The 22 Best Tattoo Studios To Get Inked At In Bangkok
For centuries, Thai warriors were tattooed before battle to protect them from their enemies, and sacred tattoos (Sak Yant) are an inherent part of Thai culture.
One of the most famous temples known for those sacred tattoos given by monks, using a single long thin needle, is Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Chai Si District (Nakhon Pathom).
However, Thailand's tattoo landscape is not limited to traditional tattooing. In fact, there is a multitude of modern tattoo studios with highly talented and experienced artists, working on state-of-the-art equipment.
In case getting inked in Bangkok is on top of your list, then consult the list below, which rounds up, in no particular order, the 22 Best Tattoo Studios to get inked at in Bangkok.
Bangkok Ink Tattoo Studio
Ask for tattoo parlors that specializes in Thai traditional or Sak Yant tattoos, and Bangkok Ink Tattoo Studio is likely among the top choices. Located in Soi Sukhumvit 33, the downtown studio brings a Samnak Sak Yant (“sacred house of Yantra”) to the heart of Bangkok.
Bangkok Ink’s interior resembles a modest Samnak Sak Yant with its open layout and tranquil ambiance. The studio has been established for over a decade and is kept very neat and clean.
The venue has housed sessions by Thailand’s top tattoo artists from all sorts of style. This also includes Sak Yant grandmasters such as Ajarn Noo Kanpai, Ajarn Ohr Bothong, and Phra Ajarn Pum of Wat Sala Daeng. Each of them is a well-known name among Thai ‘Metta Mahaniyom’ (“benevolence charm”) tattoo enthusiasts.
Four artists reside at Bangkok Ink Tattoo Studio. Two of them still practice the art of traditional hand poke tattoos, also known as ‘Bamboo Hand Poke Style’.
Ajarn Aut and Ajarn Sak (who’s from the same Samnak as Ajarn Ohr) have over 35 years of Sak Yant experience. They’re experts when it comes to sigils and Yantras, and can ‘activate’ tattoos with the proper chants and spells.
Rest assured; your tattoo will be beautifully designed and has crisp, clear lines and (if you so choose) powerful blessings.
The other two artists are skilled with modern machine styles like mandala, black & grey, American traditional, cover-up, and minimal. With over 15 years of experience between the both of them, they can provide non-blessed versions of Yantra tattoos, freehand pieces, tattoo designs, tattoo corrections, and scar cover-ups.
Inks and other equipment used by the studio are exclusively imported from the US, so you can trust that the tattoo quality will turn out great.
Also, as Bangkok Ink was able to meet the same hygiene and cleanliness standards as hospitals, it has received an Operation License for Health Hazardous Businesses from the official organization.
Suffice to say, Bangkok Ink is a tattoo studio that encompasses a wide range of services. Other than master-level tattoos, the venue also offers piercings on ears, tongues, belly buttons, and more; all operated by Australian-certified professionals.
The studio also welcomes renowned international tattoo artists every year. In turn, Bangkok Ink’s Sak Yant masters travel the world to showcase this traditional Thai art. Previous destinations include the UK, the USA, Sweden, Australia, and the Netherland, and major festivals such as the London Tattoo Convention.
The Yantra tattoo represents both the spiritual and aesthetic aspects of the Thai cultural heritage.
Whether you want a traditional Thai tattoo experience or just stunning inks to show off, you won’t be disappointed either way. Bangkok Ink always welcomes walk-in clients, but advanced booking is highly recommended.
Rates start from 1,500 THB (machine tattoos) and 2,500 THB (hand poke tattoos). Full-back and freehand pieces are charged by the hour, starting from 3,000 THB / hr. (machine tattoo) and 5,000 THB / hr. (hand poke).
To get inked by the three grandmasters - Ajarn Nuu, Ajarn Ohr, and Phra Ajarn Pum - you’re required to make an appointment. Rates start from 6,000 THB (excluding other services). Bangkok Ink can provide transportation and an interpreter for foreign clients to help them voice their wishes.
Long-standing studio and one of Bangkok's most famous. Five resident artists with lots of expertise, including Japanese, Full Color, Portraits, Black & Gray, Maori, and more. Call one week ahead for an appointment. Rates start at 1,500 Baht.
Award-winning tattoo artist with spacious studio at nightlife hotspot RCA. Over 10 years experience, with expertise in Thai and Japanese designs. Call ahead 1-2 days to 1 week, depending on the size of the desired tattoo.
Tattoo OD Studio
Boutique studio at the entry of Thonglor, by Petchy (Bangkok Invaders). Features four resident artists, each with different specialization. Rates start at 2,000 Baht. Schedule tends to be tight, booking in advance is recommended.
Lone Wolf Studio
Specialist for minimalistic & delicate designs, and geometric & thin lines. Does not accept walk-ins. Bookings have to be made far in advance (up to 1-2 months). Rates start at 1,000 Baht, but the final price depends on size and details.
Shop with one designer and three tattoo artists. Expertise in custom design. Bookings have to be made in advance (up to 1-2 months). However, depending on the size of the tattoo, walk-ins can be possible at times. Rates start at 1,000 Baht.
Tattoos Boom Zodat
Expertise in text tattoos and minimalistic designs. Always a tight schedule, bookings have to be made far in advance. The artist has 224k followers on Instagram.
Private studio, by appointment only. Run by American-born, Thai-Japanese muralist, Luke Satoru. Expertise in using inks in retro colors, detailed designs and bold/classic tattooing. Rates start at 2,000 Baht.
Common Ground Tattoo
Formerly known as Six Fathoms Deep. Now located in a vintage shophouse near Saphan Taksin. Run by a group of international tattoo artists, each with different specialization. Expertise in complex custom designs. Flat rate for a 1-hour session is 3,000 Baht.
Sak Lai Studio
Opened in 1997. Run by the couple Leck & Poo, who learned the craft of tattooing in New York. Expertise in custom designs, Thai style, and especially colorful, traditional Japanese tattoos. Tight schedule, book ahead 2-3 weeks. price starts at 2,000 Baht.
ALL DAY Tattoo
New, state-of-the-art studio, with highest hygiene standards. They exclusively use inks imported from the USA. Offers online booking with fast response in English. Flat rate for a 1-hour session is 3,000 Baht, minimum rate starts at 2,000 Baht.
BKK INK TATTOO
Opened in 2009. The first studio in Bangkok to obtain a tattoo license. Their artist Ball attended the Paris Tattoo Expo 2014 and won the first prize for "Best Back Piece or Bodysuit". Rates start at 1,000 Baht, price depends on design and complexity.
338 TATTOO Studio
Located in Thonburi, 338 TATTOO Studio offers friendly service and specializes in blackwork - wipe & dot, sketch, woodcut, calligraphy font, and minimal tattoos. The studio’s sole artist, Mhee, has over six years of experience.
As a rule, customers must schedule their session and pay a deposit in advance. There are two slots available at 13.00 and 18.00. Rates start from 1,000 THB, depending on the size and detail of the tattoo. For example, a 4-5’’ piece will set you back around 2,500-3,000 THB.
Since it has a well-defined schedule, 338 TATTOO Studio is quite private and punctual. Ladies looking to get a new tattoo, or their very first one, can come here solo without worrying too much.
Ink Again Tattoo
A studio with a variety of styles and a cozy ambiance, Ink Again Tattoo has been opened for two years. Most of the works changes according to the customers’ demands and tastes.
The studio has one resident artist, Too, who’s been doing tattoos for over four years. His work covers custom, traditional, and blackwork style.
Visit the Facebook page Ink Again Tattoo to see more of the artist’s work. But if you’ve already set your sights on getting a piece done here, we recommend advanced booking. Slots are available between 13.00-21.00 with rates starting from 1,000 THB.
Reminisce Tattoo BKK
This homey studio makes you feel super comfy like you’re getting a tattoo right in your living room.
Established since 2014, Reminisce Tattoo BKK is located at Phetchaburi Soi 7. If you’re a fan of geometric or Thai contemporary tattoos, then you really should get one of their work on your skin!
The two artists at the studio have a degree in architecture but decided to become tattoo artists about five years ago. Their background makes them especially skilled in designing and sketching in styles like minimal, blackwork, and other colorful variance.
Reminisce Tattoo BKK takes both walk-in customers and those with advanced booking. Rates start at 2,000 THB depending on the size, detail, and difficulty of the tattoo location.
The home studio Tattoogirlm gets its name from its only artist and owner, Mameow, who has over 17 years of experience. ‘Tattoo girl’ refers to girls with tattoos, while ‘m’ is the initial of the artist’s name.
Mameow is most experienced in creating feminine designs but uses many techniques such as pattern, American traditional/old school, minimal, surrealistic, and blackwork tattoos. The artist also works on cover-ups for scars, blemishes, and older tattoos.
Customers can request specific designs or share some ideas and let the artist comes up with a piece. Rates depend on the size and detail; a small calligraphy font tattoo starts at 1,000 THB.
Those interested in getting their ink done by Mameow would need to make an appointment, as she doesn’t accept walk-ins. Tattoogirlm Studio focuses on providing comfort and privacy for the customers currently in session.
Stay Cold Tattoo
If you’re a fan of realistic, black & grey, colorwork, and traditional tattoos, Stay Cold Tattoo is an excellent choice. This Ekkamai studio was established in 2016 with Thai and foreign customers constantly coming in to get their skin inked.
Currently, the studio has two resident artists. First is the owner, who has over 15 years of experience after becoming an apprentice at 14. The other artist specializes in the American traditional/old school style.
Stay Cold Tattoo charges by the hour for larger pieces, such as a full back piece, a full sleeve, or a chest piece, at 4,000 THB per hour. But for mid-sized or traditional tattoos, the rates are usually per piece. Smaller designs can start at 2,000 THB.
Each year, the studio features guest artists from overseas who come to share their talent. If you love the work of these artists, you can contact and book a session on Stay Cold Tattoo’s Facebook, Instagram, and email. (The studio doesn’t have a phone number and doesn’t accept walk-ins.)
Thinking about getting a tattoo for the first time but still not sure about it? You can also consult the studio first; free of charge!
A long-standing venue located on Khaosan Road, Pumpkin Studio has provided 18 years of tattoo experience for the nightlife mecca.
There are two resident artists; both incredibly skilled in techniques such as Polynesian, Japanese, tribal, American traditional, and minimal tattoos. The last style is particularly popular among girls.
Pumpkin Studio accepts scheduled and walk-in customers, with rates starting from 1,500 THB, depending on the piece’s difficulty. You can send the studio a design sample along with details of the size to get a cost estimate.
Haven’t decided yet? Take a look at Pumpkin Studio’s gallery on their Facebook, Instagram, or website. The studio’s social channels feature many of their best pieces, so you’ll have some ideas about whether the designs suit you.
Kob Tattoo Studio
If you’re drawn to bold tribal designs, we’d like to recommend Kob Tattoo Studio, as the artists here are experts in the technique.
The venue itself has been established for over 15 years and employs four masterful artists with over a decade of experience in the craft. They work on various styles such as Japanese and minimal tattoos and also take on cover-up projects.
Kob Tattoo Studio feels private with individual partitioned rooms. The studio also offers free coffee and wifi to keep the customers happy and comfy while they’re in a session.
To get inked at this venue, you should book at least a couple of weeks in advance; the artists’ schedules are pretty jam-packed. Rates start at 2,000 THB per piece.
Located on Khaosan Road, Divine Ink Tattoo offers a variety of styles: blackwork, Japanese, old school, tribal and even minimal tattoos. It has been opened for over a decade and has four resident artists.
The owner, Odd, is an artist who’s been in the scene for over 20 years. He’s won several awards from international contests.
The other artists are also experts with over five years of experience, each with their own lists of accolades. For example, Al won the Best in Big Piece BLACK & GREY at Singapore Ink Show 2017.
Other than providing service with the excellent craftsmanship, Divine Ink Tattoo also uses top-quality supplies. The inks are 100% imported from the US.
The studio accepts walk-ins regularly, but if you’re planning to get a large piece done, advanced booking is recommended. Rates start at 1,000 THB and may change according to the size and difficulty of the design.
Wine Tattoo Studio
This venue might just be the favorite among minimal tattoo lovers. Over half of the customers who frequent Wine Tattoo Studios are girls who love the adorable designs created by the studio’s sole artist and owner, Mine.
The parlor has been open for two years. Mine works mostly on minimal tattoos, but she can create pieces using other techniques as well.
If you want Mine’s dainty and delicate designs, you’d need to make an appointment, as Wine Tattoo Studio doesn’t accept walk-ins. The schedule is open from 13.00 to 19.00 with rates starting from 1,000 THB, depending on the detail, size, and difficulty.
Let’s end this list with a minimalistic studio on the outskirts of Bangkok Metropolitan Area around Ngarmwongwarn. Though not exactly ‘in’ Bangkok, Yark Tattoo is a short trip away from downtown, so it’s not too hard to get to.
You should know, though, that they don’t do all styles of tattoos and don’t work on cover-ups.
Yark Tattoo has two resident artists with different expertise. One is more focused on linework and calligraphy font, while the other works on watercolor and black & grey tattoos. The studio’s signature pieces are mostly minimal, tiny, fine line, and font designs.
Rates start at 800 THB. Advanced booking is mandatory since the studio doesn’t accept walk-ins (and minors aged 18 and under.)