Tattoo art and body piercings are now gaining popularity in Singapore. There are a number of talented artists and certified technicians making their mark in the city. Body art is no longer frowned upon, from double helix ear piercings to septum rings, blingy belly buttons to clavicle jewellery. If you’re looking for body piercings, we’ve got the best of the best for you.
|1. Primitive Art Piercing and Tattoo|
|Phone:||+65 6735 3710 / +65 6737 0302|
|Location:||Far East Plaza, #04-101/102, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213|
|Opening Hours:||12 pm – 8:30 pm (Mon-Sat). 1 pm – 7 pm (Sun)|
One of the most popular studios in Singapore, Primitive Art is centrally located in the tourist hub of Orchard Road. The team of tattoo artists and piercers has developed a fan base among the younger Singaporeans, with crowds flocking to the studio at all times.
- Large sleeve tattoos
- Sticker tattoos
- Airbrush tattoos
- All sorts of body piercings
- A safe, hygienic tattoo parlour offering intricate tattoo designs (both permanent and temporary).
- Offers a wide range of pins, studs, and accessories to choose from.
- Primitive Studio often does pop-up events, so keep an eye out on their Instagram page for more details.
|Very friendly staff|
|Internationally-trained tattoo artists|
|Excellent after care help|
|They often run specials like their Double Trouble Packages, with 50% off if you make appointments as a pair|
|The dark interiors of the shop may be off-putting to some|
|Appeals to a largely younger crowd|
“I visited Primitive for a special tattoo. I needed a copy of a picture of my child on my arm. It required a level of expertise and the head tattooist at Primitive more than delivered. He put in so much time and attention to detail – I am super happy with the results and will be going back for some piercing work soon.”Lim
|Phone:||+61 (03) 9831 1800|
|Location:||Multiple outlets all over Singapore. Check store locator online|
|Opening Hours:||10 am – 10 pm (Daily)|
Lovisa is a household name among Singaporeans. With stores dotted around the island and an affordable range of stylish jewellery and accessories, Lovisa also offers piercing services. These are available at select locations and can be completed without an appointment.
- Services for children and adults
- Wide range of earrings and accessories
- Gift cards available from $39.99
- All Lovisa Studios use the latest Studex 75 equipment.
- All their artists are specifically trained to use the Studex 75 system.
- Only select Lovisa stores all over the world offer piercing services. By visiting their website, you can find a studio near you. Free piercing if you purchase earrings above $49.
|No need for appointments, Lovisa accepts walk-ins at any time|
|Free Studex studs with your appointment at a Lovisa studio|
|Thorough after care recommendations and equipment are part of your package|
|For children below 12, a free teddy bear is given as a token of bravery|
|Nasal piercing is available only if you are over 16 years old|
|The studios can get crowded, and there may be a wait time since no appointments are taken|
“I’ve been a customer of Lovisa ever since I was a little girl. I love their accessories and style. Now that I am old enough, I got my ears done. It was painless and the free earrings I got as part of the price were so cute.”Rachel
|3. Ink by Finch|
|Phone:||+65 9623 4477|
|Location:||3 Coleman Street, #02-30 Peninsula Shopping Centre, Singapore 179804|
|Opening Hours:||1 pm – 8 pm (Mon-Sat)
Sun by appointment only
Ink by Finch is owned by talented tattoo artist, Joe Finch. Joe fell in love with tattoos in his early twenties and now considers them an obsession. His store is testimony to his laidback love for the art. The store also offers a range of body piercings using the best equipment and high-quality studs and barbells.
- Customised tattoos
- Eyebrow to navel piercing
- Full body tattoos
- Flash tattoos
- No branches or affiliate stores except for the one independent store in Peninsula Centre.
- Discounts available for repeat customers and referrals.
- Regular flash sales are available. Check Instagram for updates.
- Jewellery used is made of surgical stainless steel or titanium only.
|Customer feedback on Facebook and Instagram is always positive|
|Only one store|
|Prices for tattoos are not fixed and will depend on size and time taken|
|There is an extra fee of $80 for Sunday appointments|
“I did my first tattoo with Joe at Ink by Finch two years ago. The year after that I got my septum pierced. This year, I’m thinking of another flash tattoo and maybe an eyebrow ring. I love the store and its casual vibe. It feels so relaxing.”Tim
|4. EZ Storage|
|Phone:||+65 6296 3876|
|Location:||435, Orchard Road, #B1-41 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877|
|Opening Hours:||10:30 am – 9:30 pm (Mon – Fri)
10 am – 9:30 pm (Sat-Sun)
An entire generation of Singaporeans had their ears pierced at Isabellas. Now renamed, B*Dazzle, the store still continues to be a one-stop shop for locals and tourists. Its services are recommended by doctors, salons, and happy customers.
- Online jewellery store
- All jewellery is available in surgical steel, gold, or titanium
- B*Dazzle offers a no-questions asked policy with regards to aftercare. If you have a problem with your ears for up to six weeks after your appointment, you can visit any store for treatment at no charge.
- The stores use a special cartridge system that is completely disposable and reduces any chance of cross contamination and infections.
|Free piercing when you buy from their special earring collection|
|Four locations all over the city|
|Only ear piercings available at B*Dazzle|
|Piercings done by appointment only|
“I love B*Dazzle. The stores are so pretty and the staff are so friendly. I got my ears pierced there. I was in absolutely no pain and it felt good being taken care of by professionals. The earrings I could choose from were also lovely. There are options for every budget.”Maria
|Phone:||+65 8828 6099|
|Location:||Blk 23 Teban Garden Road, Singapore 600023|
|Opening Hours:||9 am – 5 pm (Mon – Fri)|
Janice Low, the founder of Cherisheart, saw a market for children’s ear piercings and swooped right in. Today, she appears regularly in Singaporean magazines for parents and expat sites. Cherisheart assures their customers that only the best equipment and methods are used. Newborn babies, young children, and teens are all catered to, with special attention paid to aftercare treatments and hygiene.
- Services for children and babies
- Extensive range of hypo-allergenic earrings for children
- Aftercare follow-up services
- Home visits are offered for children
- Specialists in Inverness and Studex Ear Technique
- Clip-on earrings also available
- Appointments to made via https://linktr.ee/cherisheart
|Branches all over the city|
|If your child is nervous, Cherisheart will send a specialist home to make the experience easier|
|No walk-ins allowed|
“I had both my baby girls’ ears pierced with Janice at Cherisheart. It was done so quickly and painlessly. More impressive was the aftercare and follow-up visits. I just knew my girls were in the best of hands.”Sandra
|Phone:||+65 6509 1886 (ION Store)|
|Location:||Flagship Store – ION Orchard, #B3-41, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Bugis – 200 Victoria Street, #01-K1 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Phone: +65 6837 0907
Opening Hours: 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
Jurong – 63 Jurong West Central 3, #03-63, Singapore 648331
Phone: +65 6256 3241
Jem – 50, #01-53 Jurong Gateway Rd, Jem Shopping Mall, Singapore 608549
Phone: +65 6694 4234
Vivocity – 1 Harbourfront Walk, 02-104 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Phone: +65 6252 1780
Wisma Atria – 435, #01-18A Orchard Road, Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Phone: +65 8188 2511
Somerset – 1 Somerset Rd, #B1-03, Singapore 238162
Phone: +65 6694 3255
Century Square – 2 #02-05 Tampines Central 5, Century Square, Singapore 529509 Phone: +65 6260 1993
Stellar has stores dotted all over the city. The outlets, which specialise in exquisite silver earrings and accessories, are always popular with young girls and teens. Stellar is widely regarded as one of the best piercing studios in Singapore, with more than ten thousand customers on their client list.
- All sessions are done only with 925 to 990 silver jewellery
- Services for babies
- Sells its own range of aftercare products
- Specialists trained in dealing with young children.
- Babies receive a stuffed toy and a certificate for their bravery.
- When you purchase any of the silver earrings, you will receive a free ear piercing.
- Subscribe to their newsletter for the latest offers.
|Several outlets all over the city|
|Child and baby friendly|
|Designs more suitable for children rather than adults|
|They do not use the usual guns, which, depending on your preference, may be a disadvantage|
“I visited the Bugis store for my daughter’s ears. It was such a painless process and the technicians made us feel so welcome and put us at ease. Stellar uses a special tool for ears that do not hurt as much as a gun. We were definitely impressed.”Cheryl
|7. Piercing Clinic|
|Phone:||+65 6342 1617|
|Whatsapp:||+65 8883 6188|
|Location:||# 01-222 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594|
|Opening Hours:||11 am – 9 pm|
Established in 1997, the Piercing Clinic has developed a reputation for safe body art. Their jewellery is routinely verified by the Chemist Elemental Analysis Testing Laboratories. Their certified technicians practise using only the latest equipment and accessories. While the pricing may seem high (starting at $80), there are discounts available for online bookings and multiple sessions.
- Ears and nasal
- Piercing for men and women
- Belly button
- The clinic uses needles, which promise a less painful procedure
- The clinic retails hair products such as Manic Panic’s vegan hair colour as well as protective gear such as masks and gloves
- All technicians are trained in CPR and first-aid
|The clinic is registered with vendors@gov|
|They only use high-quality titanium products|
|Sessions need to be pre-booked. Walk-ins not allowed|
|Pricing is on the higher side|
Cameron “My girlfriend and I got matching lip piercings. The guys at the clinic really know their stuff. There was no pain and we were given a list of instructions regarding aftercare and safety. It’s a good place for couples.”
Do I need my parent’s consent if I want to get pierced?
Though it’s not a law, most stores will insist on parental consent or the presence of a parent or legal guardian, if you are under 16 years of age. For any piercings (including ears), a registered or certified store will insist on the above, so come prepared.
You may be asked for age proof such as a passport or driving licence.
Does a piercing technician have to be trained or certified?
A legitimate studio will insist that their technicians are trained in the equipment used. You have every right as a customer to ask for proof of such certifications. While ear piercings do not require any training, other body parts definitely do. Remember, it’s your safety and comfort at stake, so don’t be shy and ask all the questions you need to feel reassured.
What are the health risks associated with piercings?
There are risks associated with all piercings. Some more than others depending on the location. This all comes down to two factors – whether the procedure was carried out under sanitary conditions and whether the aftercare has been methodical and precise.
If the studio was not clean or the equipment not sterilised, there are high chances of an infection developing. Additionally, if proper care was not taken post-piercing, with regards to keeping the area dry and clean, an infection could develop later.
There is also the risk of contracting infections such as hepatitis and HIV. Therefore, it is always advisable to check the certifications of the studio and ensure that all equipment and needles used are sealed and sterilised before use. Follow the aftercare regime to the letter, and see a doctor if you feel unwell after your appointment.
The times are changing, and in Singapore, you can see this for yourself with the proliferation of piercing and tattoo studios in the city. Young and old alike flock to get their bodies adorned with customized art and additional bling. If this is something you are interested in, just remember to ask the proper questions, arm yourself with knowledge, and make an informed decision before taking the plunge.