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The top 35 tattoo parlours in Toronto by neighbourhood

Tattoo parlours in Toronto have you covered whether you're looking for a full sleeve, a small symbol or just your partner's name, which if we're being honest is usually not the best idea.

Here are my picks for the top tattoo parlours in Toronto by neighbourhood.


Tattoo People specializes in traditional Japanese designs. Their tattoos often carry bold colours, but their artists are happy to provide a custom design in the style of your choosing.


Elevated Body Adornment, previously known as Elevated Ink, is where to go if you're a fan of black work tattoos. Their artist Giro provides great detail and balance of black and grey in his illustrations.


The artists at Anbu Tattoo Studio specialize in realism and anime tattoos but are highly trained and capable of achieving other styles. You can find their artist portfolios online.

Bloordale Village

Pravda Tattoo Parlor specializes in American traditional designs. Their tattoos contain bright and solid colours that are sure to catch everyone’s attention. They do accept walk-ins but appointments are preferred..

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David Glantz loves building a personal connection with his clients. Photo by Dennis Marciniak.

Brockton Village

Archive Tattoo Studio believes in providing originality in all of their designs. Artists here work closely with clients on all design work. You can check out each artists portfolio on their website.


Golden Iron Tattoo is a highly awarded tattoo shop that applies thousands of tattoos every year. Each artist is extremely articulate in their designs and can do just about any style. 

Corso Italia

The Timeless INK Toronto motto is good vibes and passionate people. Using only cruelty-free vegan friendly inks and aftercare products their artists will collaborate with you to create a unique and vegan friendly design.

Church Wellesley Village

Yes Electric Tattoo has a diverse group of artists that provide various styles of tattooing. They also provide piercings, cosmetic tattoos and scalp micropigmentation. Walk ins are welcome, but best suggestion is to call and make an appointment. 


Black Pearl Tattoos and Piercings is on a lot of lists for Toronto's best tattoo and piercing shop. With Mike Storey’s incredible realism artwork and Rob Either’s highly detailed black and gray tattoos it's easy to see why.

Danforth East

Red9ine’s owner Jesse Shearman is an award winning artist specializing in colour infused black and grey tattoos. His shop is a latex-free environment and incorporates other forms of artistry such as barbering, clothing and fine art.


Passage Tattoo on the corner of Geary and Dovercourt is easy to spot with their large logo designed by owner Jay Decator. With over 30 years of experience, Decator is constantly in high demand and excels at multiple styles of artwork.

Dundas West

Okey Doke is a fun and casual tattoo shop that does custom work but is willing to tattoo just about anything. If you enjoy classic Americana tattoos or colourful pieces this shop’s artists have plenty of designs and bright colours to choose from.

East York

Scarlet Begonias is a tattoo and photography studio. This shop is big on responsible and sustainable tattooing. They use medical grade vegan inks, recycle all of their disposable packaging, and mineral based glides.


Ace and Sword is a tattoo and piercing shop that does custom work or you can choose one of their artist's designs from their vast collection at the front of their shop.

Harbord Village

Speakeasy Tattoo Shop is an open-minded and safe space for everyone to come in and get their first ever tattoo or create a sleeve. Their artists offer diverse styles and techniques.

High Park

Bini Tattoo offers a wide range of styles such as 3D-realistic, watercolour, Dotwork-mandala, portrait, old school and much more. They also do piercings, permanent make-up and body jewellery.

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Black Pearl is a fixture on the Danforth. Photo by Jesse Milns.


Peekaboo Tattoo is a great place to go if it's your first time getting a tattoo as their artists have a myriad of one-off designs to choose from. They also do custom work.

Junction Triangle

Seven Eight is known for their clean line work and highly detailed realism tattoos. Their artists Asai, Alex, and Lis each bring something unique to the tattoo shop.

Kensington Market

The Pearl Harbour Gift Shop is a traditional tattoo parlour that specializes in one-of-a-kind tattoos. Their team's artwork is very clean and colourful.

King West

Black Line Studio offers a wide range of tattoo services such as custom designs, cover-ups, removal, airbrush and body art. Their studio also provides piercings, acne scar removal and a "Hollywood" carbon peel.


Tattoos This Way is a female owned and operated tattoo shop that offers various styles of work such as black and grey, fine line, traditional and micro tattoos. All of their pigments are vegan friendly and upon request they can do a completely vegan procedure.


Black Cloud Tattoo has some of the best blackwork tattoos I have ever seen. Their tattoos hold so much detail and smooth shading that you’ll want more than one tattoo done by their team.

Moss Park

Artatorture owner James O’Donnell takes pride in his original artwork and cover-ups. He has tattooed celebrities including July Black and ODB of Wu Tan Clan.

Mount Pleasant

Pleasant Tattoo Company offers custom tattoos from their artists Dan and Laurel in a safe and clean environment.

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North York Ink offers flash tattoo designs if you’re in a hurry. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

North York

North York Ink offers tattoos in all styles and sizes. Even if you want a tiny bumblebee on your finger, their artists have no problem providing you with the style and size you are looking for. The shop also offers piercings by a professional instructor.

Oakwood Village

Moonlight tattoo got its name from owner Marion Blanco only being able to tattoo at night when she first started. The shop pairs cool stiletto heel couches with talented artists that specialize in scripture, black & grey, fine line and custom work upon request.


Bellwoods Tattoo is a great shop if you're looking to get something cute and colourful or more detailed and dramatic black and grey tattoos. Their artist Evelyn can provide areola tattoos for mastectomy cover-ups.


Matchbox Tattoo Company is Canada's first shipping container tattoo studio. Their clients often come back for multiple tattoos from their talented artists whose artistry range from black and gray realism to traditional and colourful Americana tattoos.

Queen West

New Tribe Tattoo has been on Queen West for over 28 years. Their staff is very knowledgeable in various styles of tattooing such as tribal, Celtic, Haida, Portaits, watercolor and fine.

Regent Park

Hydra Tattoo Collective is a small shop of five artists that each come with their own set of skills. Their designs range from comic book style, Japanese themes, illustrative and more.

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Derek Lewis of Lewis Family Tattoo Company likes listening to smooth jazz while working on tattoos. Photo by Jesse Milns.

Roncesvalles Village

Lewis Family Tattoo Company is owned and operated by couple Derek and Christine Lewis. The Lewis Family wants customers to feel comfortable in knowing that all bodies and styles are welcomed in their shop. 


Wild Ink Studios seeks to change the image of tattoo and piercing shops. Their location uses only 100 per cent sterile and disposable equipment to ensure the safety of their clients. Check out their portfolio to see the designs their artists provide.

St. Clair West

Toronto Tattoohaus is an all female tattoo shop that makes it their priority you leave their shop with a tattoo you can be proud of for life. The artist portfolios contain a vast range of styles and designs for you to choose from or you can custom design one of your own.

Yonge & College

Chronic Ink has a team of highly award-winning artists who specialize in neo-traditional asian ink. They believe tattoos are therapy for the soul and their gallery definitely proves that statement to be true

Yonge & Lawrence

If you're looking for a custom sleeve then Red Label Tattoo Studio is the place to check out. With over 20 years of experience their artists provide high attention to detail, clean line work and intricate designs.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns 

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