London’s top tattoo parlours
Earlier this year London hosted the world’s biggest body art show. The 8th London Tattoo Convention was held at Tobacco Dock, not far from Tower Bridge. With tens of thousands of visitors turning up to the convention all eager to watch live tattooing events, a travelling version of the notorious Amsterdam Tattoo Museum and live music and theatrical performances, it is safe to surmise that the art of tattooing is very much alive and kicking in the British capital.
Further evidence of London’s vibrant tattoo scene is the fact that the capital is home to some of the best tattoo parlours in the world.
If you are thinking of going under the tattoo’s needle, then take a look at three of the best tattoo parlours in London.
Prick!, 386 Old Street, EC1V 9LT
With a name like Prick!, you’re not likely to forget this tattoo parlour in a hurry! This unpretentious and exceedingly popular parlour is one of London’s oldest tattoo shops as is run by the highly sought-after LA-born artist Henry Hate!
From age-old hippies wanting to put some fresh ink to their collection, to City bankers deciding to branch into the world of tattoos for the first time, Prick! appeals to a wide circle of clientele.
Frith Street Tattoo, 18 Frith Street, W1D 4RQ
Opened in 2003, Frith Street Tattoo has gained particular presence on the London tattoo circuit since the legendary British punk band the Gallows’ front man, Frank Carter became a resident tattooist!
This unpretentious tattoo parlour attracts a younger and punkier crowd of tattoo-enthusiasts, keen to get tattooed by the celebrated Frank Carter.
Good Times, 147 Curtain Road, EC2A 3QE
Nikole Lowe is one of the most highly acclaimed and sought-after female tattooists in the world. London is privileged to have the legendary tattooist a resident, and her light, airy and specious parlour couldn’t contrast more vividly to the popular image of a dark, cramped and dingy parlour in which you enter at your own peril!
This uniquely designed tattoo shop is a novel mix of the bohemian and the exotic and is a favourite tattooing haunt for many a celebrity tattoo aficionado.