About Us


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 by appointment. Gift certificates in any amount for tattoos or piercings are available for purchase at the shop.

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:


Guelph's Oldest Tattoo Shop