Ahead of the 2016 Mondial du Tatouage, Manu Gaucher updates our guide to getting tattooed in Paris.
37 Rue de Douai, 75009
Perhaps not very adventurous as it is the most known shop in Paris, but let’s face it, when you’ve been tattooing for nearly three decades, there’s a fair chance you’re one of the best there is. Tin-Tin is a world renowned tattoo artist and specializes, in his own words, in realist and “Japanizing” tattooing.
He’s also surrounded himself with a group of very talented artists who will answer your various requests whether it be new school, dot work or traditional American.
Mystery Tattoo Club
13 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
The brainchild of Easy Sacha – who worked at Tin Tin for 9 years before opening Mystery Tattoo Club – here you will find Just, Yom and Karl Marc, crafting tattoos in an array of styles like Japanese, traditional American and portraiture.
The studio often holds Walk-In events, where one can get tattooed by some of the shop’s residents as well as guest tattooers, chosen from flash sets made for the event on a first come first served basis. Keep your eye on their Facebook page for details.
Hand In Glove
44 rue Trousseau, 75011
Hand In Glove, founded in 2011, is home to Romain who worked at Tin-Tin for 5-ish years and Cokney and Hugo who participated in the Walk-in event at Mystery.
The relatively young shop has rapidly built a following thanks to some very good pieces. I, myself, highly recommend taking a look at Cokney’s various animal pieces which I am a big fan of. But all three artists are equally talented so don’t hesitate to look more into their work.
25 rue Durantin, 75018
A personal favorite, Bleu Noir was opened in 2010 by Jeykill and Veenom from the artist collective “9ème concept”. As its name may suggest to the French speaking readers, they only do black or blue ink.
Throughout the years they have invited other artists to join the team and you can now also get tattoos from Mast, Supakitch and Franck Pellegrino, who regularly do guest spots at the shop.
The fact that tattooing was not these artists’ first trade makes for a rather original setting. You won’t find predetermined styles of tattoos but rather will be able to get art by these guys’ on your own skin.
23 rue Keller, 75011
This shop was founded by Rude who’s originally from Belgium and is also a Tin-Tin alumni. Working with him are Bichon and Eddie. Rude and Eddie make some very colorful pieces whereas Bichon, even though he’s not limited to this style, has some pretty amazing dot pieces.