Tattoos Archive

Watch traditional Cook Islands tattooing techniques

Croc Coulter works with an apprentice to revive the lost art of tātatau, traditional tattooing done with sticks and bone. So that’s how they made such straight lines in geometric tattoos! From the Loading Docs site: Croc Coulter, a heavily tattooed Englishman living with cystic fibrosis in Rarotonga, teaches his new apprentice the traditional Polynesian art of Tātatau. As with all indigenous art …

40 Stylish Small Tattoos You'll Want to Flaunt Every Day

Choosing a great outfit takes time and careful consideration — a tattoo, well, the fact it’s permanent means it takes even more thinking. Even a woman with a great sense of style sometimes needs a little inspiration to figure out what she wants and where. So if fear of buyer’s remorse has kept you from getting your first ink, why not start with something small? …

Would you let your arm be randomly inked by a tattooist to the stars?

By 10am, the queue at the Lazarides Gallery in Covent Garden, London, is like the line for Centre Court, or for the release of Apple’s latest brushed aluminium thingy. The first queuers deposited themselves on the pavement at about 2am. Now, the line has wrapped around three sides of a block, and is in danger of lapping itself. The reason is Scott Campbell’s The Whole …

'I’m a work in progress': feeling the buzz at the London Tattoo Convention

“Oh, of course I’m obsessed,” says Robert Lahr with a wide grin. “It’s an addiction, clearly it is. If you come to a place like this, it’s the sound, the smell – that’s what gives you the kick.” The place in question is a large exhibition space in east London, where for three days this weekend, tens of thousands of Lahr’s fellow tattoo enthusiasts are …

Tattoos and politics: which parties’ supporters are the most inked?

It seems safe to assume that those attending the International London Tattoo Convention this weekend have few regrets about being inked. But tattoo regret does exist, and it’s strongest among the more Conservative. In 2015 a YouGov survey found that one in five people had tattoos, of whom 14% expressed regrets. Those who voted Labour and Ukip in the 2015 general election were the most …

How would you react if you met a tattooed police officer? | Andrew Timming

How would you feel if your local copper had a tiny anchor inked behind her ear? Or if the officer who pulled you over had a full sleeve on his left arm? Earlier this week the Police Federation of England and Wales challenged a ban on visible tattoos “on the beat”. Although the Home Office guidance in respect of tattoos on police officers does not …

32 Real Couples Who Gave Up Their Engagement Rings For Tattoos

When Behati Prinsloo first revealed her engagement tattoo — three small dots that run vertically down her ring finger — we were surprised. She admitted to setting aside her diamond in order to get inked with husband Adam Levine, and frankly, we don’t know many girls who’d ditch jewelry for a love tat. But after careful consideration and a bit of research, we realized that …