Getting a tattoo in Bangkok can be fun, but instead of going straight to the closest studio, it's a good idea to do some research beforehand. The last thing you want to bring home is a botched design permanently inked into your skin, or even worse, a disease transmitted through a dirty needle. 

    So, to save you the pain of getting inked-up in the capital, we’ve handpicked some of the best tattoo parlours in Bangkok. These studios have earned a reputation over time, consistently delivering a high standard of service, cleanliness and customer satisfaction. Using this guide as a starting point, have a look around and chat with the artists in person about your exact specifications.

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    Common Ground Tattoo

    Common Ground Tattoo is a vintage shophouse-turned-tattoo studio run by a group of international tattoo artists, with each one specialising in a different style of design. Standard black outlines are flawless, while the team’s talent really shines when it comes to more intricate designs, such as gothic creatures and punk logos (all at the same price). 

    A highlight of Common Ground Tattoo is the monthly visits of renowned tattoo artists from around the world. A 1-hour session usually costs about 3,000 baht.

    Location: 300 Rimklongsatorn Rd, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

    Open: Daily from midday to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 073 9161

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    BKK Inc Tattoo Studio

    BKK Inc Tattoo Studio occupies a cosy shophouse just off Khao San, an area flooded with dozens of tattoo studios of varying reputation. The first sign of reassurance here is that BKK Inc was the first-ever tattoo parlour in Bangkok to receive certification from the Paris Tattoo Convention. 

    They also have internationally trained artists who specialise in niche areas of their field. Banky is your man for retro designs, Ball specialises in portraits, and Kong impresses with his signature Asian-inspired characters and artwork. Prices start at around 1,000 baht and vary by design and intricacy.

    Location: 137 Thanon Tanao, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)2 629 2475

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    Mimp Tattoo Studio

    Mimp Tattoo Studio is a sleek and spacious studio at RCA, one of the most popular nightlife streets in the whole of Bangkok. The main man in charge is Mimp, who specialises in a wide range of Thai and Japanese designs. He has won a long list of tattoo awards throughout his decade-long career. Prices start from around 1,500 baht.

    Location: 21/64 Block C, Soi Soonvijai Rama 9, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)95 949 1778

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    Wat Bang Phra (Sak Yant tattoos)

    Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Pathom is probably the most famous place to get inked up near Bangkok. Around 50 km west of the capital, the temple specialises in Sak Yant tattoos which are all given by the monks living at the Buddhist temple. 

    This iconic tattoo, made world-famous by Angelina Jolie, features Buddhist scriptures written in ancient Sanskrit. Monks use a handmade, 18-inch needle that’s split at the end to create 2 dots with each stab. Tattoos at Wat Bang Phra are carried out every day. Wat Bang Phra also holds a spectacular festival every year in March, complete with parades, chanting, and mass-inking sessions.

    Location: Wat Bang Phra Temple, Nakhon Chai Si, Nakhon Pathom 73120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

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    Tattoo O’d Studio

    Tattoo O’d Studio is one of the best-known and well-trusted tattoo studios in the fashionable Thonglor area. This tiny 2-floor shophouse just holds 2 clients at a time, so it’s best to book ahead. Local tattoo artists, Snot and Bank, specialise in tribal patterns, lettering, black outlines, as well as intricate logos and murals. 

    Tattoo O’d Studio have also been known to welcome an international tattoo artist as a guest from time to time. Tattoo O’d is on Sukhumvit 53, near the Thong Lo BTS Skytrain Station. Prices start from 2,000 baht.

    Location: 2/2 Sukhumvit 53, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 916 7802

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    ALL DAY Tattoo Bangkok

     ALL DAY Tattoo features very talented English-speaking artists who make it their mission to ensure that you get exactly what you want in a tattoo. Located on Sukhumvit Road, the tattoo studio is conveniently close to Emporium and EmQuarter Shopping Mall. 

    They're able to create a great range of art styles, from realistic to tribal to Japanese art. They also use very safe inks in a sterile environment for absolute safety.

    Location: 710/4 Sukhumvit Road, Phrom Pong, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 8 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)98 381 4364

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