Soweto Ink Tattoo & Lifestyle was founded by Ndumiso Ramate and Sibusiso Dlamini in 2014 in Soweto. This tattoo studio is a professional black-owned brand that offers clients with high-quality tattoo services that specialises in dark complexions as well as piercings. If you're not to sure what you'd like or need some assistance in bringing your vision to paper, Soweto Ink's artists are more than happy to help and design something you're sure to love. Visit their Instagram to take a look and admire their art.
Ting's Tattoo Studio
Ting's Tattoos is located in Blairgowrie in an old petrol station, which gives it a unique setting and feel. The studio is owned by senior tattoo artist, Ting Thorne, who specialises in watercolour and fine-detailed pieces. One only needs to see her incredible portfolio and Instagram to want to go under her needle. She also has a rep for having a gentle touch, making her a good choice for those afraid of needles or first timers. Also, be sure to check out her two junior artists – Megan Fourie and Nathan Ferreira – both extremely talented!
Rising Dragon Tattoo & Piercing
Rising Dragon Tattoo & Piercing can be found in Douglasdale. They offer a selection of tattoo styles but we love them for their realism pieces. Head tattooist and owner, Angelo Pillay, does beautiful black and grey realism that includes some pretty life-like portraits of celebrities like Salvatore Dali. Other artists are Les, JP and Tash. They pride themselves on fantastic service, and they deliver too. This team will go out of their way to make sure their clients are comfortable, especially if it is their first time.
Handstyle 7th Street Tattoos & Company
Located in the hip and trendy suburb of Melville, you'll find Handstyle 7th Street Tattoos & Company. Offering a clean, professional and comfortable space along with friendly artists, they cover a bit of everything from traditional to new school, black and grey to full colour. The artists are Ross Hallam and Bianca Uyttenhoven. Their tattoos have a unique and modern twist with a masculine feel, which might not be a favourite for everyone. But they are still fully capable of pulling off spectacular fine detailed work for those of us with a preference for feminine tattoos.
Emmarentia is where you'll find Fallen Heroes. It has eight talented artists up their sleeve. What makes this place worth the big bucks is that the artists here are just that – artists. This gives them the capabilities to bring any of your creative ideas to life. The options are limitless for what they can do, making your body a true canvas of top art. Take a look at their artists' various Instagram accounts to see exactly how talented and creative they are. Artists include Kyle Thirteen, Lauren PeachFish, Nicholas, and Thys Uys.
ArtRageous Tattoos is one of the very few vegan tattoo parlours in Joburg. Leading the pack is Paige Beckett, who has a talent for bringing tattoos to life. Seriously, they look like photos rather than tattoos. The best thing about this parlour is how friendly all the artists are, which will definitely make first timers feel at ease as they get their first tattoo. This is the place for people who are unsure about their designs, as Paige and her team are happily willing to take the time and discuss all your options. They understand that this is your tattoo and that you will have it for life.
Now you know where you'll be getting your next (or first) spot of ink. If you're unsure about what happens next, read our Tattoo and Piercing 101 guide.