Which is the Best Tattoo Studio in Chiang Mai?

Happy 25th Birthday Ahm
October 23, 2017
January 1, 2018

Hi, this is Ryan from Panumart Tattoo here in Chiang Mai.

While I'd love to tell you why our tattoo studio is the best one in Chiang Mai, the truth is that only you can truly decide which studio or tattoo artist is the best fit for you. Different strokes for different folks, right?

With that said, below I'll offer some friendly advice to follow when getting a tattoo in Thailand.

Hi, I'm Ryan. A 3-year resident of Thailand by way of Florida. I moved to Chiang Mai for my wife Ahm. Together she and I own Panumart Tattoo. For fun we enjoy eating, watching movies and traveling.

To find the best studio for your body art...

Keep doing what you're doing, research!


Have in mind what style of tattoo you would like. Many artists specialize in just one or two styles of work.

Two very different artistic styles from Ahm and Taew of Panumart Tattoo.


Have a budget in mind. At Panumart Tattoo, no matter your budget we can give you a great tattoo. But with a higher budget you can go bigger and more intricate with your tattoo design. And before getting any work done by an artist, do make sure to get an estimated quote of the price.

Tattoo by Yohng of Panumart Tattoo.


Use Google, Instagram and Facebook to start looking up artists. Always, and I mean always, check their work before getting a tattoo. Don't fall for artists or studios who pull images off of Google or show you tattoos without saying which of their artists made them


Get to know the artist and their shop. When you're suffering in pain, you will find yourself a happier person if you feel comfortable with your surroundings. A friendly artist along with a relaxed, clean studio go a long way.

Co-owner and artist of Panumart Tattoo, Ahm pictured above.

I preface this article with the above because even though I believe Panumart Tattoo has an amazingly talented, friendly and dedicated group of tattoo artists as well as the coolest tattoo shop in Chiang Mai, I know that not everyone will feel the same.

Why I think you'll love Panumart Tattoo

Art by Yohng from our shop.

The artists are professionally trained

At Panumart Tattoo we have a group of very talented artists that

  • Received professional apprenticeships
  • Studied art in university and
  • Actively share knowledge between one another.

The artists are really nice people

I don't know about you, but I like surrounding myself with friendly, supportive people. All of us take pride in treating you well and making you absolutely happy.

Yohng pictured on top. Taew and Ahm from left to right.

Dedicated to you, not the money

We are not a tattoo factory. We happily spend our time talking to you and re-working designs until you say it's perfect.

Photoshop first

Hesitant on selecting a design? We can Photoshop it onto your body so that you can truly envision how it would look on you. See for yourself below:

The tattoo pictured above is not actually a tattoo. It is a mock-up made in Photoshop to show our customer how her tattoo would look on her.

English speaking

With Ahm and I being fluent in English and Thai (y yo hablo Español también) you'll be able to express exactly what you want without anything getting lost in translation.

Cleanliness is next to godliness - We are HYGIENIC, STERILE & SAFE

We go above and beyond with hygiene here - in fact we've had medical professionals from America come in and provide hygienic consulting.

  • All needles are brand-new.
  • All ink is name brand and has never been re-used.
  • Steam sterilization is utilized.
  • Brand new physical barriers are used on every customer.
  • Chemical cleaning is performed after each tattoo session.


Taking care of your tattoo is vital to preserving its integrity and your health, especially in Thailand. At Panumart Tattoo we use a medical grade plastic wrap called Dermalize to protect your tattoo.

Dermalize protects the new tattoo from friction and provides a WATERPROOF, ANTIBACTERIAL-BARRIER that prevents pathogens and external contaminants from entering the wound. The film is BREATHABLE, letting oxygen in and allowing excess moisture vapor to be released from the wound. It’s light to wear, FLEXIBLE and stretchable which allows it to be placed anywhere on the body and stay on,up to several days.

We are not like other shops

In Thailand it's quite normal to live where you work. But even with that said I'm sure it will be a surprise to you to find out our main shop is located in our home.

I think it offers a unique experience, however.

When you visit us you get a chance to venture outside of Chiang Mai's tourist center and experience Thai culture in a whole new way.

A look into our main location in the video above - our sister location is a traditional shop located in the Old City.
Learn more about Panumart Tattoo here.

Want to book?

Or talk about a tattoo you're interested in?

Let's talk via your preferred channel below:


Thailand is a hotspot for tattoos - That's a good and a bad thing

Let's talk about world of tattoos in Thailand.

Thailand has a rich history of tattoos. From times of old the people of Siam inked their body. Most famous from this tradition is the sak yant tattoo, which superstition says empowers the person who wears it with magical qualities.

Today that history is contrasted by a thriving tourist industry. Every year 30 million tourists flood Thailand to experience all the amazing experiences this country has to hold. And of course, many like you wish to return home with an exceptional souvenir inked to their bodies.

This combination of history and industry has created an atmosphere that has bred many world class artists.

The downside of this economic boom is ...

The ever-present tourist traps that can be found in every popular destination.

One thing that you should understand is that in Thailand rent can be very cheap. As in just above $100 / month cheap. This leads to a load of people opening up tattoo shops in tourist destinations because they know it would only take a handful of customers to turn a profit.

The downside to this is that Thailand is home to many tattoo shops that are treated like a hands-off money-maker instead of a professional business run by dedicated people. You'll find shops that are far from the best. The artists may be un- or under-trained. The shop may not be hygienic. The atmosphere of the shop may not be too cozy. And the artists may not be too friendly.c

Be wary of unsanitary shops with under-trained artists.

The lesson from all of this is...

If you are going to put something on your body for (presumably) the rest of your life, do some research so you will leave happy.

Alright folks, that's it for me. Thank you for reading, I wish you a pleasant stay in Thailand.


The best tattoo studio in Chiang Mai for you is Panumart Tattoo.

1 Comment

  1. Karl says:

    Great post. I have been tatted twice in Thailand and was happy with the work, one bamboo and one machine. I have been in Chiang Mai all in all 3 months now and was thinking of a tat but 1. There are just so many shops and so many artists and most of their work looks really good but 2. With staying so long I have started to worry about the financing and tatts can really eat into your budget so I ended up putting it off entirely. However, after reading this I am again yearning for some work. I already have multiple ideas in mind but need to remember my budget… (meh, what to do, what to do…)

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