Getting a Tattoo Done in Bali

One of the things I love about backpacking is that I get to meet lots of new people. No matter where I end up, wherever people can speak English, a popular first topic of discussion is usually my tattoo. When they ask where I got it, most of them are surprised when I tell them I got it from Bali.

But unlike a lot of ‘tattoos from Bali’ stories, mine was actually a deliberate decision that came out of five years of planning what kind of tattoo to get and where to put it. Bali gets a lot of bad rep for tattoos nowadays because of the stories of how one can contract HIV through the needles, or of how the color ink fades, or even of how some tattoo artists don’t care if you’re legal or sober so long as you have the money to have an ex-girlfriend’s name sprawled (permanently) all over your chest (or, you know, elsewhere.) The country is notorious for being part of many people’s regrettable decisions while drunk. Yet if you do your research and make sure you’re in the right frame of mind to make such a big decision (and this is really a big decision, I’m not kidding!) then getting a tattoo in Bali from respected and talented artists will definitely be a memorable experience, one to share to the grandkids after said tattoo is sagging on wrinkled skin. I managed to get a quick snapshot of the tattoo shop (photo shown below), by the way check out their website at

tattoo shop in bali

I got my tattoo over two years ago on my own visit to Bali, during my first backpacking trip through Asia with a few buddies. Since getting a tattoo and visiting the rest of Asia were both on my bucket list, it felt only natural to get a tattoo in Bali because of the cheap prices, abundance of different tattoo stores and unique artwork, which draw influence from Balinese culture. I distinctly recall asking the locals during the day where one can get good quality, hygienic tattoo art done and then consulting the rest of the world through the Internet at night, scrolling through various forums and articles. Finally I was able to find a decent establishment with a skilled tattooist, who helped me realize my dream of having a long black Asian dragon snake down my arm from shoulder to wrist for the rest of my life.

I made it back home, and to three other countries since then, without showing any signs of having contracted diseases, and until now my tattoo is still stark as ever. No regrets!

So if you’re heading down to Bali and plan to get tattoos while you’re over there, don’t let the bad press deter you from doing so. All you need to do is research and be careful of who pokes needles into your skin, and don’t make any decisions when you’re drunk!

Bright and Sunny in Perth, Australia

Arguably the world’s most isolated city… Perth. I visited this city in January earlier this year. It was summer during my visit, so if you ask about the weather, there’s only one word to describe it.. hot! In fact, very hot! Lucky enough to know someone in Perth. I stayed at his house in a suburb called Mindarie. It was walking distance to the beach. So that was pretty cool. My friend’s name was Mike and he had a beautiful house. One particular feature of his house that stood out was the “cool to walk” liquid limestone paving done by Stylish Outdoor Solutions. For those who don’t know what liquid limestone is, you should check it out. Definitely the first time I’ve seen this type of paving, not very known from where I came from. At least it made the hot weather a little bit more bearable.

Spent exactly 6 days in Perth. The highlight was the beach visits (at least three times in the week whilst I was over there!) It was absolutely wonderful experience. The beach in Perth is definitely different to what I am used to. Pure white sand and a nice overlapping crystal blue waves. I was going to post a photo I took, but you know what? I won’t for this post! I will try to describe it in words. Imagine yourself lying on your back at the beach… lifting your head up ever so slightly you gaze into the sea. The shimmering reflection of the sun on the gentle blue waves.. gives you a sense of escape. The salty smell and aroma coming directly from the sea.. close your eyes and think of your happy place! There you go, this is how I would describe the place.

A visit to the city shops mid week saw me walked about 10km.. well it felt that way! The city layout was somewhat typical I thought of other cities around the world. Except I thought the big advantage Pert has over other cities is the relatively flat landscape. Price of goods I thought was very fair. Not too expensive.

Came Saturday, I was back on the plane to go home. Perth.. ticked on my list! Have you?

Welcome to my world!

First post.. very exciting! For those who know me… finally I got a personal blog by which I can share my wonderful (and sometimes forgetful) experiences whist overseas.

To be honest, I have gone to nearly all countries around the world. I will try to write a story to publish on this very website. If I don’t get to share with you certain places.. then I apologise!

So watch this space!