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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ting's Tattoos, Randburg | Courtesy of Tings Tattoos
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.
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.