Toronto is known for being a melting pot of cultures, but what about their diverse tattoo scene? In this article, we’ll break down the best tattoo shops and tattoo parlours in Toronto. Read more about the tattoo shops recommended by your local Removery technicians.
Here is the completed list of the best tattoo shops in Toronto. This list is based on artists, our local laser specialist recommendations, awards, and reviews. In this guide, we will provide you with the tattoo shop’s address, phone number, website, Instagram handles, and background. Check out the best Toronto tattoo shops below:
Source: Cysen, Golden Iron Tattoo Studio
Golden Iron Tattoo Studio is known as Canada’s most awarded tattoo studio. They have a diverse set of tattoo artists and they have won over 103 awards. Shop owner Cysen (@cysen_goldeniron) opened the Golden Irons doors in 2011 in downtown Toronto and has expanded their reach between two countries. With two locations in the Toronto metroplex and one studio in China, you’re bound to leave their tattoo shops with a piece of art you love.
Cysen focuses on black and gray work, but you can find artists between their shops that focus on portrait tattoos, geometric, ornamental, Japanese traditional, and more works of art at one of the three Golden Iron Tattoo Studios. Check out their work on Instagram @goldeniron_tattoos_toronto.
Address: 401 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2G6
3453 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4N 2N3
Heping Innovation Mansion, Nanma Rd, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300020
Source: Maumi, Ink and Water Tattoo
Ink & Water is a modern take on traditional tattoo shops. Known as the best contemporary tattoo shop in Toronto, you can find artists who focus on miniature and tiny tattoos. Shop owners, Prairie Koo (@release852) and Michael George Pecherle (@mgptattoos) wanted to create a family-friendly environment by providing a gaming space and outdoor patio. Now, this duo has three tattoo studio locations in the Toronto metroplex. Check out their work on Instagram @inkandwatertattoo.
Address: 1303 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1P1
2063 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4S 2A2
3663 Mavis Rd, Unit 17, Mississauga, ON L5C 3G1
Source: Chris Soupourmas, Okey Doke Tattoo Shop
The Okey Doke is an American traditional tattoo parlour that accepts walk-ins. This is a traditional tattoo shop that provides bold clean lines. Featured photo is from resident artist Chris Soupourmas (@chrissoupourmas). Check out the shop’s work on Instagram @theokeydoke.
Address: 1229 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X6
Source: Sarah, New Tribe Tattoo & Piercing
New Tribe Tattoo & Piercing is one of the most well known Toronto tattoo shops. They have seven resident tattoo artists who vary in a range of custom tattoos. Customers can find tattoos from tribal, Japanese traditional, watercolour, and more for their tattoo needs. They also offer over 50 types of piercings for their customers’ needs.
The featured image was tattooed by resident artist Sarah (@lonelyheartstattoos) who primarily focuses on minimal tattoos but has a background in traditional, colour, dot work, and geometric tattoos. Check out the shop’s work on Instagram @newtribetattoo.
Address: 232 Queen Street West, Second Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z6
Source: Jay Decator, Passage Tattoo
Passage Tattoo is owned by one of the best tattoo artists in Toronto, Jay Decator (@jaydecator). Jay has been tattooing Toronto for over 23 years and took over Passage Tattoo in 2002. This tattoo parlour adds another element of creativity to Toronto’s very own Geary Ave. Which is known for being an artisan street in Toronto.
The featured photo is by Jay, who focuses on traditional tattooing and shading. However, you can find artists who focus on black and gray, portraits, Japanese traditional, and more in this Toronto tattoo shop. Check out their work on Instagram @passagetattoo.
Address: 80 Geary Ave., Toronto, ON M6H 2B5
Source: Khan J, Tattoo People
Tattoo People opened their doors in downtown Toronto in 2014. Owner Kahan J (@khan_tattoopeople) started his tattoo shop in South Korea, but due to tattooing being illegal, he moved his business to Canada. Kahan focuses on Japanese and Asian traditional tattoos, but you can also find realism, blackwork, illustration, Fineline, and watercolour custom tattoos at Tattoo People. Check out their work on Instagram @tattoopeopletoronto.
Address: 1071 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G8
Source: Lizzie Renaud, Speakeasy Tattoo
Speakeasy Tattoo opened its doors in 2009. Shop owner and tattoo artist Lizzie Renaud (@lizzietattoo) apprenticed with Jay Decator before opening her own tattoo shop located in little Italy/Koreatown. The studio is a traditional tattoo parlour that offers all kinds of tattoo styles. From colorism, neotraditional, anime, black and gray, and more! You’ll leave this Toronto tattoo shop with a piece of art you’ll love. Check out this shops work on Instagram @speakeasytattooshop.
Address: 299 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M6J 1X2
Source: Daysha Christmas, Forever Young Ink
FY Ink is a custom tattoo shop located in downtown Toronto. With their very own “shop life” series, you can really get to know these Toronto tattoo artists before signing up to be inked. Featured photo is by Daysha Christmas (@dayshachristmas) who focuses on black and gray work. However, you can get a custom tattoo of any style in this shop! Anything from realism, animal & human portraits, watercolor, and fine line tattoos. Check out this shops work on Instagram @fyinktattoos.
Address: 522 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 2B6
Source: Tim Pausinger, Pearl Harbor Gift Shop
Pearl Harbor Gift Shop is a traditional tattoo parlour located in downtown Toronto. Featured photo was tattooed by Tim Pausinger (@timpausinger) who focuses on American traditional tattoos. This shop overall has artists who focus on traditional tattoos and provide custom or flash art. Sign up to get your Friday the 13th tattoo at Pearl Harbor Gift Shop today, and check out their work on Instagram @pearlharborgiftshop.
Address: 24 Kensington Ave., Toronto, ON, M5T 2J9
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There you have it, the top 10 best Toronto tattoo shops and tattoo parlours in Canada! You can find an incredible artist for your taste anywhere in the Toronto area. Inspired by any of the artists listed but have an old tattoo that needs to be covered? You can fade that tattoo with Removery and replace it.
Check out Toronto tattoo removal near you and book a tattoo removal consultation with Removery today. Learn more about tattoo removal costs and how laser removal can help you. If you fade your tattoo and get it covered by an artist or shop mentioned, be sure to tag us on Instagram @Removery.
We’re on a mission to give you the most straightforward, easy and efficient laser tattoo removal experience. Your estimate will be entirely bespoke to your tattoo; the size, the colours, the ink. It won’t take long and afterwards you’ll have a plan to finally get rid of your unwanted tattoo and get back to being you.