Tat­too par­lours in Mel­bourne

The wise jour­ney­men and women of ink know that do­ing their home­work is pru­dent.

Time Out (Melbourne) - - LOVE MELBOURNE WINNERS - By Jenny Valen­tish

Blue Lady Tat­too

You don’t get much more cen­tral Mel­bourne than Hardware Lane, but the dé­cor of Blue Lady Tat­too is all New York loft. Tat­tooist Mike Tea’s per­sonal style is “party trop­i­cal/ tra­di­tional”, and he de­scribes his team mem­bers Bradley Hamp­stead as “neo trad”, Em­met Jace as “neo-trad/ja­panese”, Ben Koop­man as “trad/black and grey”, David Agostino as “Ital­ian trad” and TJ Day as “trad with a trop­i­cal twist”. Walk-ins are wel­come. As for those seek­ing cus­tom work, Tea says their dream client is “a person who un­der­stands tat­toos and their strengths and lim­i­ta­tions”. àa­part­ment 1, Lvl 1, 67 Hardware Ln, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9972 3371. www. blue­la­dymel­bourne.com. Daily 11am-7pm.

Chapel Tat­too

Co-founder Andrew Mcleod de­scribes the 22-year-old shop’s over­all style as “a clas­sic street shop”. Ac­tu­ally, it’s so pop­u­lar that while they’ll make time for walk-ins, there’s of­ten a six-week wait for cus­tom work. There are cur­rently 11 artists spe­cial­is­ing in tra­di­tional work, but as Mcleod says, “We pride our­selves on be­ing ver­sa­tile. Ev­ery­one at the shop is pretty much able to han­dle any­thing from clas­sic, to black and grey, tribal, water­colour, you name it.” à155 Chapel St, Wind­sor 3181. 03 9521 1202. www.chapeltat­too.com. Mon-sat 11am-6pm.


Wel­come to Mel­bourne’s first queer-owned tat­too stu­dio, est 2015. It’s a safe space where ev­ery­one can feel com­fort­able re­gard­less of their gen­der, sex­u­al­ity and race, and it’s wheel­chair and walker ac­ces­si­ble. The tat­too process can even be made ve­gan. Artist and founder Zero’s style ranges from min­i­mal line work/black work to ab­stract and Western trad. Adam likes con­tem­po­rary line-based tat­toos, of­ten fea­tur­ing queer male sub­ject mat­ter. Brody’s style is mostly in­flu­enced by Western tra­di­tional, com­bined with colour re­al­ism; and Teddy’s work com­bines Western tra­di­tional with Ja­panese in flu en ces.à 309 Race­course Rd, Kens­ing­ton 3031. 03 9376 1585. cru­cible­tat­tooco.com.au. Mon-sat 11am-6pm.

Dy­namic Tat­too

Trevor Mc­stay set up Dy­namic Tat­too in 1991, and it’s the essence of a time­less tat­too stu­dio. It’s his love of Ja­panese style – also favoured by Daryl Lasken and Matt Collins – that dom­i­nates; how­ever, artists Zach Hart and Shane Wil­cox ex­cel at Amer­i­can trad tat­toos. Olivia Bru­men loves ex­plo­sions of colour, with her style rang­ing from huge Dis­ney pieces to flo­ral, cheeky car­toon work. à71 Swan St, Rich­mond 3121. 03 9428 0444. www.dy­nam­ic­tat­too.com. Mon-fri 11am-6pm; Sat 11am-5pm.

Weir’s style is a “pop cul­ture glit­ter bomb”

Good Luck

Good Luck is very much an old-school street shop – a sim­ple, rec­tan­gu­lar space ready for walk-ins. There’s no over­ar­ch­ing tat­too­ing style here. Alexan­der Tyrrell spe­cialises in black, red and white Western trad; Jake does mod­ern ab­stract; Ben Fraser’s ver­sion of Western trad em­ploys bold, black strokes; Daniel Oc­toriver has a colour­ful take on trad Western style; Kirk Jones’ trad Western style is heavy on the de­tail and per­fect for larger pieces; and Nat G is more across fem­i­nine hearts, flow­ers and kitsch ob­jects.

à454 Church St, Rich­mond 3121. 03 9429 9996. good­luck­tat­too.com.au. Mon-sat 11am-6pm.

Hot Cop­per

The vibe of Hot Cop­per, says tat­tooist Clare Hamp­shire, is “trop­i­cal green­house meets Scan­di­na­vian kitsch”. Some­times there are same­day walk-ins, but only if you call first. Hamp­shire spe­cialises in “post-mod­ern Trop­i­cana” – think palm trees, cock­tails and flamin­gos; and of the team, she says Lau­ren Fen­lon favours “stylised ab­stract re­al­ism”; Brit­tany Kilsby goes for “bright botan­i­cal bo­nanza”; Kat Weir’s style could be de­scribed as “pop cul­ture glit­ter­bomb”; and Amanda Brooks of­fers a “tra­di­tional Kawaii mish­mash”. àby ap­point­ment only, Coburg. hot­cop­per­stu­dio.com. 03 9350 1108.

Mel­bourne Tat­too Co.

Opened in 2013 by Zoe and Matt Wis­dom, Mel­bourne Tat­too Co. sits above the Cap­tains of In­dus­try café. It’s “a lit­tle sneaky”, says Zoe. “You have to come up a dark stair­well. It means peo­ple don’t wan­der in for a stick­y­beak, ask 27 ques­tions and walk off.” Don’t worry – gen­uine cus­tomers are made at home the mo­ment they walk into the ware­house space, with its win­dow seat and skate­boards on the walls. The eight­strong team wel­come walk-ins. àlvl 2, 2 Som­er­set Pl, Mel­bourne 3000. mel­bour­ne­tat­toocom­pany.com. Daily 11am-6pm. ■

Hot Cop­per

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