Holiday Hours 2017

Just so you know. Here are the opening times for our shops for the 2017 holiday season.

All opening times as normal except those posted below.

Wildcat South | St. Stephens Green & Wildcat North | Jervis Street.

12/15/17- 11:00 am–8:00 pm
12/16/17- 10:00 am–8:00 pm
12/17/17- 10:00 pm–7:00 pm
12/22/17- 11:00 am–8:00 pm
12/23/17- 10:00 am–8:00 pm
12/24/17- 10:00 am–5:00 pm - Christmas Eve
12/25/17- Closed - Christmas Day
12/26/17- Closed - St. Stephens Day
1/1/18- Closed - New Years Day


The 12 days of Xmas sweepstakes. Top Prize €500 gift voucher. Enter below to win. 

Entry for this years 12X drawing is now closed. Thank you to everyon​e who participated and congratulations to all of this years winners.

The perfect gift for the tattoo or piercing lover on your list. Make your holiday shopping easy and get them something they will love. We have vouchers available for any budget from €10 - €1000.

Wildcat Ink's holiday giveaways are back with a €500 voucher top prize. Sign up here to be entered in a daily draw. Be sure to follow our Facebook pages to see if you are a winner. 

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St. Stephens Green Studio.

Jervis Street Studio.

Check out all the great prizes we are offering.

  • €10 gift Card x 3
  • €20 gift card x 9
  • €50 piercing voucher x 3
  • €50 jewellery voucher x 3
  • €100 tattoo voucher x 3
  • €200 gift card x 2
  • €500 gift card Top Prize

Black Friday 2017

Black Friday Special Offers 2017.

We have 2 incredible special offers available for one day only, this Friday, 24/Nov/2017.

First off we are offering all piercings for €25*

This offer is available in both our St. Stephens green shopping centre and Jervis St. Shops. Customers will be taken on a first come first served basis.

Check out the dozens of piercings we offer.

€25 Piercing Black Friday

*Offer good for single piercings. Does not include anchors, transdermals and genitals.

Not valid with any other offer.

Second Offer – 25% off on gift vouchers.**

Offer available in stores and online here. Online discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Available on 24/Nov/2017 only.

Voucher deal Black Friday

** offer valid for gift vouchers starting at €100 value.

Terror Eyes-Fashion Contact Lenses

Terror Eyes-Fashion Contact Lenses

Halloween is creeping up on us as the nights get darker. It seems like every year, costumes get more detailed and outlandish, both for children and adults alike. No matter what genre you’re working with, no self-respecting committed Halloween worshipper would allow themselves to leave the house in anything less than the perfect costume. They know one thing that will set their fancy dress skills apart from all the rest; it’s all in the details.

As the years have passed, props and makeup of a type normally reserved for theatre & film have been trickling down into mainstream cosmetics and retail sector. This is making it much easier to achieve ultimate Hollywood special effects in the comfort of your bedroom. If you’re stuck on mastering a particular skill, there’s always a YouTube vid at hand for pretty much any visual cosmetic application. Practice, as they say, will make perfect.

Terror Eyes-Fashion Contact Lenses

However, there is one area which is soaring sky-high in popularity. These props sell out ahead of many other things due to two reasons. The first is that once you’ve applied them once successfully, you’ll get the knack of it and it’s easy as pie. The second – and most important, in my opinion – is that even though they will probably be the smallest part of your costume, they will more than likely make the most impact on those with whom you come into contact, I’m talking, of course, about coloured and special effect-print Terror Eyes-fashion contact lenses.

Terror Eyes-fashion contact lenses are a brand that has been dominating the market for a while now and has a loyal customer base online. With over 40 styles and wild designs to choose from, there’s something there for everyone. Halloween is only one of many seasons these guys cater for. They offer simple Fashion choices in a multitude of different colours (some natural, others completely off the wall!), and from wacky leopard prints, all the way to full white-out lenses for that Walking Dead look…

They are big enough to cover the whole iris of the eye so your entire eye colour is transformed. Not only that, but they’re FDA approved, and feel so comfortable, you may forget you’re wearing them. That is, of course, until you realise people aren’t making regular eye contact with you. That’s one way of knowing if your costume is having the desired effect!

Terror Eyes are reusable, which means you can dip in and out of certain looks throughout the year as the mood hits. Now’s the time to order and stock up for any Hallow’s Eve festivities that may be coming your way. One of the best things about them is that each lens is sold as a single unit, allowing you to mix and match as the fancy takes you. For those who need a pair, there is a discount for buying together. These guys are as handy as a small pot, so they are.

Terror Eyes-Fashion Contact Lenses

So what are you waiting for? Time to put the perfect finishing touches to that costume you’ve been planning for so long. If you’re looking for something that will help you stand out from the crowd and have fellow partygoers wonder what it is about you that’s so odd, creepy or scary then look no further. The answer is right in front of your (Terror) Eyes.

Tragus Piercing

Tragus piercing.

What is a tragus piercing anyway?

Before we get into tragus piercing we need to know what is the tragus? According to Wikipedia “The tragus is a small pointed eminence of the external ear, situated in front of the concha.” It was apparently named after the greek word for goat because of the tufts of hair that can grow from this part of the ear that look similar to a goat’s beard.

 Tragus Piercing

The early days of tragus piercing in Ireland.

I think it was 1994 when I first came across tragus piercings. This was the dark ages of body piercing in Ireland with very little information available and the internet in its infancy. I didn’t even know what the piercing was called (even now it is often called a “targus” piercing) but I wanted one. Unfortunately, with this lack of knowledge, tragus piercings (and many others) were being done with ear piercing guns, leaving many people with scars.


The proper way to do a tragus piercing.

By 2000 I was a professional body piercer and people were becoming aware that body piercings should never be done with a gun. Here at Wildcat we always use a needle and do the tragus piercing by hand.

tragus-3Jewellery choice.

The tragus piercing is a very popular piercing with a wide range of jewellery to pierce with and even wider once healed. I always strongly suggest that a bar rather than a ring is chosen for the healing time as it moves less and when the ring flips up, it changes the shape of the piercing upsetting it. I use surgical grade titanium which is an unreactive metal and can be coloured through anodisation which does not disrupt its properties. Once healed, most people are fine with surgical steel.

 Tragus Piercing

Tragus Piercing – Does it hurt?

This is the question nearly every client asks and I say that it will hurt a bit, but I will do it fast to keep the “suffering” to a minimum. 99% of people will smile immediately after and say that it did not hurt as much as they expected. That said, a bit of fear is a healthy thing to get your body ready beforehand. If you breeze in thinking “This isn’t going to hurt at all,” then your expectation is too low to live down to. Regardless, the pain is temporary, the piercing is forever.


Aftercare for your Tragus Piercing.

Tragus piercings tend to get itchy during the healing. Letting warm water run over it in the shower will help and dissolve any build up. After, spray a little Easy Piercing saline solution on a cotton bud, gently clean and dry. Use the saline 2 or 3 times a day for the first 2 weeks, then once or twice till healed. Avoid sleeping on it and keep hair products out of it. Females (and the occasional male) will need to keep makeup from straying into it. That’s it! Clean it and keep the hell away from it. Always refer back to Wildcat if there are any questions.

Interested in getting a tragus piercing or any other piercing?

There is plenty of information on our site.

Check out our piercings and pricing or have a look at our jewellery and aftercare products in our online shop.

Celtic Knot Work – the Father Daughter Knot a great tattoo idea.

Celtic tattoo designs – Knotwork.

It seems like no matter how much tattoo styles and trends evolve over time, there will always be a few classic categories that have a constant stream of loyal fans. The Celtic swirls and designs so often seen on traditional Irish jewellery and on our ancient manuscripts in museums like the lettering and illustrations seen within The Book Of Kells have always proved very popular as tattoos both in men and women alike. Their striking lines and interwoven shapes make a great visual impact, and they lend themselves easily to adaptation, Father Daughter Knot Wildcat Inkbecoming an upper arm cuff, a broader back piece, or even as a delicate self-contained symbol the size of a Post-It. You’ll find their popularity soar even higher beyond these green shores, as many who might have Irish family connections will often get a Celtic design to reflect their cultural heritage. As well as these cultural & historic reasons, it could also be far simpler; some folks just like the look of ‘em. Here we are going to take a look at Celtic knotwork and more specifically the Father Daughter Knot.


The knots motif within Celtic design artwork is well worth a look if you’re on the lookout for a Celtic-type tattoo that has some sense of meaning behind it. While they are very popular, it’s always worth doing a bit of research to ensure you don’t spot the same thing every other day on someone else.

The Father Daughter Knot.

With this in mind, might we suggest a beautiful symbol that, according to some circles (no pun intended), illustrates the beauty and interconnectedness of the father / daughter relationship. There’s some internet speculation that this particular knot style is based on the story of Brighid who was sitting next to her dying father nursing him. As she kept him company she began weaving an intricate knot from some rushes. Her father noticed her handiwork and asked what she was making. She explained that although each loop exists on its own, it is unable to be separated from the whole. Just as the knots within the cross are interwoven, we remain constantly connected with loved ones who have passed away, although in a different form. The connection is maintained with the promise of reuniting with our departed loved ones when we ourselves cross over.

Now isn’t that just lovely? We’re all about the good stories behind the art here at Wildcat. The Father Daughter Knot is only one example of the different Celtic tattoo Ideas. If you are looking for Ideas or want to turn your ideas into the perfect tattoo get in touch with us for a consultation.


booth_garverMake no mistake – if you’re in need of some technicolour thrills, beautiful burlesque and eye-popping artwork on the best natural canvas in the world, then this weekend the only place to be is The Dublin International Tattoo Convention 2016. Starting Friday (tomorrow) from 6pm, it’s taking over the Dublin Convention Centre until Sunday…and every minute of it is packed with almost every aspect of tattoo culture & lifestyle. There’s seminars for artists themselves on the latest in tattoo hardware and ink developments from some of the world’s greatest, as well as HUNDREDS of world-renowned artists showcasing their skills tattooing clients on-site against a backdrop of some of their best previous work. Some special guests of note include Japan’s Horimyo, Marco Bratt from The Netherlands, and star of Miami Ink / one of the best inkers in the U.S, Chris Garver.

In addition to all things Tattoo, you can keep yourselves entertained by watching the first ever Miss Pinup Ireland competition take place, or if you like old-school carnival-style nail biter shows, you can watch the ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ Danger Show. It has to be seen to be believed, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Providing the live music for the convention will be The Jive Cats, suited and booted and ready to drop some serious groove choons!

Of course, Dublin Tattoo Convention wouldn’t be complete without playing host to Ireland’s own best and brightest tattoo artists in among the international stars, and Dublin’s Wildcat Ink will be representing in a major way. One of Ireland’s most popular studios, Wildcat Ink now has two locations in the capital – Wildcat Ink North in Jervis Street, and Wildcat South in Stephen’s Green. Wildcat’s tattoo artists will be at the Convention all weekend, so if you’re interested in getting some homegrown ink in a festival setting, contact the studio themselves on (01) 4784273 or checking out for all relevant details including the artists and their previous work to find the one that suits you.

Head over to for full artist listings and event timetables – and don’t forget if you fancy getting some ink while you’re there, contact the artists themselves to book. Many will be booked out, but it’s worth a call. Some artists might also do small pieces of flash as walk-ins, so keep your eyes peeled when you’re walking around. Trust me, there’s so much going on at Dublin Tattoo Convention, you won’t want to leave. See you there!

Tattoo Tune Up

Ever heard of the word ‘WHOP’?

Neither have I.

But apparently I have it tattooed on my arm. What people don’t realise is that’s a question mark, not a P. So why do I have ‘WHO?’ tattooed on my arm? Well that’s a long, interesting, hilarious story (at least that’s what I tell people when I’m not going to explain it).

tattoo tune up

My point is that we all know someone who has that shitty tattoo that didn’t turn out, or that they regret. You know the ones: the ‘name of your ex’ tattoo; the ‘No Regrets’ tattoo where regret is spelled with one R; that Gary Glitter tattoo you got in the 80’s; that Jimmy Savile tattoo you got in the 80’s; that Bill Cosby tattoo you got in the 80’s; pretty much any celebrity tattoo you got in the 80’s.


To combat this injustice, Wildcat have created the Tattoo Tune Up competition.


“People send us pictures of their dodgy tattoo, we put the best ones on our facebook page where people can vote on their favourite, and whoever gets the most votes, wins a free cover-up”, explains the Wildcat marketing manager, Peter Slankster.

Check out Paula’s cover-up story here


Peter explains how they plan on running this competition every couple of months and how the last winner “had a big piece on his back which took four full-day sessions to cover up… The value of the prize depends what’s being covered up and what it’s being covered up with.”


But that’s not the only competition they currently have in the works. “We produce a timelapse video of the session and tell the story behind the dodgy tattoo. We also run a competition looking for original music to be used in the video. The winner gets a €500 Wildcat voucher and a €500 Music Maker voucher.”

Have a listen to the latest entrants


Peter tells me that once the whole campaign is finished, they will begin preparing for another round of the Tattoo Tune-Up competition. “It will probably start some time in July so if you want a heads-up, just sign up to our mailing list.”


If you want us to let you know when the contest launches sign up below and we’ll send you a reminder.

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