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The 10 Best Tattoo Shops in Winnipeg [2023]

Tattoos are a form of personal expression that can enhance any body. Winnipeg is home to some of the best tattoo shops in the country, each with their own unique style and approach to tattooing. Here are the 10 best tattoo shops in Winnipeg, based on quality of work, client satisfaction and overall experience.

1) Osborne Village Ink Tattoo

OVI is a creative and professional tattoo studio that has been proudly located in the heart of Osborne Village. They provide unique, high quality work with an emphasis on cleanliness as well as customer service at affordable prices for over 10 years!

You can stop by the shop and book a consultation, check out their aftercare options and OVI brand goodies or  just get a tattoo on the spot. They work in amazing styles from chinese to geometrical and animalistic. The shop itself is very clean and has a great calming atmosphere.

Business Information:
188 Osborne St, Winnipeg, MB R3L 1Y8, Canada

Customer Review:
“I've had both my tattoos at OVI with Fred (currently waiting on the design for the third!). Fred's work is beautiful, he is thoughtful, patient and his designs are always just what I've asked for. The tattoos themselves are incredible. I often get strangers stopping me on the street to compliment me on them. Great shop! Even better artist!”

2) Soul Survivors Body Art

Soul survivors body art is a studio that strives to empower clients with their choices. They have been in the industry for over ten years and know how important it can be when you’re looking into getting your first tattoo or piercing. They try to make sure every client feels confident about what decisions they make by explaining all the process and answering questions. 

Their artists work with different styles for example something in a black and grey aesthetic and with detailed linework/dotwork while still developing their own ‘blackwork’ style. They also can work with extensive pallets and use various shades to deepen, soften, strengthen or mute aspects of your future tattoos.

Business Information:
118-b Osborne St, Winnipeg, MB R3L 1Y5, Canada

Customer Review:
“I have gone here for two of my tattoos! Along with a lot of my piercings. The staff are very welcoming, and make you feel comfortable with the entirety of your experience. I would recommend coming to Soul for your tattoo and piercing needs!”

3) South Of Heaven Tattoos & Body Piercing

For over 12 years, this friendly neighbourhood tattoo shop has been providing a safe space for those who want to get inked up. They offer full body tattoos and small rash designs on any part of your skin – whether you’re looking into getting started or just need some extra ink!

They can make alive any of your designs or scratch something special right on spot. Their lines are thin and clean and the shadow work is ousting especially with the geometrical designs. They also work with colors of all shades so your tattoos can have a unique look.

Business Information:
972 St Mary’s Rd, Winnipeg, MB R2M 3R8, Canada

Customer Review:
“I love coming to the south of heaven tattoo shop. The place is always clean and the staff are awesome. Sean is my go to guy and has done some great tattoos for me. This is the place where everyone should go to cause you will always get the royal V.I.P treatment.”

4) Kapala Tattoo

When you’re looking for a custom tattoo, look no further than Kapala Tattoo. The Winnipeg-based shop has been owned by Rich Handford since 2003 and is committed to delivering top quality work in an environment where customers can feel comfortable discussing their ideas without any judgement or preconceived notions.  

They specialize in American and Japanese traditional tattoos full of color and realistic details. Their artists can also ink portraits, realistic style tattoos, black and grey, dark with lots of shadow work and gothic-styles like skulls.

Business Information:
71 St Anne’s Rd, Winnipeg, MB R2M 2Y6, Canada

Customer Review:
“Clean shop and a cool, easy going environment. I booked a tattoo with Sean for my arm and let him have free reign with the design. Ended up with an awesome piece and will definitely come back for more. Thanks kapala”

5) Metamorphosis Custom Tattoo

Metamorphosis Body Art has been a part of downtown Winnipeg since nearly two decades. Whether you’re looking to unleash your style or just have some fun with body modification- they got something for everyone!

The creative minds at Metamorphosis Body Art can transform your body into a canvas of beautiful art. They specialize in old-school, neo traditional or dramatic realism styles and they are great with lines, shadows and colors!

Business Information:
290 McDermot Ave Unit 101, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0T2, Canada

Customer Review:
“I had an amazing time with Jackie !!! She was professional and still made me feel very comfortable. She explained everything as we went along and it barely hurt at all. All of the staff I saw that day were friendly and willing to help !!! Thank you Metamorphosis.”

6) Gypsy Cat Tattoos & Piercing

Jessica Danilow and her partner Steven have set up their studio at 353 Provencher – Winnipeg Manitoba. Located in the heart of St Boniface, they offer an amazing experience for those looking to get a tattoo or piercing done with professionals who have over 30 years combined practice!

Their talented artists specialize in Floral, Neo Traditional and Portrait Tattoos (animals & people), they’re always looking for something fun, artistic and bold. They can do small to large scale projects in black and white as well as with the touch of color.

Business Information:
353 Provencher Blvd #1, Winnipeg, MB R2H 0G8, Canada

Customer Review:
“experience! All the staff was super friendly and the shop was clean and organized. Shawn was super chill to work with and I love the finished piece (got the bat on my thigh!) Thanks again and would recommend!”

7) Main Street Tattoo Collective

These guys are the absolute best! If you’re looking for a shop where everyone feels friendly and focused on the great results and can help out any way possible, this will be your stop. These artists make sure every customer has an amazing experience from start-to-finish with their talent and passion in tattooing or piercings. 

They ink amazing and colorful floral designs as well as classical little tattoos of just anything with clean lines and attention to details. The shop itself is very clean and only professionals work there with years of experience.

Business Information:
1815 Main St, Winnipeg, MB R2V 2A2, Canada

Customer Review:
“I couldn't have picked a better place for my first tattoo. Andrew was phenomenal! He made me feel at ease the whole time and did great work. I just needed one more session to finish my piece and he booked me so that the app was booked asap. I would recommend Main Street Tattoo Collective to anyone I know.!”

8) Albert Street Art Market and Tattoo

Albert Street Art Market and Tattoo is a custom tattoo studio that specializes in bringing your ideas to life. Albert Street Tattoos features a dynamic group with years of experience and skills so you can be confident when it comes time for permanent ink on skin. 

They will discuss with you all the details of your future design to make sure that’s exactly what you wanted. Their styles include classic american and japanese as well as modern geometrical and floral pieces. The cleaning and sanitizing is a priority at the shop, so you can be sure you will get a safe and comfortable experience.

Business Information:
62 Albert St 2nd floor, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1E9, Canada

Customer Review:
“I got a matching tattoo with my mom and Allison did an amazing job, it looks unreal. She paid attention to the detail which you can see in the tattoo and is very passionate about her work. She made me and my mom both feel super comfortable with the whole process. She is wonderful. I would see her again and totally recommend her to everyone.”

9) First String Tattoo Studio

Have you always wanted a custom tattoo but didn’t know where to go? First String Tattoo Studio in South Winnipeg is the place for your next ink! You can get custom designs from industry professionals who have nearly 50 years of combined experience. 

They can cater all styles from traditional, neo-traditional, Japanese, blackwork, illustrative, font and script, in both black and grey and color mediums. They can also do tattoos in any size from tiny to large sleeves as well as cover ups of old tattoos or scars.

Business Information:
214-2989 Pembina Highway second floor, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2H5, Canada

Customer Review:
“Absolutely incredible job done by Jan V. Super chill, straightforward, profesional, down to earth guy. By far my most pleasant and comfortable tattoo experience. The whole place was spotless, comfortable, and easy to be in. I had absolutely zero concerns the whole time, and Jan was accommodating, gentle and knowledgeable.”

10) Blaze Ink Tattoos

Blaze Ink Tattoos has been operating out of its Regent Avenue location since 2006 and offers custom-designed tattoos by four artists. The shop is known for having an excellent customer service team that’s willing to go above normal in order to make sure every client feels satisfied with their tattoo before leaving! 

They would love you to see their portfolio so they can give accurate advice on what will best suit both style preferences as well as how to physically accommodate the tattoo for a natural fit. They specialize in bold colour, neo traditional, traditional, realism, black and grey, script/lettering, mandalas and dot work.

Business Information:
107 Regent Ave W, Winnipeg, MB R2C 1R1, Canada

Customer Review:
“My husband and I had decided to get our 5 year anniversary tattoos done at Blaze Ink. Cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience. BJ was very professional and very attentive to our ideas for our special tattoos. We are already planning our next ones! Thank you BJ!”
FAQs about Tattoo Shops

The cost of getting a tattoo varies on the kind of design, the complexity and size. However, the average cost in Winnipeg is $100 for small tattoos,  $175 to $190 per hour for medium to large tattoos.

Most shops offer a variety of other services that can benefit you. These services can include piercings, body modifications, and even massage. In addition, many tattoo shops also offer clothing and accessories for sale, so you can complete your look with matching gear.

The amount of time it takes to get a tattoo depends on many factors. Some tattoos can be done in as little as 15 minutes, but others can take hours. The cost is affected by the size and complexity of the design.

Here are some tips on what to do after you get your tattoo; be sure your artist covers your new tattoo in a thin layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage, remove the bandage after 24 hours,  gently wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and water also keep applying a moisturizer or ointment after you clean it to keep it moist.


Winnipeg has some great tattoo shops, and the 10 that were mentioned are a great starting point for finding the right one for you. Be sure to do your research before getting a tattoo, and take the time to find a reputable shop with talented artists who will be able to create the design you have in mind. Thanks for reading!