After arriving in Singapore in the early 50's, Indra Bahadur started New Lucky Store and spent his days inking sailors from across the seas. His reputation spread rapidly through word of mouth. Ever since, a stop at the New Lucky Store in Bras Basah had become a staple for most sailors passing through the country. Dubbed Johnny Two Thumbs for the characteristic second thumb on his right hand, Indra became a celebrity in the early tattoo scene in Singapore. Johnny Two Thumbs Tattoo Studio was founded in his memory and as a continuation of his legacy. Known for his impeccable work and inimitable style, the team at Johnny Two Thumbs Tattoo Studio strive to uphold the name and reputation laid down so long ago by the man himself.
Johnny Two Thumb is somewhat of a historical institution in the tattoo art scene of Singapore. The founder of the store was the de facto guy who started body art business here in Singapore. The scene I am happy to say is thriving and the work churned out by Singaporean artists as an industry can rival the work done anywhere in the world.
Stepping into the store, you are greeted with the shop 'mascot'- a beautiful Arowana dragon fish and a wall full of navy caps. Sailors are a key demographic in many tattoo shops and SIngapore used to see many US sailors in town for a couple days.
Johnny Two Thumb has a nice friendly feel and the artists will be able to give you the best advice about the ink that you are planning to get. Look for Jaws or Lionel. Lionel is great with solid black and old school new school. I'm a fan of his work. What I like about the shop is that if they can't do the work you are looking for, they will point you to another artist somewhere on the island. Cheap tattoos aren't good and good ink isn't cheap.
Word of advice: For goodness sake listen to the advice they give. They've worked on tattoos all their life.