Welcome to Nighthawk Tattoo and Gallery

COVID-19 Update (as of March 20): First off, we hope everyone in the community remains healthy and in good spirits, given the extraordinary situation we all find ourselves in dealing with the Covid19 pandemic.

We have decided to close the shop until further notice …

With the Covid-19 pandemic getting worse by the day, we feel that it is in the best interest of our clients and staff to close down and do our part in social distancing..

We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment of clients with upcoming appointments.. We will be in contact soon to figure out when appointments can be rescheduled..

FOR PIERCINGS: If you have a piercing emergency (jewellery has come out, upcoming MRI/Surgery appointments needing jewellery removed, etc) please email the shop, and we will do our best to schedule an appointment with our piercer. tattoos@nighthawktattoo.com

Once again, we genuinely wish that all of you remain safe and healthy through this crisis. Take care -Laurie, Mac, Sally and Mark

from left: Mark (Piercing), Emily (front desk), Laurie (Tattooing), Sally (Laser Removal) Mac (Tattooing). Picture courtesy of Breila Rose Photography

from left: Mark (Piercing), Emily (front desk), Laurie (Tattooing), Sally (Laser Removal), Mac (Tattooing). Picture courtesy of  Breila Rose Photography


Nighthawk Tattoo’s studio (free parking and fully wheelchair accessible!) is located at 951 Gordon St (Gordon St. and Kortright Rd in Guelph’s South End.) Feel free drop by anytime after 1pm Tuesday to Saturday to book your tattoo or laser appointment, or for your walk in piercing!


Established in 1992, Nighthawk Tattoo and gallery is proud to be the City of Guelph’s premiere tattoo and piercing studio, and has proven over the last two decades to be one of the most popular body art studios in Southern Ontario. Nighthawk Tattoo offers professional tattooing and body piercing in an atmosphere that is both friendly and welcoming. Tattoos by Laurie Stewart or Mac Young are by appointment only. Piercings by Mark McAlpine are done on a walk in basis. Gift certificates in any amount for tattoos or piercings are available for purchase at the shop.

Affordable, Professional Laser Tattoo Removal

sallyoffice Nighthawk Tattoo is proud to offer professional tattoo removal. Whatever your reason to remove your tattoo (to make room for new work, to erase that youthful mistake, etc) we offer safe, simple and effective laser ink removal with our expertly trained Laser Technician, Sally Watson, and with the latest in laser technology. Call the shop at 519-767-0801 for more information.

Safety is paramount at our studio. In addition to providing our clients with quality custom artwork and professional body piercings, our goal is to educate our clients and to promote body art health and safety information to the community at large. Nighthawk Tattoo is one of the few Tattoo Studios in Ontario to have a close working relationship with members of the Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Health Unit, as well as other health provider organizations in Guelph and surrounding area. Professional Piercer and educator, Mark McAlpine works directly with the Health Unit on Body Art health and safety presentations to area schools, as well as independent presentations at the University of Guelph, The Hillside Festival, The John Howard Society and more. Mark has also acted as an expert consultant on several tattoo and piercing safety projects.

We are proud to be participants in Public Health’s new project that puts a personal face on the important work the Health Unit does in within our community:


Get in touch

951 Gordon Street in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 519 767-0801
Email: tattoos@nighthawktattoo.com


Open Tuesday-Saturday 1-7pm

Tattoos: by appointment

Piercings: Walk in 1-6 (no appointment necessary)

Laser Removal: call to book free a consultation, and appointments

Latest News

No Piercings FRIDAY JANUARY 31 AND SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1, as Mark, our piercer, will be competing in the prestigious Brampton Cup for amateur boxing. Best of luck, Mark!

Holidays are nearly on us — the shop will close from December 21 until January 6, back to normal hours on January 7. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone! Merry Christmas


Here’s a great article on Nighthawk Tattoo artist and owner, Laurie Stewart, in Guelph Today. Check it out!


Nighthawk Tattoo are proud participants in Public Health’s new campaign to put a personal face to the work they do within the Wellington Dufferin community. Check out Mark’s video, as well as the others highlighting the many ways the Health Unit works directly with both individuals and businesses in the area. Visit the I am the Public in Public Health page for more!


The shop will be closed Saturday August 5 for the August Long Weekend. See you back normal hours on Tuesday!





We’re always glad to see when clients come into the shop knowledgeable and educated about tattoos and piercings — and the Check Before You Choose Program by the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Health Unit goes a long way in helping clients make an informed decision regarding their body art. Click the link above and take a look at our inspection reports, as well as those of other shops in the area. Our clients recognize that we make your and safety a top priority here at Nighthawk Tattoo, and tools like this are a fantastic way to keep yourself in the know!


August 24 2016: We’re sad to say that Emily has had her last day working the front desk at Nighthawk this summer, and is now set to head off to Halifax, Nova Soctia, to begin a new adventure at NASCAD University. Anyone who’s seen Emily’s artwork knows firsthand what a talented artist she is, so we know she’s going to excel at NASCAD. We wish her well on this new chapter in her life! Thanks Emily, you rock!



Attention Guelph Weirdy-beardies! The new shipment of Topher’s Beard Company beard oils, balms and soaps have just arrived! We’re also carrying a brand new scent, Bullet, which is sure to be one of the more popular choices for your beard care. Bullet is a deep conditioning oil base, hand-blended with the scent of unfired gunpowder and spicy black pepper that will have your beard soft and smelling awesome. From the moment you open the bottle you  feel like you’re standing on the gun range.  This isn’t the sulfuric scent that most think of with gunpowder but the clean unfired scent of powder, brass and gun oil.

Like all the beard oils and balms we carry at Nighthawk Tattoo, the carrier oils will nourish and hydrate your face hairs, the oil blend not only smells great but also will help with acne, dandruff and under beard itch. In short, it will help keep your skin healthy under your beard.

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New! We’re so excited to now have available for piercing these beautiful 16g multi-gem hinged hoops, perfect for cartridge, nose piercings, eyebrows and more! 8mm, 9mm, 10mm hoop with clear crystal, pink and blue Swarovski gems. From the wonderful folks at Trinity Body Jewelry.



If you have an old tattoo that’s aged badly, or that you just plain regret, we’re here to help!

Laser tattoo removal allows us to either fully remove a tattoo, or, as in this case, lighten the tattoo enough to cover it completely with a custom design you’ll love. Call or visit our studio and learn more about our Fade to Cover Laser Tattoo Removal packages.