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The Best Tattoo Studios in Uruguay

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Updated: 15 May 2018
Sandwiched between two big and boisterous countries with a strong love for tattoos is the compact nation of Uruguay. Although Uruguay is not as heavily immersed in tattoo culture, the parlour artists here are clean, organized and get the job done right. Whether you are looking for incredibly accurate portraits, eye-grabbing colour or intricate shading, the country is small enough that it makes sense to cover that distance to get the perfect person to put the permanent ink on you.

Elias Tattoo Studio

In Uruguay’s second biggest city after the capital, Salto is home to only a few tattoo parlours but none better than Elias Tattoo Studio, and Roberto Elias’ 25 years of experience dedicating his life to the art of tattooing. This translates into the perfect execution of scripture, incredibly detailed shading and realistic colours that will make any piece stand out on your body.

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Great Forearm Piece by Roberto | © Roberto Elias

Be Good Tattoo Studio

This studio in the capital of Montevideo may be called Be Good, but they strive, and succeed, at being great and have an incredible portfolio to prove it. Their list of talents are long, but they specialize in strong lines, cartoon-style pieces, and dark clean colours, so if you are looking for a traditional carp, skull or mythological piece, these guys are some of the best in the country.

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Perfect Execution of Colour | © Be Good Tattoo Studio

Hot Needles Uruguay

If you have ever had a tattoo, you will understand how relevant their name is. Just outside of Maldonado is one of the best studios in the country if you are looking for a tribal piece, sleeve, or pattern design, as the artists here not only help you design your dream tattoo, but the execution is neat, symmetrical and clean.

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Large Body Piece | © xusenru / Pixabay

Eclipse Tattoo

Whether you want a very unique piercing or a tattoo, to say that the guys at Eclipse do not specialize in anything is actually a compliment, as their talents are top-notch across the board from crisp flowing text and traditional black pieces to colourful tattoos that seem to glow. They can, and happily will, do it all.

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Classic Love Tattoo | © PixArc / Pixabay

Fenix Tattoo Stadium

For those looking to get something lifelike on their body, whether it is a portrait or otherwise, the lads at Fenix in Maldonado, near Punta del Este, are some of the most talented and professional artists not just in the country, but on the continent. Their approach to your tattoo is calculated and professional, and they have plenty of ideas to assist you through the design phase prior to putting ink to skin.

Dermis Tattoo

Watching these artists at Dermis work through the process of bringing a tattoo from a stencil to the finished product is nothing short of impressive. Their focus and detail on every line, every portion of shade and every application of colour and text is a tribute to the art of the tattoo. No matter what you want, these professionals will give you a better tattoo than you could dream up.

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Fantastic Tribal Piece | © Dermis Tattoo

Ritual Tribal Tattoo Estudio

Ritual Tribal implies that these artists in Montevideo do tribal tattoos, and although they are more than adept at giving you a tribal or Maori piece, their lifelike portraits are staggeringly accurate. If you want a loved one on your body or just a perfect replica of something, make sure to swing by here when you are in the nation’s capital.