Welcome to Nighthawk Tattoo and Gallery

Update January 3, 2022


It looks like we’re returning to work after the Christmas Break, after all!

Ontario has moved it’s COVID 19 response to a MODIFIED STEP TWO. What does that mean for our studio and clients? All appointments will continue as scheduled. Please: DO NOT bring a guest with you to your appointment. They will not be admitted. Appointment client only. Any minors under 16 will be allowed to have a parent with them.

As well, we are mandated to return to no piercing services of any kind that require disturbing or removal of the mask (nose, septum, lip piercings or services). Unfortunately this means we cannot help change or replace jewellery under the mask at this time.

Please try to make all piercing and tattoo consultations by phone or email. Jewellery sales can be arranged by phone for pickup.

We’re glad to be back, but it’s important we take all the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our clients healthy and safe. Any questions about the above, please contact the studio at 519-767-0801

As always, Masks are still required to enter the studio, and social distancing protocols are in effect.  To protect our staff and other clients, our capacity is one (1) person per appointment (or accompanying adult with a minor receiving a procedure) in order to limit the number of people in the studio as much as possible. Thank you!

To make an appointment for your tattoo, call us at 519-767-0801 and we’ll get you sorted. Be patient, it may take us a little bit to get everyone set, but it will happen!

ONLINE Appointments for body piercings can be made by clicking the BOOK button below.

— all of us at Nighthawk.

BODY PIERCINGS: We have set up an online booking link (CLICK HERE) to make things easier, and it can also be found through our google page, Instagram and Facebook page, as well as our piercing page. This is an online portal for booking piercings ONLY.

MANDATORY COVID19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Any and all persons entering Nighthawk Tattoo are REQUIRED to have a mask on, as per municipal/provincial regulations, and for the safety of our artists and clients. Please bring your own, otherwise you may have to purchase one from us. If you do not wear a mask, either by choice or due to a medical condition, we ask you to simply hold off on making an  appointment until such times as when the mandatory mask requirements have been lifted and we can safely accommodate you.

There will be a hand sanitizer station at the entrance to the studio, and must be used upon entry. Please limit the amount of personal effects you bring into the shop, as bags, bulky items, coats etc will not be allowed into the tattooing/piercing areas. Cell phones will need to be wiped down with disinfectant if you choose to have them out in the studio.

We are still limiting access to the studio, and ask Clients to attend without guests. For minors receiving piercings (under 16 years of age, an accompanying adult is allowed).

This will not be news to you, but obviously if you are feeling any cold or flu-like symptoms; have left the country in the last 14 days; or have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please call or email to reschedule your appointment. Showing up sick will get you sent home. Please, be considerate!

The health and safety of our clients, artists and the community around us are our top priority. If you have any questions about any of the above, or to talk to staff about tattoos or piercing appointments, please reach out either by email or phone.

-all the best, 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 (tel 519-767-0801)

Piercings: by Appointment 1-6 (click here for online booking)

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

Latest News

Here’s an article from the Guelph Today newspaper about personal services and the re-opening, with a great interview by Laurie. Click the image above, or here, to read more!


ONTARIO WIDE Restriction on all ear piercings. As of June 24, Guelph and area have been restricted by Public Health from performing any new ear piercings. This means everything related to the head (nose, eyebrows, lips, septum and now ears) are off limits until we hear otherwise. Sorry for the inconvenience, it’s our hope that ear piercings that do not interfere with masks or headcoverings will be allowed again in the near future, so keep in touch and we’ll update as we hear more.


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.