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The top 27 tattoo parlours in Toronto by neighbourhood

Tattoo parlours in Toronto are scattered around the city and offer everything from portraiture to traditional art. Whether you're looking to have your skin etched with florals, scripture, cartoons or symbols, these places have you covered.

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

Annex

Tattoo People is quickly becoming an Instagram favourite, meaning that you may have to wait months for an appointment. But trust me, once you've seen what Khan J, Hailey Lee, and G.NO can pull off, you'll be down to wait your turn.

Beaches

Vision Seeker Studio is hidden away in the space above The Salty Dog. The studio's resident artists have mastered black and grey designs, tattooing everything from complex mandalas to crescent moons.

Bloorcourt

Lucky 13 is anything but under the radar. Its bright orange signage acts as a siren call to both first-timers and seasoned tattoo clients in the Bloorcourt neighbourhood. The shop has a few artists, including  Maxine Mahood, Julian Goddard, and The Ferg.

Bloordale Village

Just a few steps south of Lansdowne Station you'll find Pravda Tattoo Parlour. Artists Pawel Pravda, Spencer Harrington, and many others specialize in large colourful traditional pieces, but occasionally work in black and grey. The shop accepts walk-ins, but prefers appointments.

Passage Tattoo

Passage Tattoo. Photo by Jesse Milns.

Corso Italia

Timeless Ink is the go-to for tattoo loving ladies and gents who frequent Corso Italia. The artists here can whip you up something fantastic, all you have to do is ask.

Danforth

The Black Pearl Tattoos and Piercings is tucked away on the second floor of a building close to Chester Station. Its head honcho, Mike Storey, is highly regarded for his stellar black and grey realism and has fleshed out his team with artists.

Davenport Village

Passage Tattoo Parlour is an institution. Jay Decator, the shop's owner, has an impressive portfolio that includes both colour and black and grey etchings in a number of styles. Many of the artists book up months in advance, so don't expect to get a spur of the moment piece here.

Dundas West

Archive Tattoo Studio is a shop right near the intersection of Dundas and Dufferin. Inside you'll find Sarah Keeley, Caroline Tattersall and a few other great artists manning the tattoo machines. The artists here offer both flash tattoos and original designs.

Etobicoke

Tat-A-Rama Tattoo Shop has been around for a while. The joint first opened its doors in 1987 and it's had a steady flow of customers ever since. If you don't want something custom crafted, the shop has hundreds of ready made tattoo designs to choose from. 

speakeasy tattoo

Speakeasy Tattoo. Photo by Dennis Marciniak

Harbord Village

Nestled in the heart of Harbord Village is Speakeasy Tattoo, one of the most well-loved studios in town. Its permanent staff is made up of master illustrators, like Lizzie Renaud, Luke ColavecchiaAngie Fey and more. They can handle just about any style, so feel free to pick your poison.

Junction

Owner and tattoo artist Jake Cormack handles all the business that goes down at Graphik Ink. He can tackle detailed portraiture pieces, pointillism, cartoons and more. Find the shop just north of where Dundas and Runnymede meet.

Junction Triangle

When it comes to style, Smack Tattoos doesn't put itself in a box. Artists at this studio play around with a wide range of artistic styles including surrealism, portraiture, geometric designs and American traditional pieces. See the portfolios of Steve MacKinnon, Dylan Duke and Jay Ng to get a feel for their stuff.

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbour Tattoo. Photo by Jordan Nahmias

Kensington Market

Pearl Harbor Gift Shop is consistently voted the best tattoo parlour in Toronto, so it should come as no surprise that it made this list. Its expert artists nail traditionally-inspired, one-of-a-kind pieces and usually accept walk-ins. Tim Pausinger, Glennie, and Elissa Veinot make up part of the shop's dream team.

King West

Black Line Studio isn't your run-of-the-mill tattoo joint; you'll have to walk far past its selection of clothing and jewellery pieces to even hear the sound of the machines. Not only does the shop offer tattoos, it also removes them. Check out the artists' best work here.

Leslieville

Leslieville isn't exactly a hotbed for tattoo shops, but of the few it does have Black Cloud reigns supreme. It features some award-winning artists and fantastic aesthetic work.

Markham

Hon Tattoo Studio is a Markham studio that specializes in Asian designs, realism and cover ups. Brian, Shark, Louisa and VK are the studio's main artists.

Mount Pleasant

Chronic Ink has been in the business for years. Its artists include Tristen Zhang, Marilyn Nguyen, and Danny. If you're looking for detailed portraiture, go here.

Ossington

Bellwoods Tattoo is a welcoming little parlour on Ossington owned by Alanna Mule. Mule bangs out awesome black and grey floral design, if you like a more contemporary look.

Parkdale

Just a few steps east of where Queen and Roncy meet you'll find Black Widow Tattoo Arts. The parlour specializes in black and grey, single needle fineline pieces. If you're not sold yet, scope out the work of dreegz, Chino, Jeremy, Katt, and and Aiko.

Queen West

FY Ink Tattoos is a spacious shop at the foot of Queen and Ryerson where the name of the game is portraiture. Thanks to its sweet location, the studio tends to get a lot of walk-in action, especially in the summer. Want to see what they're working on? Check out the team's portfolios here.

Regent Park

Hydra Tattoo Collective is a smallish tattoo shop in the Regent park area. The artists who helm the machines are capable of complex coloured designs, portraiture, geometric pieces, watercolour and more.

Lewis Family Tattoo Company

Lewis Family Tattoo. Photo by Jesse Milns.

Roncesvalles Village

Lewis Family Tattoo Company is an inviting little operation just north of where Roncy meets Dundas. It's got two main artists: the shop's owner, Derek Lewis, and Dom, who can conquer both colour and blackwork. 

Scarborough

Toronto Ink Tattoo does tattoos, cover ups and removal, so whatever you need, they've got your back. The artists here—Mark Prata and Sarah J.—tend to do larger pieces, but if you're in the market for something on the smaller side, they'll probably oblige.

Upper Beaches

Here you'll find Elevated Ink, a modest-sized shop staffed with stellar artists. If you're looking for some inspiration check out their Instagram, which has a ton of wild and fantastic pieces by their resident artists.

Yonge & Eglinton

Seven Crowns Tattoo is a tattoo parlour with some serious old-timey vibes just North of Eglinton Station. It's got five artists who knock it out of the park it when it comes to realism (and just about everything else). Check out Mike Beddome, Matthew Ellis, George Brown, Robyn Lee and Savannah Parent to see their latest and greatest.

Yonge & Lawrence

Golden Iron Tattoo Studio has two locations: one near Hogs Hollow and another in Chinatown. Both studios are staffed with kickass artists who kill it when it comes to florals. Scope the porftolios of Helen XuYi, and their extensive list of featured artists to see what the studio can do.

Yorkville

Smack dab in the middle of Yorkville you'll find The Village Ink set up in a below ground studio. The shop has a few artists, and each is skilled at everything from portraiture to simple floral pieces. If you're looking to get a septum or some new ear bling, you can get that too.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at Tattoo People. Written by Alice Prender.


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