For those who manage to face down their fear and get inked,
tattoos are more than a passing fad — they are a tool of self-expression. For a
small number amongst this group, it escalates into something of an addiction —
get one and they will get another. But many others remain too afraid to take
that final step towards permanent body change, not to mention the temporary
pain, and it is for this group that knowing more might be the required push
towards the tattoo of their dreams.
Needles and piercing might conjure gruesome images in the
mind, but the process of tattooing is fairly simple and not scary, promise the
experts. “People get needlessly panic-stricken,” feels Niloy, the owner of
Lizard’s Skin Tattoos, which has become the go-to tattoo destination for
Calcutta’s music community. “The client first has to decide on a pattern. The
area to be tattooed is shaved, cleaned with medical spirit and the imprint
traced on the skin. A sterilised needle is then dipped in special tattoo ink
and brushed into the first layer of skin, where the colour is trapped. The
process is scientific and if proper hygiene is maintained, there is no reason
to be afraid.”
Black, multi-coloured, UV… what’s your thing? This is a
question you might want to ask yourself before heading to the parlour. The
colour scheme depends to a large extent on the pattern you choose. Tribal
patterns, names and initials look better in black and grey (the most popular
type as far as Calcutta goes), whereas more elaborate tattoos come alive with
colour. The most expensive and the trendiest tattoos are now in UV. These glow
in the dark, adding a touch of funk to your style statement.
To help you decide where to get the right tattoo design for
you, here is a list of the top 10 places you can get a tattoo in Kolkata:
1. 3 cube tattoos:
This tattoo parlour is one of the best tattoo parlours in
Kolkata, the alipore area. The artist here is Rajdeep. He is an amiable fellow
who will be of great assistance to you in finalising the design for your
tattoo. The exact address of this shop is Shop No 109, Sahapur Colony, 3rd
Floor, Near Triangular Park, New Alipore, Kolkata.
2. White star tattoo
This is one of the
best tattoo studios available in Kolkata. People come to get tattoos made here
even from Delhi! The designers here are skilled and excellent in making custom
tattoos. They have a large collection of designs for portrait tattoos, animal
tattoos, sign tattoos and so on.
3. Oasis tattoo
Oasis tattoo studio is the second best tattoo parlour in Kolkata. It
maintains good hygienic conditions and all its needles are used just once. They
even help you with the aftercare of your tattoo. All in all, the services of
this studio will suit your needs.
4. Katha the tattoo
The exact address for
this studio is 83 B, 1st Floor, Above Orient Decorators & adjacent To State
Bank of India, Vivekananda Road, Girish Park, Kolkata – 700006. The studio
makes both permanent as well as temporary tattoos.
5. Lizard’s skin
The exact address of
this studio is 392/1, Opposite South City Mall, Beside Honda Showroom, Prince
Anwar Shah Road, Lake Gardens, Kolkata – 700045. The tattoo artists here are
well known in the city.
6. Habibs tattoo:
Habibs is mainly known as a hair salon but what is not known
about it is that it also houses some of the greatest tattoo designers of the
city! The Habibs tattoos are very popular among those who know about it. The
conditions of the parlour are no doubt hygienic and well maintained and the
skill of the designers is a guarantee.
7. Calcutta ink
This is another one of the recommended tattoo parlours in
the city. Like all the others in this list, the conditions here are hygienic
and the skill of the artists remarkable. You will not regret visiting this
studio. Its exact address is 181, Near Arsalan, Park Street, Kolkata -700017.
8. Bits tattoos:
This is another
remarkable place to get your tattoo done. The designers are professional who
have trained under the very best tattoo makers. They are the best that there is
in this field in Kolkata. It is located in Kankurgachi and is certainly the
best tattoo parlour in that area.
9. Discovery fun:
This studio like its name provides you with a fun
experience. The exact address of the studio is 57/C/2, Near Barisha Yugoyatri,
Biren Roy Road East, Barisha, Kolkata – 700008. So if you are in this locality
and wish to get a tattoo, do not look any further.
10. Unik Ink Tattoo Studio:
This is another fine tattoo studio in Kolkata. Its exact
address is 104A Block B Laketown (opposite to government girls high school), Kolkata, India 700089. They provide the best quality of art work!