Phi Phi hosts some great tattoo shops, with over 20 venues available throughout Tonsai Village alone. You have plenty of choices if you want to bring back home a permanent memory of your vacation in Phi Phi. As tattooing is something that can’t be easily undone, you should take your time deciding on the design, shop around for prices, and judge the cleanliness of the studios.

    Most of the tattoo shops in Phi Phi use bamboo and electric machines. Bamboo tattoos are less painful, slightly more expensive, but heal faster. It’s also more traditional. Electric tattooing machines are the standard equipment for many studios around the world. It’s faster, but the cut is deeper, taking almost a week for your tattoo to heal properly. You should get inked toward the end of your stay if you’d like to be tattooed with an electric machine in Phi Phi. Below are great tattoo shops in Phi Phi, all of them known for the quality of their work, and their high hygiene standards.


    Tapear1994 Bamboo Tattoo Shop

    Tapear1994 Bamboo Tattoo Shop was the first tattoo studio to operate in Phi Phi, and still is one of the most popular. Located in Tonsai Village, in the small street between Phi Phi Banyan Villa and Chaokoh Phi Phi Lodge, it specializes in traditional bamboo tattoos. From sak yant (Buddhist religious tattoos) to Maori tattoos, these guys have a broad knowledge of designs for your next ink. 

    Location: Between Phi Phi Banyan Village and Chaokoh Phi Phi Lodge, Koh Phi Phi, Ao Nang, Krabi 81000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 3pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)84 629 9680


    Devil Pin Tattoo

    Devil Pin Tattoo is a small studio near Phi Phi Market, in the heart of Tonsai Village. It's run by an experienced and talented tattooist, who can perform his art with bamboo sticks or modern tattoo guns. Coverups, free-hand designs, custom designs – any style can be realized at this shop. As in most tattoo shops nowadays, needles are disposable and used only once at Devil Pin Tattoo.

    Location: Near Phi Phi Market, Tonsai Village, Koh Phi Phi, Ao Nang, Krabi 81000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11am until late

    Phone: +66 (0)95 103 4414


    Skull Tattoo

    Skull Tattoo is a small tattoo studio near the P.P. Casita Hotel, on the Loh Dalum side of Tonsai Village. There are usually 2 or 3 artists operating in the studio, using genuine bamboo-poking techniques and electric tattoo guns. The quality of their design and work is top-notch – you can get coverups for quite reasonable prices.

    Location: Between P.P. Casita and Slinky Bar, Loh Dalum side of Tonsai Village, Koh Phi Phi, Ao Nang, Krabi 81000, Thailand

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +66 (0)82 421 2726


    Handsome Heart Tattoo

    Handsome Heart Tattoo is something of a gathering spot, with tattooists and musicians hanging around this rather large studio. You can find the tattoo shop right in the center of Tonsai Village. Tattoos are done by bamboo sticks or an electric tattoo machine, according to your choice. 

    All the equipment is sterilized, and new needles are used for each customer. Handsome Heart Tattoo has no limit to its creativity – you can also bring your own design if you wish.

    Location: Next to Dojo Bar in the center of Tonsai Village, Ao Nang, Krabi 81000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 11pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 307 0850

    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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