Best Tattoo Shops in Toronto

The Top 5 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
WEBSITEhttps://www.chronicinktattoo.com/
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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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
WEBSITEhttps://www.tattoopeople.ca/
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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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
WEBSITEhttps://blacklinestudios.ca/
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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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
WEBSITEhttps://goldenirontattoostudio.com/
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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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
WEBSITEhttps://www.inkandwatertattoo.ca/
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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

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