Tattoos are no longer seen as taboo, as more people get them as a form of self-expression. With this in mind, many Malaysians are exploring the artform for themselves by getting inked. It’s easy to find tattoo studios everywhere in Malaysia, but here are the Top 10 Tattoo Studios in Penang.
1) Exotic Tattoo and Piercing Studio
This tattoo and piercing studio is located inside KOMTAR, where they’re open daily. In addition to custom and portrait tattoos, you can even engage them for tattoo cover-ups, if you’d like. They are known for their reasonable prices and have been in the practice of tattooing since the year 2000. Max, the owner, is fond of custom and complicated designs.
2) Pitt’s tattoo and piercing
Since 2001, the artists of Pitt’s Tattoo have been inking a variety of styles onto their client’s skin. Whether you want a tribal design, a portrait or even an oriental tattoo, they are able to deliver. Body piercings are also done here, as well as eyebrow tattoos. Hygiene is a priority, so needles used are always new, with disposable tips. Equipment is also sterilized in an autoclave and ultrasonic tank. They have two branches in Penang, one in Prangin Mall and one on Jalan Pintal Tali.
3) Pigzy Tattoo Studio
Pigzy is more than a tattoo studio, as they even offer prints, paintings, cold beverages and fun music for visitors. Their artists are able to offer different styles as well, so feel free to check out their gallery of tattoos to see if any of their prior work is in a style you fancy. Pigzy has also won awards locally and internationally, for their tattooing.
4) Ink & needles Tattoo Studio
From intense black work tattoos to calligraphy styled pieces, Ink & Needles has a wide range of tattoo styles they can do. They are also located in Prangin Mall, and are open from 11.30 am until 9 pm daily. Customers can be assured that all equipment is sanitized and disposed of accordingly, so hygiene is never compromised. Check out their recent work on Facebook.
5) Dark Spirit Tattoo Studio
Dark Spirit Tattoo Studio is located in Megamall Penang, and they specialize in tattoos, piercings and conceptual designs. Their portfolio showcases past works, which include everything from adorable tattoos that are nestled behind the ear to pieces that are so large they occupy the space of an entire back or arm. Follow them on Facebook to see what artists Zfactor and Gesù B’z are up to.
6) HAVOC Tattoo
HAVOC’s got tattoos and more, including original artworks, merchandise, prints, postcards, buttons, t-shirts and even music for sale. Artists Kalvin, Riko and En Tze operate out of Pacific Mall in Butterworth. The studio is open daily, unless otherwise indicated. Their portfolio reveals a great many styles, from Japanese to Tribal ink.
7) Skin Nation Tattoo
Skin Nation is located at Jalan Burmah, and this tattoo parlour is open every day from 1PM until 9PM. Former clients have remarked on their professionalism, accommodating service and hygienic practices. In fact their online portfolio reveals eclectic styles used in their artistry. You will see large portraits, whimsical coloured tattoos and even delicate smaller tattoos.
8) Mandala Tattoo & Piercing
Owned by couple Rocky Ooi and Tracy Neoh, Mandala has been around since 2003. They have three branches currently, one opposite Komtar Walk, one at Prangin Mall and another that’s in Singapore. They have several artists on the roster, each with their own strengths in terms of tattoo styles. This is why you will notice a wide range of tattoos done at Mandala, like text work, black work and even minimalist tattoos.
9) Mochi Tattoo Studio
Also located in Megamall Penang is Mochi Tattoo Studio. The studio is open daily, and has been around since October 2016. In addition to body tattoos, they are also able to tattoo eyebrows and lipstick for cosmetic purposes. Yes, if you’ve always wanted a more permanent form of makeup, Mochi can help you to achieve it. As for other tattoos, you can check their portfolio of art through Facebook.
10) De ART Tattoo
De ART Tattoo studio can be found in Pacific Megamall, and they first opened their doors in May 2016. Although they are relatively new, they’ve managed to do quite a bit of inking since their opening. They’ve done cover ups, text work and even coloured tattoos for their various clients. Be sure to browse through their Facebook to see more.
FB: De ART Tattoo
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