Getting a tattoo in Bali is such a staple – everybody’s been there & done that, most probably in a hazy state of mind, getting your soon-to-become-ex lover’s name inked on your sunburnt chest. Or an anchor. A shaka. Not to mention a dolphin on a low-low-lower back, but this is among those things that should never be brought up in public 😉
Now, how about “real”, grown-up tattoos: the ones that last, turn heads and won’t look like an idiotic mistake when you accidentally [who knew beers and glazed ribs are bad for the waistline?;) ] gain extra 10 kilos?
This discipline is not as easy as it might look like. It requires more than a sterile setup and a catalog of hip doodles, winking retro beauties and dragons of all sorts. The needles matter: the ones made in China will make the lines get blurred over the time. The ink matters: go with the shady one, and you will be very likely to get a severe allergic reaction, plus the color won’t last. And of course, the tattoo artist who’s in charge of your brand new “skin sticker” matters big time. Before jumping into that chair you better know exactly what style is this particular professional’s signature. Which means a tattoo shouldn’t be a spontaneous decision, really – sorry, guys! They might say “Don’t think before you ink”, but we doubt it, and so should you ?
They do it all properly at Mamayaga – the new tattoo studio in the heart of Oberoi. This is the little sister of Babayaga, the well-established (and over-booked for weeks ahead!) tattoo salon in the windwhirl of all things hipster, Batu Bolong street in Canggu. We won’t exagggerate saying that almost everyone who’s into underskin inks travelling to Bali knows that Babayaga is the place to go for the new tatts. Now you can have all of it in Seminyak, too!
How does it work? After you contact the studio, and check which one of the international artists is on duty on the dates you’re considering, you’ll get your date and time for the appointment. After that you may send your ideas to the artist: thoughts, inspirational images if any, so the tattoo master could think over your custom design if you’re planning something very special. If it’s more of a minor work, you might simply show up on a set date and sit with the artist for whatever time it takes, working on the design together – adding this and that, and deciding on colors and elements. Once all set, off you go, getting that ink under your skin! You might want to book your next appointment right after that – we won’t blame you, these guys are that good! ?
Go check it out: Mamayaga Tattoo Bali
Find it: jl. Kayu Aya (Oberoi) No. 40
Money: sessions from Rp.1.600.000/hour, custom design and flash tattoes included (no extra charge)