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Cairns City Tattoo

The final result was a "retro meets modern" feel

  • Client Cairns City Tattoo
  • Location Cairns CBD, Queensland
  • Completion 2013
  • Cost $0.16M


The new Cairns City Tattoo Studio delivers a striking presence in Cairns City Place. Located at the original Lake and Shields Street intersection, the Studio provides a much needed enhancement to an iconic building that has occupied one of the more significant corners of Cairns since 1923.

The Studio embraces an exciting new philosophy in Tattoo Parlour design - to create a nice clean light-filled space that remains completely "transparent" to the public- an idea/value which has not necessarily been associated with the traditional dark and isolated spaces of a tattoo parlour.

Cairns City Tattoo is located amongst other late-night trading services such as bars, hotels and backpacker accommodation. The transparency of the Studio not only provides another form of activation to City Place but late-night security and presence within the area.

Peddle Thorp worked collaboratively with the client/experienced Tattoo Artist in the overall design. Previous health planning experience enabled an understanding of the tattooing process particularly in relation to hygiene and work function.

The final result was a "retro meets modern" feel. The new chequerboard floor juxtaposed by the existing curved bulkheads and glass panels (retained from existing fitout) ensures the space provides an interesting and dynamic feel.