Brisbane’s ink scene has slowly grown into a national powerhouse over the last decade. While traditional spots have held down the fort for years, new tattoo parlours are rising up across the city. As the torch changes hands, we’ll share some of our favourite spots in recent years.
Whether it’s your first piece of ink or your 50th, read on to learn more about the top spots in the city.
1. Ink Embassy
Just across the river lies Ink Embassy; a traditional shop with a welcoming atmosphere. The shop’s owner, Chrystal Leigh specialises in vibrant colourful techniques and is often booked out months in advance.
This parlour’s the go-to for custom designs. If you already have an idea in mind, book an appointment with the artist that specialises in the style you’re going for. Walk-ins are accepted, but availability is rare.
2. Black Ivy
Head up to the northern suburbs for premier artistry at Black Ivy. This all-female crew is well versed in a variety of styles, so you’re sure to find an artist that can fulfil all your inking requests. Whether you want some full sleeve or just some minor touch-ups, no job is too big or too small for them.
First draw up is free so you have the reassurance that you’re getting exactly what you want. The team is also qualified to do cosmetic brow tatts.
3. Tradition Tattoo
It’s all in the name. Founded by the extremely talented Ben Rorke, Tradition is a collective of exceptional Brisbane artists across a variety of disciplines. Ben honed his skills locally, nationally, and internationally to become the ink master he is now. It shows in the body of work that is Tradition, where hundreds of designs from multiple styles are available.
The team also welcomes custom designs, starting at a $100 minimum. Walk-ins are available but it’s always best to call ahead of time.
4. Westside Tattoo
Over 20 years and counting, Westside Tattoo touts itself as the best tattoo studio in Brisbane. They have a long lineup of ink masters, lending to the studio’s versatility across a dozen different styles. The artists here love doing custom work and will work with you to bring your ideas to life.
After discussing your design with the front desk staff, an initial consultation is set up with the artist most suited to your style. Mondays and Sundays are by appointment only, but walk-ins are welcome any other day of the week.
5. Seventh Circle
Founded in 2009, Seventh Circle is Lawrence Hocking’s ode to Brisbane’s finest tattoo artists. A painter by trade and eventual freehand tattooist, Lawrence has cultivated a parlour driven by producing high-quality art for each client.
His studio runs by appointment only to ensure a comfortable and uninterrupted inking experience. When possible, he does accept walk-ins for smaller pieces.
Over 10 years strong in the game, Pacifink is your coastal tattooing retreat. Family owned and operated, this is a close-knit team of specialists. Owner Pappy Walters loves to take a needle to all styles and will take on any challenge, from fantasy to realism.
Bookings are the way to go, but a quick call before stopping by might help you snag a walk-in.
7. Black Throne Tattoo
Upper Mount Gravatt
Starting out as large-scale specialists, Black Throne evolved into a collection of Brisbane’s best new artists. Tradition holds dear at this studio, with artists that are extremely specialised in their chosen styles and techniques.
The studio welcomes custom work or off-the-wall picks. They even do body piercings. For any last-minute life decisions, Black Thorne caters to all walk-in requests.
Brisbane is vying for the title of Australia’s ink capital. No matter where you go in the city, you’re sure to find a studio filled with talented artists ready to create a timeless piece for you.
The places above are a great jumping-off point for finding your future tattooist, and getting the art you’ve always wanted.