Traditional Tattoos

Also known as “old school”, the traditional tattoo style features bold, clean lines, and a simple colour palette. Best described as a tattoo that looks like a tattoo, the traditional style makes no attempt to appear photo realistic, instead it uses bright and classic images such as hearts, swallows, roses, daggers, panthers, snakes and pin up models.


Japanese dragon tattoos are often chosen to symbolise strength, power and wisdom. Dragons have featured prominently in Japanese culture since the 8th century AD. Monks, travelling by boat, intent on spreading the Buddha’s teachings to the Island nation of Japan introduced Buddhist and Hindu dragon mythology from India by way of China. They are found throughout Chinese Folklore and are shown as symbols of auspicious power in Chinese art.

Today, dragons feature prominently on both Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan. Unlike western ideas of vicious creatures to be slain, Japanese dragons are often shown as benevolent deities, helping mankind with his endeavours.

Tattoo Flash

Traditional tattoo flash are designs often inspired from the sheets of the legendary tattoo artists of the past such as Bert Grimm, George Burchett and Sailor Jerry. Purposefully designed to adorn the walls of a tattoo shop, flash designs are usually done in sheets of several hand painted designs, and serve as an outlet for artists to draw the pieces they’d like to tattoo most. More often than not, tattoo flash can also provide inspiration to the customers walking in off the street and can point them in the right direction on what works well as a tattoo.

Japanese Tattoo Specialists

All of the tattoos on this page are by artists in our London based parlour.