Featured Toronto Artists
One shop that has been quite popular in Toronto for a while now is Chronic Ink Tattoos, which quite a few people think is the best tattoo studio in the area. This is a great place to go for tattoos, obviously, but it is also highly-rated for its piercing, jewelry, and even its tattoo removal services. The shop has been around since back in 2008 and since then they have earned just under 100 industry rewards and they have a one of those shops that all of the top artists in the area want to join.
While Chronic Ink Tattoos is a fantastic shop for some people, it’s not necessarily the right place to go for everyone. If you are looking to get a tattoo in Toronto, you’ll want to find a shop that has an environment you’ll be comfortable in and a tattoo artist who you think will do a good job with your piece. These days it’s not too difficult to do that since most shops share photos on their websites and most artists have online portfolios. We highly recommend doing a little bit of research before you pick the shop and artist you want to work with.
If you are a current or former Toronto resident and want to show your love for the city, there are a bunch of great tattoos that you can get. Below are just a few of the Toronto tattoos that a lot of locals choose to get.
Easily the most common Toronto-related tattoo that you will see in town is the maple leaf tattoo. It is the national symbol of Canada and it also happens to be the name of their very popular ice hockey team. You will see many different styles used in maple leaf tattoos, too, including realistic leaves, black and grey leaves, and portraits and text inside of the leaves. There are a lot of ways that you can have a maple leaf tattoo designed should you decide to get one.
Another great choice for people who want to show off their love for Toronto in tattoo form is the CN Tower tattoo. It is the most recognizable building in Toronto and most people immediately recognize the tattoo as a way to honor the city. It is often include in skyline tattoos, but a lot of people just get the needle. It can look amazing as a forearm tattoo, but it seems like most people get it straight down the middle of their backs.
Toronto is also a huge sports town, so plenty of residents end up with their favorite teams’ logos on their skin. The Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, and Raptors are the most popular professional sports teams in the city, so you’ll see those logos the most. What’s great about sports tattoos is that they are very easy to customize so you can have unique Toronto tattoo. The logos are the most commonly seen designs, but some people go all out by including stadiums or even their favorite players in their designs.
Here are some of the best Toronto tattoo artists and shops according to our research. If you think we should add anyone to the list or if you see anything that should be edited, contact us by clicking here
Braden Joseph Mangione
Seven Crowns Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: For the best tattoos in mid-town Toronto (Yonge and Eglinton), downtown or the entire GTA come and us at visit Seven Crowns Tattoo. We are available for the finest in custom tattoo designs as well as for walk-in appointments. Traditional, Japanese, portraits and realism, biomech, bold and beautiful colour, cover-ups, black and grey work, old school, new school we will be sure to help you make any tattoo design that you can imagine come to life.
Lewis Family Tattoo Company
Tattoo Profile: Lewis Family Tattoo Company is nestled just above the Roncesvalles Village at 2235 Dundas St West in Toronto and is owned and operated by Derek Lewis and his wife Christine. LFTC has been in operation for 7 years now, and Derek and Christine feel the name is a perfect reflection of the studio’s atmosphere, and the surrounding community.
Tattoo Profile: We have provided clean, high quality tattoos & body piercing since 1991. We are health board inspected & spore tested every 2 weeks.
Adrenaline Body Piercing & Tattoos
Tattoo Profile: As Toronto’s premier body modification studio, we’ve got a dozen of the cities most experienced tattoo artists and half as many equally renowned piercers. We are more than happy to help out the first timer, or accommodate the avid collector. Browse the site to find out more or drop by our location to say hello.
Tattoo Profile: Imperial Tattoo is a custom tattoo shop located in downtown Toronto. We do large custom work primarily, but we love doing small fun pieces as well, including walk-ins! Get tattooed! It’s fun!
Chronic Ink Tattoos
Tattoo Profile: Tattoo and Piercing Shop Toronto. Chronic Ink is Toronto’s go-to source of Authentic Asian Tattoos. We offer custom tattoos and piercings including Dragon tattoos, dermal piercings, Tiger tattoos, body piercings and other Asian tattoos. We also work extensively with other tattoo styles such as: Realistic, Fantasy, Western, Tribal, Old School Americana, Horror Tattoos and more. Bring us your ideas and we’ll bring them to life.
FY Ink Tattoos and Piercings
Tattoo Profile: Our staff can help you bring any idea to life, through our custom tattoo designs, we can make any of your ideas into reality. Visiting us will help you understand and determine the right tattoo design idea for you. With a wealth of experience, you can be comfortable knowing that you are safe and will get exactly what you want.
Okey Doke Tattoo Shop
The Village Ink
Tattoo Profile: Here at The Village Ink, our incredibly talented tattoo artists are experienced and have expertise in a wide range of tattoo styles. No matter what you want, we will be able to satisfy your request. Watercolor, pointillism/dot work, realism, blackwork, neo-traditional, and traditional are just a few of our specialties.
Golden Iron Tattoo Studio
Tattoo Profile: Golden Iron Tattoo Studio was established in 2011 and is located in the heart of Downtown Toronto. Our diverse award winning roster of artists is inspired by both modern and traditional design layouts and work with our clientele to create concept into tattoo.
New Tribe Piercing & Tattooing
Tattoo Profile: Our staff are some of the most highly experienced tattoo artists in Toronto. With 6ix full time tattoo artists and three piercers, we offer a wide variety of styles to choose from and can accommodate just about any tattoo or piercing request.
Black Line Studio
Tattoo Profile: An upscale tattoo and body-piercing parlour offering an exclusive selection of retail goods. We are located in the heart of King Street West, one of the most vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods in the city.
Yonge Street Tattoos
Tattoo Profile: Yonge Streets original tattoo studio. Yonge St Tattoos was established in 1995 and has been growing strong ever since. We currently have 7 full-time tattoo artists, between them they can handle any request a customer could want, whether it’s flash, custom, traditional, Celtic, tribal, Japanese, portraits etc.. We offer private tattoo.
Toronto is a city in the province of Ontario, one of the 13 provinces in Canada. Just northwest beginning on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is the main source of business, arts, finance, and culture in all of Canada. Because of this, Toronto is the largest city in Canada with a population of just under 6 million people. With so many people from different backgrounds and ethnicities, Toronto is known as one of the most cultured cities in the world. English is the main language amongst the people, but with an estimated 200 different ethnic origins and 160 different dialects, english is not the only language that is understood here. The city itself consists of giant skyscrapers and buildings filled with businesses and apartment complexes. With Toronto being the largest city in Canada, it is no wonder why the city is filled with so many different people and the main source of broadcasting throughout the entire continent of Canada. Many television programs, news, and other media outlets come from the city as well as a large variety of history museums, festivals, and sport arenas. It is also the headquarters to the 5 largest banks in Canada. Toronto even has around 25 million tourists each year.
Much like the United States, before the Europeans invaded to take over the land, the native people of what now is Toronto were Indian tribes. The particular tribe was the Iroquois. Before the Iroquois, there were the Wyandot people. The Wyandot people, also known as the Huron Nation consisted of roughly 30,000 others within the tribes. This tribe died out around the 17th century due to an epidemic plague and disease that wiped them out. It was around this time the Iroquois tribe stumbled upon the land and dying tribe. The Iroquois then for the most part, completely wiped out the Huron, Wyandot people, making the land their own. During this time the Iroquois established two villages within the land they took over. From the 1660’s, to right at the beginning of the 1700’s, these villages were in use. Once the 1700’s rolled around however, the villages were abandoned and even destroyed due to many wars that the shores of Toronto faced. One war in particular was the Beaver Wars. The Beaver Wars consisted of mostly trading in through the river systems and the canal-ways. The rivers and lakes were great in helping to transport and trade goods from one continent to another. In this case, it was the French and the tribes that were settled on the shore of Toronto that had back and forth quarrels. The Huron tribes were getting their furs from their allies the northern Algonquins and the French. This is when a battle of economic welfare broke out amongst tribes. The Iroquois needed that fur and the trading system the Hurons had so they dominated the Huron tribe and all of the tribes surrounding the area. The Iroquois took over so many regions that it is considered to be one of the most harsh and brutal, violent wars fought at the time. They finally became defeated during the French and Indian War in which they fought over the waterways and channels that were sought after for centuries.
This land was now known as York. The battle of York was now in pursuit as part of the War of 1812. United States soldiers ransacked the entire town of York and burnt down many of their parliament buildings. Once all was said and done, the land was then changed back to its former name, Toronto (derived from the Indian name Tkaronto meaning ‘place where trees stand in water’). This was in the 1830’s, as Toronto’s population grew to a population of around 9,000, many of these people immigrants by being slaves who escaped to seek refuge. By 1840, slavery in Toronto and upper Canada was completely abolished and illegal, former slaves were even able to open their own businesses in the area. As time excelled, the population of Canada, especially in the Toronto region, expanded immensely. Many of the immigrants this time were from Ireland during the time of the Great Irish Famine. During this time is when the city really began to take shape. By the 19th century, the people of the city began creating railroads, sewage systems, lighting for the road powered by gas lighting. Developing the railways and trains also brought in a surge of immigrants now that it was easier to access transportation from one side of the continent to other parts of the region and the north American continent. Since then, Toronto has had its upbringings and downfalls, but now is a very successful city and a highly travelled to destination.
The climate of Toronto is like many places. It suffers harsh winters but makes up for itself in the hot months of the summer. The climate in Toronto is known as a humid continental climate. This basically means that the city has a climate that can fluctuate greatly. From hot summer days, to freezing cold winter nights, the climate has control and power over many aspects of the city. Since not many tourists enjoy traveling during the winter months, most of Toronto’s tourist population comes out around the hot summer months. Some of the main tourist locations in Toronto consist of history museums, art galleries, cultural museums, and the Toronto zoo which has over 5,000 animals and more than 460 different animal species. There are also many different sporting events one could attend while visiting the city of Toronto. Since Canada is known for its exceptional hockey skills, it is no surprise that the city is home to some of the best hockey players and teams in the world. Even though the NBA, National Basketball Association, is mainly in the United States, the Toronto basketball team the Toronto Raptors, are the cities very own basketball team that competes with the U.S teams making them the only Canadian basketball team to compete with American teams. Toronto being such a large city has one of the best transportation systems in the world. With such an easy way to make it from point A to point B in the city, using these public transportation systems has made Toronto an even greater city to visit while on vacation since those visiting will most likely not have a car for transportation.
Toronto, Ontario has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as FY Ink Tattoos and Piercings, Chronic Ink Tattoos, New Tribe Piercing & Tattooing, Speakeasy Tattoo, and Yonge Street Tattoos, Toronto is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of around 2.5 million, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 103 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Toronto. Google Places lists 609 different tattoo shops in the Toronto area, which shows how competitive the city truly is. Adrenaline Body Piercing & Tattoos currently boasts one of the best selection of artists in the area, featuring Joey Nixon, Martin Blais, Kevin Yateman, Kindra Berdar, Tyler Mansey, Cordero Winterger, Jane Godfrey, Sara Stinchcombe, Lukie Duke, Colin Farquharson, and Andrew Stewart. When doing research for your artist, we suggest not paying too much attention to price because quality is much more important when you’re going to be living with the artwork for the rest of your life.