Tattoos have long been regarded as body art and often serve as a “monument” for certain life changing events or epiphanies. While getting inked is relatively easy, getting them off is a different story altogether.
As there are good, there are bad tattoos! Yes, the ones you didn’t think through! Read before you weep!
The Name Tattoo
Perhaps the most unnecessary and least meaningful ink is the name tattoo. There isn’t a solid purpose behind it, unless you are an amnesiac or preparing for old age – lest you forget your own name. The only upside of this style of tattoo is that you can get to introduce yourself to people without actually intending to do it.
We get it. You admire David Beckham and love his tattoos even more. But liking something doesn’t meant you have to imitate it (although imitation is the best form of flattery). It makes absolutely no sense to have the exact style and tattoo etched on your skin. It reeks of lack of originality, and chances are that you have got your own story to tell. Come up with your own creative and expressive design, one that means something to you.
The Vain Tattoo
It’s nice to get attention for your tattoos but getting it for the wrong reasons may ruin your first impressions. Tattoos that say ‘I love myself’ or ‘Princess’ or anything along those lines may reflect your own state of mind and how you view yourself, but unless it is a reminder to treat yourself kindly, it seems like you’re forcing people to see a side that may or may not sit well with them. After all, too much vanity is considered a sin, right?
The Lovers Tattoo
The idea of getting your significant others’ name tattooed on some part of your body for, well, forever is a romantic notion but it can end terribly. Unless you’re extremely confident that you are bound to one another in this life and to the next, it isn’t very wise to do so. Remember that the only thing permanent in life is change, but if you still would want to take the risk, by all means. Just imagine breaking up with them and then seeing their name tattooed across your chest or hands every day.
Eye See You
Why would you even want a second set of eyes on your body? And why would you place them on your chest, back or arms? Alright, perhaps it is of some significance, but these eyes are not going to be in top form in many more years to come and they’re going to look a little droopy or maybe squinty as you age.
Now that you know what to avoid, it’s best to spend some time looking at tattoo designs, artists and tattoo parlours, so you can zero in on designs you like.
Get Tattooed! 5 great places to get inked in KL
Johnny Depp once said, “My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.” While that rings true for some people, others seek out this form of permanent accessorisation because let’s admit it, they look super cool.Whether it serves as a reminder, a representation of our personality or is purely for the sake of decoration, you may want to drop by these tattoo parlours before getting any artists to paint on the canvas that is your body.
Note: All tattoos start at a minimum of RM200.
Founded by Lynda Chean, Pink Tattoos is arguably one of the most popular tattoo parlours here in Malaysia, located at the-place-to-be,Bangsar. They make sure clients receive quality tattoo work in a clean and sanitary environment. As first-timers may feel intimidated by the idea that they’re about to get needled, this joint resembles a café with old-themed décor, courtesy of the owner’s superb taste.
No. 20-A, JalanTelawi, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
+6 03 2201 7465 [email protected]
Landmarks and Directions: Federal Academy of Ballet, Somerset Nails and Waxing. 5-8 minute taxi ride from Bangsar LRT or 15-30 minute walk.
This establishment is run by siblings Eddie, Simon and Lina David. Tattoo lovers and celebrities are familiar with this place as it is often dubbed as a customers’ favourite place. They have won many awards as well. If that’s not enough to convince you, then let’s just say, Anthony Bourdain has featured them in the “No Reservations” show.
8-3. Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 2300 1151
Landmarks and Directions: Sri Rafelsia, Kinderland, Mei by Fat Spoon. 15-minute taxi drive from Segambut KTM.
Specialising in dot works, geometrics, Japanese old school and tribal designs, Bloody Ink has been around for more than ten years. Located smack dab in the middle of Sungei Wang Plaza, they use single-use sterilised needles, and their tools are zapped with ultrasonic treatment, and autoclaved daily.
Lot F099, Sungei Wang Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
+6 03 2141 1543 [email protected]
Landmarks and Directions: Sungei Wang Plaza. Take the Monorail from KL Sentral towards the Bukit Bintang station.
Yang Lee Tattoo
If you’re in the SS2 area or are looking for a tattoo parlour that is a little more peaceful and away from malls and the hustle and bustle of the city, drop by Yang Lee Tattoo, an establishment known for its work in tribal and oriental designs. Yang Lee and three others run this studio that just speaks ‘zen’. Head on over to YangLee Tattoo if you’ve got a certain style that you want, be it old or new school, potraits, ethnic and even black and grey. You may also bring in your own ideas for a customizable tattoo.
52, SS2/55 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
+6 03 7866 0108
Landmarks and Directions: Pelita Samudra Pertam restaurant is directly opposite Yang Lee Tattoo. 8 minute taxi drive from Taman Bahagia LRT.
Inkcraft Studio Tattoo
Tucked away in the elite area of The Scott Garden, Inkcraft Tattoo Studio is a creative private studio that provides a fun and relaxing environment. Hygienic and creative, they consist of handpicked international and local artists that specialize in custom designs with Japanese, Old and New School, New Traditionalist, Portrait, Realism and Creative Tattooing. You may want to get some piercings done while you’re here too. An appointment is only a call or an email away.
The Scott Garden, Jalan Kelang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur
+6 012 350 2908