, this studio is so well regarded, that they have returning clients from across the globe. The artists cater for all tastes and styles, and will work with you to ensure you get the tattoo of your dreams.
Big Fish Tattoo
If you’ve got a tricky tattoo in mind, then you’ll find some of the best tattooists on the Sunshine Coast at this studio. Whether it’s a large back piece or a small and delicate wrist tattoo, Big Fish’s artists treat every tattoo with the respect and attention it deserves.
Old Church Tattoos
Although they’re relatively new, Old Church Tattoos has already made a name for itself. With a loyal following of past clients and tattoo connoisseurs, the artists here are next-level talented. From dainty lines and full sleeves to peonies and even a headshot of your fur baby, you’ll find this team easy to work with.
Kulture Waves Tattoo Studio
Another favourite among inked up Sunshine Coasters, Kulture Waves Tattoo Studio boasts an impressive amount of raving reviews, and its probably because their work is just that good. The motto of these artists could very well be go big or go home, because their tattoos are anything but subtle. Think: bold colours, realistic portraits and statement animal pieces. If you like your ink with a bit of oomph, then this is where you’ll find the best tattooists on the Sunshine Coast for you.
Floating World Tattoo
Situated in Caloundra hinterland, Floating World Tattoo makes getting inked a laidback experience. With three house artists— Tadashi, Liam and Tammy—who specialise in everything from traditional Japanese styles and complex mandala sleeves to henna and cover-ups, Floating World will take your tattoo concept and turn it into something beautiful.
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Image credit: Etienne Boulanger