Welcome to SURF n Ink Tattoo Studios

Where Art and Skin Collide

Surf Life Mentality…

About Us

SURF n Ink Studios are one of Australia’s most well-known speciality tattoo studios and the only studios with our distinctive cruizy, surf-life atmosphere and way of thinking.

SURF n Ink Studios have been host to guest artists that rank as some of the worlds top tattooing icons, such as Remis Cizauskas (LIT/IRE), George Mavridis (GREECE), David Alex Alexander (DENMARK), and Mark Halbstark (GERMANY), among others.

Our resident artists specialise in everything from rich black and grey, clean and solid traditional to full colour graphic ‘avant garde’ styles and more.

We provide quality artwork at reasonable prices, in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

At SURF n Ink Studios you will feel at home. Our staff is just like you – we don’t think we’re rock stars – we just want you to have a great tattoo and a great experience getting it. See you in the studios!



After having been not the happiest with my sleeve the past 5 years I finally had 5 hrs over the past 2 days tidying up what I have [...]. The money rose tattoo has come up heaps better with white added and ink that seems a lot blacker than before. [...] Thank you Ben Glancy for making it stand out and bringing it up to scratch!

Jaye Weston


I just wanted to pass on another thanks for Marco, he did a chest piece for me last year and his work is awesome!!! So I'll definitely be back to you guys for more! :)

Malik Green


Best tattoo shop ever; great customer service and the artists here are second to none. If you are after an original piece or adding your special touch to your favourite design this is the place to go. Highly recommended.

Nathan Hoffman


Awesome studio and friendly people. Would recommend to anybody who is looking to get tattoos.

Sebastian Knappik

Cheeze Burger

Great shop with GREATER award winning artists! I've been tattooed by multiple artists there and the work is amazing! One of my pieces won an award and I don't doubt I'll receive more high quality work from these awesome people!

Scott U.


Marco is a truly amazing artist, his tatttoo designs speak for themselves. The quality, creativity and detailing is beyond impressive. I highly recommend a visit into one of his shops! All the staff were extremely welcoming, and were happy to help. I wouldn't trust another artist - ill be back for a 3rd time!

Bec Mcd


Had a great time getting my tattoo done here; the staff are great and very approachable, the work is first class very professional. One-off designs so you really feel you are getting a great piece of art.

Rod Talbot

Jamie Wood

Great crew, friendly atmosphere and wonderful service!!! Thanks for being the friendliest tattoo shop on the GC :-D

Jamie Wood

Pierce Brosnen

"Just wanted to say that Shannon did a fantastic job of my mums name on my leg! It looks unreal, great clean tattoo studio and highly recommended!"

Pierce Brosnen

Ash Petroff

"Just wanted to say a huge thankyou to Marco for the work he did on my half sleeve mermaid today. His work was exceptional and I appreciate it very much; can't wait untill it heals so I can come back for session two!!"

Ash Petroff


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    Marco Ventura

    MIAMI STUDIO - Tattoo Artist - 12+ Years Experience | He's an avid surfer, a weapon of a martial artist an a phenomenal chef! Portfolio

    Instagram: @marcoventuratattoo
    Facebook: Marco Ventura Tattoo

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    Ben Glancy

    MIAMI Studio - Tattoo Artist, 5+ Years Experience | He's got a slightly unhealthy obsession with painting & was a master swordsman in a past life Portfolio

    Instagram: BenGXV
    Facebook: Ben.Glancy.7

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    ORCHID Studio - 2+ years experience | He can draw portraits in your cappuccino, seriously. Portfolio

    Facebook: Clifford.C.Gutierrez

  • Colin


    MIAMI Studio - 3+ years experience | He's addicted to motocross and broken a total of 33 bones in the sport! Portfolio

    Facebook: Colinsquire

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    Will Drill

    MIAMI Studio - Tattoo Artist - 10+ years experience | He's knee slappin funny if you can handle his antics! Portfolio

    Facebook: William.Drilington

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    HANLAN Studio - 2+ years tattooing experience | He's a skydiver, cartoon enthusiast, & has an acute fear of sharks! Portfolio

    Facebook: Shannon.LeighLoki
    Instagram: lokiart2011

Body Piercing

SURF n Ink Studios offer a wide range of body piercing options including ear, facial, oral, naval, nipple, surface, skin divers and dermal anchors.

All piercings are completed using a needle, and not a piercing gun. For more information about the risks of piercing guns and the reasons we will only use needles, please click Needle vs Gun.

We currently employee both male and female piercers. We recommend to call ahead to ensure a piercer is available for you at your requested time and location.

Earlobes [1] $35
Earlobes [2] $50
Helix/Rim $40
Conch/Shell $40
Tragus $45
Rook $45
Industrial $50
Nose $40
Septum $45
Eyebrow $40
Labret/Lower Lip $45
Medusa $45
Monroe $45
Smiley $45
Frenulum $45
Tongue $50
Dimples/Cheeks $60
Nipple [1] $40
Nipple [2] $70
Navel/Anti-Navel $40
Surface Piercing $70
Dermal Anchor $70
Skin Diver $70

Surf & Airbrush

SURF n Ink Studios also offer custom airbrush work! Bring in your board (or any other object you want painted), as well as your ideas and we’ll get our talented artists to create a masterpiece for you! Prices from $60.

  • Zombie Girl by Marco Ventura
  • Bob Marley by Marco Ventura
  • Bumble Bee by Marco Ventura
  • Crazy Eye by Marco Ventura
  • Fish by Marco Ventura
  • Abstract by Marco Ventura
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  • Octopus by Marco Ventura
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Certificate of Limited Warranty

Tattoo aftercare cream is extremely important to the proper healing and outcome of a tattoo; for this reason, we will guarantee our work only if our clients have our recommended aftercare product and are able look after their tattoo during the critical healing stage. At the end of every tattoo session, we offer our clients the opportunity to purchase an aftercare product from us. With the purchase of this aftercare, our clients receive a Certificate of Limited Warranty document. This document guarantees that we will touch-up their tattoo within six months of the original session for free.

Please note: if at the end of your tattoo session you choose NOT to purchase an aftercare product from us, a free touch-up is not covered under our warranty.


If in the future you need to make a claim, you must present your warranty certificate to obtain your complimentary touch-up; keep it in a safe place!

All claims covered under our warranty must be made within 6 months from the date that you received your tattoo.

Terms and Conditions of Certificate of Limited Warranty:

Aftercare Guidelines: The aftercare guidelines we provide must be followed exactly. Any variation in the care of your tattoo from these guidelines will result in your warranty becoming null and void.

Tattoo Aftercare Product: SURF n Ink Tattoo Studios has tested countless tattoo aftercare products and methods so that we can offer you the best products and advice. You must use the aftercare product recommended by SURF n Ink Tattoo Studio unless your doctor has advised otherwise. This warranty will become null and void if any other product is used.

Changes and Additions: Any additions to the tattoo, change of mind in the design, or change of mind the the artist tier level choosen, will incur additional charges. Additions or changes of mind are not covered under this warranty.

Cuts, Scrapes and Scaring: If an area of your tattoo becomes cut, scratched or the skin has been damaged in some way due to injury unrelated to the tattoo, a touch-up is not covered under this warranty.

Layers: Some artists tattoo in a painting-like manor, using ‘layers’. This means they will tattoo one ‘layer’ in a session, and then request that you allow the tattoo to heal, and come back for another session/s for additional layer/s. This process is often used to achieve greater detail, sharpness, saturation and a higher quality end product. This is not considered a touch-up and is not covered under this warranty. If your artist wishes to tattoo you in this way, he/she will notify you prior to beginning the tattoo to ensure your approval.

Unfinished Tattoos:  In the event that your tattoo requires additional session/s for reasons including but not limited to; the session ending due to pain or sickness, the session ending due to other plans or commitments by either party or the tattoo is too large to finish in a single session; the following session/s will incur additional fees and is not considered a touch-up for the purposes of this warranty.

Warranty Claims: All claims for warranties must be made within 6 months of the original tattoo session date as written on the front of your warranty card. The artist who originally applied the tattoo will complete all touch-ups. If the tattoo artist is no longer employed at the time, another artist will be appointed by SURF n Ink Tattoo Studios to touch-up the tattoo at no extra charge. You must present this card at the time of booking your touch-up. Please allow a minimum of one week processing time from the date that you contact us, to the date that we can confirm a scheduled booking date and time.

Bookings and Cancellations: All touch-ups must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. If you do not attend your scheduled booking or cancel less than 48 hours prior to the booking, this warranty becomes null and void.


Do you offer free touch ups?

Tattoo aftercare cream is extremely important to the proper healing and outcome of a tattoo; for this reason, we will only guarantee our work if our clients have our recommended aftercare product and are able look after their tattoo during the critical healing stage. At the end of every tattoo session, we offer our clients the opportunity to purchase an aftercare product from us. With the purchase of this aftercare, our clients receive a Certificate of Limited Warranty document. This document guarantees that we will touch-up their tattoo within six months of the original session for free. For a full list of the conditions of this warranty, please see Certificate Of Warranty.

Please note: if at the end of your tattoo session you choose NOT to purchase an aftercare product from us, a free touch-up is not covered under our warranty.

What is your rate per hour?

We do not charge by the hour, we charge by the piece or session.  This works out better for both artist and client because it removes pressure about time and time constraints.  At SURF n Ink we want the best results for each of our clients and strive every day to do just that.  It is best to come in and chat with us about your design and we’ll be able to give you a quote.  Remember tho, that tattoos are for life, so choosing an artist who’s skills and style are best for you should be your sole deciding factor when choosing your artist.

How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?

Queensland legislation states that it is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18.  Sorry, but we won’t break the law for you! Eighteen will come faster than you realize anyway!

How old do you have to be to get a piercing?

As a shop policy, all body piercing clients must be over the age of 18.  We will perform ear piercing on clients over the age of 15.

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments can be made in person or over the phone.  Consultations are free but to have a design drawn or to book an appointment, a $50 – $100 deposit is required (this can be made by credit card over the phone).  Your deposit goes towards the cost of your tattoo.  If you need to reschedule, please call at least 48 hours in advance.

How do I take care of my new tattoo?

We can’t stress enough how important following our tattoo aftercare guidelines is! Getting a tattoo is only half the battle… then it’s up to you to ensure your tattoo heals properly. Heres a copy of our tattoo aftercare guidelines. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW OUR EXPERT ADVICE.

STAGE ONE – The 1st 48hrs

General Advice:

  • Keep it clean
  • No sun, sand or swimming
  • No tight fitting clothing
  • No working out

AT THE STUDIO: Your artist has applied your tattoo using strict infection control procedures and single-use equipment. It is now up to you to keep it free from bacteria and infection. Your artist will cover your tattoo with a bandage or plastic covering to protect it from microscopic bacteria and infection. Do not remove it until __________________________*.

*The time frame to remove the bandage will vary depending on the time of day your tattoo session finishes, the size of your tattoo, as well as the type of covering applied.


Start with freshly washed hands. Carefully remove the bandage, wash the area and remove all plasma (the gooey stuff). Use a mild, non-perfume liquid soap and your hand, and rub slowly and gently until your skin is smooth. This can be done in the shower. Do not use bar soap, loofah’s or cloths. Warning: failing to remove the plasma will result in hardening. This hardened scab-like plasma is then very likely to fall or rub off, taking pieces of your ink with it!


Once plasma is removed, turn the water to as warm as you can handle it and run the water over your tattoo for a few seconds. Next, turn the water to cold and leave your tattoo under the water for a few more seconds. This process will flush out access plasma and close your pores to assist in keeping your tattoo free from bacteria and infection.


Pat your tattoo dry with clean paper towel (do not use regular towels or cloths) and leave uncovered for 20-60 minutes being careful not to touch it or rub up against anything. Next, with freshly washed hands, apply a small amount of tattoo aftercare over the entire tattoo. Do not saturate the tattoo, just keep it moist; only a thin layer of aftercare is required. Your tattoo may need to be covered again with plastic wrap.*

*When to cover? If there is any risk of the tattoo touching anything that has not been freshly cleaned (i.e the seat of your car or the bus, your bedsheets, your jewellery, dust from a construction job… basically anything at all!), then cover it again with plastic wrap.


Repeat steps one and three every 4 to 8 hours. Do this for the next two to three days, always washing before applying aftercare cream.
STAGE TWO – Don’t Scratch


Once all the plasma has been released, your skin will continue the healing process by creating a barrier of defence. Sometimes the skin feels plastic-like or hardens slightly at this stage. To keep your tattoo from drying out, continue to apply your tattoo aftercare product on clean skin as required (usually 2 or more times daily).


Your tattoo will begin to flake. Most people will experience an itching sensation during this stage. (If you don’t – consider yourself lucky!) Do not pick at or scratch your tattoo! Allow the flakes to fall off naturally. Warning: this step is extremely important. Picking at your tattoo is one of the worst things you can do to it and can result in dropouts and delayed healing. Continue to apply your tattoo aftercare product on freshly washed skin during this stage.


STAGE THREE – Stabilization


Your tattoo is no longer flaking and appears to be healed. Your skin will continue to re-build itself and the skin will need to ‘settle’ into its final form. Sometimes it can take time for the vibrancy of your tattoo to really shine through. It can also take some time before your skin is ready for another session in the same area. Be patient! Stay away from exfoliating scrubs for a while too!




All tattoos will fade to some degree over time, especially colours. The degree and speed that your tattoo fades will depend almost entirely on the amount of sun you expose it to. So if you want your ink to stay vibrant, moisturise your tattoo frequently and always, always, always wear sunscreen! We recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen that is zinc free such as Original SIN Sunscreen or Inkcare Anti-Fade Moisturiser.

How can I cope better with the pain?

“The two things artists love the most are clients who are patient and clients who allow breaks to recharge both artist and client; developing stronger links, and allowing their creativity to peak every time.”


Pain killers and numbing agents – You may wish to take a non-aspirin pain killer such as Neurofen, about a half hour before your session.  Neurofen contains anti-inflammatory, which assists with the swelling.  Note: Asprin makes your blood thin – you don’t want that!  Numbing agents such as Xylocpline and Emla are not recommended as preparation for a tattoo as they change the consistency of the skin, disrupting the process.

Food and Drink – Eating prior to getting tattooed will keep your sugar levels up!  Avoid alcohol within 24 hours prior to getting tattooed.

Things to Bring – Extra pain-killers, just incase, food/snacks/drink, distracting devices; i.e. ipod, portable dvd player, book, magazines etc., comfortable clothes and/or a pillow.  (The more comfortable you are, the more relaxed you will be.)

It’s ALL about MIND OVER MATTER! Realize that it’s only a temporary sensation and accept it.  Do not fight it.  Do not wish for it to stop. Concentrate on your breathing.  Imagine that every breath in makes you stronger and every breath out releases all discomfort. Put yourself in another place.  Meditate.  Think happy thoughts and get excited about your new piece of rockin artwork!

Contact Miami Studio

Address: 1/2098 Gold Coast Highway Miami QLD 4220
Phone: 07 5554 5787

Contact Orchid Ave Studio

Address: 16/3131 Surfers Paradise Blvd. Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Phone: 07 5630 5411

Contact Hanlan St Studio

Address: 24/9 Trickett St. Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Phone: 07 5538 7425

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