While some people may collect magnets or postcards as souvenirs to remember a special trip, others get tattoos. It’s a unique way to symbolize a unique memory but as a tattoo is for life, you definitely don’t want to get it done in any old place. Here’s our pick of the best spots in Brazil’s capital city.
Original Tattoo Studio
It’s unsurprising that Botafogo – Rio de Janeiro’s quirkiest and most hipster neighborhood – would have one of the best tattoo parlors in the city, a title that goes to Original Tattoo Studio. The parlor works with a variety of different styles of tattoo from realism to abstract designs and patterns, as well as all sorts of piercings. Here you are in good hands as the studio is clean and professional. Ask for Paulo – everyone raves about how great a tattoo artist he is.
Rua Farani, 23 – Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2551 7106
King 7 Tattoo
Located in Copacabana, King 7 Tattoo parlor has been around for years and has flawlessly built up a reputation for its picture-perfect tattoos. The parlor works with a wide range of designs from realism (in the truest sense of the word) to abstract, and from colored styles to classic black and white. They can also do all manner of different piercings and deliver great after-care tips and advice.
R. Francisco Sá, 95 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2267 4255
The reviews don’t lie; with around 60 five-star reviews on their social media pages, Ipanema Ink is one of the best tattoo parlors in Ipanema. The pristine environment will reassure anyone who is concerned about hygiene, while the friendly, kind staff go above and beyond to keep nervous clients happy and relaxed. Their best work is their bold, colorful designs, and they have an impressive portfolio of great cover-ups. They also do all different piercings.
R. Maria Quitéria, 70 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3298 8818
RioInk Tattoo Studio
Located in Flamengo, RioInk Tattoo Studio also has a second parlor in Barra da Tijuca, helping to provide tattoos to residents and visitors over a wide area. Whether you want something small and simple or large and complex, the parlor has experienced, talented artists who can translate your ideas into an immaculate design on your skin. Prices vary based on size and design, so message them through Facebook to get a quote for your idea.
R. Buarque de Macedo, 85 – Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2556 3263
Mega Wart’z Tattoo Studio
Considered among one of the best tattoo studios in town and with a strong presence at Rio’s famous Tattoo Week (an annual weekend event dedicated to tattoos), Mega Wart’z Tattoo Studio has two parlors in Rio – one in Ipanema and another in the city’s downtown. From large colorful sleeves to intricate designs, their range of tattoos is outstanding and it seems no design is outside of their capability.
R. Riachuelo, 244 – Loja A – Bairro de Fatima, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2221 9656
With almost 21,000 likes on Facebook, Helio Tattoo in Ipanema is one of the best one spots in the region. Established in 1979, this tattoo parlor has been around for decades and is known for its top-quality tattoos, especially those designed to cover scars or as cover-ups. With a portfolio of realism designs and classic symbols, whatever tattoo you are looking for, you’ll find it here. The parlor also does all kinds of different piercings and gives great after-care advice.
Smoke Dragon Tattoo and Piercing
Located in Rio‘s downtown, Smoke Dragon Tattoo and Piercing is undoubtedly one of the best in the area, with incredible tattoo designs and literally every piercing under the sun available onsite. The tattoo portfolio has a comprehensive mix of realism and abstract, small and large, colorful and black and white, so you can be confident that whatever design you want, the parlor’s artists can skillfully ink it onto your skin.
R. Buenos Aires, 241 – Loja A – Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2507 2884