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MY EXPERIENCE GETTING A TATTOO IN SRI LANKA

MY EXPERIENCE GETTING A TATTOO IN SRI LANKA

Getting a tattoo in a developing country is always an interesting experience. In Sri Lanka, there are plenty of different tattoo studios to choose from. I was in Unawatuna in the south of the country and found a tattoo artist called Sajee in the nearby city of Galle.

I visited the studio to meet Sajee and check out some of his work. The studio wasn’t spotless but it was fairly clean and the photos of his previous work filled me with confidence.

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I took in a few images of tigers that I liked and together with Sajee’s help we combined several of the images into an original sketch. Sajee quoted me $320 USD. I don’t like bartering when it comes to travel tattoos as I always feel like it may affect the quality of effort that goes into the final product.

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One of my local friends laughed at me and suggested I could have gotten the same tattoo in Sri Lanka with his friend for a third of the price. That is the type of decision you will be faced with when looking to get a tattoo. It is a risk that may or may not pay off.

I felt comfortable with Sajee Tattoo studio and decided to go ahead with his design and quote.

As always nothing happens fast in Sri Lanka. I arrived at the agreed time of 10 in the morning hoping to begin straight away but the tattoo was only just being sketched. After a couple of small revisions, the actual tattooing only began at 1:30. The entire process took a few hours and I ended up leaving the studio just before 4 pm in the afternoon.

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Sajee was incredibly friendly and patient throughout the process and made the experience comfortable and as enjoyable as possible when you are being needled for a few hours.

There are definitely lots of studios across the country more than capable of producing a quality tattoo. The question is if you are willing to sacrifice a bit of security for a lower cost or not. There is no right or wrong. I chose the safest option I found because as cliche as it sounds it is going to be on you for life. I have now been tattooed in Santa Monica in California, Siem Reap in Cambodia, Boracay in the Philippines, Koh Tao in Thailand and Galle in Sri Lanka.

Comment below if you had an interesting tattoo experience while abroad.

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Cathy Fulton

Sunday 11th of April 2021

So funny that I came across this post randomly...I also got a tattoo in Sri Lanka--in Hikkaduwa. And it was my FIRST tattoo--at the age of 65! I wrote a blog post about it as well! CathleensOdyssey.com/tattooed-like-an-old-salt/

Jackson

Saturday 17th of April 2021

at 65 that's impressive!

Friday 29th of November 2019

thanks my brother

Ryan - Panumart Tattoo Chiang Mai

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

Glad you decided to go with Sajee Tattoo studio instead of going for the cheaper option. Your body isn't the place to skimp on price. And your tattoo came out looking really good.

Sara

Saturday 10th of August 2019

where in Siem Reap did you get a tattoo? And would you recommend that place?

John

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

Am planning to visit Sri Lanka in September and I want to get a tattoo. ..Any advice