Tattoos are no longer just for triad members, and the tattoo culture in Hong Kong has a come a long way. Whatever styled tats you're planning on getting next, make sure you find the right artist to take care of you and your skin. Have no clue where to start? Here are a few of Hong Kong's most reputable tattoo studios.
Freedom Tattoo is a trendy tat spot. With a New Era collab and celebrities making frequent bookings, it's no wonder this place is so respected in the industry. Gabe Shum, the owner, has been organzing the Hong Kong Tattoo Convention for the 4rd year in a row now, so if you're a tattoo fanatic make sure you keep a look out for the event in October.
11A, Tung Nam Factory Building, 40 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan
+852 2712 2332
Soul Canvas Ink
Kin Liu has been inking for fifteen years now. First at Tattoo Temple and now at Soul Canvas Ink, he decided to venture out into his own studio last December. Famous for his holy figures and celebrities portraits, grandma or puppy sketches are also welcomed as long as you let the artist add his touch of craziness and realism to the piece.
23A Lloyds Commercial Center, 8 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan
+852 3481 3651
Zink Tattoo was started by Zac and Vivi. The young couple can of course satisfy any kind of tattoo you may have in mind, but we are especially impressed with their Chinese charater tattoos which are not at all cliche or ugly. They also do fantastic cover-ups! For bold heads tired of hairdressers, you can also ask for a hair tattoo...
3/F, 30A Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2986 8810
The Tattoo Temple experience is famous all over the world, and owner Joey Pang is known to be an expert in Traditional Chinese calligraphy. To get inked by Joey though, you'll need to be rather sure... And extremely patient. Indeed, the 3-year waiting list will give you plenty of time to think about your design!
1 Wyndham Street, Central
+852 2801 7300
The Company Tattoo
The Company Tattoo offers an ink-and-cut experience in a barber shop like setting. The artistic tattooists duo, Vince Yue and Marcus Yuen, loves designing thick lines and fun, bold shape for their customers - so if you're looking for some quirky old-school designs, this is the place to go. Feeling like your look isn’t complete? Ask for an haircut, they can do that too!
Shop B, 3/F, 581 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok
+852 2349 2649
Jimmy Ho Tattoo (國際紋身)
Jimmy Ho is the OG and tattoo master in the local and international tattoo scene. Having the art of tattoo passed dowm to him from generations, his father used to work on sailors’ bodies in the 40s, and he carried on the Chinese tattoo heritage with his iconic dragon and floral works. Behind his experienced work comes with stories about the forgotten old Hong Kong - and that's something you can't get anywhere else.
Room C, 2/F, Po Lun Building, Portland Street, Mong Kok
+852 6621 0451
Written by Sarah Cestau