Same as finding the perfect salon or barber shop, finding a tattoo artist in a city overflowing with them can be a daunting task. Do your research and don’t cheap out because you always get what you pay for!
Funhouse Tattoo on Cambie Street
With an owner that has thirty years experience and holds 5 international patents on tattoo technology, one expects exceptional tattoos from this establishment. Holding all their artists to the highest standards, Funhouse has a no-ego allowed policy and pretty dope digs.
Image via @funhousetattooingbc
Gastown Tattoo Parlour in Gastown
Blending old school values with modern day safety standards, Gastown Tattoo Parlour not only gives you fresh ink but loves the challenge of cover-ups and has a sister company that will get rid of the old s*it all together with a laser removal system.
Adrenaline Vancity on Granville Street, Downtown
Adrenaline is more than just tattoos, they do body modifications, sell on-trend skate and freak wear, and computer skins that may get you kicked out of the boardroom. For mad tattoo skills, see Bill. He’s the quiet one in the camo gear and selection of tunes including Social D.
Image via @adrenalinevancity
Rainfire Tattoo off Commercial Drive
Owner Katia views tattooing as a sacred part of the human experience and creates all the artwork that she uses for imagery – sacred geometry, mandalas, dot-work, and black/grey. Using only vegan inks and products, this parlour is a must-visit for those who require a spiritual aspect to their body art.
The Fall Tattooing in Downtown
Part tattoo parlour, body mod studio and art gallery, this is Vancouver’s largest space dedicated to body modification. It is always buzzing with the hum of machines and human interaction when the lower level is rented out for cool events.
Image via @thefalltattooing
Paradigm Tattoo Company – Cohen Floch on West Broadway
From Saskatchewan to Taiwan to Vancouver, owner Cohen Floch, does big best (in our humble opinion). His portfolio includes a spectrum with full sleeves with dense imagery, oriental stylings to smaller pieces including nurses, hipsters on bikes and beautiful animals.
Sacred Heart Tattoo off Main Street
Started by Adam Sky in 1993, Sacred Heart has weathered many rainy seasons of Vancouver and still survives with quality tattooists. Known for their American traditional, the tattooist and special guests cover all genres and the new owners are really nice.
Image via @sacredhearttattoo
Electro-Ladylux on Commercial Drive
Electro-LadyLux is Vancouver’s original female owned and operated tattoo shop, founded in 1995 by Teresa Johnson, BFA, and still going strong. A cozy space with amazing ink by mostly female talent.
Image via @electroladyluxtattoo
Happy inking everyone and a few things to remember – the consultations should always be free, there is no shame in male tramp stamps and you should always keep the little card with the follow-up care instructions. Just saying.
This article was originally published in StyleDemocracy.com.