Tattoos might be rare in some communities, but that’s not the case in much of Brazil, where seeing someone’s bare skin without a tattoo is almost an unusual sight. The options for parlors are almost as immense as the country itself. Trimming the list down, these are the best parlors and talented artists with an ink needle in hand.
Inked and oiled-up bodies line the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema in the heart of Rio de Janeiro and many, if they are lucky, will have received their body art at Ipanema Ink. A staple on the Rio de Janeiro tattoo scene, Ipanema Ink is, as you would expect, right in the center of Ipanema. The shop has three incredibly talented artists who will make your tattoo idea come to life, and at the same time, be miles better than you could have imagined.
São Paulo offers a unique take on a tattoo and piercing parlor, with this shop that doubles as a bar. Come with a friend, who can indulge in a cocktail or beer while you go under the needle or get a new piercing. Tattoo You is more than just a parlor; it’s a major operation with an enormous team of 20 tattoo artists, two piercers, and other beauty and body services. With this large talent pool, you can get paired with the perfect person for your request.
Trusted by celebrities such as Ricky Martin and Lady Gaga, Daniel Tucci at King 7 Tattoo in Rio de Janeiro has more than made a name for himself in the industry. Whether it’s an enormous work covering your whole back, an intricate sleeve, or a lifelike portrait, you can trust that your tattoo idea will come out better than anticipated if you schedule your sessions at King 7.
Within the coastal city of Santos – just a short drive from São Paulo – you can find Brazil’s potentially most famed tattoo artist, Marcelo Mordenti. His name (which is also his brand) grew with his reputation for creating incredibly realistic pieces that are so lifelike they almost look superimposed. It’s no mystery why this man and this studio are legendary in Brazil.
Brazil’s largest cities, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, are dense with tattoo parlors. But don’t forget the northern part of the country, where Bingha Tattoo Studio in Salvador, Bahia, is making sure the region isn’t overlooked. Bingha is known citywide as the go-to spot for customers in need of ink. Offering a broad spectrum of talents, their intricate, precise, black and white designs are second to none.
In the Flamengo area of Rio de Janeiro, RioInk Tattoo is known as one of the most pristine and modern parlors in the city. Their team of 10 offer decades of industry experience and pride themselves on diversified styles, so that your new tattoo will come out perfect and utterly unique.
Covil Tattoo might take the crown as the best black and white parlor in the gigantic, tattoo-rich city of São Paulo. Outdone by none, they are known for a unique combination of smooth shading and minuscule lines and a style that epitomizes attention to detail, resulting in tattoos that practically jump off the body.
Representing the south of Brazil, Edu Tattoo is located in the city of Porto Alegre in Rio Grande do Sul, and consists of a group of artists who can bring your tattoo desires to fruition. With years of experience, they can help you formulate your thoughts into an image and hone the final product to fit your needs perfectly. Their use of color, shading, and sharp lines is hard to beat – whatever you need, this studio is sure to deliver.