Tattooing in the UK started around the 17th Century. By the 19th century, tattooing had spread to British society but was still mainly associated with sailors and the lower class. These days, it’s unusual not to have at least one. Whether you’re completely covered in ink or usually admire from afar, there’s no denying that the UK is full of talented and creative artists.
We’ve put together a list of Top Tattoo Artists within the UK that have caught our eye with their attention to detail and flare for individuality.
- David Corden – Edinburgh
David Corden is an unbelievable artist with a knack for realism, whether it’s portraits, animals or movie tributes. The detail in his work is extraordinary, with most of his tattoos having an almost 3D effect. He really brings characters and family members to life on your skin. You might have to wait a while to get an appointment, however we think he’s definitely worth it! David can be found working at Semper Tattoo in Edinburgh and on Instagram here.
- Stu Hepcat – Glasgow
Stu Hepcat owns Hepcat Tattoo studio in Glasgow which is famous for its rockabilly diner theming. Stu has been tattooing for a quite a long time, initially specialising in traditional tattoos, but has recently moved to more realism pieces. The attention to detail that Stu applies to his work is remarkable and he’s able to offer an array of different styles, some with a vintage twist and some with vibrant colours perfect for a cartoon-style. You can view his Instagram here.
- Poppy Smallhands – Norwich
Poppy Smallhands has a unique and interesting style, specialising in sketch-styled black and grey tattoos. Not only is she a talented tattoo artist, but she provides an amazing service for people who have previously self-harmed and are looking to cover the scarring. Helping people feel confident in their own skin, she’s even been featured on the BBC programme “A Tattoo to Change Your Life”. You can find Poppy working at Inkaddiction in Norwich and on Instagram here.
- Dan Hancock – Manchester
Dan Hancock is a Multi-Award winning black & grey realism artist who owns his own studio called This Mortal Coil in Manchester. His tattoos have a dark, edgy feel with tons of detail and a Victorian vibe. If you are looking for an unusual but pretty cool tattoo, then Dan’s the man. You can find Dan on Instagram here.
- Andy Marsh – Birmingham
Have you ever seen a tattoo style like this? Eccentric, vibrant, awesome, distinctive… just some of the words we would use to describe Andy’s work. Andy specialises in surrealism, and mixes black with colour almost effortlessly. I don’t think there’s much more we can say, the photos of his work definitely speak for themselves. You can find Andy working at Churchyard Tattoo Studio in Birmingham and on Instagram here.
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