The 11 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 11 Best Tattoo Studios to get inked at in Bangkok.
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.