Thereâ€™s two ways to go out and get a tattoo. You could go out, down a bottle of rum and stumble to the nearest and dingiest tattoo parlor in the city and get it done with. Unfortunately, youâ€™ll wake up in the morning with an â€œI love momâ€ tattoo on your ass, to go along with your killer hangover. On the other hand, you could trust our word and go to the tattoo parlors where Parisâ€™s creative types go to get marked up.
Mystery Tattoo Club
Waiting from three months to three years for a tattoo may seem to be a bit of a time commitment, but a high quality tat from this shop located in the Canal Saint Martin is well worth waiting for. The shop itself isnâ€™t your typical dingy tattoo parlor, and youâ€™d almost enjoy chilling on their vintage benches while listening to the Black Keys, if it wasn’t for the endless buzzing from the tattoo needles. The team of four each specializes in different types of tattoos, from soft style and art nouveau to Japanese and Tibetan inspired work.
13 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
01 42 01 87 60
Seriously old school and seriously French, Stephane Chadesaigues is a bit of a celebrity in the tattoo scene. His tattoo studio is quietly nestled in an alley in the shadows of the Pompidou and features the coolest vintage tattoo chairs. Stephane is the father of the soft style of tattooing, so heâ€™s the perfect person to visit if you want the portrait of your grandma to be flawless, down to the last wrinkles.
7 Rue Geoffroy l’Angevin, 75004
01 44 59 68 20
Romain, the man behind Sailor Roman, has created a cult-worthy style of tattooing that combines inspiration from his hometown of Saint Malo, the 18th and 19th century, and sailors. Certainly not unfamiliar with creating aesthetically pleasing designs, Romain started out as an illustrator and branched out into using ink on people just two years ago. Word spread fast after he tried out his designs on a few friends, and now countless artists, photographers, designers and of course sailors all bear Romainâ€™s work. His blog reads like a whos who of Paris, displaying his tats on cool kids such as Guillaume le Donche, the founder of Youngunz, the band The Shoes and many more. Youâ€™ll have to wait one to two months to get tatted by him in his apartment, but thatâ€™s so he can have ample time to get to know you and to create a design that is personally tailored to you.
By appointment only: email@example.com
Tin Tin Tatouages
The place to go for whatever custom tattoo you have in mind is chez Tin Tin. Frequented by civilians and international celebrities such as Marc Jacobs and Philippe Starck, Tin Tin has become a household name in this city (and heâ€™s apprenticed more tattoo artists than he can even count). At least three people are getting inked at the same time in their upstairs tattoo studio in Monmartre; all while Tin Tin and the team literally will not stop cracking jokes, and maybe even rapping if you get lucky. Anything to ease the pain of a tattoo needle, right?
37 rue Douai,Â 75009
01 40 23 07 90
After 20 years of tagging Paris, Fuzi retired from the graffiti scene and decided to change up his medium of choice. His tattoos still channel the same angsty and spontaneous vibes as his graffiti work, warranting the label â€œignorant styleâ€. Only the most open-minded of people, who range from geeks to gangsters, have already selected an image from Fuziâ€™s collection to adorn their own bodies. Fuzi pieces arenâ€™t available in just any old tattoo parlor; he would rather welcome you into his own humble abode or make the trek to your place, making the entire experience way more up close and personal.
By appointment only: firstname.lastname@example.org
Article by Dena S
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