Dakota Lee Tattoo Parlour

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring IMAGES Tristan du Plessis


The new rockabilly-inspired Dakota Lee is more than just a tattoo parlour. Designed by Tristan du Plessis for studioA, it also features a retail space, art gallery and bar area.

“Our inspiration was to create an approachable tattoo shop, while still staying true to its roots, a place where someone would feel comfortable coming in for their first tattoo, or their tenth,” says Tristan.

As he wanted to create a space that would evolve over time, Tristan decided to cover the walls in chalkboard paint, allowing artists and patrons to sketch their latest tattoos or thoughts on the shop’s walls. “This store is an eclectic mix of tattoo culture,” says Tristan. “From the art and books to the vintage barber chairs, it’s all held together with a very subtle contemporary design aesthetic.”

Dakota Lee is located at Shop 7, Design on Appel, Appel Road, Kramerville. It’s open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am until 6pm and Thursdays to Saturdays from 9am until midnight.

Visit studioa.co.za for more information.