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The Church Tattoo Studio, Redditch
Stephanie Melbourne has been tattooing since 2016 and predominately specialises in Neo-traditional tattoos. She initially studied illustration and drew pencil portraits, and she has turned her creative hobby into a career. Stephanie currently works at The Church Tattoo Studio in Redditch, Birmingham. She says its been a “whirlwind so far”.
Palm Noir Tattoo Studio, Wirral
0151 538 0557
Danny began his tattooing career on the Wirral in 2012, specialising in Traditional and Neo-traditional tattoos. He later moved to Berlin, Germany where he expanded his experience as an artist and travelled to lots of different countries to work at international tattoo conventions. Danny has gained a lot of awards at various conventions and hopes to travel and tattoo in even more places in the future.
With Heart Tattoo, Preston
Dorisu fell into tattooing as she had always been drawing since she was young and never really wanted to do any other job that wasn’t creative. She loved tattooing from the very start and she is always trying to improve. She says her tattoo journey has “been amazing so far, I’ve met so many lovely artists and clients and many have become my friends”. Dorisu specialise in neo traditional/glitter and also blackwork/dotwork tattoos.
Painted Lady Tattoo, Birmingham
0121 608 6086
Matt is situated in Birmingham and tattoos from Painted Lady Tattoo Parlour. He specialises in neo-traditional tattoos, and has a knack for creating some amazing neo-trad style portraits. From Ken Jeong to Bob Ross, Matt captures the likeness perfectly in all of the portraits he does.
Legacy Ink, Haverhill
Josh started tattooing around 12 years ago – he collected tattoos and always had an interest, but never planned to start doing them himself! He got an apprenticeship and never looked back. His chosen style is dark black and grey, and he loves using textures and contrasts. He says that being able to do what he loves is a real privilege.
Artium Ink, Exeter
Working from Artium Ink, Exeter, Anthony has only been tattooing for a few years, but his solid and colourful neo-traditional tattoos are incredible. From dinosaurs to anime characters, to pop-culture inspired pieces, Anthony's work is always bold and bright.
Alone in the Dark Ink, Didcot
Ladislav's career started in the UK in 2009 as a hobby, then turned into a serious job. After 14 years working here Ladislav moved back to his homeland of Slovakia where he opened his own studio 'Slovakia Tattoo'. His preferred style is realism and portrait tattoos, and he loves doing both black and grey and colour. His biggest success is seeing happy customers walking out of his shop with his artwork on their skin. It gives him a great feeling knowing people have travelled 2000 miles to get his work. He's also won over 50 awards at tattoo conventions.
Black Gate Tattoo, Widnes
Tony Kennedy has been a tattooist for over 6 years, he specialises in bold geometric linework combined with delicate dot-work whilst also creating a distinct style called Neonwork. He owns Black Gate Tattoos in Widnes, and he is looking forward to being part of the future of tattooing.
3-6-9 Tattoo, Liverpool
Courtney began her tattoo career back in 2013. Since then she's have travelled all over doing various guest spots and meeting some amazing people along the way. She's currently based in Liverpool and specialises in linework/blackwork tattoos, but love branching out to colour pieces every so often. Growing up, tattooing was always Courtney's dream job, and now she can honestly say she loves every second of it!
Alchemy Tattoo Art, Accrington
Working from Alchemy Tattoo in Accrington, Amy specialises in black and grey tattoos. She hasn't been tattooing for too long, but her work is really beautiful and speaks for itself.
Devil in the Detail, Stoke-on-Trent
From an early age, Ben has always been interested in all art forms. His mum, dad, and grandad were all artists, which introduced him to the artistic lifestyle. He got into tattooing to pursue a career involving art, and 14 years later, he here is! His work has evolved throughout the years, he now works mainly with colours. He is known for doing realism and cartoonism.
Ragnarok Tattoo, Kingsbridge
Based in Devon, Paul has been tattooing for over a decade. He is originally from Cardiff but moved to Plymouth to study art at university, where he first got into tattooing. His tattoo style is mostly blackwork/geometric, and he loves to include a variety of influences from other forms of art. Outside of tattooing, he enjoys painting and carpentry on his days off. Over the past few years, he has won a few awards, and he is very keen to attend more conventions.
Troy has been tattooing for 11 years, and has developed his style over studying countless artists that he admires. Currently, he operates out of his studio called Embellished Ink in Bournemouth. He specialises in black and grey tattoos, focusing on Chicano realism. He is “trying to bring the South American flair to the UK’s south coast”.
White Tiger Tattoo, Bathgate
Mikkel Østberg is an international multi-award winning tattoo artist who specialises in large scale work of all styles. Mikkel works out of his private studio White Tiger Tattoo, which is located in West Lothian, Scotland. He’s also had lots of his work featured in Skin Deep and Skin Shots magazines.
Lord Nelson Tattoos, Chester
Peter 'Lord' Nelson has been tattooing since early 2006, where he studied his craft under the well known artists at Saz's Tattoo Studio in Warrington. He went on to open his own successful shop, Lord Nelson Tattoos in Chester. Pete's passion lies within realism but he does very much enjoy all aspects and mediums of this art form.
Ebb & Flow, Colchester
Charlotte specialises in neo-traditional colour and dotwork animal tattoos, however, she also loves making gaming and nerdy tattoos too! She is an avid gamer in her spare time and plays on an Overwatch team. She fell in love with tattooing when she got her first tattoo and has been hooked ever since.
The BlackHouse Club
Sasha has always been interested in art, in all its forms. On her 18th birthday, she was straight in the tattoo chair, having a three hour session, and by the end of the session, she realised she wanted to be a tattoo artist! She moved to Brighton and searched for an apprenticeship, and by 2013 she was tattooing. She specialises in blackwork mostly, but she loves doing realism and portraits. She says “Getting to work with people I admire is definitely my greatest achievement in tattooing”.
Private Studio, Brighton
Georgiie has been tattooing for almost 10 years, specialising in colourful cartoons, glittery stuff but has a love for doing blackwork/dotwork also. She always had an interest in tattooing from a young age, always drawing at school. As soon as she got her first tattoo she knew it was 100% what she wanted in life. One of her greatest achievements is landing her dream job at a young age and also bringing people such joy when they see their tattoo.
Tatt House, Belfast
028 9060 0697
Alan got into tattooing in around 2012. He's been drawing his whole life but never thought he could make money from it until a friend advised him to create a portfolio and take it to the studio he got tattooed at, and the rest is history. The style Alan does day in and day out is black and grey realism. Animal portraits is what gets asked for the most, and what he really enjoys doing. Alan says "tattooing has given me so much in life and I feel truly blessed everyday".
Private Studio, Bristol
Saint Ink first found interest in tattoos when he was 10 when his mum and step dad came home with new tattoos. He started making designs when he was 15 and began tattooing himself and fruit, continuing to draw religiously, and after many unsuccessful attempts at securing an apprenticeship, he was finally offered a place in a studio. His main style is black and grey semi-realism with his own twist on things. He's constantly learning and looking forward to see where tattooing will take him!
Currently based in Shropshire, UK, Emma has been tattooing since 2017 and predominately specialises in blackwork, dotwork and ornamental style tattoos. Emma initially studied Fine Art for 3 years at University before finding herself an apprenticeship in tattooing. Since the start of her career, Emma has gone on to win 2 awards for her work so at both Wolverhampton's ‘Halloween Tattoo Bash’ & the Liverpool Tattoo Convention. She looks forward to working more conventions in the near future.
Bridge Street Tattoo, Chester
Sammie Jones specialises in watercolour art, with an element of realism. She describes this as an “extension of the way she paints”. Her inspiration is often taken from nature, but she is also drawn to bright, bold imagery. Sammie started tattooing 8 years ago, and she believes that she has so much further to grow and learn.
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Alex took up interest in tattooing when she was around 13, influenced by metal and bike rallies. Her preferred style is neotraditional, with a more feminine twist! She gets easily inspired by fellow tattoo artists, and over the past 8 years she has progressed quickly, and she takes great pride in making clients feel good about themselves and their tattoos.
The Warehouse Tattoo, Kent
Fraser never actually chased being a tattoo artist, he exhibited some paintings in a gallery and was offered an apprenticeship. It was a no brainier!... His tattoo journey so far has been short but sweet, going straight from his apprenticeship into his own studio, he's also travelled for guest spots and conventions and met lots of good people. He's grateful for working alongside some of his favourite artists he now calls friends. What more could you want!? He's proud of being interviewed for Total Tattoo magazine, even though he says he spoke utter dribble, it was nice to be recognised!
Bank Street Tattoo, Edinburgh
Dawid started his career in the tattoo industry over 11 years ago, and in that time he has worked extensively throughout Europe including Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark and the UK. Currently based in Dundee, Scotland, Dawid specialises in both colour realism and black and grey realism in Bank Street Tattoo, where he has been building a vast and loyal clientele in the city and further afield.
Cicada Electric Tattoo Studio, Plymouth
Martin started tattooing with traditional styles and wanted to work in as many different ways that he could, exploring all styles and techniques. His favourite styles are surrealism/liquid realism, but he also loves neo traditional and illustrative styles too! He hopes to develop his great skills even further in the future.
Ace of Wands, Kent
Scott got into tattooing fairly late after working various other jobs. He always been in to art from a very young age but never considered the possibility of being able to make a career out of it until starting his apprenticeship in 2015. Since then he's experimented with various different styles but found his true passion in neo trad, anime, gaming and pop culture tattoos in both colour and black and grey. He feels extremely privileged to do a job he loves and look forward to going to work every day. "The proudest moment of my career so far has to be my wu-tang tattoo being shared on social media by GZA himself."
Bold Will Hold Tattoo, Belfast
David is the owner of Bold Will Hold Tattoo in Belfast. He has been a full time tattooer since 2017. David specialises in traditional tattooing, particularly bold, colourful designs. His proudest achievement so far is opening up his own private studio, and he looks forward to the years to come!
Traditional Values Tattoo, Devon
Matt became a tattoo artist after discovering his passion as a child. He was around 10 when he first discovered the arm form, and from then on, he wanted to be covered in tattoos. Since his apprenticeship he has worked with many styles and techniques and now has his own studio, Traditional Values. He specialises in neo-traditional and neo-Japanese styles.
Skins and Needles, Middlesbrough
Adam Hawkes has 13 years of experience in the tattoo industry. He is a self-taught realism artist who can comfortably switch up his game and work in various different styles, providing top class results, whether he’s working in black and grey or colour. Working on a large-scale canvas is one of his favourite options as this gives him the chance to freely project his creativity and talent within a certain theme or unique custom design.
Fates and Fury, Sheffield
Hi, I’m Lily and I co-own Fates and Fury Tattoo in Sheffield. I’m still fairly new in the industry I’ve been tattooing for a few years, and although I dabbled in every style during my apprenticeship if I’m honest I’ve specialised in neo-traditional from nearly day one. It’s my absolute favourite and I’ve loved it ever since I was studying at art school. I fell in love with bold lines and trying out different colour combinations. I’m excited to push myself even more and see what the next few years bring for my art.
Private Studio, High Wycombe, UK
Born in Poland, Jammes started his adventure in the tattoo world pretty late after many years in the music industry. After 2 years tattooing he moved to the UK where life was easier, and he's now been tattooing for 19 years. He enjoys the freedom of his safe space and own private studio in High Wycombe, just 30 minutes West from London. He loves doing sleeves, back pieces, and leg sleeves, portrait work and classic black and grey. He's recently been studying traditional Japanese styles. Jammes doesn't tend to follow tattoo trends, but is a big fan of some new talented names in the tattoo world! He loves learning something new every day.
L1 Electric Tattoo Co.
Curtis is a traditional style tattooer who is passionate about Americana with regards to folk art specifically. He began studying and painting traditional American style tattoo flash around 2010/11 and quickly developed a love for it and has immersed himself in American traditional tattooing, travelling to different states in America to guest, spend time with and ultimately learn from other great artists. He's a collector of different kinds of art, antiquities and oddities, and he's dedicated to giving each of his clients the best tattoo he can, in a sterile and safe environment.
Kris started tattooing in Bognor Regis, after finishing his degree in Photography. He has been tattooing for a few years and his taste for geometric patterns and blackwork tattoos was quickly uncovered during his apprenticeship. He has taken inspiration from Black Symmetry and Suttoos, with their strong geometric and Japanese inspired work. His proudest moment is being able to open his own shop, Eleven Tattoo.
Gunz N Ink, Suffolk
Lucie, known as Lucietattoo, has been tattooing for 7 years now, specialising in blackwork floral designs. She co-hosts a podcast about tattooing called “How Much for a Sleeve?”. She has wanted to get into tattooing as soon as tattoos came onto her radar in her teens, but having her daughter young, she had to wait for the right time. Tattooing has been a “dream come true” for Lucie.
New Hope, Aldershot
Laura Ann was always passionate about drawing things of a darker subject matter, and tattooing was the perfect career choice as she could continue to draw expressively, whilst remaining social and earn a source of income. She discovered a studio was opening down the same road as her, so took the opportunity, and started a few days later - it was meant to be! At the beginning Laura Ann would take on anything that walked in the door which gave her experience in most styles and she eventually experimented with neo traditional, and the outcome is what you see today.
Second Skin, Derby
Tim wanted to be a tattoo artist for as long as he can remember. One of his earliest memories was his uncle's tattoos which amazed him. At school Tim would draw tattoos on his friends, charging 10p per tattoo! He was talked out of tattooing as a career, with no one believing it was a 'proper' job, so he now considers himself lucky to be able to do the job he loves. Tim naturally leaned towards black and grey realism and it’s pretty much all he does now. He believes tattooing has changed dramatically over the years, and it’s something a lot of youngsters aspire to do.
The Vault Tattoos, Yeovil
Dan Giles is an artist at The Vault Tattoos in Somerset, and has been tattooing full time since 2017. Initially, he wanted to go into colour realism, but after a couple of years, he fell in love with traditional tattooing and decided it should be his main focus. One of his big achievements is his degree in History, which is his second-most passion after tattooing, so he jumps at every opportunity to include this into his work.
The Gilded Rook, Chesterfield
Liv started her tattoo apprenticeship from the age of 18 and worked within that studio for almost 9 years. She had wanted to tattoo from a young age and always tried to keep the mindset of ‘if you want something bad enough, you've got to make it happen’. Last year, Liv opened her own private studio called The Gilded Rook Tattoo Studio. She says she is “so lucky to work alongside some very talented artists and to have had the past years being guided and taught by amazing artists”.
Watermelon Tattoo, Edinburgh
Noemi grew up in Naples, Italy and during her studies she found a passion for graffiti and managed to become an apprentice at Costa Tattoo Studio. After several years she moved to Edinburgh. She works with various styles, and she became sought after for her distinct style in watercolour. She has become very versatile over the years and loves to mix it up! Three years ago, she opened the doors to her own studio: Watermelon Tattoo.
Watermelon Tattoo, Edinburgh
Liz started tattooing when she was 18, and she has always loved art and has been drawing and painting since she was a kid. She has met some amazing people through tattooing, and she says its one of the best parts of tattooing. She likes blackwork and black n grey, and specialises mostly in blackwork. She is proud of moving all the way from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Edinburgh, Scotland and investing in her career here.
Made You Look Tattoo, Kent
Finn works at Made You Look Tattoo in Maidstone, Kent, as you can guess! His earliest memory of tattoos was a panther head on his dad's hands which sparked his interest in tattoos. His first one was a treble clef with a handpoked peace sign on his hip! Finn has spent his professional career at Made You Look, and doesn't really count anything before that. MYL concentrates more on traditional motifs, but they tackle anything that comes through the door. For Finn, traditional just has that allure that no other style has, and the fundamentals of good traditional can be put towards any style. Finn is most proud of being offered a job by Dan from MYL, and he says it's the best place to work!
Black River Tattoo, Rainham
Tom has been tattooing since 2017 and works at Black River Tattoo in Rainham, Kent. He was drawn to tattooing from a young age, going to tattoo conventions and hanging around piercing shops. He was always fascinated by the culture and art of tattooing and body mods, so when he got into tattooing it was a dream come true. He loves dark and illustrative artwork and the subject matter of his work often consists of nature, medieval culture, or the occult. He collects taxidermy and skulls which also feature in his tattoos. It’s great having real skulls including human to work from as reference, however strange it may be.
Ashley Newton Tattoo, Lincoln
Ashley specialises in anime and comic style tattoos. Although he started off doing a completely different style, seeing comic book style tattoos lead him to anime which sparked some childhood memories of Dragonball-Z, and he hasn't stopped since! He began tattooing around 9 years ago almost by accident after he got speaking to an artist who helped out with an apprenticeship, and eventually Ashley was able to go it alone and has never looked back since. It hasn't been the easiest road, but Ashley didn't have the hardest of times either, and he couldn't have asked for a better job!
The Willow Rose Tattoo Parlour, Walsall
Kristopher has always been interested in art and drawings. He started off doing traditional tattoos and using colour, but he found himself doing more and more blackwork and fell in love with the style, slowly building his reputation up doing floral and ornamental pieces. He puts his heart and soul into every tattoo. He's worked some big conventions and is proud to say he's won a fair few awards for best blackwork and even picked up best of day at one show. He's looking at working over seas some more, and heading to the States!
Citadel Tattoo, Liverpool
Peter has been drawing and creating art for as long as he can remember, so when he first encountered tattoos he was hooked. When the opportunity arose for him to get into the tattoo industry, he grabbed it with both hands. Peter committed all of his time to learning everything he could, and he says that he never stops learning. It's so rewarding, but his journey has only just begun! His favourite style is colour neo traditional, and he likes to imprint his own personal style into every tattoo he does. His proudest achievement is being able to maintain his passion and drive to develop his skills.
Belfast Blackworks Tattoo, Belfast
Charlotte is an Irish artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She's currently focusing on fineline and illustrative blackwork, which has naturally developed from a background in printmaking. Although nature plays heavily in her work, she is not limited to it. Charlotte also enjoys animals, insects and occult themes to name a few. Being a tattoo artist is the dream for Charlotte; not only does she get to do what she loves every single day, but she can travel with it and also get the opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life.
Vivid Ink, Birmingham
Kay was really into pop punk when she was younger and tattoos came with that scene. She was always drawing and into art, and did a couple of stints apprenticing, but didn’t start tattooing full time until 5 years ago. Kay was particularly proud of winning 1st place in line and dotwork at her first convention in The Netherlands. She's also proud that she's been able to travel internationally to tattoo. Kay specialises in line work, dotwork, ornamental and geometric work.
Skin Kitchen Tattoo Lounge, Kent
Jessica is a custom tattoo artist based in Margate, Kent. She specialises in neotraditional styles, and enjoys implementing dark themes into her work by using golds and jewel tones. She also really enjoys mixing traditional designs with glitter and pastel palettes!
Hammersmith Tattoo, London
After opening her shop in an Antic Market, Paris, where she sold her art, Amandine came to London and started her tattoo carer in 2018. She specialised in fine line black and grey, and found inspiration in old engravings and botanical illustrations. Amandine says that tattooing is the best thing that ever happened to her, as she meets amazing people all the time and continues to learn every day.
Township Tattoo, Haddenham
Based in Buckinghamshire, Thomas has been tattooing full time for just under 4 years now. Previously studying for a degree in graphic design & illustration, his work became more tattoo inspired after spending time collecting work from many amazing tattooists. Inspired greatly by classic traditional tattooing, his bright and bold style, combines a unique twist on classic themes with a broad and vibrant colour palette. "Tattooing has presented me with some amazing opportunities so far and I’m excited to see what unfolds over the next few years."
Sacred Studios, Liverpool
She has always been interested in tattoos and as soon as she started getting tattooed, she fell in love with the industry and wanted to do nothing else since. She has been tattooing for about 3 years and originally was interested in neotrad but as soon as she tried black work she was completely obsessed with the style and methods. "I am most proud of that I started off in a small town and in a few years I helped open a studio in the city centre with alongside a team of my closest friends and fellow artists".
Bank Street Tattoo, Dundee
Graham started tattooing after being offered an apprenticeship from a local studio based on illustrations he had been posting on Instagram. At the time he had just been made redundant from an engineering job, and decided to go travel the world for a year, giving him time to think. Once he returned, he took that apprenticeship, and it was the best decision he's ever made. He love clean simple linework and illustrations, and so try to make tattoos of that style, although he's always looking to adapt and progress.
The Artem Gallery, Liverpool
Jessica started her apprenticeship in 2014 and went on to work part time. Living in a little town where tattooing wasn’t fully appreciated, she decided to move to a city to learn and experience more. Jessica moved to Liverpool in 2016 and hasn't looked back - currently working in the city centre at ‘The Artem Gallery’. She specialises in black and grey dot work, with mixed influences throughout nature and art making up her illustrative style.
Jayne Doe Tattoo, Essex
Marcus has been tattooing for a decade and is currently working from Jayne Doe Tattoo in East London/Essex, with regular guest spots at Der Grim in Berlin. Marcus loves to push the boundaries of technique and creativity within his work using colour to create stylised portraits, anime inspired pieces and genre defying tattoos.
Sacred Studios, Liverpool
Jamie has wanted to tattoo for as long as she can remember, she heard her first Iron Maiden song when she was around 9 and it changed her life. From then on she fell in love with the alternative world and body modification in general! Jamie's personal style of tattooing is considered to be on the more blackwork illustrative side. "It's been my dream for forever and I'm so happy I get to do this for a living."
Down The Rabbit Hole Tattoo, Gloucester
Chez always loved bold and graphic artwork, along with tattoos and after getting boxed in by art subjects in the education system thought could bring something new to the tattoo world! He believes his tattoo journey has only just begun, he's made some great friends/ family along the way. He is super excited to see what the future holds! "I’d say my specialised style is contemporary. But I love pulling my favourite elements from all styles to create my work. However I do feel my style is always evolving!"
Gold Rain Tattoo, Manchester
Lewis has been tattooing since 2017. His work is very quirky, doing mostly pop culture based work that includes The Simpsons and Pokemon. He also loves creating a mix of traditional and neo-traditional work. Lewis always tries to create some unique work. "I work from my private studio in Manchester which reflects on the quirky and fun tattoos I produce".