The 5 Best Tattoo Studios in Waterford
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The 5 Best Tattoo Studios in Waterford

It’s always wise to do your research before getting a tattoo, no matter what kind of tattoo you choose.

If you’re thinking of getting inked, we’re happy to point out which studios you should go to. We scoured the county and chose the best tattoo studios in Waterford for your convenience!

How much do tattoos in Waterford cost?

In order to determine how much your tattoo will cost, there are a lot of factors to consider. The tattoo size, placement, design difficulty, and the artist’s expertise all play a role.

The best tattoo studios in this list with their estimated starting prices are presented in the table below.

Pilates StudioRates
Alan Landy Tattoo€70
Yakuza Tattoo Studio€50
Low Voltage TattooMore than €50
Swineline Tattoo & Piercing€60
The Tattoo Parlour€60

Top Tattoo Studios in Waterford

When reviewing the top tattoo studios in Waterford, we focused on these particular factors.

Reputation
When it comes to choosing a tattoo studio, their reputation is a key consideration. What do their clients generally think of them?
Cleanliness
The cleanliness of a tattoo studio is just as important as the cleanliness of any other business. In terms of cleanliness and sanitization, how well kept is the studio?
Pricing
Getting a quality tattoo shouldn’t be prohibitively expensive. Is the studio’s price for tattoos within an acceptable range?
Customer service
The success of every company hinge on its ability to provide its clients with an exceptional level of customer service. Does the tattoo studio treat its customers with professionalism and courtesy?

1. Alan Landy Tattoo

Alan Landy Tattoo Homepage
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SERVICESCustom Tattoo, Cover-ups
WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/alanlandytattoo
ADDRESSTramore, Waterford
CONTACT DETAILS[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSTue–Fri: 10:30 AM–5:30 PM

Sat: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

REPUTATION★★★★☆ (4/5)
CLEANLINESS★★★★★ (5/5)
PRICING★★★★☆ (4/5)
CUSTOMER SERVICE★★★★☆ (4/5)

Alan Landy Tattoo is an appointment-only private tattoo studio. If you prefer a one-on-one tattoo session, you’d feel relaxed getting inked at the crowd-free and pristine space at Alan Landy Tattoo.

The eponymous owner of the studio is an expert in various tattooing techniques, including blackwork, realism (both macro and micro), and watercolour. He certainly has a keen eye for detail.

Alan Landy Tattoo has piqued our interest because of his skill in doing incredibly intricate 3D tattoos.

These tattoos provide an optical illusion by adding a sense of depth. For example, a spider crawling on your skin or a hand that looks like it is ripping through your skin.

You would also be pleased to know that the tattoo services at Alan Landy Tattoo are quite reasonably priced.

Do take note that this tattoo studio doesn’t have a website nor an online form for bookings. You may send an email if you wish to reserve your slot because Alan usually doesn’t entertain messages via his Facebook nor Instagram page.

It seems that Alan Landy Tattoo is a one-man team, and in our opinion, the owner should consider hiring an assistant or staff to help him answer enquiries and speed up the booking process.

Pros

  • Diverse tattoo styles
  • Great option for 3D tattoos
  • Clean and relaxing environment
  • Fair prices

Cons

  • No website; lacks online presence
  • Takes long to respond to enquiries
  • Appointments are necessary

Customer Reviews

I wouldn’t think twice about getting anyone else to tattoo me

Cannot recommend Alan highly enough. Absolute gent and his work says more about his ability than I could. I’ve travelled an hour to come and get tattooed by Alan and I will be back and wouldn’t think twice about getting anyone else to tattoo me again.” —Tommy Bergin, Google Reviews

Extremely good work ethic

“Went to Alan a while back for a little tattoo on my wrist it was something I always wanted and Alan did exactly what I wanted. Very pleasant person to deal with, we had great conversations and even though it was a small little tattoo, I really felt that thought and effort went into it. Very hard working, professional, and extremely good work ethic. I wish Alan the very best in his career and will be back again. Highly recommend.” —Emma Walsh, Google Reviews

2. Yakuza Tattoo Studio

Yakuza Tattoo Studio Homepage
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SERVICESCustom Tattoo, Cover-ups, Piercing
WEBSITEhttps://yakuzatattoo.ie/
ADDRESS41 Michael Street, Waterford
CONTACT DETAILS051-852621
OPERATING HOURSMon–Sat: 12:00 PM–6:00 PM
REPUTATION★★★★★ (5/5)
CLEANLINESS★★★★★ (5/5)
PRICING★★★★★ (5/5)
CUSTOMER SERVICE★★★★★ (5/5)

Symbolism and imagery are used extensively in Japanese tattoo styles, which are notable for their huge designs covering the whole back, arms, and legs. This style is what Yakuza Tattoo Studio famous for.

Owner Soydan Tuc has a deep appreciation for the art of Japanese tattooing and has been in the tattoo industry since 1998.

It’s not only Japanese tattoos that Yakuza Tattoo Studio can do – they also offer realism, pointillism, minimalist, and line art tattoo styles. Moreover, their coloured pieces are so incredible that you would think they came straight out of a comic book!

They’re also a great studio to get a high-quality tattoo or piercing without breaking the bank. You’d be happy to learn that they provide gift vouchers and promos as well.

Yakuza Tattoo Studio’s website still has a lot of placeholder text. Even their studio’s background and address aren’t properly encoded yet. Although unfinished, their website has an online enquiry form that makes the booking process easier. 

Yakuza Tattoo Studio rarely accepts walk-ins for their tattoo services, but walk-ins for piercings are available from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Pros

  • Wide range of tattoo styles
  • Solid choice for Japanese tattoo designs
  • Neat and welcoming studio
  • Affordable rates
  • Efficient booking system and customer service

Cons

  • Website is unfinished
  • Walk-ins for tattoos are not common practise

Customer Reviews

Best tattoo and piercers Waterford has to offer

“I have ten tattoos now from Ola, and every single one is beautiful. I got my very first tattoos from her a week after I turned 18 and they are still my favourites. From friendly admin staff, to the wonderful piercer Max (who always makes the experience of being stabbed bearable with his great sense of humour and empathetic demeanour), this place is [where] the best tattoo and piercers Waterford has to offer. Could not recommended Yakuza (and Ola!) enough ️” —Isobel Tiernan, Google Reviews

They were so catering to my needs

“The tattoo studio is very professional and as soon as you walk in, you feel welcomed. Got a tattoo there recently and they were so catering to my needs for placement and size, and made the tattoo experience so much easier. The artists there are so nice and very professional with the jobs they do. Would highly recommend to anyone getting their first tattoos or piercings.” —Kali Harper, Google Reviews

3. Low Voltage Tattoo

Low Voltage Tattoo Homepage
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SERVICESCustom Tattoo, Cover-ups
WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063654424872
ADDRESS15 Georges Street, Portlaw, Waterford
CONTACT DETAILS086-8493462
OPERATING HOURSMon–Sat: 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
REPUTATION★★★★☆ (4/5)
CLEANLINESS★★★★★ (5/5)
PRICING★★★★☆ (4/5)
CUSTOMER SERVICE★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Low Voltage Tattoo is owned and operated by John Corcoran. He is especially skilled in the tattoo techniques of realism, blackwork, fine line, and watercolour.

A large percentage of the work that Low Voltage Tattoo does is animal tattoos. So, you already know where to go if you’re thinking of having a tattoo of your beloved pet.

Amazingly, Low Voltage Tattoo also does white ink tattoos.

It is difficult to effectively apply white ink tattoos due to the thicker consistency of the ink. Thus, artists have a tougher time achieving clean lines that remain sharp after healing. 

In our opinion, his tattoo cover-up and enhancement skills are the most outstanding. You can count on Low Voltage Tattoo to breathe new life into your stale ink.

With the level of skill and experience, clean and welcoming space, and budget-friendly rates, aren’t you excited to visit Low Voltage Tattoo?

However, it’s upsetting that a high-quality studio such as Low Voltage Tattoo lacks a website. What’s more upsetting is that the studio appears to have an outdated email address, which affects their customer response time.

Low Voltage Tattoo doesn’t take walk-in clients. For bookings and other enquiries, you may call the studio’s phone number. 

Pros

  • Does white ink tattoos
  • Good choice for pet tattoos
  • Excellent place for tattoo cover-ups or enhancements
  • Clean and welcoming environment
  • Budget-friendly rates
  • Long opening hours

Cons

  • Lacks a website/online presence
  • Takes long to respond to enquiries
  • Outdated email address
  • No walk-ins

Customer Reviews

Really helpful with ideas and suggestions

Due to a busy calendar, John graciously gave me an evening/late appointment. This was my first tattoo from John, and I have to say, I found John to be really helpful with ideas and suggestions, he at no point rushed me or anything, and I felt totally at ease. The studio was lovely and warm, totally spotless, really clean and hygienic. The tattoo was a total success.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Low Voltage Tattoo to anyone thinking of getting a tattoo, I would recommend booking early/in advance, ‘cos John work is in huge demand.” —Shane O’Hara, Google Reviews

Great price for excellent quality

“10/10, very easy going and friendly! I was delighted with my tattoo. Also, great price for excellent quality! Couldn’t recommend John enough.” —Donna Ferris, Facebook Reviews

4. Swineline Tattoo & Piercing

Swineline Tattoo & Piercing Homepage
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SERVICESCustom Tattoo, Cover-ups, Piercing
ADDRESSUnit 2 Parnell Court, Parnell Street, Waterford
CONTACT DETAILS051-877387
OPERATING HOURSMon: 11:00 AM–1:30 PM

Tue–Thu, Sun: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM

Fri: 10:30 AM–5:00 PM

Sat: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

REPUTATION★★★★☆ (4/5)
CLEANLINESS★★★★★ (5/5)
PRICING★★★★★ (5/5)
CUSTOMER SERVICE★★★★★ (5/5)

If you’re feeling young, wild, and free, then Swineline Tattoo & Piercing is calling out your name! Their studio is popular with the youth clientele, making them the ideal place to get your first tattoo.

Minimalist, micro realistic, and delicate line works are Swineline Tattoo & Piercing’s forte, but they are capable of doing almost any kind of tattoo.

They also do phenomenal tattoos using negative space. Using the skin as a canvas, negative space tattoos are formed by tattooing into the contours of the skin to create an image.

An outline isn’t used in creating negative space tattoos; instead, the skin serves as the outline and the ink serves to fill in any areas that would ordinarily be left blank.

Artists at Swineline Tattoo & Piercing can help you plan out negative space tattoos to guarantee proper proportions and fill in the necessary places against what is left.

Tattoo cover-ups and enhancements are other areas where they excel as well. When it comes to getting rid of an old tattoo or retouching an existing one, Swineline Tattoo & Piercing would come through for you.

The well-maintained space and affordable rates would have you coming back to their studio.

It’s a bummer that Swineline Tattoo & Piercing hasn’t put up a website nor an online form for bookings. In spite of that, they welcome walk-ins, so you can just come down to their studio to get inked.

However, we’re not a fan of how they often post personal and other non-tattoo-related matters on their Facebook and Instagram. This makes their pages somehow look messy.

Pros

  • Popular with young customers
  • Great choice for negative space tattoo designs
  • Excellent place for tattoo cover-ups or enhancements
  • Comfortable and tidy studio
  • Affordable rates
  • Accepts walk-ins

Cons

  • No website; lacks online presence
  • Messy social media pages

Customer Reviews

Walk-in service is brilliant

“Love all my tattoos! Walk-in service is brilliant, you’re never waiting long. Great fun, always laughing from the minute you go in to the minute you leave, very professional. Would 100% recommend to anyone.” —Jade Donohue, Google Reviews

They were adjusting my tattoo designs to my wants and needs

“Amazing customer service and tattooists and piercers! I have had tattoos done by Sammy and Sarah has also done my piercings. They were fantastic to deal with and adjusting my tattoo designs to my wants and needs! Service quality is great, would definitely recommend them!” —Natalie De Búrca, Facebook Reviews

5. The Tattoo Parlour

The Tattoo Parlour Homepage
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SERVICESCustom Tattoo, Cover-ups, Piercing
WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/theTattooParlourWaterford
ADDRESS57 O’ Connell Street, Waterford
CONTACT DETAILS051-857757

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OPERATING HOURSTue–Sat: 10:30 AM–5:30 PM
REPUTATION★★★☆☆ (3/5)
CLEANLINESS★★★★★ (5/5)
PRICING★★★★★ (5/5)
CUSTOMER SERVICE★★★★☆ (4/5)

With the largest Facebook following, The Tattoo Parlour is truly one of the best studios in Waterford and in the nation as a whole.

Artists at The Tattoo Parlour specialise in a variety of tattooing styles, including blackwork, realism, and fine line, amongst others. Although, they are most well-recognised for their skill in inking neotraditional, cartoon, and tribal designs.

When it comes to maintaining a sanitary working environment, the Tattoo Parlour spares no effort. As for availing their services, they won’t hurt your wallet.

However, in order to reserve your slot, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit. In addition, they require booking in advance.

So, you have to carefully plan your visit and make sure you’re 100% decided on having a tattoo to get your money’s worth.

For reservations, you have a number of options. You may send them an email, enquire via their Facebook or Instagram page, message their artists directly, or schedule an appointment via the Booksy website or app.

That’s why we wish The Tattoo Parlour would have an integrated booking system to be more organised. Setting up a website with an online form would be useful to them and their clients, especially they don’t accept walk-ins.

Pros

  • Highly experienced and friendly artists
  • Great choice for coloured and tribal designs
  • Well-kept studio
  • Affordable rates

Cons

  • Lacks a website/online presence
  • No integrated booking system
  • Deposits are non-refundable
  • No walk-ins

Customer Reviews

Staff are chatty, welcoming, and friendly

Had two tattoos done here in the last week. Staff are chatty, welcoming, and friendly. Did exactly what I asked for and both tattoos turned out exactly how I wanted. Clear aftercare instructions and hygiene was spot on.” —Edel Hennessy, Google Reviews

High standard, excellent service

“My first visit was very special when I got a tattoo of my dog’s paw print, [which was] Holly, [a] boxer, who passed on 20/09/21. My tattoo artist was Adam. I have to say with his creativity and professionalism, he made me very comfortable, [provided] very good guidance to aftercare. I [also] got my dog’s portrait done, which indeed was done with great care and to [a] very high standard. Overall, the whole experience from the front door, the hygiene standard, warm welcoming atmosphere, I just keep coming back. I would highly recommend The Tattoo Parlour Waterford for high standard, excellent service. Never disappointed. Looking forward to the next one. Thank you Adam, keep up the great work.” —Breda Doyle, Google Reviews

FAQs About Tattoo Studios in Waterford


The process of getting a tattoo is sure to be an exciting moment, but it is essential to practise caution so that your ink fantasies do not turn into nightmares. We hope we’re able to help you find a tattoo studio to make your tattoo dream come true!

If you’re looking for other top tattoo studios in Ireland, take a look at the following articles.

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  • 5 Best Tattoo Studios in Limerick
  • 5 Best Tattoo Studios in Galway