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The Hottest London Trend is to Match With Your Dad's Old-School Tattoo

The London tattoo scene is bringing back the ink your daddies' daddies had!

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It's out with the new and in with the old with young Londoners. They've recently been flocking their local tattoo shops for tattoos their granddad's could have had all those years ago. 

This might be the next big thing in the tattoo scene. And it's not very unlikely either, with the rise of classic blackwork tattooers and classic tattoo revivals in the scene.

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‘People don’t want the tattoos their dad had, they want the tattoos their granddad had,’ Lal Hardy told Mashable. ‘It’s all about the antique look right now.’ Lal Hardy is a known tattoo artist from New Wave, a tattoo studio based in north London. He's been around the British tattoo scene for a while and he's observed the come-and-go of tattoo trends for years.


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    ‘Recently, a brother and sister came in because they wanted the same bluebird tattoo as their granddad. His tattoo had faded after 60-odd years because, back then, tattoo artists never changed needles or ink,’ he shared.

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    ‘When I did an exact rendition of the design, the tattoos had crisper outlines and bolder colours than the old-style tattoos. There wasn't a huge selection of colours in those days — there were about five colours. Now there are more than 50.’ People are now going for the bolder ink works that were very popular in the mid-1900's without overlooking and being open to contemporary tattoo styles emerging in the scene.

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    Recently, tattoo parlours in London also saw high demands of Bowie-inspired tattoos right after the passing of the music legend. What can we say, there's no other better way to memorialize somebody like David Bowie.

    ‘So many people want the Blackstar tattoo,’ observed Hardy. ‘Every tattoo studio in London has had a massive demand for Bowie tattoos.’



    When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife


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