For those looking to get inked, there is no dearth of tattoo artists in Delhi. But since its more integral to your style than any other fashion accessory can possibly be, settling for anything less than the best can have consequences. NearFox did a reconnaissance of the capital to help you discover the best tattoo artist in Delhi supremely talented yet light on the pocket. Here goes.
1. Devilz Tattooz, Greater Kailash 1
Devilz was started by Lokesh Verma, who has worked with leading tattoo artists and tattoo studios across the world, including the likes of Tommy Lee and Paul Booth. Verma, who specializes in various kinds of black and white tattoos, believes your body is his canvas. His approach is safe and cautious, making him people’s favourite. As a result, Verma has opened three more tattoo shops across Delhi.
Address: M-53, Main market, Greater Kailash 1
2. Tattoos By Mohit, Gautam Nagar
Gautam Nagar, located close to AIIMS, is a rather unlikely venue for a tattoo parlour. And these guys are obsessed with safety and hygiene. (At least thats what our experience was!) The equipment is world-class and so is the talent, so you are assured of coming out with fetching amigrams and 3D tattoos.
Address: F-130/4, Sudarshan Cinema Road, next to South Extension, Gautam Nagar
3. KDz Tattoo
One of the biggest tattoo parlours in the city, KDz isnt just a tattoo maker they also run a training academy for those wiling to pick up tricks of the trade. The owner, KD, is quite media-savvy, with his name appearing in newspapers regularly. And they also offer laser tattoo removal, which, although painful, can be a necessity at times.
Address: J-13/65, Basement Kotak Mahindra Bank, Main Market, Next To The Gym, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
4. Manjeet Tattooz
Honoured as one of the worlds top 100 tattoo artists, Manjeet is incredibly skilled he creates beautiful, realistic portraits on your skin. His signature creation is the Guru Nanak tattoo, which is strangely soothing to look at. In fact, some of his clients claim that getting a tattoo here has brought peace to their lives. Want a tattoo that transcends the skin? Look no further!
Address: E-11, 1st Floor, Main Jail Road, Guru Nanak Pura, 5, Tilak Nagar Rd, Block 9, Fateh Nagar
5. Get Inked Tattoos
Old is certainly gold and this tattoo parlour bears testament to this adage. The founder artists, Jatinder Pal Singh and Amandeep Suri, have made a mark with their passive-aggressive themed tattoos. Being stylish is their forte. Not just this, they even make tattoo designs and supply devices across the country. There’s a good chance that the temporary tattoo you got done on a Goa beach was supplied by them.
Address: Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
6. Permanent Tattoo Buzz
Legend has it that Permanent has sent clients back if they thought a certain tattoo won’t look good on them. But since their offerings are almost unlimited, spanning authentic tribal to trendy fusion, its unlikely you will not find something that works for you. Raju, the head tattoo maker, has tonnes of international experience, having worked in Singapore and Malaysia.
Address: Permanent Tattoo Buzz, G 21/4, Rajouri Garden Main Market
7. RIP Tattoos
The name is slightly misleading, so dont you judge the book by its cover. Their style is so European you will find it tough to believe you are getting inked in Delhi. Catering to several foreign clients, they offer an experience that will make you feel like a VIP. Tribal and symbolic tattoos based on latest trends is what they offer.
Address: Shop No-40 UB, 1st Floor, Kamla Nagar
8. Inkinn Tattoo Studio
A creative blend of old and new school tattoos in grey-scale is their strong suit. They try not to stick to any particular style, believing staunchly that learning through experiences makes them the versatile artists that they are (even if that means occasionally giving up their artistic freedom and choices to suit their customers needs).
Address: S-5, Second Floor, B-87 Defence Colony, Bhisham Pitamah Marg, Near South Ex Flyover
9. Tattoos by Mike
They run a little awareness programme to prevent customers from being careless while getting tattoos done. Not only that, they try as far as possible to make the tattoo experience painless. How’s that for customer service? They believe tattoos are a free expression of art and do anything they can to get you the exact kind of tattoo you want.
Address: K-1/14, Ground Floor, CR Park
10. Body Canvas Tattoos and Piercings
Although they started off in Mumbai, they’re a big deal in Delhi now, thanks to their ‘oh-so-amazing’ word-of-mouth reputation. They specialize in fantasy, abstract, bio-mechanical, tribal and fantasy tattoos. Having been around since the 1990s, you’d assume their equipment would be outdated but that’s far from the truth – they update their equipment every 3-4 years from the US, UK and Germany. Fancy, eh?
Address: 13A lake side view, Hauz Khas New Delhi
11. Angel Tattoo Design Studio
Find it embarrassing when someone sporting a similar tattoo goes past you? Well, if you are looking for exclusivity, this is here you should be headed. Their designs are copyright protected, which means no one can else can sport the same tattoo as you. They also specialise in advanced, painless body piercings whoever said no pain, no gain’!
Address: Iffco Chowk, MG Road, Gurgaon
12. Cheeno Tattoos
Getting a tattoo done while enjoying a well-made sheesha is what Cheeno tattoos is all about. They offer trendy, new techniques of 3D amigram tattoos that will definitely blow your mind! Thanks to their high service standards, and the accompanying sheesha, this is one of the most relaxing places to get yourself inked.
Address: P-11, Sector 18, Above Sony Centre, Noida
13. Tattoo Villa
Started by Harminder Sohal, Tattoo Villa aims to deliver nothing but the very best. Harminder, who has an experience of over a decade, was trained by team of great professionals from the UK. You can choose from a variety of standard tattoos, or even customise your own. This trained and experienced artist believes in keeping a clean and hygienic work place.
Address: Central Market, Main Road, M-59 Basement, Adjacent to Bank of Baroda, New Delhi-110024
14. Tattoos by Dev
This place offers extremely trendy designs that are sure to blow your mind. The designs are very well thought of and executed, just the way you would like them. Dev is one of the most talented tattoo artists in Delhi and he has a massive fan following among those who get inked from time to time.
Address: Available on request
15. MJs Tattoos
With a number of tattoo parlours mushrooming, safety can sometimes take a backseat. Not at MJs, though, for hygiene is their priority. Nothing that you see here is not sterilized. They offer a variety of unique and innovative designs, and have been enthralling people with sheer awesomeness for the last six years they have been around. MJs was founded by the very talented Jaspal Singh.
Address: No. 18, 1st Floor, Chodhary Balbir Singh Complex, Jawala Heri Market, PaschimVihar, New Delhi-110063