After having the most epic time in Koh Phangan, you may want to get a tattoo to remind you of your Thailand adventure. Whether it’s a palm tree or turtle to remind you of your blissful experiences on the beach or a spiritual Sak Yant (one of Thailand’s famous Buddhist tattoo designs), there are a whole host of tattoo parlours in Koh Phangan ready to work their magic on your skin.
Here we choose five favourites to help you decide where to choose for your newest tattoo. With these parlours it doesn’t matter if it’s your first tattoo or your four-hundredth as they’ll ensure you feel warm and welcome and confident in their skills before you get cracking!
Big Magic Tattoo
The team at Big Magic Tattoo in Koh Phangan have a wealth of experience, with Mr Big having 18 years of tattooing under his belt. They specialise in bamboo tattoos which originate in Thailand and are a great way to commemorate your trip. Whether you want to design your own artwork or choose some of the classic Thai styles, Mr Big is happy to help create your perfect tattoo. He’s also good at covering up old art so if you have something you regret or that’s looking a little weary, Mr Big can turn it into something special.
Tiki Tattoo Studio
While the tattoos here aren’t really in keeping with Thai style, they do use the traditional bamboo method which makes them feel more authentic. Tiki Tattoo specialises in Polynesian Maori artwork and Tikiroa, the main artist here has won awards for his work worldwide. If you’ve been thinking about getting some Polynesian art for a while but missed out while down under, this might be the place for you to receive your perfect print.
Tattoo Club Koh Phangan
Tattoo Club is one of the most famous tattoo parlours in Koh Phangan and once you’ve seen some of their designs it’s not hard to see why. The artists’ work is impeccable with pristine dot work, creative colour splashes and intricate patterns all executed with precision. Whether you’re seeking a mini mandala or an epic full sleeve, the team here will dedicate time and patience to you to ensure you receive the tattoo you desire.
It’s worth noting that the Tattoo Club mainly work with machine guns so if you’re seeking a bamboo tat you may need to look elsewhere.
DNA Tattoo Gallery
One of Haad Rin’s best tattoo parlours, DNA Tattoo Gallery is well placed to receive lots of traffic from visitors looking for a reminder of the island. From perfect portraiture to stunning shading, these guys certainly know what they’re doing! The team at DNA work with both machines and bamboo so whatever design you want the artists will be able to sort you out.
Southern Ink Tattoo Studio
Accepting both appointments and walk-ins, Southern Ink Tattoo Studio have an awesome team of artists ready and waiting to ink you up. The guys here have bags of character and will make you feel welcome and worry-free while you receive your tattoo. They only specialise in bamboo tattoos but have honed their craft to ensure they can make amazing creations (as good as a machine tat) without the pain.
The team are covered in an array of amazing tattoos themselves so you’ll know you’re in great hands! Not only that but the place itself is clean and the service professional.
Just remember, a tattoo is for life not just for a Full Moon Party, so think carefully before you get inked on the island!