The 5 Best Tattoo Studios in Dublin
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The 5 Best Tattoo Studios in Dublin

Whether it’s a small piece on your wrist or a full sleeve down the length of your arm, tattoos can be a great way to express yourself. That is, of course, when it’s quality ink that’s not botched!

Getting a tattoo can be intimidating. It requires a lot of trust between client and artist. 

To help save you the misery of a bad ink job, we put together a list of the best tattoo studios in Dublin and checked them out for you.

Tattoo Costs

A quality tattoo can be expensive, but with proper preparation and canvassing you should be able to find something for you. 

To help you plan your budget and have a better understanding of pricing, we’ve made a table of the minimum prices for small and simple tattoos at each of these studios.

Tattoo StudioMinimum Price
Skin City€80
Reinkarnated€80.00
The Ink Factory€70
Dublin Ink€80
Colour Works€60-€80

Top Tattoo Parlors in Dublin

Getting a tattoo can be intimidating because they’ll be on your skin forever. To make sure you get only the best, we evaluated these tattoo shops based on the following criteria:

Studio: Because hygiene and safety are incredibly important in the tattooing industry, we assessed the cleanliness and maintenance of the studio itself.
Artists: This is based on the range of styles and diversity that the team has to offer, so that clients have options for their comfort and to match their personal style.
Customer Service: We also evaluated the teams on their friendliness and professionalism to their customers and potential clients. This includes reception, email, phone calls, and interactions during and after the actual tattooing session.
Price: Pricing is often very difficult to gauge in tattoo work because of the many factors to consider, so we based this on their minimum charge vs. the median as well as customer reviews for their pricing.
Customer Satisfaction: We evaluated the happiness of their customers with their work and customer service, and how likely they are to return for another tattoo.

1. Skin City

Skin City Homepage
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SERVICESCustom tattoos, tattoo laser removal, piercing
WEBSITEhttps://skincitytattoodublin.ie/
ADDRESS4 Ormond Quay Lower, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland
CONTACT INFORMATION+353 85 1420 866

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSTuesday-Saturday 12-7PM
Studio★★★★★ (5/5)
Artists★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer Service★★★★☆ (4/5)
Price★★★★☆ (4/5)
Customer Satisfaction★★★★★ (5/5)

Skin City Tattoo has been winning awards at local and international tattoo conventions since 2003. That’s a pretty good indication of just how good they are at what they do, we think.

Anyway, they specialize in custom tattoo design, custom drawing, and tattoo laser removal. They also offer piercing and replacement services.

They do not charge extra for custom design, as consultations are already included in the price. You pay only for the time it takes to tattoo you, which we think is great, so clients don’t get any surprises when it’s time to pay up.

They have nine artists who specialize in a wide range of styles, including fine line, experimental, abstract, realism, surrealism, and watercolor, among others. We loved having a variety of options!

Their talented artists have their portfolios up on their website for viewing. We love this because it makes it easier for interested clients to choose an artist with a style that matches their personal aesthetic.

Prices vary according to size, placing, and artist, with the minimum charge for a tattoo at Skin City being €80. We find this to be standard pricing in Dublin.

One thing we should note about Skin City is that they only accept cash and do not accept payment via debit or credit card. We think this may be a little outdated in an ever-growing cashless society.

The interior of Skin City Tattoo is absolutely gorgeous and pristine, so you never have to worry about hygiene. They also had strict protocols for COVID-19, which we believe tells a lot about their policies on cleanliness and safety.

Their artists are all very professional and friendly, with clients praising them for the attention and care they give clients about how they envision their custom design.

Although they do accept walk-ins whenever possible, it’s best to set an appointment with them so you have ample time to discuss your design. You can contact them via phone, email, or on their website.

Pros

  • Wide range of styles
  • Strict safety practices
  • No extra charge for custom design
  • Offers tattoo laser removal

Cons

  • Cash only

Customer Reviews

The experience I had here was prefect! The artist called Taker that I thanks a lot made a beautiful tattoo and we discuss the whole time ! I really enjoyed the place and recommend it for the people that want to have a tattoo and a great souvenir from Dublin😎 On top of that the location’s style is really good and well made (I found the decoration very nice, old industrial), the mood of the place will make you forget the time you spend in it 🤟🏼Thanks again to Skin City Tattoo, you guys are so nice ! -Jan Hublart

Skin City is a professional, friendly and clean tattoo parlour that delivers high quality tattoos. My friends and I were able to get walk-in tattoos the same day by an artist that was attentive, efficient and highly talented! For two of my friends it was their first tattoo, and they found it quick, easy and painless! Thank you Skin City:) -Saa Bee

2. Reinkarnated

Reinkarnated Homepage
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SERVICESCustom tattoos, ready-made tattoos
WEBSITEhttp://reinkarnateddublin.com/
ADDRESS5 Parliament St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 K029, Ireland
CONTACT INFORMATION(+353) 85 8115 333

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSMon-Sat 11-7pm, Sun, 12-6pm
Studio★★★★★ (5/5)
Artists★★★★☆ (4/5)
Customer Service★★★★★ (5/5)
Price★★★★☆ (4/5)
Customer Satisfaction★★★★★ (5/5)

Since 2011, Reinkarnated has been offering high quality ink work at affordable prices.

Their artists offer a variety of styles: tribal, black & grey, old school, new school, biomechanical, lettering, portraits, realism, Asian, and cartoon.

This gives potential clients a range of styles to choose from for their personal tastes. Their website has links to each artist’s Instagram page, where you can see a portfolio of their work.

Their studio is also stunning and very well-maintained, which we believe is one of the most important factors to take into consideration.

What we love most about Reinkarnated is how welcoming, friendly, and professional the environment is. Clients have raved about their consultations where the artist was incredibly encouraging about the design and patient about any anxiety.

Their mission is to be “the friendliest, most professional and hygienic tattoo studio you could imagine.” We applaud their efforts because it seems to have paid off.

Customer satisfaction with Reinkarnated is through the roof, with plenty of clients returning for following tattoo sessions. Tattoo work requires a lot of trust, and Reinkarnated delivers.

However, we should note that there are no women resident artists. We would prefer more diversity, especially for women clients who may not be comfortable being tattooed by a man.

You can book an appointment via phone, email, or on their website. They are located on Temple Bar, which makes the studio easy to locate and hassle-free.

Pros

  • Wide range of styles
  • Encouraging artists
  • Easy to navigate to

Cons

  • Lacks diversity

Customer Reviews

Quite frankly an astounding service. Went in for a consult, the tattoo artist Sean was very encouraging to my tattoo idea and the front of house Mary was exceptional. Had to change tattoo date, no issues at all. On tattoo day (full day) were extremely nice and the final result is nothing short of breath-taking. Cannot say enough good things about them.If you want the tattoo you’ve always wanted but never had the gusto to get; go here. -Gavin Folens

I have had 4 tattoos done here over the past 4 months and am blown away by how good these guys are. From the minute you walk in the front door to the minute you leave you are treated professionally and friendly every step of the way. Would recommend these guys all day long for first timers or experienced people alike.  -Adrian O’Dea

3. The Ink Factory

The Ink Factory Homepage
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SERVICESCustom tattoos, piercings, barbers
WEBSITEhttps://www.theinkfactory.ie/
ADDRESS15 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 / 19 Parliament Street, Dublin 2
CONTACT INFORMATION+353 16708641

https://www.theinkfactory.ie/contact-us/

OPERATING HOURSDaily 11AM-7PM
Studio★★★★★ (5/5)
Artists★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer Service★★★★★ (5/5)
Price★★★★☆ (4/5)
Customer Satisfaction★★★★★ (5/5)

The Ink Factory in Dublin is another well-known and well-loved tattoo parlor in the heart of Dublin.

Their range of styles include geometric, traditional, neo-traditional, dot work, Japanese, fine line, and single needle tattoos. They specialize in custom design work, so don’t hesitate to let them know what you need.

They have a large team of resident artists, each with something unique to offer. We would like to commend them for having four women artists on the team, which could potentially be more comfortable for some women clients.

We also love that some of their artists are vegan and offer fully vegan set-ups. All you need to do is request it as you book your appointment.

The tattoo salve they give for aftercare is also 100% natural and vegan-friendly. We love their attention to detail when it comes to their clients’ comfort and personal ethics.

They do take walk-ins for smaller pieces, but if you have a larger piece in mind we recommend booking an appointment as these are usually quite time-consuming.

Minimum charge at The Ink Factory is €80, but we should note that prices will vary according to size, style, and placement.

They charge per piece and not with an hourly rate, which we think is appropriate as some tattoos and consultations may last longer for various reasons such as anxiety and pain thresholds.

Their mission statement is rooted in kindness and compassion, which we believe is shown quite clearly in the way they treat their clients with utmost care and understanding.

The Ink Factory’s website is also full of important information about their work. We recommend checking out to book your appointment.

Pros

  • Large team of artists
  • Diverse team
  • Offers vegan-friendly options

Cons

  • One of the more expensive studios in the city

Customer Reviews

My wife and I came to Ireland on honeymoon and stopped into The Ink Factory to schedule appointments for tattoos since the ratings were so high. Let us tell you, the high ratings are deserved. Everyone there was so friendly. We were able to make appointments for tattoos when it fit our schedule. Our tattoo artist, Sham, took my wife’s raw sketch of our tattoos and turned them into exactly what we envisioned. He was so professional, so friendly, so talented and so clean! We love our tattoos and the service we received and would highly recommend him and this shop to anyone!! -Ryan Brown

Such a friendly in-store experience. Tattoo session was easy breezy and a lot of fun. Sham is a total sweetheart with tonnes of experience and artistry. He did two small tattoos for me and one for my sister, and we already can’t wait for more. Thanks Ink Factory! 🙂 -Brefni Holahan

4. Dublin Ink

Dublin Ink Homepage
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SERVICESCustom tattoo
WEBSITEhttps://www.dublininktattoo.com/
ADDRESSCows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
CONTACT INFORMATION353 1 6718888

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSDaily 12-7PM
Studio★★★★★ (5/5)
Artists★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer Service★★★★☆ (4/5)
Price★★★★☆ (4/5)
Customer Satisfaction★★★★★ (5/5)

Dublin Ink opened in 2009 with the goal of giving their clients a fully personalized experience.

They are an entirely custom studio, which means they do not provide ready-made pieces for their clients. They would like each tattoo to be unique and include the voice of the client in their work.

Although a consultation isn’t necessary for smaller pieces, we recommend going for one if your desired tattoo is big or intricate. You can visit their studio for a consultation and booking, or you can send them an email.

They have ten resident artists, four of which are women. We love the diversity, and the fact that this gives women the option to choose a fellow woman to work on their body if that would make them more comfortable.

Their team is composed of professional, kind, and welcoming artists who do all they can to make sure you are comfortable and happy throughout the experience.

Because they are a custom studio, they charge by design. Prices start at €80, and their day rates range between €700 to €900, which we do find a little expensive.

However, we should note that they do not accept payment via credit or debit card. We think this may be troublesome for some people who often go cashless.

Dublin Ink is also a very busy studio. We recommend booking an appointment well ahead of time to secure your time slot.

They are also right in the heart of Dublin on Temple Bar, which makes it a very convenient location for almost anyone.

Pros

  • Easy-to-find location
  • Diverse team

Cons

  • Cash only
  • One of the more expensive studios in the city

Customer Reviews

I have to say that Rob Kanys did an amazing Job with my tattoo, It was better than my own expectations. I would recommend Rob and Dublin Ink as a whole as all their staff are friendly and so polite. The after care when dressing the tattoo is high standard. Thank you! -Levon Shields

I came here during the culture night, it was my first time in a tattoo parlour, the space was neat the vibe was excellent free drinks and food flowing, a long queue of guest, 2 clients getting their tattoos done and were nice enough to let us watch 😊. The staff were so friendly, nice and patient showing us how to make tattoos on bananas I thought it was pretty awesome, they had kids tattoos too that day and the energy was on point.

I love my time here and thank you for being part of culture night -Aisha Ngada

5. Colour Works

Colour Works Homepage
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SERVICESCustom tattoo
WEBSITEhttps://colourworks.ie/
ADDRESS30 Ormond Quay Lower, North City, Dublin 1, D01 VK22, Ireland
CONTACT INFORMATION+353 1 872 7589
OPERATING HOURSTuesday-Saturday 12-6PM
Studio★★★★★ (5/5)
Artists★★★★☆ (4/5)
Customer Service★★★★★ (5/5)
Price★★★★☆ (4/5)
Customer Satisfaction★★★★★ (5/5)

Colour Works is a fully custom studio in Dublin that has been inking since 2004.

They have eight resident tattoo artists who specialize in a range of styles: Japanese, black & grey, realistic, traditional, pop culture, neo traditional, dot work, ornamental, fine line, and single needle.

There is only one woman tattoo artist on the fairly large team, which we think could be a little more diverse. This means women who would feel more comfortable being tattooed by a fellow woman only have a single option.

The studio’s minimum charge is between €60-€80, which is a little cheaper than other studios. Full day sessions are charged at €120 per hour, although some artists prefer to charge by piece.

We prefer those that charge by piece, because a number of external factors can affect the duration it takes to get a tattoo. We should note that in this list, Colour Works is the only studio that charges by the hour.

The studio itself is beautiful and very clean, which is crucial for clients’ safety and hygiene. They try to accommodate walk-in customers, but it is best to book an appointment to ensure you have a time slot.

The team of artists are friendly and professional, in our experience. Other clients agreed, stating they also found that the artists try to keep you happy and at ease all throughout your session.

They’re also very easy to contact, which is another plus for them in our book. You can book an appointment with them fairly quickly through their phone, email, or website.

Pros

  • Offers cheaper minimum charge for the city
  • Large team of artists

Cons

  • Charge by hour
  • No diversity

Customer Reviews

Over the moon with how these beautiful flowers by Evan Byrne turned out. It’s an incredibly sentimental tattoo and means to much to me so I’m so happy that it turned out so well. The shop is great as well. Everyone is so friendly and easy to talk to and do a great job at making you feel welcome and comfortable at all times. Can’t wait for my next visit. -Aaron Murtagh

Came here to ask how long it usually takes to get an appointment for a small tattoo and Evan immediately found time for me. It was my first tattoo so he was really nice, explained what he was doing and took his time to place it perfectly. The result was just great and I am absolutely in love with it. -Tamara Urach

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