If like us, you’ve spent most of your spare time in lockdown doodling ideas for your next tattoo, then you’ve come to the right place. Tattoo artists in London are now back in business and we’ve collated a list of some of our personal faves.
With the biggest Insta following on our list it would be hard to miss Hannah Flowers‘ incredible work. She’s based out of the No Regrets studio in Hackney and her neo traditional style packs a punch of colour and bold lines. It’s the closest you can come to a full on oil painting inked onto your skin. If that weren’t enough, most of her portfolio is taken up by portraits of beautiful women (and you wonder why we’re a fan).
Valentina is fairly new to the scene, having only started tattooing in January 2019, but she’s already making a name for herself as a future master of black and grey realism. She fucking loves a cherub and a bit of Grecian sculpture, but, if you take a quick scroll through her Instagram you’ll find a whole range of tattoos. Everything from spacemen and flamingos to a particularly cool Snoop portrait.
Malwina Maria Wisniewska
We won’t lie to you, a tattoo by Malwina is definitely a commitment. Her style is full of thick, black lines and geometric designs which can’t be hidden with a strategically placed bracelet. But if you’re feeling ready to get a serious, statement piece then she’s the artist for you. Head over to Sang Bleu Tattoo in Dalston where you’ll be in interesting company with previous clients including Kanye West…
Nowadays, there’s a lot of chat to suggest that it’s getting tougher to do anything truly original. Well, we think Emily Malice would call bullshit on that. Her tattoos have an anarchic style of their own. And, her black and grey mouth has become a bit of a calling card. Whether you’re a true rebel at heart, or, you just love fine line tattoos you can’t go wrong with an original Malice. Be sure to check her out at the shop she works at in Clerkenwell. @scorpiomarstattoo.
Claudia De Sabe
No list of London tattoo artists would be complete without Claudia De Sabe. Co-owner of Red Point Tattoo, she’s been prolific on the London tattooing scene since 2004. Her work is a fusion of two timeless styles which she describes as ‘western traditional meets Japanese’. If you’re looking for that Samurai woman you’ve always dreamed of or want to go full send on a floor to ceiling bodysuit then look no further.
OK, so strictly speaking Ellis Arch is based in Birmingham, but… she’s in London every Monday at De Sabe’s Red Point Tattoo. So, we’re claiming her for the capital. Another artist putting her own spin on the neo-traditional style with bright colours and delicate shading. However, if you’re not ready to get inked just yet, you can still get an original Arch design from her sick collection of pin badges (not a sentence we ever thought we’d say).
Who doesn’t love a bit of symmetry and a massive back piece? Any collector of blackwork, or precise AF dot work, knows that Kamila Daisy is an essential stop. She covers Londoners in some insane geometric and ornamental designs. Her body-positive attitude, bigger is better approach and the fact that she calls nipples “devil’s berries” make her a firm Nonchalant favourite.
All of these amazing artists are at the top of their game but if none of them make you want a tattoo (what are you thinking?) don’t worry, London is never short of options. If you’ve got a favourite tattoo artist that we’ve not mentioned on this list then hit us up in the comments below.
We know what you’re thinking: “it’s a pandemic, I’ve got all this ink and nowhere to go”. Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with our list of the best London pubs for that perfect date.
Love Nonchalant x