Tattoos are a beautiful form of self-expression. However, owing to the sensitive process, choosing the right artist is important to anyone considering getting one done. Besides basic factors like hygiene of the parlour and equipment used, your aesthetic vibe should match that of the tattoo artists’. So if you’ve finally made up your mind to get inked, we’re here to help simplify your search for the best tattoo artists in Delhi.
Whether this is your first tattoo where you don’t want to be too experimental, or maybe you’re just a fan of tiny tattoos--remember that ‘small’ doesn’t mean ‘easy’. Head to these tattoo artists for those perfect small wonders!
Hailing from Nagaland, Mo Naga specialises in small, geometric tribal designs with a specific focus on Nagaland tribal art and designs. Head to him if you’re into geometric designs or are interested in gorgeous tribal art! He currently works with Godna Gram in Shahpur Jat.
Where: 1st floor, 253-a/3c, Shahpur Jat, Siri Fort, New Delhi, Delhi 110049
This tattoo artist duo has worked with a number of celebrities in Bollywood, and run their own parlour in Hauz Khas Village. They’re experienced in all sorts of intricate and detailed designs, and hence are the perfect pick if you are planning to get a tiny tattoo!
Where: 13-A, Near Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi
When it comes to large tattoos, we suggest you have a consultation session with multiple tattoo artists and go with someone who completely understands what you want to get done. Make sure you discuss what techniques will be used and the kind of ink and needles they’ll use. Also ask about how long the process will take, since large tattoos can sometimes take hours to finish. Here’s who you should head to if you’re looking to get a massive tattoo!
This tattoo parlour, which is located in Gurgaon, is run by Nimz. He is known for his attention to detail--which is what you should be looking for when getting a large tattoo. If you’re not sure about what you want to get, just give him an idea and he will sketch it out for you--giving you a truly customised and unique experience.
Where: DLF phase 3, V block, lane 11, Gurugram
Contact: +91 9871514054
This Karol Bagh parlour is run by Abhishek, who specialises in large and complicated tattoo designs. His most popular work includes portraits and landscapes, but if you have something specific in mind, you can book an advance consultation and discuss it with him.
Where: 16-A, WEA, Karol Bagh, New Delhi
Lokesh is a world-renowned tattoo artists and has worked at several places across the globe. Presently, he works out of Devilz Tattooz in Greater Kailash 1 and his extensive and diverse experience makes his style unique and detailed. He’s especially great with coloured tattoos, as well as black and grey ones.
Where: M-37, 2nd Floor, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi
Devang, who works out of DNA Tattoos in South Extension, is very popular for work that involves a lot of shading and attention to detail. He’s also fantastic with large, coloured tattoos.
Where: N-1, Next To Canara Bank, South Extension 1, New Delhi
If you've decided to get your first tattoo, you might not want to splurge tens of thousands of rupees. We understand! But remember that quality and hygiene should be your first priority. We’ve found some affordable yet quality tattoo artists in Delhi that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
This is considered one of the older studios in Delhi and is known for its excellent quality of work. They offer affordable designs that range from tribal, portraits, abstract, geometric, new school, neo-traditional and much more. Head here if you want a bang for your buck, and ask for Max.
Where: 1497, 2nd Floor, Bhisham Pitamah Marg, Wazir Nagar South Extension, New Delhi
Contact: +9199102 36996
Founded in 2008, this is a great parlour to get tattoos and piercings in Delhi. The tattoo artist, Ayan, will offer you a book of their designs to choose from and you can pick what you like. He can even replicate something you have in mind or customise a design especially for you. The parlour offers affordable pricing and is extremely hygienic with professional staff.
Where: Main Market, Behind Barista, Defence Colony New Delhi
If you’re jittery about getting your first tattoo, we feel you! While tattoos are beautiful, you must also understand that they are painful--given that a needle pierces your skin. There is no spot that will be completely painless, but if you want to minimise the pain, we suggest you go for fleshy areas like the upper arms or thighs.
One thing you need to keep in mind while considering a tattoo and where to get it is that the more fleshy the area, the less it will hurt. Keeping that in mind, the most painful areas of your body to go under the needle are areas close to the bones--this includes the collar bones, ankles, fingers, wrist and back.
How much a tattoo hurts depends on where you get it and also how complicated the design is. While no tattoo is absolutely painless, some will hurt exponentially more than the others. If you want a less painful experience, we suggest you go for smaller, less complicated designs on your arms or legs. Complicated designs near your ankles, wrists, fingers and back will hurt more. People have described tattoo pains as “continued pricks” to “completely unbearable”, so it might depend on your personal tolerance for pain. If you really have a problem with pain but want to get a tattoo, ask your artist about numbing options or pop a pain killer half an hour before getting inked.
Before heading for your tattoo appointment, make sure you are adequately fed and hydrated, because you might have to sit for long hours without taking a snack break. Adequately moisturise your skin so that you don’t have any dry spots. You might think that drinking alcohol will dull the pain a little, but it is not a good idea. Avoid it!
Once your tattoo is done, make sure you ask your tattoo artist about how to care for it till it completely heals. The instructions may include when to remove the bandage, how to clean it, what to clean it with, and what to look for to make sure healing is progressing correctly. The most important thing is to keep it away from water for several weeks until the scabs completely heal. This means you will need to shower very carefully and avoid activities like swimming or anything that involves too much sweat.
So, ready to get inked?
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