If you're looking for a sign to get inked? This is it. Because there's never a right time — it's just your time.
Ink is here to stay. And with so many killer tattoo parlours part of the Melbourne scene, how do you know who to turn to finally scratch that itch? Well, you can finally relax. Because we've compiled a list of 7 of Melbourne's best tattoo studios to get inked.
Whether you're on the hunt for something traditional, tribal or have no real idea what you want ('cos that's ok too!), at Tatt Lab we've always got you covered. Until, perhaps, they'll have you covered.
1. Celebrity Ink
Smack bang in the middle of town, Celebrity Ink caters for all tattoo tastes and styles. And with a swag of award-winning Melbourne tattoo artists on the tools, they specialise in all styles of tattoo, including realism, portraits and even watercolour. As a global brand, Celebrity Ink also has access to an impressive network of world-class tattoo artists, playing host to specialists artists in niche genres from time to time, like Japanese tattoos.
2. Third Eye Tattoo
Taking care of ink in the Inner North, Third Eye Tattoo plays home to 10 of Melbourne's most skilled and iconic tattoo artists — with each of these ink masters operating their own private tattoo studio within the parlour. All masterfully decked out with artwork from around the globe to inspire your next tattoo piece, this leading tattoo parlour offers all styles of tattooing — welcoming both walk-ins and booked consults.
3. Dynamic Tattoo
For 30 colourful years, the team at Dynamic Tattoo have topped Melbourne's ink game — with some of their tattoo art having appeared in the National Gallery of Victoria. (Yep!) Certainly recognised as one of Melbourne’s most prestigious studios to get inked, you can book in with any one of the six resident tattooists, and they regularly play host to the cream of international guest artists. With such an exceptional reputation, and relaxed fun vibe, we're pretty sure you'll find the right tattoo design and style you're after at Dynamic.
4. Victims Of Ink
Banging tunes, welcoming staff and deadset killer tattoo art – what more could you want in a tattoo studio? Victims of Ink can handle it all; no matter how complex or straightforward your design, they've got the talent and skill to bring it to life. They like to take the long-standing tattoo tradition and spin it on its head.Their diverse crew of high-grade artists place a strong emphasis on custom pieces – but hey, don't be afraid to follow your impulse and see where the moment takes you. Because from dot and line work to hyper-realism, they’ll ink a story to suit your tastes.
5. Devils Ink Tattoo
Your skin is in safe hands at Devils Ink, as one of the best-known tattoo parlours around town, they’ve been inking Melburnians since 2002. This is where you go when you've got an idea for a tattoo but can't get it down on paper. Sounding familiar? You shoot through your fantasy to one of their four resident tattoo artists and they'll take care rest – etching out their affection for both traditional and modern tattoo styles.
6. Alchemy Tattoo
Leading the ship in Hawthorn tattoo studios, Alchemy house an impressive (and massive) lineup of A-grade inkslingers, always armed and ready to turn tattoo ideas into reality. Each tattoo artist is an absolute master of their specialty style and technique, so no matter what you're looking for — there's no doubt you'll be in the right place at Alchemy to find the best artist for your dream tattoo.
7. Good Luck
Think: Your old-school tattoo shop front with art lining the walls inside, Good Luck’s style focuses on the Western tradition and modern abstract tattoo designs. Expertly skilled, top-quality service, the Good Luck team has constantly produced exceptional pieces for Melbourne’s tattooing community since opening its doors in 2012. We also think Good Luck is your go-to for a traditional tattoo with a modern twist.
Tattoos are serious business, and you have to be sure you’re choosing the perfect artist and studio to help bring the masterpiece in your mind to reality on your skin.
Of course, when choosing the right tattoo studio for you, always consider the type of style you’re looking for and don't be afraid to ask questions. Tattoo artists are wildly passionate and dedicated to their art – humbled by their privilege to ink your stories.