Did you know that the Inner West and Inner City are home to some of Australia’s best tattoo artists?
It’s certainly not for everyone, but if getting inked is on your bucket list, we highly recommend you check out this list.
Body art is a permanent fixture, so if you’re going to commit, it’s only right that you put a lot of thought and research into the process: from selecting a design to recruiting the best tattooist to create the masterpiece.
These days, the best tattoo artists have celebrity status and a huge Instagram following. In Sydney, particularly the Inner City and Inner West, we are spoilt for choice, here are our top picks for where to get ink in the area:
Hunter and Fox
422 Botany Rd, Alexandria
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Hunter and Fox are home to a group of artists with big social profiles. With a following of 213k, Lauren Winzer (@laurenwinzer) is in residence at Hunter and Fox. Lauren, who is one of the leading tattoo artists in Australia, has a long list of celebrities in her portfolio. Her colourful and fluid designs are worn by Miley Cyrus, Post Malone and Elsa Pataky, just to name a few. Working alongside Lauren is a team of incredible talent. Stevie AKA (@stevietattooer) has over 16 years of experience and is in high demand for his Traditional American work. Owner of Hunter and Fox, Jamie Kirchen (@jkirchen), is the king of Neo-Traditional and Japanese. Offering laser removal, alongside a very cool retro barber fit out, this parlour has a worldwide presence and now you know why!
Unit 21/112 McEvoy St, Alexandria
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This Alexandria parlour was established in 2013 by Deepak Munsami (@deepakmunsami). Deepak has an international career and is ahead of the game when it comes to the latest trends in body art, constantly studying the masters. His signature style is Japanese; however, his American traditional game is equally as strong. The team at Tattoo Movement has a global presence including Swedish artist, Mikael Ramgard (@mikaelramgard) who is well known after appearing on the reality show, InkMasters. All in all, the formidable team here are at the peak of their game with a very dedicated client base.
Thirteen Feet Tattoo
482 King St, Newtown
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Founded in 2017 in King St, Newtown, Thirteen Feet is an award-winning studio. Owner, Todd Bailey (@toddbaileytattoo), is Sydney’s number one Portraiture artist. He has received international acknowledgement and has won a host of awards for his craft. The studio itself is ever-evolving with a collection of memorabilia and tattoo art adorning the walls. Peruse the tattoo relics as you gain inspiration for your tattoo design. Thirteen Feet has also produced an ISO tracksuit, so you can completely immerse yourself in the artistry.
Level 1/241 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield
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The artistic geniuses at Iron Buddha are well known for their ability to take a client brief and evolve it into a design worthy of permanence. This studio in Ashfield is fresh, clean and highly accommodating. The team of tattooists all boast long and impressive careers and a passion for their designs. Owner Ben Halin (@benhalintattoo) has over 18 years of experience and his talent and commitment are what keep the clients rolling through the doors. Ben is supported by a team of freelance artists and designers who have turned their skillset into body art.
Hand in Hand
Address on booking
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This pretty Inner West studio is the workspace of some phenomenal talent. With a following of 172k, Sophia Baughan (@sophiabaughan) has a worldwide presence with her Neo-Traditional designs. Inspired by nature, Sophia is up there with Australia’s best. Hand in Hand is also home to the amazing artistry of Elizabeth Huxley May (@elizabethhuxleymay) and Ellie Thompson (@ellietattoo) who starred in the homegrown reality show Bondi Ink. Both ladies are renowned for their beautiful and intricate designs. As true artisans, their work can also be seen in other formats including t-shirts, totes, hats, prints and stickers, all sold in-store and online. PSA – they only give you the street address when you make a booking…what we do know is that it is in Rozelle.