Denmark's Best Tattoo Studios

Denmark is home to a wide range of tattoo studios, each with its own distinct style
Denmark is home to a wide range of tattoo studios, each with its own distinct style | © Matheus Ferrero / Unsplash.com
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5 May 2021

Denmark has a long tradition in the art of ink. In fact, the Scandinavian nation is the location of the oldest functioning tattoo shop in the world. Nowadays, tattoo shops all over the country keep this tradition alive, with some of the world’s most talented artists designing mind-blowing compositions. These are the most notable tattoo studios in Denmark, spanning from the capital of Copenhagen to the second city of Aarhus to the eastern port of Helsingør.

Miss Roxy

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Miss Roxy, or Helle as she was known before entering the tattoo scene back in the 1970s, is one of the most experienced tattoo artists in Denmark. Her career took off around 40 years ago when Tattoo Svend, a renowned tattoo artist, welcomed her to his team and helped her learn the art of ink. After seven years by Svend’s side, Helle became Miss Roxy and set off to explore the world, ending up in Hawaii, where she opened her own tattoo boutique. Luckily for the Danes, after some years she became homesick and returned to Denmark, opening her own tattoo studio in Copenhagen. The award-winning tattoo artist likes drawing realistic images, but she doesn’t say no to more abstract Dali-style designs, either.

Royal Tattoo

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Royal Tattoo opened its doors for the first time in 1983. Henning Jorgensen, the founder of the famous studio, began his career when he was 18 years old, and throughout the years he gained the title of Tattooist of the Year three times, in addition to many other awards. Jorgensen still has one of the most noteworthy tattoo shops in Denmark, and tattoo fans from all over the world travel to Helsingør to get inked by his talented hands and those of his team.

Art of Ink

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The first Art of Ink tattoo studio opened in Odense in 2009, only to be followed a year later by another in Aarhus. The Art of Ink family consists of several talented tattoo artists who specialise in different styles and always strive to create the best possible design. Each client’s personal style and needs are always prioritised. Both studios are centrally located, and are surrounded by hip coffee shops and cool boutiques.

Thank You Tattoo

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Thank you Tattoo is located in Vesterbro, one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Copenhagen, and its style fits perfectly with the area’s vibe. Tato Toby, Mikkel Westrup and Johnny Raindog are the people behind the renowned studio, and each of them has mastered different tattoo styles, including new school, traditional and realist. The shop’s friendly atmosphere makes everyone feel comfortable during the often painful process, which may help to explain why Thank You Tattoo is a favourite with the city’s hippest crowd.

Sinners Inc. Art Collective

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Sinners Inc. Art Collective, in Aarhus, opened seven years ago. There are around 10 tattoo artists who work here all year round, and the collective also offers working space to world-class visiting artists. From old school and neotraditional to blackwork and dotwork, the largest studio in Aarhus has tattoo artists specialising in every style.

Bright Side Tattoo

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For the past 10 years, the team at Bright Side Tattoo has been welcoming tattoo aficionados to its studio by the waterfront in the Christianshavn neighbourhood. Striving to achieve the best results and consulting fully with its customers, Bright Side Tattoo has a great reputation and is among the top tattoo shops in Denmark. Keep an eye on the official website, as guest artists often visit.

Tattoo Ole

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Itching to get a new tattoo? Don’t settle for a scribble in a mall; get inked at the world’s oldest tattoo shop, opened in the late 1880s. Throughout its history, Tattoo Ole has inked everyone from sailors to backpackers to the King of Denmark himself. This legendary studio continues to draw thousands of visitors from around the world, so an appointment is recommended.

Enter the Dragon Tattoo

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Japanese-style tattooing has found a home in Copenhagen at Enter the Dragon Tattoo. Owner Søren Lind spent more than 20 years travelling the world and refining his skills. After working in Japan, he opened Enter the Dragon near Copenhagen’s Strøget pedestrian street, and now boasts over 30 international awards. The studio employs other award-winning artists from all over the world to offer diverse tattooing styles from Japan and beyond.

Copenhagen Ink

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Though one of the newer tattoo shops in the city, Copenhagen Ink has become a solid player on the city’s tattoo scene. Here, four shops came together under one roof to create a unique multidisciplinary studio. The studio has a talented team of artists, and also offers permanent make-up services and an in-house laser tattoo removal clinic.

Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.

These recommendations were updated on May 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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