If our previous article finally convinced you to get inked, your next move should be looking for a place to have it done. Lucky for you, we’ve got a referral list of tattoo parlors in Manila that have been recommended by some of our own trusted friends. Let’s get started.
Vice Coffee and Ink
7838 Makati Ave., Makati City
Price range: 2” x 3” starts at P1500
You’ve heard of second wave coffee shops, but have you been to a coffee shop that doubles as a tattoo parlor? Located right above Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar along the bustling streets of Makati Avenue, this place is patronized by celebrity clients Solenn Heussaff, Ellen Adarna, and Lovi Poe who all have had their ink done by artist Marlon Capuno. Now if that isn’t enough, even makeup artist Xeng Zulueta, who has all her tattoos done by Marlon, recommends that we check out the place.
45 Polaris St., Poblacion, Makati City
Price range: starts at P2000
Known for their superb inking skills and high profile clientele, celebrities like Andi Eigenmann, Sam Richelle, Jake Cuenca, Sid Lucero, and Richard Gomez all come here to get works of art permanently etched onto their skin. Conveniently located in Makati’s hip new district, Williamsburgos, the tattoo parlor is a favorite go-to of first-timers who want smooth sailing through their first inking sesh.
134 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque City
Price range: black and grey tattoos start at P1800, 3” x 4” colored tattoos start at P2000
Artist Yok Genabe specializes in watercolor and black and grey designs, which is perfect if you want something intricate and detailed for your first ink. The place is also very accommodating towards walk-ins and runs from 1-10pm. It’s just the right place to hit up especially if you’re the impulsive type.
Sushi Doll Tattoo
123 Pasig Blvd., Pineda, Pasig City
Price range: black and gray tattoos start at P1000, 2” x 2” colored tattoos start at P2000
It’s not every day you walk into a tattoo parlor that offers manicure and pedicure services. What can we say, artist and owner Joanna Lytal understands a girl’s needs. Recently, her shop won the 2016 Golden Globe Annual Awards for Business Excellence for Best Tattoo Shop in Metro Manila Award. It doesn’t get any more legit than that.
Images from @whiplashtattoo, @sushi_doll_tattoo, and @pandptattoo on Instagram