Johnny Depp once said, “My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.” While that rings true for some people, others seek out this form of permanent accessorisation because let’s admit it, they look super cool.Whether it serves as a reminder, a representation of our personality or is purely for the sake of decoration, you may want to drop by these tattoo parlours before getting any artists to paint on the canvas that is your body.
Note: All tattoos start at a minimum of RM200.
Founded by Lynda Chean, Pink Tattoos is arguably one of the most popular tattoo parlours here in Malaysia, located at the-place-to-be,Bangsar. They make sure clients receive quality tattoo work in a clean and sanitary environment. As first-timers may feel intimidated by the idea that they’re about to get needled, this joint resembles a café with old-themed décor, courtesy of the owner’s superb taste.
No. 20-A, JalanTelawi, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
+6 03 2201 7465 [email protected]
Landmarks and Directions: Federal Academy of Ballet, Somerset Nails and Waxing. 5-8 minute taxi ride from Bangsar LRT or 15-30 minute walk.
This establishment is run by siblings Eddie, Simon and Lina David. Tattoo lovers and celebrities are familiar with this place as it is often dubbed as a customers’ favourite place. They have won many awards as well. If that’s not enough to convince you, then let’s just say, Anthony Bourdain has featured them in the “No Reservations” show.
8-3. Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 2300 1151
Landmarks and Directions: Sri Rafelsia, Kinderland, Mei by Fat Spoon. 15-minute taxi drive from Segambut KTM.
Specialising in dot works, geometrics, Japanese old school and tribal designs, Bloody Ink has been around for more than ten years. Located smack dab in the middle of Sungei Wang Plaza, they use single-use sterilised needles, and their tools are zapped with ultrasonic treatment, and autoclaved daily.
Lot F099, Sungei Wang Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
+6 03 2141 1543 [email protected]
Landmarks and Directions: Sungei Wang Plaza. Take the Monorail from KL Sentral towards the Bukit Bintang station.
Yang Lee Tattoo
If you’re in the SS2 area or are looking for a tattoo parlour that is a little more peaceful and away from malls and the hustle and bustle of the city, drop by Yang Lee Tattoo, an establishment known for its work in tribal and oriental designs. Yang Lee and three others run this studio that just speaks ‘zen’. Head on over to YangLee Tattoo if you’ve got a certain style that you want, be it old or new school, potraits, ethnic and even black and grey. You may also bring in your own ideas for a customizable tattoo.
52, SS2/55 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
+6 03 7866 0108
Landmarks and Directions: Pelita Samudra Pertam restaurant is directly opposite Yang Lee Tattoo. 8 minute taxi drive from Taman Bahagia LRT.
Inkcraft Studio Tattoo
Tucked away in the elite area of The Scott Garden, Inkcraft Tattoo Studio is a creative private studio that provides a fun and relaxing environment. Hygienic and creative, they consist of handpicked international and local artists that specialize in custom designs with Japanese, Old and New School, New Traditionalist, Portrait, Realism and Creative Tattooing. You may want to get some piercings done while you’re here too. An appointment is only a call or an email away.
The Scott Garden, Jalan Kelang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur
+6 012 350 2908