Our fantastic tattoo artists
Good Times by name and good times by nature, our artists love to laugh and get to know their customers while creating outstanding work. We are so lucky to have become friends with so many of our customers over the years.
With over 70 years of combined experience (I know that sounds real old), why not come in and get to know our team at Good Times. Comprising of Nikole Lowe (London Ink), Piotrek Taton, Hannah Keuls, Jon Peeler, EJ Miles, Eszter David, Harriet Hapgood and Dan and out
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Our tattoo styles & examples
With so many tattoo styles out there to choose from, we have quite a few covered for your convenience. Suppose you are looking for Japanese, Tribal, Realism, Botanical, Sacred geometry, Henna, Fine line, Script, Bio-mechanical, Surrealism, Traditional, Tibetan. Engraving, Illustrative, Black and Grey, Hand poke or Style inspired by Sketching and Calligraphy, you’ll be sure to find an artist at Good Times who can give you good advice and a great tattoo. As I said, we have pretty much all bases covered.
Tattoo Styles - Japanese
There are centuries of history for the art of tattooing all over the world. One that has maintained its popularity is the Japanese style Irezumi. Tattoo artists still create both traditional and new takes on these classic masterpieces. And it's a genre mainly known for large images that cover the back, arms, and legsa
Here, Nikole shows a koi sleeve and dragon backpiece. While the maple leaves are done by EJ
Tattoo Styles - Realism/Surrealism
Realism is a technique that results in the tattoo looking like a photograph or a 3D object. Often done in black and grey but looks equally good in colour.
Surrealism is about imagination, creativity, dreams or the surreal.
Here, Piotrek shows a coloured portrait of Catwoman, a gorilla and a surreal skull. Pio is a real master of the surreal.
Artists who do this style: Piotrek
Tattoo Styles - Botanical, floral, birds
Botanical illustration is the art of depicting the form, colour and details of plant life. The first botanical drawings date back to 512 from a Greek botanist to help identify plants for medicinal purposes.
Botanical tattooing has grown in popularity over the past few years simply because it looks so good. Often small pieces, but they also work well for large tattoos, fitting the shape of the body.
Harriet shows us how it's done with this lovely tiny tit on a blackberry branch, followed by Nikole's peony and blossom branch. EJ shows this equally stunning Scottish. Thistle
Tattoo Styles - Henna
Henna or Mehndi traditionally used for rites of passage and celebrations. For example, Hindu paint it on the hands and feet of the bride to symbolise pride, joy, beauty and spiritual awakening. Nowadays, it is a trendy choice to get tattooed as it is so esthetically pleasing and a tattoo that lasts the test of time.
All of these examples superbly executed by Eszter
Tattoo Styles - Tribal, Maori
Tribal tattoos are meaning changes from culture to culture. They can represent heritage and achievements or symbolise strength, protection or power.
Mainly from the Islands of Polynesia and indigenous cultures such as Maori, Samoa, Borneo, Marquesa, to name a few and always black and bold, these tattoos have been around for centuries. They will never go out of fashion or style.
The above examples are all done by Dan.
Artists who do this style: Dan
Tattoo Styles - Illustrative
Illustrative tattoos take inspiration from both realism and traditional. They typically use a black outline and maybe colourful or simply black. The key to an illustrative tattoo is that it retains a drawn feel rather than shaded to look realistic.
Here are examples from Jon, EJ and Hannah.
7. Chinese Painting
Tattoo Styles - Chinese Painting
Chinese painting is becoming ever more popular as tattoos. The concept behind Chinese spontaneous painting is to do as few strokes as possible while capturing the essence of the subject. Usually, images are of nature like flowers and animals and very seasonal. With minimal to no outline, it looks very similar to a watercolour painting.
Nikole has been studying Chinese spontaneous painting since 2014. You can see her paintings in our shop section and more of her tattoos on her page or Instagram.
All the above tattoos are by Nikole. The first two are from her paintings.
Artists who do this style: Nikole
8. Sketching Style and Brushstroke
Tattoo Styles - Sketching and Brushstroke
Sketching is a particular style which Hannah has worked on for many years and has always loved. She takes inspiration from sketching and observational drawing then creates these of a kind tattoo. With lines of movement and shapes from the sketch, they make for very original and beautiful work.
Brushstroke tattooing is like calligraphy, where you can see the strokes from the brushes and different tones within the brush—often creating significant sweeping movements.
Here are some beautiful examples of Hannah's work. The first two being the sketch style, while the third one is more brush-strokes.
Artists who do this style: Hannah
Tattoo Styles - Traditional
When you think of traditional American tattoos, you may think of snakes, skulls, hearts, swallows or eagles. These are all great examples of a traditional tattoo, usually with bold lines and bright colours.
Sailors and soldiers would travel collecting tattoos to either protect them or remind them of loved ones. Sailor Jerry and Bert Grimm are considered the "first wave" of traditional tattooing.
Boshka shows us her take on a traditional leopard. In contrast, EJ shows a super cool snake and a traditional heart with shaking hands.
Tattoo Styles - Etching, Engraving
Etching, Engraving or linework tattooing is precisely that, made up of lines or dots. Usually fairly minimalist and one colour which is often black.
Etching is a process in printmaking when acid cuts into the metal to create incisions where the ink would hold. Then they would make prints from the metal plates. There are no acid or metal plates involved in tattooing this style. That's just a snippet of history.
All of these examples superbly executed by Eszter
Artists who do this style: Eszter David,
Tattoo Styles - Biomechanical
Biomechanical tattooing started in the mid-'90s and was highly influenced by H R Giger, who designed Ridley Scott's Alien.
It can be highly intricate with layers of 'machine parts' and slightly alien-like. Flowing with your muscles' natural contours makes you look like a robot under your skin.
Often, large tattoos like sleeves are done in this style but can also stand alone as a smaller piece.
All of these examples are by Piotrek.
Artists who do this style: Piotrek
12. Dotwork, Sacred Geometry
Tattoo Styles - Dotwork, Sacred Geometry
Dotwork is a tattoo style that is very delicate and made up of many dots, and it can also be called pointillism. This style of tattooing can take many hours and a lot of patience from both the artist and client.
Sacred Geometry uses shapes and patterns found in nature, with geometric shapes as the drawing's essential starting point. Sometimes designs are layered on top of each other to create a sense of depth within the tattoo and usually done with larger pieces like the last example by Dan.
The first example by Eszter is a much more delicate piece with different shades of black and grey, which create a stunning effect.
Tattoo Styles - Tibetan
Tibetan tattoos are mainly images from Buddhist thangka paintings, Buddha, and other religious iconography of divine and supernatural beings accompanied by flowers and traditional background elements like clouds or water make for a stunning tattoo.
Tibetan tattoos look fantastic as large pieces covering the whole back and arms and work as small designs like an endless knot, for example.
The above selection is all by Nikole.
14. Covering Scars
Tattoo Styles - Covering scars
Covering scars can be one of the most rewarding tattoos to do. Making your customers feel good about their bodies after being through a traumatic experience; there is no feeling like it.
We can cover scars quite easily, but they need to be a minimum of one year old as the skin is constantly healing.
The above examples are of a mastectomy scar after reconstruction and two tummy tucks, all done by Nikole.