The Best Tattoo Parlours in Canberra


Tattoos are exploding in popularity. As more of us get inked, transforming our bodies into art, more tattoo parlours are popping up. And since tattoos are permanent, it’s vital to sort the excellent tattooist from the poor.

So, whether you’re out to get your first ever tattoo or to continue a lifetime of commitment to the art of tattooing, you want to find an excellent tattooist with an inspiring portfolio and years of experience.

In this article, we’ll share our top picks for tattoo parlours in the Canberra region. You can also check out the Facebook and Instagram profiles of the shops listed to get a better idea of the types of tattoos they offer.

Ready? Let’s get started.

What Makes a Great Tattoo Parlour?

Keep an eye out for the following traits when sussing out potential tattoo parlours and artists:

  • Impressive portfolios. First and foremost, check out the artist’s portfolio. Do they tattoo in the style you are looking for? Is their line work clean and crisp? Is their colour saturation bold and clean?
  • Compliant with health and safety regulations. Unhygienic tattooing can be dangerous. Look for a parlour that complies with all health and safety regulations.
  • A variety of tattoo styles. Different artists specialise in different tattooing styles. From traditional Americana to classic Japanese, new age and fine line, the best shops cater to every personal taste.
  • A comprehensive range of services. While you might just be after a tattoo, it’s good to work with a parlour that offers related services. This might include piercings and laser tattoo removal.

Agree with our list? What else would you add?

Canberra’s Best Tattoo Parlours

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Tatts On Tatts Off

Tatts On Tatts Off is one of the most popular tattoo shops in Canberra. What sets this parlour apart from competitors is the sheer diversity of their talented artists. Whatever style you are after – from old school, traditional Americana, and neo-traditional to watercolour, illustrative, blackwork, and mandalas – you will find an artist at Tatts On Tatts Off to fulfil your artistic goals.

In addition to their comprehensive tattoo services, Tatts On Tatts Off performs piercings and effective tattoo removal.

Check out their Instagram page for some inspiration.

Freestyle Tattoo Studio

The enthusiastic team behind Freestyle Tattoo Studio are custom and specialty tattooing experts. With years of experience and a seriously killer reputation, you know your skin is in safe hands.

Freestyle Tattoo Studio does many delicate, fine-lined illustrative style tattoos, which are currently very popular. In addition, their artists’ portfolios boast a range of watercolour, traditional, and black and white tattoos.

Have a look through their popular Facebook Page for examples.

Tattoo Power

Professional and experienced – that’s Tattoo Power. For over 75 years, this industry-leading parlour has delivered expertly executed, long-lasting tattoos. What’s more, they are proudly ACT Health Department approved.

Visit their Instagram profile to see what they offer.

Your Favourite Tattoo Parlour in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

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One Response to The Best Tattoo Parlours in Canberra
Danielle Torres Prieto Danielle Torres Prieto 12:13 pm 18 Nov 18

Would NEVER recommend Charli Faure or Tatts On Tatts Off. The customer service is arrogant & appalling! I booked several months ago for 2 full days & did the right thing by making my appointments a month apart so that my skin had time to heal inbetween sessions. My appointment was rescheduled 3 times and ended up so that they made my appointment back to back days. I raised concerns at the time about this and was told that “you will be fine”. I then call back to say not comfortable with this and they tell me I will have to wait 6 months to change the date. I ask if I can swap a full day session with another customer but the girl says she isn’t willing to try this and offers absolutely zero assistance! I then say that I would like to cancel my appointment because the size of the skin area would be very big and more prone to infection not to mention two full days in a row would be quiet painful. I called back this morning asking to keep the two days until such time that I have a chat and get advice from Charli artist and I am then called back to say she refuses to tattoo me because I was rude to her staff! At no time was I rude! I asked them to assist me & they refused! I provided workarounds which obviously pissed the girl off because it would mean her having to make a couple of phone calls. This arrogance is absolutely atrocious! Do they think that their time is the only valuable time? I had to swap around leave dates and work meetings each time they moved my appointment &then when I ask for them to compromise…they BAN me!

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