15 Very British Tattoos

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Britain and tattooing to this day have a solid relationship, and the island boasts one of the most tattooed populations in the world!

Britain, perhaps the greatest little island in the world, holds an iconic status across the globe and love it or hate it Britain has been one of the most influential countries in the making of the modern world. Of course being British I am somewhat biased, but still Britain is an awesome little place full of amazing cultural symbols and traditions. Even the fine art of tattooing can trace its modern form to the sandy shores of Britain.

Queen Elizabeth II has ruled Britain since 1952 being coronated in 1953... artist unknown!
Queen Elizabeth II has ruled Britain since 1952 being coronated in 1953... artist unknown!

At the height of its imperial power Britain boasted the largest empire in history and had countless explorers off discovering distant lands. On their travels such explorers made contact with a number of Polynesian tribes, some of which practiced the art of tattooing. Taking influence from what they saw it became a common practice for British sailors to tattoo one another and so began the birth of western tattooing. The first documented tattoo shop in Britain opened in Liverpool in the 1870s and the art rapidly grew, by the turn of the century tattoos were as common in the higher classes as they were with the weathered sailors who brought them home.

Clearly there is a deep love of ink in Britain, but there is also a deep love of Britain in tattooing. So from the nation that brought you the likes of William Shakespeare, the Beatles and Doctor Who here are 11 very British tattoos to enjoy!!

Big Ben is a British icon and London landmark. Here it is tattooed by Last Angels Tattoo
Big Ben is a British icon and London landmark. Here it is tattooed by Last Angels Tattoo
Club Tattoo created this amazing Big Ben tattoo
Club Tattoo created this amazing Big Ben tattoo

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Sir Winston Churchill is Britain's best known Prime Minister and led the nation through WWII... tattoo by Rock Tattoo
Sir Winston Churchill is Britain's best known Prime Minister and led the nation through WWII... tattoo by Rock Tattoo
Nothing like a classy British pin-up girl
Nothing like a classy British pin-up girl
Cecil Porter did this portrait of Beatles co-founder and music legend John Lennon
Cecil Porter did this portrait of Beatles co-founder and music legend John Lennon
And here we have a tribute to Britain's best known Time Lord
And here we have a tribute to Britain's best known Time Lord
Beautiful London skyline...unknown artist!
Beautiful London skyline...unknown artist!
Miguel Angel tattooed this British naval tribute!
Miguel Angel tattooed this British naval tribute!
Even Cara Delevingne has a British tattoo!!
Even Cara Delevingne has a British tattoo!!
What's more British than the great British Bulldog, tattoo by Rich Phipson
What's more British than the great British Bulldog, tattoo by Rich Phipson
British play-write William Shakespeare looking awesome in this traditional piece
British play-write William Shakespeare looking awesome in this traditional piece
The definition of being British is drinking tea... tattoo by Zelda
The definition of being British is drinking tea... tattoo by Zelda
Ronnie and Reggie Kray were twin brothers and gangsters who ruled the London underworld in the 1960s
Ronnie and Reggie Kray were twin brothers and gangsters who ruled the London underworld in the 1960s

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