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.
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.
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.
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.