What better way to remember your Thailand vacation than with a unique tattoo?
The island of Koh Samui is a popular place to get a tattoo, with various well-known studios to choose from.
Whether you want to try machine or bamboo tattooing, receive a traditional Thai-style tattoo, or have a full bespoke backpiece, Koh Samui has it all for you.
Koh Samui Island has distinctive tattooing techniques, which may entice you to fall for their art.
The following are 15 of the top venues in Koh Samui to get a tattoo:
1. Samui Ink Tattoo Studio
Samui Ink Tattoo Studio is conveniently located just off Chaweng Beach Road in Bophut, near Hard Rock Cafe.
It is perhaps the most well-known tattoo shop on Koh Samui – and one of the most highly recommended studios.
Mr. Bond, the proprietor, leads a creative team of tattoo artists specializing in Japanese, Celtic, Thai, American old school, tribal, portraiture, and other genres.
All of the artists have years of experience in tattooing. The store takes pride in employing high-quality inks while adhering to stringent cleanliness guidelines.
Address: 162/8 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Contact: +66 84 445 7520
2. The Bamboo Rooms
With over 20 years of expertise, Keng and Lauren manage The Bamboo Rooms, the world's number one multi-award-winning traditional bamboo tattoo workshop.
In 2005, the company opened offices in both England and Koh Samui.
The Bamboo Rooms is the only studio offering Bamboo Tattooing, Machine Tattooing, Body Piercing, and Permanent Make-Up, all under one roof.
By delivering a fine level of service, they hope to increase the standards in the tattooing business.
Their ultra-modern tattoo studios employ only the most cutting-edge technology.
Address: 38/2 Moo 1, Fishermans Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Contact: +66 91 782 0136
3. Thai Lamai Tattoo
Mr. Tak runs the aptly called Thai Lamai Studio near Lamai Beach. He became a tattoo artist after graduating from art school in Bangkok.
For more than a decade, he has been inking enormous, complicated designs in Japanese or fantasy styles and coverups for travelers.
The service charges at Lamai are very affordable, hence you must give it a try.
Address: 127/219 M.3 Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Contact: +66 83 650 2527
4. Home Art Tattoo Lamai Beach
Home Art Tattoo, also in Lamai, is run by artist Mr. Kit. The tattoo studio specializes in painless tattooing with both bamboo and machine.
Mr. Kit handles cosmetic tattooing and henna art in addition to conventional tattoos. He is dedicated to furthering his study in traditional sak yant.
Immense care is taken while tattooing, as though each action is made with the aim of healing.
According to many clients, it is nearly painless.
Address: 124, 530 M.3 Had Lamai Rd, Tambon Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Contact: +66 62 829 8889
5. Metal Tattoo
Tattoo artists that work in metal are known for their elaborate designs. They can execute a variety of tattoos, including bamboo, traditional, and Thai.
The owner has won numerous prizes at tattoo conventions, and his staff is outstanding. The place takes well care of sanitation and use sterilized needles.
Address: 128, beach, 62 Had Lamai Rd, Maret, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Contact: +66 83 298 4582
6. Predator Tattoo Studio
If you want a traditional and one-of-a-kind tattoo, go to predator tattoo; you will not be disappointed.
Predator Tattoo has a fantastic bunch of guys with incredible skills.
During the Samui Tattoo Convention 2017, P'Lek, one of the artists, won 2nd prize in the category "Best Of The Day"!
Also, all of the artists in Predator are helpful with aftercare information on tattoos.
Address: 159 2 Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 787 9735
7. Starcat Tattoo
Starcat Tattoo, located on Chaweng Beach Road in Bophut, is a colorful and cheerful tattoo shop specializing in various styles, including Japanese, Thai, tribal, and free-hand.
They use new needles, keep the studio clean and do an excellent job at tattooing. They also have a website with a large selection of tattoo designs from which you can select.
It is a little more expensive than other tattoo shops in the town, but consumers are willing to pay a little more for clean, exceptional work.
Address: 167 68 Bophut Subdistrict Tambon Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Contact: +66 83 522 2311
8. Wit Tattoo Lamai
The studio is named after the owner and Head artist, Wit. He is a really pleasant, considerate, and focused artist. With 11 years of comprehensive experience in the art of tattooing, he has gotten quite comfortable with intricate tattoos.
This tattoo studio is lovely and hygienic, and all of Wit's clients are quite pleased with his work. This is a fantastic spot to get Thai tattoos.
Address: 127/74 M.3 Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Contact: +66 87 623 1497
9. Mr. Khon Tattoo Studio
Mr Khon and Frida, the shop owners, are popularly known for creating beautiful intricate tattoos.
Mr Khon is an incredible freehand artist! His remarkable ability to sense the customer's needs is astounding.
Working with him is very simple because his vision and style are unique. The shop is hygienic, and the atmosphere makes you very comfortable!
Address: 124/524 Moo 3 Maret Lamai,Koh Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Contact: +66 80 892 2896
10. By Owen Tattoo
Owen, the artist, pays excellent attention to details regarding tattoo making. Most of the visitors feel completely satisfied by his tattoo-making skills.
This shop is famous for its cleanliness, interiors, and professional artists.
They make a tattoo of Sak Yant, which is a very popular design in Thailand. They are admired for their professionalism in creating authentic tattoos.
Address: Suan Uthit Rd, Tambon Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
11. Lek Tattoo Samui
Lek is a professional tattoo artist at The Lek Tattoo Samui studio.
Lek makes sure that your fantasy tattoo turns into a reality. He uses high-end apps and computer software and his sketching skills.
He is a great tattoo artist that will draw art on your skin, not just lines, and is very open to his customers' ideas. And the end outcome will be flawless.
The shop has a unique atmosphere, private nature, comfortable seating, and the latest equipment. The studio is clean and known for its maintained hygiene.
Address: 14 Chaweng Beach, 50 pork 2 Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Contact: +66 84 192 8266
12. Samnak Sak Yant Ajarn Tor Choeng moen Koh Samui
Samnak Sak Yant, the tattoo workshop of Ajarn Tor Choeng Moen on Koh Samui, is well-known for its Sak Yant tattoos.
You will find several tattoo artists who can assist you in deciding on the tattoo design based on your preferences.
They maintain exceptional hygiene and use modern equipment, and Ajarn Choeng is professional and dedicated.
Ajarn Tor and his family are warm, charming, and peaceful, and his work is well-done with enthusiasm and originality.
Address: 74/106 Moo 5 Choeng Mon Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Contact: +66 94 940 5259
13. Blue Eye Tattoo
Blue Eye Tattoo Studio, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, is one of the best-rated Tattoo & Piercing places in Amphoe Koh Samui.
This well-kept, inviting studio in Lamai's centre has been open for two decades.
Mr One, the shop's owner, is a machine and bamboo tattoo artist specializing in realistic portraits and settings.
He is a very nice, professional, and patient artist who understands the customer's requirements.
Address: 124/486 Had Lamai Rd, Maret, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Contact: +66 65 660 6777
14. Extreme Tattoo by Add
Extreme Tattoo by Add has been in the industry since 1998. It is located just off Chaweng Beach Road.
It features a select group of partner artists specializing in every type of tattoo.
People appreciate the professionalism and welcoming atmosphere of this tattoo studio, as well as the years of commitment and expertise they have in tattoo making industry.
Address: 192/8 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Contact: +66 91 823 0765
15. Power Bear Tattoo
Power Bear Tattoo Studio comprises excellent artists who work in a professional and hygienic environment.
They are known for their lengthy tattoos, which can take days to complete. Their designs are precise and detailed, and they become a long-lasting memory for their clients.
Mee and Beun, both artists, are skilled individuals who can make anything from traditional Thai style to vibrant modern art and anything in between.
Address: 166/4 2 Tambon Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 060 9767
How to book your appointment?
While walk-ins are frequently accepted, it's a good idea to call ahead to confirm availability and cost before picking which tattoo studio or artist to choose.
Want to know more?
The majority of the island's tattoo shops are in the central resort districts, such as Lamai, Chaweng, and Bophut, whose owners are recognized for being great artists and passionate tattooists.
They have spent years dedicated to their craft and provide both machine and bamboo tattooing and body piercing.
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Editor - Thailand Nomads
Cindy quit her 9 to 5 job to pursue her passion for exploring mesmerizing locations in Thailand. She has been living here for the past 5 years now and through Thailand Nomads, she shares her experiences and insights about the must-visit places in Thailand.