Connect With Us On Instagram

Written by Kieran Proctor

Tattoos In Cuba (2024)



Tattoos in Cuba

Are you wondering if you can get tattooed in Cuba? As an OG tattoo tourist, I’ve been tattooed in a lot of different countries.

When I was in Havana Cuba, I noticed a lot of tattoos among the younger generations. So, I asked around and visited some tattoo shops in Havana. What I found were a lot of really poor quality shops and a few exceptional artists.

One shop and their artists were so good, I even tried to book myself in for some work. That shop was Tattoo Mania in La Habana. And I would suggest looking them up on Instagram and of course, following our account.

Tattoos in Cuba

Tattoo Influencers In Cuba?

While sitting at a cafe in Havana, one morning, I actually stumbled upon some tattoo influencers. And one in particular stood out.

The style of tattoo’s popular in Cuba, are more old school and blackwork. With a mix of others thrown in for good measure. It’s uncommon in Cuba for a tattoo collector to have a defined vision of what they want, from the start. But she did.

I would suggest to everyone reading this blog, that they follow Cuban tattoo collector, enthusiast and influencer Ailec Olivera, on Instagram. You’ll get an inside look at tattoo shops and studios in Havana. And a glimpse of what life is really like for a Cuban.

Tattoo models and influencers in Havana Cuba
A tattoo influencer and her friends, Havana.

Do Cubans Like Tattoos?

Absolutely, Cubans love tattoos. There’s no negative connotations in Cuba regarding tattoos. You can be as tattooed as you like.

But, the jineteros and other street hustlers who know you’re a foreigner, will likely try and use your tattoos as a way to engage you. Just do what I do, and tell them to f**k off. Or cover up when they’re around.

Kieran with tattoos at La Guarida in Havana, Cuba.
The most famous staircase in Havana, La Guarida

Do I Need To Cover My Tattoos In Cuba?

You don’t need to cover your tattoos in Cuba. Particularly in Havana. But you are going to find the jineteros (street touts or scammers) incredibly annoying. And if you have visible tattoos, they become even more annoying.

Imagine 50+ people a day wandering up to you with the same lines. ‘Nice tattoos friend, where are you from?’, ‘changer the money tattoo friend?’, ‘taxi tattoo friend?’, ‘tour tattoo friend’ and on the list goes. By the end of day one, I guarantee you’ll be sick of the people approaching you.

So, I cover my tattoos in Havana. It gives the jineteros less things to try and approach me for. And you’ll likely start covering up too. At least once you’ve heard the same lines, 50+ times in a day.

A Great Restaurant And Cafe In Havana Staffed By Tattooed peeps

If you’re looking to escape the craziness of Havana for a little while and relax with a coffee, or something stronger, in an environment surrounded by fellow tattoo collectors, I’d urge you to visit Boné Ma in Vedado.

It’s the one place in Cuba, where the jineteros (street touts) wont be following you around saying ‘nice tattoos friend, where are you from?’ while they try to scam you. You can chill, surrounded by fellow tattoo enthusiasts and either talk tattoos, or just zone out with a drink.

Where Can I Get More Information About Tattooed travel in Cuba?

I’ve made a Cuba Frequently Asked Questions Page (FAQ) available on my travel blog. And I recommend you read it, before traveling to Cuba.  My Cuba FAQ page will save you a lot of time and a significant amount of money on your trip to Cuba.

Item added to cart.
0 items - $0.00