Ink Water Tattoo Toronto

Ink & Water

Ink & Water is a tattoo parlour specializing in contemporary art and custom work.

Tatting up clients in a space that eschews the typical hardcore, grungy feel of its industry counterparts, this parlour opts for a friendlier vibe that helps customers feel at ease while getting the ol' pigment poke. 

ink water tattoo torontoBoth owners of the parlour are OCAD grads, hence Ink & Water's interior which, overall, is pretty dreamy. From its neon signage to its soothing pink and white colour palette, this parlour is definitely an easy place for both first-timers and seasoned vets to get comfy.

ink water tattoo torontoPrairie Koo, a.k.a. @release852, says he and co-owner Michael Percherle wanted to build something inviting – a shop where families could come be part of the tattooing process and not feel out of place. They now also have a newer location by Eglinton Station. 

ink water tattoo torontoInk & Water is also more artist-focused than others; unlike many other tattoo parlours, there's two staff rooms here where artists can actually sketch or work on their designs. 

ink water tattoo torontoThey even has a foreign artist outreach program that sponsors international tattooers to come to Canada (like they did with Brazilian artist @MartiniTattoo) and provides them with a very impressive starting salary.

ink water tattoo torontoThe upper floor is especially welcoming: there's four chairs here, where background music will likely be the latest hip hop tracks. There's even complimentary cold brew coffee on tap from Station Cold water tattoo torontoTattoos here are a minimum spend of $100, which you can pay for via a deposit that's deducted from your final price. For every tattoo done, $5 is donated to the community arts organization Sketch, and the shop also offers non-refundable cookie fortune flash tattoos for $69.

ink water tattoo torontoFor after-care, the store offer a series of balms from Skin Masters, a Toronto-based brand that uses all-natural ingredients like shea, calendula, and all the healthy skin vitamins from A to D. 

ink water tattoo torontoIn case you need a break from your tat sesh, head behind the tattooing area for something that will definitely get your mind off the pain: a trio of arcade games and N64 with over 1000 games each, like Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Street Fighter. 

ink water tattoo torontoAnd if you're in need of some fresh air or a smoke, behind the store is a decently sized patio equipped with cozy wooden benches, hanging lights and tons of greenery.

ink water tattoo torontoThe entire space is so welcoming it almost makes me want to get a tattoo just so I can hang out here for hours. 

ink water tattoo torontoDownstairs is where you'll find vibes more akin to regular tattoo shops with louder music and an overall more grungy – but still sleek – vibe. 

ink water tattoo torontoThough they may be most well known for their minimalist tats, the artists at Ink & Water have you covered regardless of what style you're looking for. Just keep in mind bookings need to happen as far as six months in advance – nice tats plus arcade games equals high demand. 

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