The Jakarta Post
Lawless Tattoo in Kemang, South Jakarta. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
The stigma toward tattoos in Jakarta is changing.
Here, tattoos are increasingly seen as a form of art or self-expression.
And interestingly, more and more women are choosing to get “inked” as a way to visualize a sense of freedom, independence or even their hopes and dreams.
Lawless Tattoo founder Ferdy told The Jakarta Post that 80 percent of his customers were actually women.
If you’re planning on getting a tattoo, then you’re in luck, because we’ve compiled a list of three of the most popular tattoo parlors in Jakarta:
Lawless Tattoo founder Ferdy in action. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Lawless Tattoo is among the most popular tattoo parlors in South Jakarta.
Established in 2011, it currently has two tattoo artists, Ferdy and Bongga, and a tattoo apprentice Prisa.
When it comes to tattoo designs, Ferdy can do the major styles, such as black and grey, oriental and realist. Meanwhile, Bongga specializes in American traditional and neo styles.
Lawless Tattoo opens from Tuesday to Sunday. The minimum charge is Rp 800,000 (US$54) and Rp 18,000 for every square centimeter.
Where: Jl. Kemang Selatan VIII No. 64 B, South Jakarta
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Sidespace Tattoo Parlor
Tattoo artist Nadya “Nadcil” Natassya gets ready for a customer. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Opened in February this year, Sidespace Tattoo Parlor comprises four seasoned tattoo artists: Nadya “Nadcil” Natassya, Danang “Unbound” Prihantoro, Agatha Pratiwi and Jati, also known as Antisimetri.
Each specializes in different styles, offering plenty of choices for customers.
Nadcil, the owner, is recognized for her colorful illustrations and contemporary tattoos. Meanwhile, Jati specializes in oriental illustrations and a realist style.
As for Agatha and Danang, both tattoo artists are recognized for their black designs. However, Agatha focuses in sketches, while Danang is a master in fine lines.
Sidespace Tattoo Parlor takes pride in producing custom designs. Agatha said that customers can bring the concept to them and they will design the tattoo.
“They can bring a tattoo design made by their friends, too,” explained Agatha, adding that the artists usually decline doing a design copied from the internet.
Open every day from 12 p.m., Sidespace Tattoo Parlor has a minimum charge of Rp 850,000. Meanwhile, the hourly rate is Rp 1.65 million
Where: Jl. Bates No. 18, Kuningan, South Jakarta
Tattoo artist Ricky “Panky” Stefanus in Bucksbuks Tattoo parlor. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Bucksbuks Tattoo is among the longest-standing tattoo parlors in Indonesia.
First opened in Bandung, West Java, around 15 years ago, the tattoo parlor is now located in Kemang, South Jakarta.
Bucksbuks founder Ricky “Panky” Stefanus said the tattoo parlor currently features four artists, allowing customers to choose their favorite tattoo styles, such as oriental, realist and more.
Open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Bucksbuks Tattoo has a minimum charge of Rp 800,000 for designs measuring 5 cm by 5 cm, while the hourly rate is Rp 1.2 million (kes)
Where: Jl. Kemang IA, No. 29 A, South Jakarta