11 Dec 2007

North Borneo Ink and Bar

Tattoos are symbolic art forms which hold great significance for certain ethnic groups in Borneo. In Sabah, the Murut people are known for their intricate motifs often seen adorning their walls, long houses and even their bodies. Today body art is very much alive; some preferring contemporary designs while others opts for more traditional look.Whatever your choice, the North Borneo Ink Tattoos and Bars, which opened its doors in April 2007, can cater to your requests. The establishment carries a unique concept whereby guests can get their tattoos done while waiting friends can enjoy a pint or two at the bar or play a round of pool. North Borneo Ink currently has three resident tattoo artists who can create almost any tattoo you desire. Check out the variety of Borneo-inspired ethnic designs or if you prefer you can also have body piercing done here. Talent for the art of tattoos? North Borneo Ink also offers apprenticeship to aspiring tattoo artists. The bar offers a wide range of beverages, be it your refreshing beer or your favorite cocktails, such as the NBI special – a sweet concoction that actually packs quite a punch! The cozy bar has a good view of Kota Kinabalu’s Gaya Street and can cater to one hundred people at a time, ideal for private functions. Need a bite to go with that drink? The kitchen can whip up a variety of finger food, such as fish and chips, sausage bite and chicken wings. Pool sharks will be glad to know Tuesdays offer free pool games all night long and ladies can enjoy a free tattoo (from a selected range) on Wednesdays. For professionally-done tattoo in a hip and happening ambience, look no further than North Borneo Tattoos and Bar. Even if you don’t walk away with a tattoo, you are guaranteed a great night out.

North Borneo Ink and Bar is located at Lot 80, 1st Floor Gaya Street Kota Kinabalu (next to Alliance Bank). Open weekdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 am and until 2:00 am on weekends. Bar opens at 5:00 pm. To get a tattoo done appointments are recommended to avoid disappointment. Contact Genn Lai at 013 8647898 or Mazlan at 014 652 5526
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