Looking to get inked? It’s no small feat finding the perfect tattoo artist, so we’ve rounded up 10 of the best in Johannesburg who can help you turn your desires into reality.
1933 Classic Tattoos
1933 Classis Tattoos is all about creativity .They share their studio space with the Grayscale graffiti store and gallery. Owners Rasty and Ronald cover a variety of tattoo styles; all you need to do is show up with an idea.
33 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, South Africa, +27 72 205 6055
The Black Lodge
The Black Lodge is a place where both tattoo lovers and newbies can feel right at home. The professional artists will guide you through the process; the black walls add to the grungy atmosphere. The studio emphasises the importance of seeing body decorations as works of art and aims to move away from common designs, ensuring instead that each tattoo is unique and meaningful.
Shop 8 Arkansas Square, 185 Arkansas Avenue, Berario, South Africa, +27 11 678 1321
From hyper-realism and grey-scale photorealism to traditional tattoo art, Evil Ink’s large portfolio showcases some of the most extensive work you’ll have ever seen. Owner and artist Roger Harris has been tattooing professionally for over six years and guarantees only the finest work.
28 Hoeveld Road, Ruimsig, Honeydew, South Africa, +27 73 373 5897
Fallen Heroes specialise in custom work and boast numerous talented tattoo artists who are, between them, able to bring to life any concept in a range of styles. Co-owners Thys and Jen share a love for the art, and Thys’s formal art training means that it’s a place with an impressive level of professionalism and very high-quality work.
53 6th Street, Parkhurst, South Africa, +27 11 028 0994
Black and White Tattoos
Tiplo and Dave started Black and White Tattoos after meeting while working in another studio, and have 14 years’ experience between them. They’ve tattooed a number of celebrities such as Benni McCarthy, Lloyd Cele and Tall A$ Mo, and are happy to take on any design.
8 Tyrwhitt ave, B2 House, Shop No1, Rosebank, South Africa, +27 84 288 7525
Ross Hallam opened Handstyle Tattoos in 2010 and since then he’s welcomed other artists into his studio to work their magic. Ross specialises in full-colour American traditional, neo-traditional and Japanese styles, but the parlour has an impressive portfolio catering to virtually every need.
7th Sreet, Melville, South Africa, +27 72 540 8368
Jaded Ink was founded in 2008 after Jade McLean had gained experience as a tattooist in Europe and Africa. McLean made a name for himself thanks to his beautiful freehand style, while the other artists, including guest artists, share his passion for ink.
What sets Ting’s Tattoos apart from other studios is that it’s the only female-driven tattoo parlour in Johannesburg. It’s run from a welcoming store filled with pretty trinkets and potted plants, and owner Ting is known for her soft watercolour pieces.
110 Susman Drive, Blairgowrie, Randburg, South Africa, +27 11 781 3189
Zen Ink offers free consultations, and the artists will spend as much time as is needed to ensure your design is exactly what you want it to be. The studio is run by Jay-Cee Rademeyer and his wife Nina Wu, a talented artist from Beijing who has won Best Female Tattoo Artist in Asia.
307 Commissioner Street, Boksburg, South Africa, +27 11 892 4919
Rising Dragon, run by husband and wife Angelo and Jess, aims to make each client feel as comfortable as possible. Angelo is one of three tattoo artists at the studio, while Jess covers the piercings.