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16 Best Tattoo Shops in Sydney [2024]

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Tattoo Shops Sydney

Best Tattoo Shops Sydney
Best Tattoo Shops Sydney

Looking for a tattoo shop Sydney? Look no further! We have compiled a list of the 16 best tattoo shops in Sydney. These tattoo shops offer high-quality tattoos and excellent customer service. They are all licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. If you are looking for a new tattoo, or just want to get some ideas, these tattoo shops will not disappoint!

1) Tora Sumi

Key ServiceClean and comfortable tattoo shop
Address381 Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney NSW 2041
Phone+61 2 9818 5045
Operating HoursMon 10am-5pm
Tue-Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 10am-4pm

At Tora Sumi, we provide a high-quality tattoo experience that rivals any art gallery. Our dozen top Sydney tattoos artists are ready and waiting to discuss your next project with you, whether it’s something you’ve been dreaming up for months or an impulse piece. We do smaller tattoos in our main room and bigger pieces (or ink that requires more privacy) in our private VIP room downstairs.

Key Differentiators:

  • Quality tattoo experience
  • Highly skilled tattoo artists
  • Professional and friendly

Customer’s Review:

I got my first tattoo done with Jay. He was so awesome, highly recommend. I had a design but Jay took the time to talk me through a slightly adapted version of my design to ensure longevity of the tattoo. I love my new design even more. Jay made the process really relaxing and enjoyable!

Matt and Trix

2) Kaleidoscope

Key ServiceTattoo and piercing shop
Address255 Bondi Rd, Bondi, NSW, 2026
Phone02 9365 0167
Operating HoursSunday – Friday: 12pm – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm

Kaleidoscope is home to some seriously talented artists. At Bondi Beach, their award-winning team of resident artists or an accomplished international artist can fulfill any tattoo or piercing you can dream up. With 10 years’ experience, these guys adhere to hygiene standards and are dedicated to providing a relaxed experience for everyone who walks through their door.

Key Differentiators:

  • Impressive line-up of award-winning tattoo artists 
  • With friendly customer service for over 25 years
  • One of the most respected and well-known tattoo and body piercing studios

Customer’s Review:

Got my 1st every tattoo at Kaleidoscope, the shop is clean and very pleasant/welcoming and was such a great experience booking in with Orlando! He is patient, and knowledgeable and has a ton of experience when it comes to advising and tattooing ideas and designs.

Michael Khalil

3) The Darling Parlour

Key ServiceSemi-private tattoo studio
Address4/13 Beattie Street Balmain NSW 2041
Phone02 9555 6316
Operating HoursTues to Sun 11am to 6pm

The Darling Parlour is one of Sydney’s most beautiful tattoo studios. It has two levels, natural lighting, and it’s filled with artwork and artefacts that’ll inspire your next design. A team of resident artists excel in Americana, fine line, dotwork, and Oriental styles– plus there’s always a talented international artist visiting too. And if you ever have a change of heart about any tattoos… don’t worry! The studio also offers removal services through their industry-leading neighbours at Fade Laser Tattoo Removal.

Key Differentiators:

  • Offers tattoo removal services
  • Filled with inspiring artwork and artefacts
  • Specialise in most styles of tattooing

Customer’s Review:

Such lovely staff! My first tattoo and I was very nervous but they were all so nice and welcoming. Beth did my tattoo and she was great and did a good job. They had really sick tattoo art around the shop as well very talented. Would go again. Thanks for a good experience!

Mairead Moss

4) Monarch Tattoo

Key ServiceTattoo shop and tattoo supplies
AddressLevel 1, 207 Clarence Street Sydney, NSW, Australia 2000
Phone02 9279 0085
Operating HoursTue-Sat 10am-6pm

Monarch Tattoo, formally Royal Tattoo, offers tattooing services located in Liverpool and right in the middle of the city. They also provide laser removal and supplies. The vibe is professional yet laid-back, and their artists ink some of the most compelling black and grey realism tattoos in Sydney. If you’re ever interested in this style–born out of Californian prisons and mastered by high-end tattoo parlours around the world–it’s definitely worth paying them a visit!

Key Differentiators:

  • Excellent customer service
  • Offers tattoo laser removal
  • Compelling black and grey realism tattoos

Customer’s Review:

My first time visiting here coming from Canberra – Couldn’t be more impressed! Dario’s work is on point. Also, the shop itself was great to deal with. Looking forward to coming back next week to finish more of my back!

Luke Jolly (Jolouski)

5) Authentink

Key ServiceTraditionalist Japanese-style tattoo shop
AddressSuite #306 4-14 Buckingham St. Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Sydney, Australia
Phone(02) 8399 1973
Operating HoursTues to Sat 11AM – 7PM

Kian Forreal, the founder and Japanese Irezumi master of this Surry Hills tattoo studio, has 25 years of the world experience. Authentink is not just a one-style tattoo shop; their diverse and accomplished line-up of resident and guest artists can create nearly any style of authentic tattooing from black and grey realism to dotwork and geometric, neo-traditional and ethnographic tattoos. The walls are bright with artwork that might inspire your next piece!

Key Differentiators:

  • A diverse and accomplished line-up of tattoo artists
  • Can create any style of tattoo
  • Inspiring artwork on the walls

Customer’s Review:

Authentink is the best place in Sydney to get a tattoo done. The service and hygiene standards leave nothing to be desired. A massive thank you to Min for an awesome tattoo while keeping me informed and consulting with me all throughout the design process.

Stephen Tang

6) Bondi Ink

Key ServiceLeading tattoo shop with a line-up of artists & visiting contributors
AddressShop 4/72-76 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia 2026
Phone+61 2 9365 5101
Operating HoursMon – Sun
10am – late

No list of the best tattoo shops in Sydney would be complete without Bondi Ink. The shop’s iconic status is due not just to the hit reality TV show, but also to the exceptional team of tattoo artists that work there. If you’re considering getting a Tattoo at Bondi Ink, be sure to book a consultation well in advance – demand is understandably high.

Key Differentiators:

  • One of the most sought-after tattoo studios in Sydney
  • Provide a relaxed and professional environment
  • Consultations must be booked in advance

Customer’s Review:

I have been to Bondi Ink three times now and all 3 times I have been looked after extremely well by Kim the lovely receptionist. Andres is an excellent tattoo artist, second to none!

Jack Gerard

7) Hunter & Fox

Key ServiceWorldwide recognised custom tattoo
Address422 Botany Road Alexandria 2015
Phone(02) 9341 2527
Operating HoursTue-Sat 11am-7pm

At Hunter & Fox, we have a passion for traditional styles, bright colours and nostalgic charm. This has earned us a loyal following of ink fans. If you’re feeling spontaneous but still undecided on a design, let the artwork on our walls or the experience of our resident tattoo artists inspire you. We encourage walk-ins, and also offer laser removal services if you need to make space for your next tattoo.

Key Differentiators:

  • Passionate about traditional tattoo styles
  • Offer tattoo laser removal services
  • Styles range from neo-traditional, traditional American, black and grey, and Japanese, to fine line, modern and colourful

Customer’s Review:

I was a little apprehensive about getting my first tattoo but the staff at Hunter and Fox were so lovely and welcoming. I absolutely love my tattoo and will definitely be back for more!

Lucy Jane

8) Stone Heart

Key ServiceTattoo studio with five in-house tattoo artists
Address1/77 William Street, Darlinghurst, NSW
Phone(02) 8095 0100
Operating HoursMon to Thur 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Darlinghurst tattoo studio Stone Heart host five in-house tattoo artists, as well as a range of international guest talent that cover any style of tattoo you might want. They are situated just down the road from Town Hall and they’re completely dedicated to giving you an amazing tattoo experience–from initial design consultations to aftercare. Plus, they always maintain strict hygiene standards and great customer service throughout.

Key Differentiators:

  • Range of international guest tattoo artists
  • Dedicated to giving an amazing tattoo experience
  • Strict hygiene standards

Customer’s Review:

These guys clearly love what they do and are leaders at it. Received my first (ever) piercing from Eden and she was incredibly professional and reassuring. She answered all my questions and ran me through everything to calm my nerves. High level of cleanliness, care, quality, and friendliness. They only use high-quality implant grade titanium which is inert to the body and the shop offers lots of aftercare support. If I ever want another piercing or a tattoo, this is the place I would return to.


9) Little Tokyo

Key ServiceHidden tattoo shop with a treasure-trove of art, memorabilia and tattoo relics
AddressSuite 505, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
NSW, Australia, 2010
Phone(02) 9211 4023
Operating HoursDaily 11AM–7PM

This hidden tattoo parlour overlooking Central Station is jam-packed with art, memorabilia and tattoo relics from all over the world. As the name suggests, this Sydney studio has a focus on Japanese-style tattooing, but they have a talented team that can handle any type of tattoo. An appointment will give you the best chance to get inked at this temple of art, but if you just can’t wait they do their best to accommodate walk-ins too.

Key Differentiators:

  • Japanese style tattooing
  • Talented staff capable of handling all tattoo styles
  • Accommodate walk-ins

Customer’s Review:

Went in two weeks ago for my first tattoo. I have social anxiety and feel pretty awkward with people in general. From the very first emails, I sent the studio staff was super considerate of me and Nikita made me feel comfortable through both the consultation and the tattoo.

Sara Syd

10) LDF Tattoo

Key ServiceSkilled and versatile tattoo artists
Address26 King Street, Newtown Sydney, NSW, Australia 2042
Phone+61 2 9550 6759
Operating HoursDaily 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

If you’re looking for a talented artist who can successfully tackle any type of tattoo request, look no further than Les Rice at Last Defiance Tattoos in Sydney. Les comes from an artistic family– his father was a well-known tattoo artist in Brisbane during the 1950s. Today, King Street’s Last Defiance Tattoos is home to some of the world’s most skilful and versatile tattoo artists who are knowledgeable about all types of tattoo styles.

Key Differentiators:

  • Knowledgeable about all tattoo styles
  • From a family of tattoo artists
  • Home to some of the world’s most skilful tattoo artists

11) Lighthouse Tattoo

Key ServiceHome to 12 tattoo artists, each a master of their chosen speciality
AddressLevel 1, 45 Oxford St, Surry Hills, 2010
Phone(02) 8288 9105
Operating HoursMon-Sat 9am-5pm

Lighthouse Tattoo, located in Botany in South-Eastern Sydney, is made up of twelve incredibly talented tattoo artists who specialize in various styles. If you’re looking for a custom piece, this is the place to go. They will take your ideas and pair them with the perfect artist to turn that idea into something permanent and beautiful. whether you’re interested in traditional Japanese tattoos, realistic portraiture, illustrative work, or something else entirely – Lighthouse has got you covered. You’ll be walking out with a one-of-a-kind piece that reflects your unique style perfectly.

Key Differentiators:

  • Sticks almost exclusively to custom pieces
  • Tattoo artists are knowledgeable and experienced in all tattoo styles
  • Will have you walking out with a piece that’s distinctive and unique

Customer’s Review:

Super friendly and fun team of legends here – always feels like I’m kicking back with mates when I’m there to get inked, even though I only really know 1 person who works there!

K Wat

12) Broadway Tattoo

Key ServiceConveniently located tattoo shop
Address229 Broadway Glebe, NSW
Phone(02) 9552 2077
Operating HoursDaily 12–8PM

This tattoo studio is located near the popular shopping centre of Broadway Shopping Centre. They offer quality custom work in a clean and relaxed setting, making it a great place for both first-timers and experienced ink lovers alike. The studio is open eight hours a day, seven days a week, with male and female tattooists on staff. You can also book an appointment for body piercing using top-quality jewellery from Industrial Strength. Walk-ins are welcome!

Key Differentiators:

  • Offers quality custom tattoo work
  • Clean and laidback studio setting
  • Body piercing services available

Customer’s Review:

If I could give them 6 stars I would! I had an excellent experience being pierced by the wonderful Danae. I travelled up from Wollongong and it was certainly well worth it.

Imogen Curram

13) Hibernia Tattoo

Key ServiceHeritage-listed tattoo studio
AddressHibernia Tattoo Studio, Unit 201/342 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia

Hibernia House is a historic building that contains a studio. By appointment only, this tattoo shop provides customers with bespoke tattoos that are collaborative creations between the customer and the artist. The team offers consultations to discuss the final concept before beginning work on the tattoo so that it will be something the customer loves and can wear proudly for life while also playing to the particular artist’s strengths.

Key Differentiators:

  • Offers unique, bespoke tattoos
  • Consultations offered to discuss tattoo concepts
  • Tattoos are collaborative creations between the customer and the artist

Customer’s Review:

Had a quick and easy session with MJK, super professional, was set up before the appointment (always love that) with ink and was all ready to go. Pumped up 4 little flash pieces and was on my way. Super Clean, friendly staff all around.

Yzzi Schneider

14) The Iron Buddha 

Key ServiceTattoo shop in a relaxed and hygienic environment
AddressLevel 1, 241 Liverpool Rd
Ashfield, Sydney, Australia

The Iron Buddha is a tattoo studio located in Sydney’s Inner West. We offer a wide range of styles in a relaxed and hygienic environment. Our location just two minutes from Ashfield station makes us the perfect choice for anyone looking for quality tattoos.

Key Differentiators:

  • Professional and accommodating service
  • Precise designs
  • Side range of styles 

Customer’s Review:

Such a good studio! Had a cobra done by Ruby and I couldn’t be happier with her work. She took me through her process and shared drafts of the tattoo and asked for my input on it as well. The end result was exactly how I wanted it done.

Laurence Valencia

15) Tattoo Movement

Key ServiceInternational, award-winning artists
AddressUnit 21, 112 McEvoy St, Alexandria, NSW
Phone02 8313 8082
Operating HoursDaily 11AM–6PM

The Tattoo Movement, founded by Deepak in Sydney, offers people a professional and comfortable setting. They consider each individual’s desiresminutely to ensure the best experience. Some of their artists have won awards and frequently travel the world over.

Key Differentiators:

  • Specializes in a wide range of tattoo styles
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in all tattoo styles
  • Providing their customers with high-quality tattoos

Customer’s Review:

Great Staff, and amazing artists in a comfortable environment can’t really ask for much else. 15 minutes on foot from Green Square. Lots of parking as it seems to be in the semi-industrial area of Alexandria. The place is a tad awkward to find due to the current road work in the area. But that is really out of their control. Will definitely be returning.

Joshua Playford

16) Thirteen Feet Tattoo

Key ServiceHighly skilled and experienced in all tattoo styles
Address482 King Street Newtown NSW 2042
Phone0437 313 135
Operating HoursDaily 11AM – 7PM

After more than a decade in the tattoo industry and extensive travels practising his art form, world-renowned tattoo artist Todd Bailey decided to open his own studio on King Street in Newtown. Thirteen Feet Tattoo was established in May 2017. They are professional and experienced when it comes to customer service, making your tattoo ideas into a reality.

Key Differentiators:

  • More than a decade of tattoo experience
  • World-renowned tattoo artists
  • Focus on giving their customers the best tattoo experience possible

Customer’s Review:

I was recommended this place by a friend who got his first tattoo here. It was my first time too and I absolutely loved it! The staff were super friendly and helpful, and the tattoo artist did an amazing job. I will definitely be back! Highly recommend this place.


Tattoo shops Sydney

If you’re looking for tattoo shops in Sydney, these 16 tattoo studios are some of the best in the business. With award-winning artists, a relaxed atmosphere, and a commitment to customer satisfaction, you’re sure to find the perfect tattoo shops Sydney for your needs.

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Rachel Tan is the editor at FunEmpire Media Australia. She has over 8 years of experience in the media industry discovering the best local businesses, places and things to do in Australia. From lifestyle, entertainment, food, travel, education and more, Rachel is a trusted source to curate the very best Australia has to offer.