Guide to Stockholm's best tattoo studios
Updated 4 Jan 2019
These days, tattoos are more the rule than the exception on the streets of Stockholm. Almost every Stockholmer is inked and new tattoo parlours are constantly popping up. The modern tattoo trend hasn't just attracted a completely new clientele - the banker, hipster and Södermalm mother, for example - but also a whole new generation of tattoo artists. Many tattoo artists these days are trained in art or graphic design, resulting in totally new styles and trends. Follow our guide to some of Stockholm's best tattoo studios, where you're guaranteed to come away with the tattoo you've always dreamed of.
Quality and innovation
StockholmInk has fast grown from a hobby to a professional studio with four tattooists as well as masses of customers and international guest artists. They work on a broad basis and try to fulfil all imaginable requests and styles, with a focus on quality and innovation.
- Stockholmink Tattoo Studio, Dalagatan 22, Vasastan
Packed with celebs
Salong Betong quickly became the favourite tattoo studio among actors and musicians, and the salon has twice been nominated by the magazine King as one of the most influential forces on the Swedish fashion scene after collaborations they've done with various designers. This is the place to come if you're after a tattoo in black and grey as this is their speciality.
- Salong Betong, Skebokvarnsvägen 151, Enskede
Where Slash got his tat
Rock icon Slash got tattooed here during his last visit to Stockholm, and both Fabbe and Emilia took part in the show "Master Ink" which was shown on Swedish TV in 2012. At Catapult Tattoo you can get a tattoo in all different styles, both the studio experiments a lot with watercolour motifs and does gorgeous portraits.
- Catapult Tattoo, Falugatan 24, Vasastan
The design that got to go on the vodka bottle
Right before you get to Sankt Eriksbron, on the Vasastan side, you'll find this studio run by Calle and Snynnöve Corson together with tattooists Maria, Jonny, Malin and Leigh. Malin's old-school design was chosen to grace the Swedish Good ol' Sailor vodka brand's distinctive bottle.
- King Carlos Tattoo, Sankt Eriksgatan 70, Vasastan
Skilled team in the heart of Birkastan
On Birkagatan you'll find Imperial Tattoo, which opened in 2011. If you're looking for a particular motif, they specialise in old-school, Japanese and black and grey styles, to which they add their own personal touch. You can count on an experienced, skilled team of tattoo artists.
- Imperial Tattoo, Birkagatan 14, Vasastan
Ink alternative outside the city centre
For anyone who's happy to travel outside the city centre, Bläckbyrån in Gröndal is a good option. You can get a tattoo done in most styles here and the tattoo design is always drawn from scratch exactly as you want it. Bläckbyran is a short walk from Liljeholmen's underground station.
- BläckByrån, Gröndalsvägen 23, Gröndal/Hägersten-Liljeholmen
Skilled Södermalm salon
Olle Alm, who previously worked at East Street Tattoo in Skanstull, can now be found plying his trade at Kollektivet Hvitan on Södermalm. Olle works in various styles, but the emphasis is primarily on traditional types of tattoos.
- Kollektivet Hvitan, Katarina Bangata 47, Södermalm
Guest artists from all over the world
East Street Tattoo is a custom studio which has seen some of Sweden's best tattooists pass through its doors. The studio regularly invites artists from all over the world for guest appearances. which means there's a chance you could get inked by an international talent without having to travel abroad.
- East Street Tattoo, Ölandsgatan 50, Skanstull/Södermalm
Pros at realism and freestyle
Sasa Tkalcevic, who runs this studio on Sigtunagatan, is an experienced tattoo artist who specialises in realism and freestyle. As well as tattooing, he's passionate about painting and you can see his works hung on the walls.
- Art Arrow Tattoo Stockholm, Sigtunagatan 13, Vasastan