An artist depicting a character, public figure or family member. With focus on the head, possibly shoulders too. Using a photo as reference if executing a realism portrait. A tattoo with personal importance needs an artist with important portrait skill.
Pinpointing every real detail in its replication from a photographic reference. A test of true artistry creates art from the imaginable to the supreme surreal. Lets just say the body becomes a fine art walking museum.
Blackwork is stylistically broad. It can be bold imagery, sacred geometry, fine-line minimalism, or extremely meticulous pieces when in the hands of the right artist. Colour isn’t always needed to give tattoo life.
black & grey
A grey-wash tattoo. Ink is diluted at different degrees to give a spectrum of shading densities for an artist to create a piece that has depth and value. This allows for far more meaning to be interpreted from a design.
No machines needed. Just a specialist artist and their hand-made tool. If the buzz gives you palpitations then search for this quieter life. Such a skill isn’t rushed with one dot inserted with each poke. For the traditional and cultured.
Dots scattered in areas where there might normally be shade or colour. Often these tattoos are geometric, symmetrical or within symbolic shapes. But the boundaries are fading. Startling imagery of todays tattoo trends are diversifying with the established work.
Elegant, discrete and small in its art form. The liner needle creates the most delicate fine lines you will ever see, like it’s been drawn on with a well-sharpened pencil. No shading, no colour, no 3D, no funny business, just skinny lines. Less is more.
A surrealist style. Using shapes, layers, colour, shading and imagery to create something that is artistically out of the ordinary, against the norm and one of a kind. Making a blank canvas a piece of abstract art.
geometric / sacred geometry
Simple in its ink, fully complex in its design. Letting the eye play catch up behind what the artwork is trying to tell you. An artist commands the perfect straight line, complete mirrored symmetry, and true patience with repetition.
An indigenous body art form. Polynesian, Samoan, Tahitian and Maori tattoo art expresses signs of identity and personality. The black ink design can constitute a singular or a variety of symbols and motifs, which in turn tells us who you are as a person.
Creating a paint-like colourful spectrum of artistry. Skin acts as a canvas for watercolour tattoos to imitate the strokes and waves like that of a brush. Symbolising poetic elegance reflected through themes of natural beauty.
Traditional pieces cover body parts in detailed and story telling work, from limb to full body. A masterpiece can include mythological creatures, among ancient traditions and imagery. Direction, position and expression bring great historical significance to the tattoo.
Animated, fun, and energetic. 'Nu Skool' has influence from graffiti, street art, caricatures and cartoonish figures. Portraits of bubbly figures with exaggerated expression in solid and vivid colour, injects a wacky ideology onto your skin.
Born from sailors encountering cultures that have tattoos. Bringing these scared inspirations back to the western world and getting skin art of their own as souvenirs of their voyage. Solid in its lines, flattering colour palette and doesn't cover entire body parts in one tattoo. Old school.
Rejuvenated traditional. Old skool techniques but with added dimension; testing the core values through image detail, shading, varied line weights and extra colour palettes. A style that is now a vivid and a unique aesthetic.
Tattoo type that is traditional, sacred and custom. Whether Victorian, gothic, calligraphy or bespoke, there are artists that specialise in each style, if not all! Letter styles suit individual personalities and create feelings in its shapes, bends and weight. Words that are not just to be read.
Think Kawaii, think cute. A Japanese pop cultured tattoo that is all things cuddly, lovable and colourful. It has all the principles of a sweet-tooth. Youthfully bright shades, chubby round textures, exaggerated animation, and kittens.
Realistic imagery that looks to be artistically trashed. With smears and smudges a well-documented, chaotic and rare design is made using a hybrid of tattoo work from the past, present and future. This artful mess is only performed using red and black ink. Trash that isn’t trashy in the slightest.
A rough and free-hand feel reflects exactly that, a sketch. This style of tattoo takes interest in a variety of artworks which would commonly be seen as pen illustrations only. A creative masterpiece that looks to cause appealing chaos with its open-minded method.
Crossing reality with science fiction. A body where technology appears to work naturally alongside it - cogs for organs, pistons for muscles, and gears for tendons - giving the wearer a sense of indestructible power. An art form that truly lets the fantasy in.
Heritage art inspired by any of the Celtic Nations: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall or Brittany. The form of body armour can comprise of a maze of intricate knots, spirals, and animal forms. Morphing with unique modern designs, it’s a tattoo that is ornately faithful to the skin.
Artwork reduced to the bare elements of tattooing. Allows for freedom of expression with negative space prioritising specific details of the design, rather than exploiting shading or colour. Simplistic and delicate line movements are calming to follow in pure adornment.
Witnessing revived childhood animations, classic comics, manga, and adult cartoons - this design is being seen more often than not. Bold, colourful, and of course animated - a favourite character or character familiarity to the wearer produces a standalone vibrant statement.
Skin art that isn’t solely for decoration. It marks the spiritual and religious journey the wearer is taking or has already taken. A persons beliefs and faith are shown on the skin in pride. Whatever the piece is, it will hold great symbolic significance.
The ink used to highlight a thought provoking detail in a design, or to hold its own as a modern art form. Delicate in its appearance and delicate in its permanence, a white ink only tattoo may not stand the test of time, but it holds peoples time of interest.
Bold, sharp and warped imagery make up this signature skin decoration. Based on designs from tribes of North America, these tattoos are symbolic of status and spiritual devotion. This body art defines the wearer’s individual expression and identity.
cover-up / re-working
Using skill and understanding to place a new design on top of an existing, to give the body new meaning. This is performed through shading, colour and placement. Artists will also polish an old piece by re-lining and re-colouring a current tattoo if it no longer looks, as it should.