9 Montreal tattoo artists you should be following on Instagram

Nov 18 2020, 10:11 pm

Given Montreal’s booming art scene, it’s no surprise that the city is home to more than a few masters of the ink.

If you’re looking for motivation for your next tattoo, love to check out the designs, or are looking for an artist to ink you with that new COVID-tat, here are a few you should be following on Instagram.

Tattoo parlours are open in Montreal, clients are mandated to wear masks and friends, or family members aren’t allowed to join you while you’re tatted up.

Here are a few inkers who should be on your social media radar, all from Montreal.

Pierre Chapelan


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Pierre Chapelan is the owner of the famous studio Tattoo Mania. He also founded Art Tattoo Montreal and Art Tattoo Quebec, two massive tattoo conventions.

Shop: Tattoo Mania, 1615 Boul de Maisonneuve E, Montréal

David Cote


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David Cote is a master of the new-age geometric tattoo. Full of colour and almost futuristic-looking, it’s guaranteed that none of your friends will have a tattoo like this.

Shop: Imperial Tattoo Connexion Shop, 266 Rue Saint Paul Est



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Eilo is arguably one of the most sought-after tattoo artists in Montreal. Her neo-traditional and Japanese style set her about from the crowd, and her 14 years of experience make her a true veteran of the tattoo game.

Shop: Montreal Tattoo Nord, 4525 Rue Saint-Denis

Hilary Jane

Hilary Jane is a true renaissance woman. Specializing in four areas of visual arts – drawing, painting, embroidery, and tattoos, Hilary Jane’s designs are simply gorgeous. She is known for depicting animals, floral designs, and life-like portraits.

Shop: Tatouage Royal, 4424 Rue Saint-Denis

Luka Lajoie


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Lajoie uses his uncanny attention to detail to bring hyper-realism to his tattoo creations.  From characters in famous movies to pictures of beloved family members, Lajoie will not disappoint. He’s received numerous accolades for his work, and it’s all shared on his Instagram account.

Shop: Artrock Tattoo, 2030 Boulevard Pie-IX

Alex Deschenes


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Deschenes has become one of the foremost semi-realist tattoo artists in Montreal, executing all his art in black and white. Even if you’re not in the market for a tattoo, his Instagram page is riveting.

Shop: Oly Anger Tattoo, 9 de la Commune Ouest



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With over 20 years of experience, Azl specializes in ornamentalism, dot-work, and scarification artwork. His tattoos are incredibly detailed, so if you’re in the market for an intricate tattoo, Azl is your man.

Shop: Montreal Tattoo Sud, 3933 Rue Saint-Denis

Simon Golygowski


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Known for his massive, intricate masterpieces, Simon Golygowski of Pol Tattoo is well-known in the Montreal tattoo scene. His style is the perfect blend of abstract and Japanese. So if you’re looking for a full-body masterpiece, this might just be the guy to see.

Shop: Pol Tattoo, 6654 Avenue Papineau

Joel Marleau


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Joel Marleau creates some of the most fun and colourful tattoos in Montreal. From whimsical tattoos of a circus elephant to a poutine tattoo fit for a true Montrealer, Joel Marleau’s style is unlike any other.

Shop: Tatouage Royal, 4424 Rue Saint-Denis

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