Amazon Dövme was supposed to have a stand at the 2020 Saigon Tattoo Expo in Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam in March 2020, but the convention was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We decided to go to Vietnam anyway, seeing as though we had already bought flights and, at that stage, the Coronavirus outbreak was very recent and hadn’t spread to Vietnam yet.
While we were there we had the opportunity to meet Danis Nguyen, owner of Saigon Ink tattoo studio and organiser of the Saigon Tattoo Expo.
It was Danis’s day off but, because we had come all the way and he’s such a nice guy, he came to meet us at the studio anyway – and then took us out for dinner and a couple of beers… and then for more drinks and some great live music at the Biker Shield Bistro. The Biker Shield Bistro is such a great venue and we had an incredible night with Danis – who was clearly a regular – and his friends.
If you’re heading to Ho Chi Minh City make sure to check out Biker Shield (Friday nights are best for live music apparently) and Saigon Ink.
We hope to be back in Vietnam for the next edition of the Saigon Tattoo Expo… whenever that may be!
Besides being an amazing tattoo artist, Danis is also a really good traditional Vietname-style painter. Check out his work on Instagram:
You can also follow Biker Shield Bistro on Instagram for upcoming events and promos: @bikershieldbistro