If you are visiting Paris this summer (or anytime in the year), you could want to stop by some cool tattoo studios on your way to some famous monuments such as Notre Dame de Paris or the Catacombes... And perhaps get a tattoo in Paris as a souvenir! This is a selection of some cool thing to see in Paris, if you are both a tourist and a tattoo enthusiast...
Disclaimer: this article is intended for fun, but talking about serious artists. Tattoo studios are workplaces, not touristic places. If artists can enjoy your visit and interest, respect their work, right to privacy and the rules of their shop.
If there is one iconic tattoo shop to name in Paris, it is of course Tin-Tin Tatouages. It is the home of famous tattoo artist Tin-Tin, and also of several other artists and guests.
Get there: 37, rue de Douai, monday to saturday, from 12PM to 8PM.
Nearest metro stop: Blanche.
Another reference in Paris, both for custom tattoos and piercing, is the studio Art Corpus. El Patman and the six other members will fulfill all your expectations, from traditional to graphic tattoo. They also have a great sense of humor!
Get there: 49 rue Greneta, monday to saturday, from 12PM to 7PM.
Nearest metro stop: Réaumur.
Paris is also studded with many new shops with creative young talents. Bleu Noir is one of them. Created by Jeykill and Veenom, it is both a tattoo studio and art gallery/shop. Body art teams with street art and surf culture.
Get there: 25 rue durantin, tuesday to saturday, from 2PM to 7PM.
Nearest metro stop: Abbesses.
If you enjoy vintage Paris and privacy, get in touch with private studio Chez Mémé. Many young tattoo artists full of talent to satisfy your desires...
Get there: 28, rue Pétion, only on appointments.
Nearest metro stop: Voltaire.
Another old place of Parisian tattoo is Kustom tattoo studio. Its creator Niko is specialized in biomech and realistic tattoos.
Get there: 24, avenue de la republique, tuesday to saturday, 11AM to 8PM.
Nearest metro stop: Parmentier.
Of course, there are many other cool tattoo studios in Paris where you can get awesome tattoos... These are some suggestions you'd like to check too: Mystery Tattoo Club (Metro stop: Jacques Bonsergent), Le Phylactère (Metro stop: Billancourt), L'Encrerie (Metro stop: St Ambroise) and Hand in Glove (Metro stop: Ledru-Rollin). If you happen to be in Paris in March, be sure to go to the prestigious Mondial du Tatouage! (See Mondial Du Tatouage 2016: A Celebration Of Tattoo Art)
I wish you a safe trip to Paris... And don't forget to show me the tattoos you've made there!