Hair & Beauty

10 Of Sydney’s Best Places To Get Inked

By Jessica Best
4th Nov 2021

tattoo artist tattooing female finger

We’ve done the groundwork and found the best tattoo studios in Sydney, to make sure your next patch of work is nothing but a beauty.

Let’s face it, getting inked is a big deal. And with so many tattoo studios around Sydney, where to get your latest tattoo is also a biggie! But we guarantee that whether you're out to finish your sleeve or get a hidden gem behind your ear, we’ve done the groundwork and found the best tattoo studios in Sydney, to make sure your next patch of work is nothing but a beauty.

Read on for the best tattoo studios in Sydney.

Authentink

Surry Hills

anime tattoo

It goes without saying but Authentik just about does the greatest tats of all time. This Surry Hills tattoo studio specialises in traditional Japanese tattoos that will no doubt give you some ink that’s worth showing off. If standing out is on your list, look no further than Kian Forreal and his team of artists who are entirely dedicated to the craft of making tattoos stand the test of time. The Authentink team covers a range of skills and styles, giving your one-point pieces, sleeves and bodysuits an exclusive touch that’s just you.

In terms of tattoo styles, you're in for a smorgasbord of creativity with Irezumi techniques, black and grey realism, dotwork and geomtric, script and fancy lettering, traditional colour, tribal and Islander art and tebori tattooing too (traditional Japanese hand tatooing which uses bamboo or a metal tool with a needle attached to the tip).

The Iron Buddha 

Ashfield

Chances are, if you're repping an illustrative beauty on your ribs or a black and white ankle tattoo with a touch of magic, you've been to The Iron Buddha. The crew here are seriously talented with artists having over 20 years experience and former lives as graphic designers—a win in our books. While pretty much anything can be done here, hyper-realistic commissions are where these guys shine so get set to wear a piece of art on your sleeve for life.

Thirteen Feet Tattoo

NEWTOWN, DARLING SQUARE

dragon tattoo on arm

Established in 2017, Thirteen Feet Tattoo is an award-winning studio from the wordly tattoo artist you'll know as Todd Bailey. This guy has been int he tattoo industry for over a decade, travelling the world and soaking up the artform from all corners of the globe. While Bailey started solo in his Newtown studio, Thirteen Feet Tattoo has become so popular for first timers and seasoned tattoo folk, that he's also opened a second iteration in Darling Square in 2019.

Designs here include (but aren't limited to) portraits, black and grey, traditional American, neo-tradition, Japanese, bio organic, bio mechanical, bold colour, tribal, celtic, geometric stippling/dotwork, fine line, micro tattoos, floral design work, black work, trash polka and realism.

Lighthouse Tattoo

Botany, CBD

Boasting specialist tattoo artists in all styles, these guys are known as the best of the best when it comes to tattooing in Sydney, so can you really go wrong here? Mostly for larger one-off designs, Lighthouse designs range from Japanese, western traditional, neo-traditional and illustrative, to your classic black and grey and realistic. They take bookings only so make sure you hit them up on the phone before you go.

Darling Parlour

Balmain

fine line cow tattoo on ankle

When you’re feeling a tad spontaneous (let’s be real, the best tattoos are), Darling Parlour is the place to go. A tattoo studio in the heart of Balmain, these guys are family operated with artists who live and breathe tattoo artistry. The studio is owned by the legendary husband and wfe duo Moses and Sasha who are pretty much royalty in Sydney's tattoo world. 

This semi-private tattoo studio takes in private bookings as well as walk-ins with styles of tattooing spanning American traditional, Japanese, fine line and dotwork too. Whatever you’re thinking, Darling Parlour is the quintessential studio when it comes to bringing to life custom designs.

Stone Heart Tattoo

Darlinghurst

Spiders, jokers, cowboys and Lucifer—such are the type of prints you can cop at Stone Heart Tattoo. With seven legendary artists, and one quite literally dubbed 'Fine Line Dan' for all the folk out there into the more subtle designs, Stone Heart is the perfect studio to hit for that piece de resistance design on your skin. As for the styles you can opt-in for, these guys specialise in flowers, animal, realism, blackwork, Japanese, dotwork, black and grey, fine line (obviously), traditional and lettering.

Kaleidoscope

Bondi

compass tattoo on forearm

These bad boys have been open since 1995 on Bondi Beach. A well known tattoo and body piercing studio, this parlour is full of award-winning tattooists who offer up the best when it comes to your traditional, neo-tradtional, Japanese, oriental, realism, custom scripts, mandalas, tribal water colour… you name it, they do it. Kaleidoscope also hosts a number of internation guest spots showcasing some of the world's best artists.

The artists here have an average of 10 years of experience with each artist specialising in a particular style and unlike other studios across Sydney, there are custom artists and general artists ready for walk-ins. 

Hunter & Fox Tattoo

Alexandria

coloured strawberry milk tattoo

We mean...it's Sydney's world-renowned tattoo studio home to god-tier artists like the famous Lauren Winzer (who has inked the likes of Miley Cyrus and Post Malone) and Jamie Kirchen. Having opened its doors back in 2011, Hunter & Fox Tattoo serves up some epic lettering and script, neo-traditional, traditional American, black and grey, Japanese, fine line and colourful.

With an emporium of bold designs hanging on its walls, if you’re not set on a design before you walk it, have no fear, Hunter and Fox will take care of you. On top of this, Hunter & Fox Tattoo also offers tattoo removal services.

Tora Sumi Tattoo Studio

BALMAIN

Ok, for those of you seriously into tattoos of the watercolour nature, you're in for some good ink at Tora Sumi Tattoo. Sporting 14 epic artists, the calibre here is pretty next level and if you are wanting some designs of the whimsical nature, we'd like to put Jemka on your radar. She's a certified craft and culture freak and she does just about the best colourful ink and abstract sketches in all of Australia.

Other artists also offer up animal, portrait, illustrative, blackwork, black and grey, realism, Japanese, American traditional, neo-Japanese, cartoon, fine line, fine art, abstract, sketch, 70s and 80s old school, geometric, Mexican and Aztex, neo-traditional and Chichano-style lettering tattoo designs too. Tattoo removal is also available.

Little Tokyo

Surry Hills

fine line hand tattoo

Little Tokyo is a custom design and walk-in studio tucked into a light-filled studio in Surry Hills, Open seven days a week (until late), this studio is basically a treasure trove of tattoo relics, memorabilia and art. The world is really your osyter here with styles looking like anything from delicate and intricate pieces to bigger and bolder artworks that wrap the entire body. Known as the 'temple of art', you'll have 18 different artists on hand to be in charge of your design be it abstract, geometric or illustrative.

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Image credit: Feelfar Magazine, Authentink, Thirteen Feet Studio, Darling Parlour, Kaleidoscope, Lauren Winzer, Little Tokyo

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