Spotted your favourite celeb has a tattoo and now you want to join in on the trend? Long gone are the days when getting tatted was taboo, now everyone wants to follow in the footsteps of Sam Cam (or, for our younger readers who don’t know the reference, Harry Styles and Ariana Grande).
Now that you’ve finally plucked up the courage to get your first ink, have a design in mind and even the area pinpointed, you need to find somewhere to get tatted. Thankfully for you, we’ve done the hard work for you, searching high and low for the best, friendliest and ‘it’ tattoo parlours in the city.
From Vagabond Tattoo to Grace Neutral’s Femme Fatale studio, here’s where to get inked.
Forget the dingy looking tattoo shop on your local high street, Vagabond Tattoo’s design reworks how a typical tattoo parlour should look. Located on Hackney Road, it’s clean, polished and contemporary style is what attracts ink lovers back again and again. Alongside their wealth of knowledge, expertise and original tattoo designs.
The space, decked out with stylish modern furniture, is packed with row upon row of intricate artwork and tattoo designs. On the tattoo front, there’s an artist to fit all styles, from fine line and lettering to graphic and blackwork.
471 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9ED
Venture out of central and head over to East Dulwich to get your new ink. Storyville, found on Lordship Lane, is a stunning tattoo parlour that shies away from your typical shop front look and is in fact a little garden studio.
The studio has been set up by husband and wife duo Nick and Clare. Outside there’s a courtyard space with seating and tropical plants awaiting you for those who need a little breather throughout their several hour session, while inside the studio is spacious and airy.
Scroll through their designs online or pop them over a message if you’re after something unique and a little different.
Let the good times roll at Shoreditch’s Good Times tattoo parlour. Located on Curtain Street, Good Times was set up by ink artist Nikole Lowe back in 2009, and has since gone on to become one of the city’s best spots for speciality tattoos.
The studio space is home to intricate artworks lining the walls and trinkets spread across, and provides space for several tattooers to get their ink at one time.
Current resident artists include Nikole, Piotrek Taton, Hannah Keuls, Kamila Daisy, Eszter David and Jon Peeler.
1st Floor, 147 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3QE
If you know a thing or two about your London tattoo artists and parlours, then you might recognise this one. Set up by professional tattoo artist, activist and all round boss lady Grace Neutral, Femme Fatale’s Broadway Market parlour brings the best female tattoo artists to one place.
Set up back in 2010, the space has now become renowned across the nation and beyond for its DIY collective scene. Tattoo artists from around the globe come here to showcase their work through pop-up residences and ink lovers themselves travel far and wide to get tatted here.
For those longing for a tattoo but have the jitters, look to South City Market for a space that’ll instantly put you at ease. Home to arcade games, neon signage and tropical plants, it’s a studio that wouldn’t look out of place propped up onto your Insta grid but their staff will be sure to make you feel comfortable and nerve free.
The popular studio works solely in black and grey custom tattoos and specialises in micro designs, so whether you’re getting your first small tattoo or you’re filling in that gap on your sleeve, they’ll be able to help. South City Market selects their artists based on their experience and professionalism, so you can rest assured you’ll be in good hands.
Finsbury Park studio, Through My Third Eye was set up by Mowgli and Emma Bunbonis, and later joined by Matt Pettis, after they saw a gap in the tattoo market. Having worked in studios, gaining knowledge, experience and expertise, they set up this new studio with the forefront of the brand’s identity based on being inspired by its clientele. Because after all, what’s a tattoo shop without anyone wanting tattoos? Nowadays the studio space brings together an exciting roster of artists and guest names who do tattoo pop-ups.
342 Hornsey Road, N7 7HE
Reminiscent of a loft space you’d expect to find in a New York sitcom, Parliament Tattoo is a fun location to next get inked. Set up in an old factory building, the studio is a family run business from Scott Move and Nicola Mary Wyatt.
Home to an exciting roster of artists, they specialise in a wild mix of styles and designs, from blackwork to modern art.
Unit D, Leeds Place, N4 3RF