While getting pierced and inked by Brian Keith Thompson of Body Electric Tattoo has always been the dream, it seems pretty impractical to fly to LA just to get tatted (not to mention how our wallets would be crying). Thankfully, besides housing the world's largest indoor waterfall, Singapore is also home to a talented pool of creative and skilled tattoo artists who have carved a career for themselves after gaining the attention of ink-thusiasts with their individual styles.
Over the past 19 years, Shane Tan has garnered a large fanbase of dedicated clients, most of them collecting pieces to make up tattoo sleeves, backpieces or bodysuits. Shane is known for his Japanese-inspired tattoo pieces, drawing inspiration from the old masters (Horigoro and Yokosuka Horihide, amongst others) and his surroundings. His broad understanding of composition, background and colours ensures that his large-scale works never look patchy or awkwardly stitched together.
Lee Wai Leng
If your Pinterest folder is exploding with floral tattoo inspos, it’s high time to turn that dream into reality. Lee Wai Leng—more commonly known by her moniker 'Flee Circus'—is an illustrator turned tattoo artist. Her background in the creative arts honed her skills in creating delicate pieces with precision and minimal shading.
While resident tattoo artist of King Kong Tattoo, Jade Sparkle, constantly fiddles with different tattoo techniques, her expertise lies in realism. Her incredible shading skills, line work and sharp eye for detail ensures that any portraits you want inked will have the depth and dimension of the real image, and won’t end up looking like a mess. Yeah, we’ve all seen that collage of hilarious tattoo fails that included the botched face of Marilyn Monroe.
When his friend suggested that he explore tattooing, Jared Asalli purchased the basic equipment needed and taught himself how to tattoo via Youtube. Three years later, after completing his apprenticeship under fellow tattoo artist Valerie Yang, he finally opened his own studio—Fingers Crossed Studio. His style comprises of blackwork, intricate dot work, geometry and sketchy designs with minimal to no colours, so if you’re looking for a tattoo artist for that mandala sleeve you’ve been eyeing, you know who to call.
Being an animal lover and a fellow pawrent, majority of Julian Chia's tattoos highlight animals as the main feature—granted, since animals are his forte. Julian’s technique combines lively neo-traditional designs and vibrant colours, a contemporary take on American traditional tattoo styles which usually comprise of thick black outlines with limited colours. Head down to his studio at Wild Paw Tattoo Co. if you're thinking of getting your furkid tatted, and Julian will be more than willing to discuss designs and accommodate any of your ideas.
Line tattoos and hand-poke techniques in Singapore