Virgin Voyages Adds a Tattoo Studio on Their New Ship

Squid Ink Tattoo parlor aboard Scarlet Lady

Scarlet Lady Adds Squid Ink Studio for exclusive tattoos at sea.

If you’ve ever even considered getting a really unique tattoo, this might be the cruise for you. Virgin Voyages has announced that their first ship, Scarlet Lady, will offer tattoos at sea at their new Squid Ink studio.

Partnering with World Famous Tattoo Ink, Virgin Voyages’ Squid Ink will have two full-time resident tattoo artists on board. Leading the ink pros is Lou Rubino Jr., visionary for World Famous Tattoo Ink.

“Tattooing is a time-honored seafaring tradition, and we’re continuing that legacy with rock and roll style by bringing some of the best ink artists to sea,” said Tom McAlpin, president and chief executive officer for Virgin Voyages. “Our sailors are looking to make lifelong memories, and we think there’s no better way to commemorate their first voyage with us than with a souvenir they’ll never lose track of.”

When Scarlet Lady debuts in 2020, Squid Ink will feature celebrity guest tattoo artists during the cruise. At this time, the lineup includes Spike TV’s Ink Master star Sarah Miller, surrealist specialist artist Arlo DiCristina and illustrative specialist Jime Litwalk.

Only vegan ink

All Squid Ink tattoos will use World Famous Tattoo Ink original vegan ink. The company creates their inks with no animal by-products or testing. Besides tattoos, you can also get body piercings. You can also have permanent makeup tattooed with vegan-friendly Perma Blend pigments. In a logical move, Virgin Voyages will permit crew members to display their tattoos, something most other cruise lines do not allow.

Get a tattoo and maybe win a cruise

Virgin Voyages and World Famous Ink will give away 100 free nautical-inspired micro tattoos on Saturday, October 20, at Soho Ink in Manhattan, 285 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, located on the corner of Lafayette and Jersey street. According to the announcement, “the first 100 participants to Soho Ink at 12 p.m. on October 20 will be able to choose one of 10 free nautical inspired micro tattoos to ink themselves with.

All who receive one of these tattoos and post about it on Instagram will be entered to win a free Virgin voyage for two,* with a one in 100 chance to win the grand prize. Sailors who cannot make it to Soho Ink this Saturday, can also enter to win a free voyage (and a free nautical inspired micro tattoo while onboard) now through November 16 by visiting

Photo: Virgin Voyages

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