Best Tattoo Shops in Toronto
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The Top 14 Tattoo Shops in Toronto

Hoping to transform your body into a walking art piece with some ink? Let’s help you find the right tattoo parlor for that today!

We reviewed the best tattoo shops in Toronto to curate the best options for you. Take a look at the shops that made our list so you can make the right choice.

The Cost of Getting a Tattoo in Toronto

Let’s talk cost first! The cost of getting a tattoo depends on the following factors:

  • Size and complexity of the tattoo
  • Equipment and amount of ink involved
  • Experience level of the tattoo artist

Apart from this, there are also various pricing structures you must consider. In general, prices can depend on:

  • The artist’s hourly rate
  • The size of the tattoo
  • The number of letters and symbols 

You can’t really immediately tell the total cost of the service until you consult with the artist. 

See the table below to see the common prices of tattoos based on the tattoo’s location on the body:

LocationEstimated Costs
Wrist Tattoos$50 – $150
Forearm Tattoo$200 – $1,200
Tricep Tattoo$350 – $500
Shoulder Tattoo$700 – $900
Chest Tattoo$250 – $1,200
Full-Back Tattoo$1,000 – $5,000
Rib Tattoo$600 – $700
Ankle Tattoo$60 – $200
Leg Tattoo$500 – $1,800

For size-based pricing, you can use the table below as a guide:

Size of TattooEstimated Costs
Tiny(Under 2 inches)$30 – $100
Small(2 – 4 inches)$50 – $250
Medium(4 – 6 inches)$150 – $450
Large(6 inches and over)$500 – $4,000

There are also a lot of popular tattoo designs that you might be interested in. We listed a couple of them below to give you an idea:

Tattoo DesignEstimated Costs
Portrait Tattoo$200 (per hour)
Rose Tattoo$100 – $300
Lion Tattoo$150 – $400
3D Tattoo$200 (per hour)
Quote Tattoo$90 – $200
Name Tattoo$75 – $100

The Best Tattoo Shops in Toronto

How did we come up with this best of the best list? We looked into the following factors:

Range of design and technique. We want you to get the design you want in a way that you want, whether you’re a beginner or a big tattoo fan.
Talent and training of tattoo artists. We want to make sure you’re in good hands so we looked into their experience, level of training, and design specialties.
Clean and calming studio. Safety is always a top priority so we took a look and see if their studios are up to par with standard cleaning and maintenance regulations.
Customer satisfaction. All of the shops we chose maintained a fantastic relationship with their clients before, during, and after the tattoo session.

1. Chronic Ink – Tattoo Shop Toronto

Chronic Ink - Tattoo Shop Toronto's Homepage
SERVICES Tattoos, micro shading, laser removal, scalp micropigmentation, body jewelry
ADDRESS252 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 1K2
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-544-0311
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Chronic Ink Tattoo was founded in 2008 and has won over 90 awards since they started. They started inside the Pacific Mall in Markham and have since expanded outside of Ontario.

They have tattoo designs from animals to fandom arts, featuring multiple anime characters such as Pokemon and Digimons. Styles like realism and blackwork are popular among their designs, but full-color tattoos are also available.

Besides the mentioned styles, they also offer Illustrative tattoos that come in full-color or full-black. Skull tattoos, flowers, and other Asian-inspired tattoos are also sought-after in their shop.

What sets this shop apart is the overall customer experience you get as a client. Shopping for tattoos is almost as easy as shopping online – just browse through their catalog and add designs to your cart.

Once you’ve made your order, you’ll be asked to pay a certain deposit (costs depend on the design). After “claiming” a design, the shop will get in touch with you to confirm your appointment.

If none of their existing designs interest you, they can also make a custom tattoo for you. Just let them know more about the idea you have and they’ll work their magic on you.

Besides tattoos, they also do piercings and sell aftercare for both tattoo and piercing. You can easily buy these items on their online shop, basically making it a one-stop destination for all tattoo needs.


  • Multi-awarded tattoo shop
  • 13 years of experience
  • Easy and convenient way to shop for tattoos
  • Wide variety of existing designs to choose from
  • Aftercare products available via online shop
  • Free tattoo estimate on website


  • Difficult to contact for general inquiries
  • High prices

Customer Reviews

Amazing tattoo artists

Had my first tattoo done at Chronic Ink yesterday-Selena is absolutely amazing! She was very caring, calming, and reassuring. I appreciate how patient she was with me! The entire staff at this location were all very nice as well. Will definitely go back for my next tattoo!- Jainee Marie

Clean and highly professional

Had my first session with Sarah for tattoo removal, I am extremely impressed. She walked me through the entire process, made me feel comfortable, and was highly professional the entire time. Although pretty painful, her keeping me calm and letting me know how far we were helped SO much. Now I know what to expect, and I can’t wait to finish!

2. Tattoo People

Tattoo People's Homepage
SERVICES Japanese, realism, blackwork, illustration, fineline, watercolor
ADDRESS1071 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G8, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-850-5977
OPERATING HOURSTuesday- Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

The story of Tattoo People dates back to its inception in Hongdae in Seoul, the artistic center of the capital city. Founded by Khan J, the shop opened its doors in Toronto in 2014.

Today, the shop is best known for masterpiece-worthy designs of various tattoos. This is the place you’ll go to if you want intricately-detailed Japanese tattoos or sophisticated finelines on your body.

Consultation in this shop is free, but you do need a $50-100 deposit if you wish to go ahead. Walk-ins are also entertained as long as the tattoo artist is available to accommodate you.

But, not all tattoo artists are open to accept walk-in clients. The best thing to do is to call them up and see if the artist you want is available. 

In our opinion, this shop is best for people who are getting tattooed for the very first time. We found that their general consultation is very informative, with the artist explaining every step of the process.

On top of that, they also offer popular designs that help beginners pick easily. They can do  full-body, full-colored, full-arm, and head tattoos depending on the style you need.


  • Beginner-friendly process
  • Free general consultation
  • Walk-ins are entertained
  • Easy online appointment booking
  • Allows clients to speak to a specific tattoo artist
  • Many popular designs available
  • Relaxing music plays in the shop to put clients at ease


  • Issues with appointment dates being changed

Customer Reviews

Cares about what you want

Tattoo People is the best! I have had two tattoos done there now and I have loved working with them on both. They are extremely accommodating and care the most about you getting what you want. My artist, Jihan took way more time on my piece than initially proposed and was nothing but excited and happy for me. 10/10 will go back and also recommend!! – Mallory Mahoney

Beyond impressive service

Been to a number of tattoo shops in the city and I was beyond impressed with my consultation and first appointment at Tattoo People. Aside from Khan somehow psychically drawing my pet who passed away into my design, the professionalism, kindness, compassion, and friendliness of this studio can’t be understated. Amazing work, great people, spotless studio. I can’t wait to get this piece finished! –  Nicole W.

3. Black Line Studio

Black Line Studio's Homepage
SERVICES Custom tattoos, flash tattoos, body piercing, tattoo cover-ups, tattoo removal, airbrushed tattoos, body art, Hollywood carbon peel, acne scar removal
ADDRESS573 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M1
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-955-7130
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Having been in the business for 12 years, Black Line Studio has proven a lot in the tattoo industry. In fact, they’ve already served over 54,000 clients who can easily vouch for their talent.

One of the first things that stood out to us was the range of services they offer. Unlike cookie-cutter tattoo shops, this studio’s approach is a lot more distinct and definitely more innovative, in our opinion.

The studio performs custom tattoos for those who want a personalized design and tattoo cover-ups for those who want to remodel an old tattoo.

If you want to get a tattoo but are not willing to commit a lifetime to it yet, they also do airbrush tattoos. Speaking of commitments, if you want to break up with any of your current tattoos, they also have tattoo removal services.

Consultation with the shop is free plus you have the chance to speak to an artist of your choice. 

On top of that, we also love that the shop is walk-in friendly. Not everyone has the luxury to schedule an appointment so it’s a definite plus in our books.

Finally, we’re just a fan of its location, which seems to blend well in the vibrant neighborhood in King West. It’s accessible, it’s eclectic, it’s all that you can expect in an upscale studio like this.


  • Worked with over 54,000 clients
  • List of clientele includes A-list celebrities
  • A lot of experience doing custom tattoos
  • Wide range of tattoo techniques and services
  • Free consultation
  • Ability to speak with an artist of your choice
  • Walk-in friendly, no appointment required
  • Great location


  • Expensive services
  • Busy during Fridays

Customer Reviews

Clean studio with awesome artists

I’ve been to Black Line for 3 different pieces; two tattoos, and one piercing. Every time I go in I am met with professionalism, a clean studio, great music, and awesome artists. I will recommend this studio again and again to anyone who is looking for a new tattoo or piercing! They also do tattoo removal, temporary airbrush tattoo, and many other mediums! – Katie Daro

Turns bodies into a piece of art​​

If you want to do a nice tattoo with professional artist don’t miss that chance just go to black line studio and promise u will be so satisfied they are the best , it’s something u will have forever on ur skin so don’t go cheap or non professional people it’s waste of time and money because u will come back to cover it at there place lol , it happens to my boyfriend when he tried to save money and now he only go to there studio to cover what bad shops did to him look at his cross how awesome it is ! And the lion that Lorena have done , my dragon was a cover of old ugly scars on my wrist that u can’t even notice they ever exist ! And the snake was a cover of an old ugly wire barbs done by non professional artist !last one I did was a girl face awesome job can’t say less thank you for making my body a piece of art coming soon for more ; – Angela 

4. Golden Iron Tattoo Studio

Golden Iron Tattoo Studio's Homepage
SERVICES Full custom tattoos, tattoo designs, piercing, and body jewelry
ADDRESS401 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2G6,
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-347-9363
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

With 103 awards under its name, Golden Iron Tattoo Studio is Toronto’s most awarded tattoo parlor. Beyond their craftsmanship, there are other things about this studio that deserve recognition.

The real star of this shop is its team of highly-trained tattoo artists. These people make the art on your skin so it’s only natural to want to know their skill level.

Looking into each of their profiles, we found that certain artists have certain tattoo specialties. This makes it easier for clients to choose an artist based on the design they want to get.

Unlike other shops, the core of the services here isn’t in the designs but the artists themselves. Artists decide their own prices and may even allow clients to pay in installments for more expensive tattoos.

Consultation is free but the artist may ask for a deposit if you wish to go ahead. Depending on various factors, you may be asked to deposit  $50 to $500 for your tattoo.

If you only want a small tattoo with no complex planning needed, you can simply drop by the shop. Just note that you have to in full for this service once you’re done

In terms of service, the shop caters to about 10,000 clients every year. At this rate, we reckon that they’ve developed enough flexibility to cater to a wide range of design demands and trends.


  • Most awarded tattoo shop in Toronto
  • Serves over 10,000 clients every year
  • Artist-driven services
  • Ability to choose an artist based on their specialty
  • Can pay in installments for expensive tattoos (artist’s discretion)
  • Walk-ins entertained for small tattoos
  • Free consultation
  • Highly-trained and multi-awarded roster of artists


  • Issues with customer service
  • Issues with follow-ups

Customer Reviews

Makes your vision come true

Jillian has been an absolute pleasure to work with. When I contacted her, after being recommended highly by a friend, I asked if she would be able to do one of her bat flash but add some text and splashes of red to make it an MCR Tattoo. Not only was she okay with that, she was stoked and was happy to help make my vision come true. She’s been both professional and super pleasant, making me super excited for one of my first tattoos in 2years! Thanks Jillian for being awesome. – Haley Mawby

Kind and accommodating

Came to Golden Iron Tattoo for my first tattoo and was tattooed by Nathalee. She was very kind and accommodating, even staying after closing hours to complete the tattoo. Overall, great experience, specially for a first time. Will definitely come back in the future! 5/5 – Kai Wong

5. Ink & Water Tattoo

Ink & Water Tattoo's Homepage
SERVICES Custom tattoos, pre-drawn tattoo designs
ADDRESS1303 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1P1
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-341-4030
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

When you think of tattoos, do you think of contemporary and highly-creative designs? If you do, then Ink & Water Tattoo might be your best bet.

This studio is all about custom designs. So if you want to take command of the tattoo you’ll get, you might want to check them out.

Though this approach may not be the best option for beginners, tattoo enthusiasts will definitely appreciate it. Just speak to their artists, talk about your design, and they’ll do the work to make it come to life.

Of course, they also have pre-drawn designs available in case you’re having trouble with a custom tattoo, 

Speaking of their artists, clients are able to pick one they’re most comfortable with. The ship even advises clients to look through the artist’s Instagram to see their past works.

What we liked about this is that you can contact the artist themselves directly as they have their own contact forms. There’s little shop intervention within this process, connecting you more directly to the artist.


  • A lot of experience doing custom tattoos
  • Clients can connect with the artist directly
  • Specializes in creative, contemporary designs
  • Appointment setup is specific to a certain artist
  • Gives more creative freedom to the client


  • Certain artists can be difficult to contact and book

Customer Reviews

Enjoyable tattoo experience

My tattoo artist was Tara and she helped me design the vision for my first ever tattoo, she was so amazing and understanding l. She also made sure the process for me was enjoyable and not nerve wracking. I will 100% be back for Tara again. – Sarah Russo

Exceptional experience

Such an amazing experience at this shop! Vic was my artist and she was so calm and relaxed while tattooing which made me feel more comfortable. She did an amazing job and captured exactly what I wanted. I will definitely be coming back for another tattoo. I’m from London and this was definitely worth the long bus ride. – Sarah Hardy

6. MY Ink Tattoo Studio

SERVICES Custom tattoos, pre-drawn tattoo designs
ADDRESS 240 Queen St W Third Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z7, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-581-8888
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Under the helm of Mengni Yang, MY Ink Tattoo Studio is a bustling hub for great tattoos of all shapes, styles, and sizes. MY Ink Tattoo Studio is home to 7 great artists who make great tattoo pieces.

Their styles are vast, including Watercolor, Japanese, blackwork, line, fine line, trash realism, and anime. So if you’re up for any one of those styles we suggest you look at their portfolio.

They also have pre-set designs that you can avail of from their website. They have a wide variety of styles and you can trace the artwork to the artist as well. 

If you’re looking for other services like microblading and piercing, check them out! They also have these services available for you.

What we like about this shop is their services start even before you get to contact them. First, you can see what their shop looks like from their website. 

This gives you a peek into how they operate as a studio. And we think this is also a great way to show how the shop upholds the health standards and protocols all tattoo shops follow. 

Second, we also appreciate the detailed guidelines that they have on tattoo and piercing aftercare procedures. Some clients could be unaware of the proper aftercare procedures, so having them so accessible on the website is really convenient to current and future clients. 

We would like to note that they request an $80 (+ tax) down payment on all of their tattoo sessions. But if you don’t mind that, MY Ink Tattoo Studio is a great studio that you should definitely check out.


  • 15 years of experience tattooing
  • 10 years of experience piercing
  • Wide variety of designs available online
  • Over 30 piercing placements are available
  • Convenient online booking
  • All-natural vegan/cruelty-free aftercare tattoo butter for sale in the shop
  • Tattoo numbing cream for sale in the shop
  • Temporary tattoos for sale in the shop
  • Two outdoor patios
  • Walk-ins available
  • Has waivers for tattoos and piercings


  • Non refundable $80 + tax deposit

Customer Reviews

Will be back!

Went into the shop as a first time client, 100% leaving as a return/future client. Brian Daka was the artist I was booked with. This wasn’t my first tattoo, and he respected that, and still chose to go above and beyond to make sure I was cool with everything before getting started. Brian was super diligent with cleaning, and disinfecting, and took additional time to make sure I was comfortable before starting.

His lines were beautiful, his personal judgement on size and placement were dead on, and he even did a second tattoo for me with zero questions asked, no pain, super awesome chair side manner, all around best experience compared to previous shops.

The shop is modern, clean, open and organized! Easy process in terms of communication when booking, deposits, waivers, accessibility and overall flow of the business! Will be back 🙂 – Chelsea Shantz

They will make you feel like you’re at home.

Great experience getting my tattoo at this shop!! They hold cleanliness to the highest standard and make sure everything is sanitized. Very accommodating and polite staff. They will make you feel like you’re at home. – Chris Tucci


SERVICES Custom-made Polynesian Inspired Tattoos, Realism, Black and Gray Works
ADDRESS4300 Steeles Ave East, unit F80 second floor  Markham, Ontario, L3R0Y5
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-713-7827
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tattoos inspired by Polynesian art and tattoos are also widely popular. That’s why if you’re thinking of getting a piece like this that’s custom-made for you, we suggest you check out ROBTATU’s portfolio. 

ROBTATU is one of the most sought-after Polynesian Tattoo artists in Canada who specializes in turning your story into an inked art piece. His style is big and bold, just like the tattoos that he does. 

His portfolio goes beyond traditional tribal tattoos. While those sleeves are impressive in their own right, we’re also appreciative of the other side of his art style. 

ROBTATU also specializes in top-quality realism work with smooth shading. So if you’re looking for a piece that would fit that description, he’s a good candidate for your next tattoo artist. 

You can find ROBTATU in Phat Buddha Tattoos. We do have to let you know that while Phat Buddhat takes walk-in clients, we are unsure about this artist as it is not indicated on his website whether or not he’s open to them. 

But if you’re planning to drop by their shop, consultations are free! It’s a big perk, considering they are also open every day of the week (even on Christmas!).


  • Specializes in Polynesian-inspired tattoos
  • Big sleeves, statement pieces
  • The shop offers free consultations


  • Not suited for minimalist tattoos

Customer Reviews

I couldn’t have been more pleased with the work, value, and overall experience.

Just had my third tattoo done over the past few years, all by Rob. As with the other two, the quality, i.e., the realism and attention to detail, was just great. The first two he helped me design so that I would have something uniquely meaningful and entirely my own. And, this time, I sent him a pic of a real and unusual medieval artifact. Which he perfectly copied, and then artfully highlighted, making for a third great piece. Thus, once again, I couldn’t have been more pleased with the work, value, and overall experience. – Jonathan

I could not be happier with his work.

Came here for my first big piece, a Polynesian sleeve. I had seen Rob come highly recommended online elsewhere as being one of the top Polynesian artists in Canada and it’s 100% accurate.

I could not be happier with his work – it’s everything I could have hoped for.  I was getting regular compliments on the sleeve from strangers while it was still in progress!

Rob himself is a great guy too – fun to chat with and honestly he just puts you at ease.  I was definitely looking forward to my monthly sessions because he’s always so welcoming.  I’m already planning to return to him for more work. – Lucas Bates

8. Poison I.V. Tattoo Parlour

SERVICES Custom-made tattoos
ADDRESS1027 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Z3, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-852-8811
OPERATING HOURSWednesday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Looking for a shop that uses all vegan ink? Well, Poison I.V. Tattoo Parlour has got you covered. They offer great tattoo pieces custom-made for your stories. 

Poison I.V. Tattoo Parlour’s artists prides themselves with working closely with their clients to create one-of-a-kind artworks. These artists specialize in an array of styles, and would accept designs from you. 

Though we would have appreciated it if we could have the portfolio of the studio on their website. It’s important to look at an artists’ previous work in order to see if their work style matches the art style you’re looking for. 

This could have been a really good feature for their website. But we think you can just go to their shop and ask for their portfolio during your complimentary consultations. 

What we do like is how they detail what you need to do before, during, and after your appointment. This is really a good guide, especially for first-time tattoo takers. 

All in all, Poison I.V. Tattoo Parlour is a great shop if you’re looking for a studio that offers all vegan ink. It’s a sustainable tattoo studio that showcases creativity and artistry all the while doing its part to save the environment.


  • BodySafe Pass Inspection Certified
  • Complimentary consultations
  • Can call back for any tattoo assistance
  • Flexible deposits


  • Does not have portfolio on website

Customer Reviews

I will definitely be back!

My mom recommended this tattoo parlour to me. I came across a gentlemen by the name of Alessandro. He is very professional, and a perfectionist. With this profession, those are very good qualities to have. He listens carefully and is very precise when applying tattoo. I will definitely be back! Thank you Alessandro!. – RJ Cordova

Great experience at Poison.

I now have 3 tattoos designed and done by Alessandro. I gave him ideas and he came back with designs I loved and was exactly what I was looking for. Great experience at Poison. I will be back. Highly recommended.. – Dan Wilkinson

9. Timeless INK Toronto

SERVICES Custom-made tattoos, piercings, laser removal
ADDRESS1179 St Clair Ave W 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M6E 1B5, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-410-2080
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Saturday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Timeless INK Toronto is a clean and minimalist studio that offers stellar, one-of-a-kind tattoos. It is an accomplished, all-inclusive, tattoo studio that boasts friendly and customer-oriented service.

Their services include custom tattoos, piercings, and laser removal. Not sure what tattoo design you want?

Well, they got you covered. What we like is that they have complimentary consultations prior to your initial booking.

This really lends itself to clients, especially if they’re meticulous about the design that they want for their body, or equally unsure and would like the artist’s opinion on it.

And if that still doesn’t help you make a decision, they also have flash designs for sale. These could be good if you want some ideas to bounce off from or would like something ready as a gift.

Speaking of gifts, they also have gift cards available for purchase if you want something customized to gift a loved one. We think that Timeless INK Toronto is a well-rounded tattoo shop if you’re looking for a studio with award-winning artists.

We also like that all their artists have had Blood Borne Pathogen Certification and health and safety training. They also have an AED/CPR certified individuals on site at all times.


  • Blood Borne Pathogen Certification
  • Complimentary consultation
  • 1 Complimentary tattoo touch ups within 3 months of your final appointment date
  • Printable aftercare guide for your tattoo
  • Can call back for any tattoo assistance
  • Flexible deposits
  • Uses organic, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial lotion
  • Uses vegan and cruelty-free products


  • Closed on Sundays
  • Non-refundable deposits

Customer Reviews

Good vibes, amazing staff

“People looking for new ink, etc. should first visit Timeless Ink T.O. Good vibes, amazing staff. You feel the positive energy at Timeless Ink. Valentina (artist) is absolutely wonderful. The work pops. Exactly what we had in mind. Very happy with my choice. Great process from start to finish.” – Kenn B.

Anyone looking for an awesome tattoo parlour should check this place.

I had the talented @Casaba who worked his magical artistry with ink and placed sentimental piece on my body. I came in with an idea and he made suggestions that added piece de resistance. The place is clean and bright and everyone there is friendly. Michelle thank you for your help with accommodating me and the changes i needed to make. Joe you are a master of your art. Anyone looking for an awesome tattoo parlour should check this place. You will not regret it.- Emme

10. Vision Seeker Studio

SERVICES Custom-made tattoos
ADDRESS1980 Queen Street East, Suite 200 Toronto, Ontario  M4L 1J2​
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-693-7895
OPERATING HOURSBy Appointment only

Vision Seeker Studio is a great tattoo shop found near the sea. Just like their dreamy name and location, they are keen to uphold the process of tattoos and marking art.

Which would mean that the artists in Vision Seeker Studio takes the time to customize your pieces for you and work with you to make your artistic visions, so to speak, come to life.

The artists have a vast tattoo style specialization. So if you’re looking for a studio with minimalistic designs, line work, intricate tribal illustrations, abstract patterning, geometric art, animalistic designs, neo-traditionalism, blackwork, then we suggest you check out their portfolio.

Though we do have to point out that this shop is by appointment only. This studio changed its regulations to accommodate the health and safety protocols set during the pandemic.

And with that, they also don’t allow companions inside the studio. But if that doesn’t bother you, we recommend you checking out Vision Seeker’s great body of work as well their services.


  • Highly customizable tattoos
  • Specializes in multiple tattoo styles
  • Can bring snacks and drinks to the appointment
  •  Taking walk-ins
  • Have tons of flash available
  • Guests are allowed in the studio during a tattoo session


  • Don’t do piercings

Customer Reviews

I will definitely be going back here!

Got my very first tattoo today with JJ and it was the best experience! I am very indecisive but he did a great job with helping select which tattoo I want and took his time to help me figure it out. We talked through the whole tattoo, I felt very comfortable and confident that I was in good hands. I am in love with my tattoo and if I ever decide to get more I will definitely be going back here!!Faith Francis

This shop is a DREAM!

I’ve been tattooed by both Dallas and JJ! This shop is a DREAM!
Dallas and JJ really take your ideas and make them a reality that’s better than you could have imagined! Hands down my favourite place to get a tatt in Toronto!”- Bethany Hogan

11. North York Ink

SERVICES Custom-made tattoos, Flash Tattoos, Piercings, Scalp Micro Pigmentation
ADDRESS4864a Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5N2, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-501-8222
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSBy Appointment only

North York Ink sets itself apart from the pack by not only offering high-quality tattoos, but also through their social causes. They offer quality work, both custom pieces and flash designs, and help their community one tattoo at a time.

North York Ink caught our eye for a few reasons. Firstly, they have a vast collection of flash tattoos that that they pair up with fun flash day events.

Secondly, they also specialize in custom pieces that are certainly breathtaking. Not only that, but they make art to help the causes that they believe in.

Lastly, they offer scalp micro pigmentation, one of the most popular hair loss treatments in the market. We haven’t found a lot of tattoo shops out there who offer this service.


  • Highly customizable tattoos
  • Specializes in multiple tattoo styles
  • Offers same day appointment
  • Fashionable piercings available


  • By appointment only
  • No oral piercing

Customer Reviews

5 stars aren’t enough!

5 stars aren’t enough! The shop is super clean, the staff upon entering are welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. The ambiance was just right. With nice music playing in the background, not too loud. The artist who did my tattoo was superb! Made sure I was comfortable. Plus his work is absolutely FANTASTIC!!! I love love love my new tattoo!!!! (thank you) One interesting feature is the skylight, and being able to watch the clouds while the calming music played helped. The options for payment and the shop being accommodating to such was super amazing!!!! Highly recommend!”Diana S.

She was amazing and made sure I felt comfortable the entire time!

Got tattooed by Michelle here about 2 weeks ago. She was amazing and made sure I felt comfortable the entire time! The rest staff is also very friendly and attentive which made my experience even better. The shop is very clean, easy to get to (both by driving or TTC), and I felt very safe from their COVID protocols.”- Jennifer Kor

12. Matchbox Tattoo Company Inc.

SERVICES Custom-made tattoos, Piercings, Flash Tattoos
ADDRESS707 Dundas St West Unit 5, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2W6, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-780-8966
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Sunday: 12:00 NN to 11:00 PM

If you’re looking to get inked for the first time, Matchbox Tattoo is a go-to tattoo shop with plenty of artists for you to choose from.

Matchbox Tattoo provides the much-needed patience and guidance for someone who wanted to start out and become familiar with the tattoo world.

The extremely relaxed atmosphere makes it much easier for beginners to feel safe and their staff are a great help in not making them feel nervous. Their artists have a progressive attitude towards art, leading them to post no judgment against the kind of custom design you may want to get engraved on your body.

Moreover, their clean and sanitized workspace is heavily noted by their regulars. This is something that we absolutely loved as we are still in a pandemic.

Other than their tattoo services, they also offer piercings to their clientele.

Because of these points, they’ve gained popularity even with veterans. Therefore, if you want to get a tattoo done, it is recommended that you book an appointment with them first, even if they do work with walk-ins.

Overall, we recommend Matchbox Tattoo for their clean and professional services. The way they handle their new customers is a plus for us too!


  • Has a wide range of staff members with different specialties
  • Rates depend on the artist


  • Non-refundable tattoo deposits
  • Rescheduling requires at least a 72-hour notice or the deposit will be forfeited

Customer Reviews

Beginner and veteran-friendly

I recently visited Matchbox at the new location on queen west. The location is extremely clean and has a great atmosphere. Daysha was my tattoo artist, and I highly recommend her. She was great, very kind, and accommodating. She helped me create an amazing tattoo that I am in love with. I cannot wait to finish my sleeve at this location and would recommend this shop to both people experienced with tattoos and for first-timers.” – Michaela Shaw

Services couldn’t have been better!

My experience at Matchbox couldn’t have been better. They were able to book me in for an appointment at short notice, fostered a welcoming environment in their shop, and offered extremely reasonable prices. My artist, Chelsea, was so sweet and friendly. When there was a delay in the start time for me and my friend’s appointments, she took us out to eat, and we all chatted like the best of friends. And when it was time to get down to tattooing, she was fast, clean, and efficient, all while being gentle and checking to make sure we were okay. I love the tattoo I got out of this experience, and I would definitely return in the future!”- Katie Irvine

13. Little Pond Studio

SERVICES Minimalist Tattoos, Custom Design Tattoos, Flash Tattoos
ADDRESS13 Charles st. West, Toronto, ON, Canada, Ontario
CONTACT DETAILS[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Sunday: 12:00 NN to 6:00 PM

If you’re eyeing tattoos with intricate linework and shade work, we strongly recommend you to check out the talented artists in Little Pond Studio. Owned and operated by three amazing tattoo artists, Niki, Bobbi, and Baki, they offer something different in the tattoo market.

Their portfolio showcases stunning fine line work. So if you’re thinking of getting delicate, minimalist tattoos or getting that dreamy vibe in your next piece, we encourage you to browse through their website, their shop Instagram, as well as the artists’ individual Instagrams.

We appreciate that Little Pond Studio is an eco-friendly tattoo shop. As they pointed out, keeping studios sanitary require single-use plastics.

Hence, we appreciate the effort that Little Pond Studio puts into making the tattoo shop sustainable. They even have a suggestion box for any ideas you might have!

We also absolutely love the fact that artists book clients individually! Usually, clients will have to keep an eye out for the artist’s booking to open, which will be announced on their Instagram along with everyone’s support of repostings from their IG stories.

Do note that while the shop minimum is $100, every artist’s deposit amount is different! Deposits are nonrefundable, but they are super flexible with that, so if they get cold feet or something happens, they can definitely refund the deposit as long as it’s canceled 48 hours before the appointment.

PS: If you’re a fan of supporting local artists, you can even get stickers, sweaters, keychains, earrings, magnets, etc., in their in-house merch area!


  • Environmentally-friendly shop
  • Supports local artists
  • Simple booking processes


  • Short operating hours
  • Deposits will be forfeited if the appointment is canceled less than 48 hours before the session

Customer Reviews

Attentive to customer’s ideas

I had a great experience at Little Pond Studio! The booking process was simple, and the studio was comfortable and welcoming. I got a custom commission from Baki and she did a great job! She was very attentive and understanding towards what I was looking for and made sure I was happy with the design, size, angle, placement, and all that before proceeding. I would definitely recommend this studio, I felt very comfortable during the entire process :)” – Rae Elder

Homey, cozy, peaceful, and calm

I love the atmosphere of the studio. The place felt homey, cozy, peaceful, and calm. I wasn’t nervous about my tattoo, but I imagine the studio’s ambiance would help relax me if I was. The place smelled great and is aesthetically pleasing. It was neat and tidy and very clean. Bobbi was great. She designed the tattoo so beautifully, and I would love to work with her again. Thank you for my amazing first tattoo experience!”- Amanda Thang

14. Elevated Body Adornment

SERVICES Tattoos and piercings
ADDRESS2328 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1G9, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416 694 9928
OPERATING HOURSTuesday – Thursday, 11 AM – 8 PM
Friday – Saturday, 11 AM – 10 PM
Sunday, 11 AM – 6 PM

Elevated Body Adornment is a tattoo and piercing studio that offers great custom artwork in a professional and sanitary setting.

The first thing that you’ll notice once you enter their studio is the spotless environment– which is very important in order to keep your skin safe when getting a tattoo.

Their artists are also friendly and skilled in a variety of different tattoo styles. You can ask for designs with realism mixed with delicate new school, black and grey illustrative pieces, and high saturation colour pieces.

The studio also accepts walk-in clients, and should they be fully-booked for the day, you can also book an appointment at a date that best works for you.

However, be informed that they require deposits for appointments. They’re also closed during Mondays, so obviously you can’t book on those dates.

We also recommend Elevated Body Adornment for your piercing needs. You can trust them, especially since their piercing experts are members of the Association of Professional Piercers.


  • Professional and friendly staff
  • Super clean shop and working area
  • Piercing services also available


  • Closed on Mondays
  • Requires deposit for appointments

Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

Amazing skills as artists

Genuinely one of the best tattoo shops you can go in the city. incredible staff, and phenomenal customer service given from Jeremy and his wife. all of them are genuine people who are easy to talk too. the store itself has a family vibe, unlike most tattoo shops that have a distance from artist and customer. this store will work with its customers as long as their is communication between artist and client. the interior is welcoming, and so is the staff, they will gladly communicate with you as you design your tattoo. Strongly recommend to anyone, because of their customer service and their amazing skills as artists.” – Eric Currier

Absolutely love my tattoo

“First tattoo and GREAT experience. The spot is clean and the people are friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. Took me a long time to be ready and trusting enough to let someone do it. I felt comfortable immediately and absolutely love my tattoo.” – Serena CM

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