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Where is a good recommended tattoo parlour in the South East?

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thoroughlypissedoff Thu 30-Jul-09 15:12:13

I want to get a tattoo of my ds's name or variation of but want to go to a good clean recommended tattoo place. I don't mind if it is expensive. I live in Kent but can travel to London if necessary. TIA

moondog Thu 30-Jul-09 15:13:51

Don't.
Tattoos are so cheap and nasty and rough. /

thoroughlypissedoff Thu 30-Jul-09 15:29:23

Thank you for your advice moondog, but I have already decided I would like to do this. Has anyone else got any suggestions? Thanks

bubblagirl Thu 30-Jul-09 15:34:19

could you just google recommended tattooists in kent they would surely advertise and have recommendations on there too from clients

look through these they may help

thoroughlypissedoff Thu 30-Jul-09 16:29:25

thanks bubblagirl - I had already googled but there were so many that came up and I was just wondering if anyone had a good experience anywhere. Always good if you can get a personal recommendation for somewhere.

bubblagirl Thu 30-Jul-09 17:18:27

well im in brentwood and have personal experience of a few tattooists here not personally but friends and family have all had tattoos here gemini's and i forget the other but sure its the only other tattooist in bwood

GrapefruitMoon Thu 30-Jul-09 17:37:03

No offence but you might get more of a response if this thread was in a different section! grin

thoroughlypissedoff Thu 30-Jul-09 21:40:10

I know I didn't really think it was right place to post but just didn't know where else to put it!!! Oh well, back to the drawing board!!!

cherryblossoms Thu 30-Jul-09 23:21:30

Is Lal Hardy still doing tattoos in London?

MegBusset Thu 30-Jul-09 23:33:29

I had a tattoo done by Dan Gold -- he was featured in that London Ink programme. He is an amazing tattooist and nice bloke and I would highly recommend him. He might be quite pricey now though!

mrsmerryweather Fri 31-Jul-09 07:51:38

tattoos are yuck and cheap- why on earth deform your skin like that for LIFE? Will you love it when you are 70?
sorry I know this might offend but I just think they are gross.

everlong Fri 31-Jul-09 08:34:30

The OP wanted advice on where to get a tattoo in the south east, not which snooty mumsnetter thinks tattoos are tasteful or not.

monkeysmama Fri 31-Jul-09 10:23:34

I had mine done in Living Image in Greenwich on Trafalgar Road. They were brilliant.

Sparkletastic Fri 31-Jul-09 10:29:21

James at Inka in Brighton is fantastic - there's a waiting list though as he's very popular. My friend had an absolutely beautiful flower motif on her foot symbolising her DCs and very subtly incorporating their initials.

mrsmerryweather Fri 31-Jul-09 11:06:07

everlong- as someone else tactfully put it- maybe this is not the best forum "STYLE AND BEAUTY".

MegBusset Fri 31-Jul-09 12:36:58

My tattoos are beautiful, thanks!

BTW when I am 70 my tits will be hanging down by my ankles, a couple of faded tats are going to be the least of my worries!

everlong Fri 31-Jul-09 14:35:53

mrsmerryweather - maybe some people think that tattoo's are stylish and beautiful??

TheProfiteroleThief Fri 31-Jul-09 14:39:13

Is it considered appropriate to stop strangers and ask them where they got theirs done, if it is exectuted in a style that appeals to you?

EG lots of those tribal tatts look clean and neat, but I think the ones with subtle shading and greys are more interesting.

Sheeta Fri 31-Jul-09 14:41:54

Angelic Hell in Frith Street, Soho. They're amazing, but you need to book a bit in advance.

I live miles from London now, but if I wanted another one I'd make the trip.

harleyd Fri 31-Jul-09 14:42:56

you should go round a few tattoo studios and have a look at some of the work they have done, talk to them about what sort of design you are after

and its perfectly ok to ask strangers in the street where they had theirs done smile

Sheeta Fri 31-Jul-09 14:43:01

p.s. I seem to recall that they're underneath a Chinese restaurant but don't let that put you off, they really are amazing.

A friend of mine had a large peacock feather tattoo done there a while ago, it's absolutely incredible.

jemart Fri 31-Jul-09 16:34:34

Don't do it!
Tatoos are not stylish or beautiful, at best they are quirky more often than not they just look cheap.

Perhaps you could get a special piece of jewellery made instead, with your childs name engraved on it?

MamaLazarou Fri 31-Jul-09 16:38:58

I can second Living Image in Greenwich.

Also, a bit out of the way, but Andy Barber on the Shannon's roundabout in new Malden, Surrey does some beautiful freehand work - will design whatever you like and he is ace.

(Bit rude of people to come onto this thread saying, 'Don't do it! tattoos are awful!', etc. After all, I keep my lip firmly buttoned at all your hideous UGG threads!)

GrapefruitMoon Fri 31-Jul-09 16:41:05

Well that's why I suggested that Style & Beauty wasn't the best place for the thread - will attract the attention of all the Boden types! wink

RGPargy Fri 31-Jul-09 16:43:07

Thoroughly - I can recommend Ray Hunt from Medway Tattoo shop. He is a brilliant artist!

It all depends on what style you are after tho. You will find that some tattooists specialise in certain types of art, i.e. dragons & mythical stuff for one guy and another guy might specialise in flowery stuff etc.

I would second what harleyd said and go to a few shops and look at their books.

One big piece of advice i will give you tho is wherever you go, dont be afraid to say if you dont like their design etc. I made the biggest mistake ever by not speaking up and because i didn't say "actually, i dont think the design is quite me, thanx anyway", i am now left with a naff tattoo (NOT done by Ray, i hasten to add!!!). blush

Hope you find somewhere soon!

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