12 Great Places for Getting a Tattoo in Metro Manila
Getting inked soon? Here's where you can go.
(SPOT.ph) There’s no doubt that society’s views on tattoos have changed for the better. In fact, some would even call them trendy. No matter what kind of tattoo you want to get, it’s always best to do your due diligence. To help you with that, here’s a list of tattoo parlors and artists we’ve arranged by specialty to help match you with one who specializes in your desired style—though it’s also very important to note that most artists are adaptable and can create artwork based on your preferences.
Keep these tattoo places in mind for when you're ready to go under the needle!
Not one to turn down a challenge,
Did we mention her studio is like an art gallery? It features prints by foreign artists like Nikko Hurtado, Marco Luzz, Alvaro Flores as well as local artists Auggie Fontanilla, Miguel Alberto Antonio, and Kay Aranzanso. She even has Kewpie dolls and The Walking Dead action figures!
Gigie Santiago is at Project 4, Quezon City.
What sets Katz apart is her approach to tattooing. She’s there with you every step of the way to make sure you don’t have any reservations left once it’s time for you to get on the tattoo chair. She’s also extra particular when it comes to hygiene and allergens, so all you germophobes can breathe easy.
Her work is a mix of intricate blackwork illustrations and vibrantly colored pieces. Most of which are small and dainty. But having started in 2010 and graduated cum laude from the College of Fine Arts in UP Diliman, she’s equally capable of other aesthetics.
Rates start at: For small pieces, P2,000 for black and P3,000 for colored. For big pieces,
Katz Lorenzana is at Project 4, Quezon City.
Camsy Valencia Tattoo
The level of conviction it takes to solely work with just one color is astounding. Camsy specializes in blackwork tattoos and works exclusively with black, which she uses to create intricate mandalas and sacred geometries. Her linework is so exact that she can recreate the pattern of lace on
Rates start at: P2,000 for basic black 2"x2"
Camsy Valencia is at AFPOVAI, Taguig City.
Contact: 0906-410-2934 and 0939-949-5818
If you’re thinking about heading up to the mountains of Kalinga to get a traditional hand-tapped tattoo by Whang-Od but unsure about the journey (or the health implications of a shared thorn), then Katribu is the perfect shop for you. It’s owned by tattoo artists Jonathan Cena and Jean Sioson who studied Filipino tribal tattoo designs and
Katribu Tatu is at San Guillermo Avenue corner A. Santos, Buting, Pasig City. Strictly by appointment only.
Contact: 0915-441-1534 and 0949-374-0915, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chronic Ink was founded by tattooists
Chronic Ink is at #19 F. Concepcion Street, San Jose, Pasig City (above Black Lamezza). Open daily from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Earlier appointments may be arranged.
Contact: 0915-295-9505 or email@example.com
Wild Ones has been a popular name in the south for a while now. It first opened in 1998 and one of its founders, tattoo artist and rap and metal musician Mark “Batas” Rodriguez still remains in the shop today. Don’t let all those names intimidate you. The shop itself might not be airy or sunlit but its no-nonsense interiors are actually quite charming. It’s just you and your tattoo (or your piercing, as the shop also offers that as a service). And if you’re famished after your session, there’s a burger joint right beside it and a Spanish restaurant one floor down.
Wild Ones is at Unit-6, J32S Building, No. 35 President's Avenue, Teoville, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Saturday).
Dyuntats is the longest running practitioner on this list. He started tinkering with his own DIY tattoo gun in the mid-'90s, but only committed to the craft full-time years later. His style has evolved and grown as evidenced by his masterful use of color and the large (literally) bodies of work. Making the trip to Novaliches might seem like a chore, but once you see his studio, you’ll know you’ve had made the right choice. It’s homey and spacious, and you’ll be
Dyuntats is at Novaliches, Quezon City.
Jhay Colis Tattoo
Contact: 0915-977-5443 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Heavy curtains black out the sunlight in this tattoo shop, but what truly gives the space character is the party spot above it. You’ll be treated to Filipino dance favorites as you get yourself inked. Jhay first opened his shop in
Jhay Colis is at1010 Wharf Plaza, Aurora Boulevard, Project 4, Quezon City. Open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Sunday).
Contact: 0998-557-4421 or email@example.com
Whiplash is the brainchild of siblings Bochang Padua and Enzo Joson, tattoo enthusiasts who wanted to spread the gospel of ink in their neighborhood. Its pioneering artist Yok Genabe is still with the shop today. He is joined by Jonti Balbuena and Dennese Delaney, whose focuses are realism and traditional Western, respectively.
A little bit of trivia: The shop owes its name to a Metallica song of the same name.
Whiplash Tattoo is at 134 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday).
From the moment you step in the front door of her home, it’s clear to see that Wiji is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her tattoo studio also doubles as a painting and perfumery workspace; it’s definitely a feast for the senses.
Already an illustrator in 2009, she chanced upon tattooing at Dyuntats Dapasupil’s party. The craft consumed her and within the year, he became her mentor. Presently, her works are often colorful and whimsical watercolor tattoos that often feature plant and animal life.
Rates start at: P2,000
Wiji Lacsamana is at Parañaque City. Complete address will be provided upon confirmation of appointment. Strictly by appointment only (preferably 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.).
Good Hand Tattoo
Once you enter Good Hand, you’ll notice the rows of tattoo designs that are hung on the walls. They’re called flash tattoo designs, which you can simply pick from and have done on the spot even without booking beforehand. This is in keeping with the tradition of Western tattoos, which inspires most of Good Hand’s artists, but that doesn’t mean they’re limited to it. Depending on the tattooer, some of them also work in traditional Oriental, blackwork tribal, and Western
Rates start at: P2,500
Good Hand Tattoo is at G/F Paulina Building, 162 M. Almeda Street, Barangay San Roque, Pateros. Open from 2 p.m. onwards (Monday to Sunday).
55 Tinta Pilipinas
Contact: 435-3383 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Maginhawa fixture, 55 Tinta was born to realize a demand for a tattoo shop in the north. In 2006, musicians Jay Contreras, Led Zeppelin Tuyay, Puto Astete and Paolo Bernaldo—all loyal clients of Ricky Sta. Ana—decided to open shop with the latter’s blessing. Starting with just two artists, it has grown to become a hotbed of emerging talent encompassing various styles and aesthetics. At present, it is owned by
55 Tinta is at 2/F Luisa Building, 107 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City. Open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Tuesday to Saturday) and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Sunday).