I had such a hard time figuring out where to get a tattoo in Nanjing! Google searches weren’t getting me anywhere, and I hadn’t seen any shops around the city. Finally we were given a shop recommendation by one of Eric’s classmates, and made the time to get tattoos!
Click the image below to watch my tattoo vlog on YouTube!
The name of the shop that was recommended to us is called “Nanjing Ming Jiang Tattoo”. This is the shop name in Chinese:
In pinyin, that’s “Nan Jing Ming Jiang Ci Qing”.
The shop is located near Xinjiekou in the Hongwu Road Residential District. It’s a little difficult to find, but follow these instructions and you should have no problem!
To give you a general sense of direction, here are a few maps images that show where the shop is located:
Getting There By Subway
Take line 1 or line 2 and get off at Xinjiekou, exit 14. Exit up towards the street, and take a left on Huaihai Road. Take a right on Hongwu Road (you’ll need to cross the intersection to the east side of the street) and keep walking, past Hubu Street. Once you cross Hubu Street you should see some red signs pointing out the tattoo shop, which will be on your left down the first alleyway you see. Once you’ve taken a left onto this alley, on your lefthand side you’ll come up on a big office building called Changfa Yinzuo. Enter at Office B and take the elevator up to floor 4. Straight ahead off the elevator you’ll see suite 420 – this is the tattoo shop!
Getting There By Taxi
Getting there by taxi should be simple if you have Mandarin skills, and questionable without them. You can first try showing the cab driver this address: 洪武路199号长发银座A座4层. If they don’t recognize it, you’ll probably just want to ask them to take you to the intersection of Hongwu & Hubu by pointing it out on the map on your phone. From there you can follow the walking instructions outlined in the subway directions above.
Shop Hygiene Standards
The shop hygiene standards are very high. They thoroughly cleaned the tattooed area and the surrounding skin before and after tattooing. When the tattoos were finished they gave us really in-depth after-care instructions that were actually pretty intense. They gave us each 3 of these 3-layer saran wrap sticker things and recommended we remove the covering, wash the area, and re-cover the tattoo every 12 hours until we ran out of the stickers. Do what you want with after-care, since you know your body better than anyone else, but I found that this method hurt a lot more and was WAY different than the instructions I’ve received from artists in the US. However, I do think there are benefits to following these instructions and I think the reason they’re so intense is because this shop is really serious about hygiene.
The shop minimum is a little pricey, probably because there’s a growing demand for tattoos in Nanjing and a limited supply. It’s a 600 CNY minimum, which is about $90 USD. From what we’ve heard, this is competitive with the other high-quality tattoo shops in Nanjing.
Overall, my experience was very positive! If a friend wanted to know where to get a tattoo in Nanjing, I wouldn’t think twice about recommending this place. However, I highly recommend that if you have little to no Mandarin language skills you bring along a friend, a hired translator, or someone you trust, because this shop (as expected) is geared towards the local Mandarin-speaking population. My husband Eric speaks Mandarin, so he communicated every detail for me. The artist went very slow and double-checked everything to be sure he did it right.
I didn’t get his name, but the tattoo artist we worked with was very serious, professional, detail-oriented, patient, and nice. He laughs a lot, so at first we thought he was making fun of our designs, but that wasn’t the case at all!
He took his time with my little ankle tattoo and did an excellent job both outlining and filling it in. After he finished Eric’s small foot tattoo, the artist offered to fill in the tattoo next to it that Eric got in Taiwan. That tattoo hadn’t healed very well, and when all was said and done, Eric got the entire thing retouched for free!
Bonus: They have a really cute dog in the shop!!!
The tattoo is heavily scabbed right now since I’m writing this just 2 days after getting it, but you can see images of what we both got in the video linked here! I’ll be sure to upload a good picture once it’s looking a little more normal. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and Eric is loving his, too!
All tattoos are painful, and the foot is especially painful, so this tattoo was no different. I would probably rate the actual tattoo process a 6/10 on the pain scale and the healing process was maybe like an 8/10 since it’s right where the skin is constantly moving and stretching while I walk. I don’t think the artist had a particularly heavy or light hand, and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to him.
If you have any questions, be sure to comment below! Thanks for reading 🙂 Talk to you soon,too
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