The short answer is? Yes. It’s absolutely possible to tattoo in Bali safely. You can even find European standard tattoo practice on the island. But the question begs how. Is it difficult to find a reputable Bali tattoo studio that practices high standards of hygiene and tattoo safety? What should you look out for when looking for a good Bali tattoo studio? 

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Don’t go inside just any tattoo parlor you find in Kuta streets 

You know you’ll regret it eventually. Sometimes, an impulsive tattoo decision leads to more than just regrets. It could lead to diseases. Remember that viruses, like Hepatitis C, is caused by blood to blood contacts through unsterilized syringes and in many cases, tattoo equipments and piercings. Be wise and don’t go to just any studio tattoo Bali before doing any research on the place. 

Also read: What to Do Before Getting a Tattoo in Bali?

Always pay attention to hygiene and standard practice 

Is this your first time in getting a tattoo? Then do your due homework and educate yourself on how a good tattoo practice is done. Having a knowledge on how tattooing works will only benefit you.  For your convenience, here are the items you should always pay attention to whenever you’re getting a tattoo: 

  • Single-use, sterilized needles. These are individually packed, sealed, and for inks, have production and expiration dates on them. 
  • Single-use and sterilized razors or knives (to shave the clients’ body hair). 
  • Tattoo artists MUST wear disposable, sterile gloves. This also goes for towels—they must be disposable and single-use for each client. 
  • Pay attention to your Bali tattoo studio. Is it smelly? Overly dusty? Is there anything that makes you feel comfortable? 
  • Is the tattoo artist comfortable and able to answer your questions regarding the safety and hygiene procedures? Is the tattoo artist understanding of your concerns? Do you feel okay talking to your tattoo artist? 
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Research your Bali tattoo studio and tattoo artist way ahead of time

Plan, plan, and plan. There is no such a thing as over-planning when you’re going to get something that’s going to be stuck onto your body for the rest of your life. Not to mention, all of the health risks and safety concerns that comes with getting a tattoo. These are the things recommended to be done ahead of time: 

  • Your tattoo design. Duh. Don’t go into any Bali tattoo studio or tattoo parlors without anything in mind. Sure, you may think it’s fine to be spontaneous and just go in with the moment. But not having anything to go on with will just waste both of your time and your tattoo artist. Unless you like a certain tattoo artist so much (and are already very familiar with their works) that you’re willing to have them ink whatever tattoo piece they’re working on. 
  • The Bali tattoo studio you’re going to get your ink. Seriously, research the tattoo studio in Bali. It’ll save you a world of headache down the road. 
  • Specific tattoo artist you’ve had your eyes on. If they’re visiting Bali and you know you’ll want them do your ink, then by any means, chase on! But make sure that you contact them first. Make an appointment ahead of time, this can be as early as you find out they travel to Bali. Communicate your intent in getting your tattoo done by them. 
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Planning is always the first step to a no-regret tattoo

So make sure that you have your holiday plans laid out, before you attempt to ink anything onto your body. Or worse, before you drunkenly stumble into a dirty tattoo parlor tucked at a street corner in Legian. Do yourself a favor and plan. It’s a good move to plan your tattoo appointment nearing the end of your holiday. If you’re having a month-long holiday, it’s best to make the most of your holiday by enjoying everything Bali has to offer.