Forget souvenirs or travel trinkets; a tattoo is a permanent reminder of your travels that you can take with you wherever you go. And if you’re thinking about getting a tattoo in Rio de Janeiro, then you’re in talented hands.
Rio de Janeiro is widely considered one of the most creative cities in Brazil, and it’s home to countless tattoo artists, top-rated studios and clean, comfortable parlors where you can get the tattoo of your dreams. In fact, we can’t think of a better gift to bring back from Brazil.
Most of the best tattoo parlors are located around the trendy Ipanema district, which plays host to numerous hotels, restaurants and things to do see and do in Rio de Janeiro. So whether you’re looking for something small and discreet or you’re after a detailed and intricate piece to show off, you’re sure to find it with our top 7 of the best tattoo spots in Rio de Janeiro.
Helmed by talented artist Leo Freitas, Tatuinque is one of the most famous tattoo studios in Rio de Janeiro. Leo is a master at all different types of tats- from hyper-realistic works of art to cute caricatures that are bursting with personality. His style is definitely towards the more lifelike tattoo style though; be sure to follow him on Instagram to get a feel for his work.
Those considering their first tattoo are in good hands at this tattoo studio as Leo makes certain his clients feel comfortable and at ease. You can expect an extremely friendly professional service and Leo also speaks English so he’s ideal for travelers to Rio de Janeiro. Online reviews praise the parlor for its cleanliness and strict hygiene protocol that’s been adapted for 2023 and beyond.
Address: Tv. Melquíades – Penha Circular, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 21011-450, Brazi
Specializing in tribal and traditional tattoos, Kiko Tattoo is the top choice for anyone in search of something retro and classic. The studio operates across two equally chic and central venues in Rio De Janeiro, with piercing available as well if you’re looking to get a new stud or two at the same time. Both studios are held to to the same high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.
This tattoo shop has an impressive 4.7 star rating from over 500 satisfied customers, and as such you can expect to a little pay more- but you know you’re getting exceptional service at Kiko. The studio has amassed over 100 thousand followers on Instagram, so you have the chance to see exactly what the artists’ style is like before making a booking.
Address: Barra da TijucaAv. das Américas 7907 loja 101 – bloco B
Hailed as the ‘best tattoo parlor in Rio de Janeiro’, King7 has a great location in Ipanema and is open until 8.30pm. Its been around for years, and the studio has established a loyal fan base and a bit of a cult following in RJ and beyond in wider Brazil. As well as abstract creations and hyper-real pieces, King7 can also do cover-ups-perfect if you have a tat or two that you’ve since had second thoughts about.
As well as your fresh ink, you’ll walk away with a strict aftercare procedure and some free product samples to help the healing process. The studio takes the health of their clients very seriously, and reviews continuously praise the hygiene and COVID safety protocols which are in place for artists and customers alike.
Address: R. Francisco Sá, 95 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22020-010, Brazil
Original Tattoo Studio
Located in Botafogo, the hippest neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, the artists at Original Tattoo Studio are masters of their trade- and they can also perform piercings as well. This Rio de Janeiro mainstay has glowing reviews and has picked up a well-earned reputation for exceptional quality and fresh designs. From abstract artworks to funky patterns, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from- and it’s open until 9pm.
If you decide to visit Original Tattoo Studio, be sure to ask for Paulo- he’s consistently praised for his outstanding client care and pin-point precision and accuracy. Walk-ins are welcome, but you’re advised to book in advance particularly if you’re looking to get something highly customized.
Address: Rua Senador Vergueiro, 93 – lj1 1 – Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22230-001, Brazil
Known as one of the best tattoo parlors in Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema Ink is always busy – so be sure to book well in advance. If you’re visiting Ipanema Ink as part of a longer stay in Brazil, be sure to check out one of the neighbouring cities and discover fun things to do in Sao Paolo and all the best places to stay in Curitiba.
Whether you need a lengthy cover-up, an intricate design or a small and simple memento from your stay in Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema Ink will be able to cater to you. They also do body piercings. Check out Mega Wart’z on Instagram to get a feel for the work you can expect here, and be sure to follow and leave a review. Ipanema Ink has also attracted some high-profile celebrity customers in the years, including Italian influencer and entrepreneur Chiara Ferragni, who visited in 2013 and left with a little tattoo of the word ‘VIAJANTE’, meaning ‘traveler’ in Spanish.
Address: R. Maria Quitéria, 70 – sobreloja – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22410-040, Brazil
SRC TATTOO Shop
SRC is one of the more new spots on the list. Highly rated and consistently praised for its high standards of hygiene and cleanliness, this parlor is a great one to try if you’re new to tattoos and you need a safe and calming environment to have your first ink done.
This studio is particularly swanky, with too-cool-for-school decor and an open facade with a bright and colorful paint job. If you’re visiting with another person, there’s plenty of space in the waiting room for them to wait for you and browse the selection of band tee’s for sale. Map data shows there’s also lots of restaurants in the immediate vicinity- after you’ve got your tattoo, be sure to try out some Rio de Janeiro food specialties.
Address: Laboratório Fotográfico D.L.A. Digital, R. Mariz e Barros, 563 – A – Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20270-003, Brazil
Cleanliness, quality of the design, aftercare; there are plenty of things to consider when getting a tattoo abroad. Luckily, RioInk Tattoo ticks all of those boxes and more. This trendy tattoo studio is all about fresh and original designs ranging from iconic classics to more contemporary world-inspired styles. You can find everything you need to know, including costs and the opening times, via the parlor’s Facebook page.
Junior has plenty of glowing reviews to his name, and his incredible range and diversity mean you’re in the best possible hands whether this is your first time or your hundredth time. This parlor has two venues, and walk-ins are welcome if you’re feeling spontaneous.
Address: R. Buarque de Macedo, 85 – Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22220-030, Brazil
How much does it cost to get a tattoo in Brazil?
The cost of getting a tattoo in Brazil varies according to a variety of factors including size, level of detail and the rating of the parlor or artist you’re using. Generally a tattoo in Rio de Janeiro or another major Brazilian city will set you back around $40 for something small and simple and upwards of $70 for something that’s 3 inches in diameter or more. Tattoo prices in Brazil are cheaper than in the United States, but make sure you choose a reputable, highly-rated venue to get your ink done.
What age can you get a tattoo in Brazil?
You have to 18 years of age to get a tattoo done in Brazil. This is similar to most other countries in the world, but there’s a big exception; you don’t need a parent to accompany you in Brazil. Just bring proof of ID to confirm your date of birth, and you’ll be well on your way to getting the tattoo of your dreams.