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Five tattoo parlours to get incredible ink in Birmingham

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Sophie Milligan

As the home of Britain's most tattooed man – the elegantly named King of Inkland King Body Art the Extreme Ink-ite (previously Matthew Whelan, but his friends call him Mr Body Art) – Birmingham is clearly a great place to get inked. 

Here are five studios in the city where talented artists can create all manner of designs to be cherished forever. Not that you have a huge amount of choice but to cherish them, of course...

Body Garden Tattoo



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Along Liberty Place is Body Garden Tattoo. Cesar De Cesaro is the big dog behind this joint, an artist who has been tattooing since 1998.
Cesar has several artistic preferences including the extremely popular Mandala (spritual Indian) designs, along with dotwork, floral and traditional tattoos. His trademark designs are bold and solid.
6 Liberty Place, 26-38 Sheepcote St, Birmingham, West Midlands B16 8JB

Modern Body Art

Established in 1999, Modern Body Art (MBA) is owned and run by Matt Hunt and Jo Harrison.
With international guest artists visiting the studio, MBA regularly graces UK and international tattoo magazines and conventions. As one of the very first UK studios to offer laser tattoo removal, MBA is possibly the most diverse tattoo parlour in Birmingham
183-185 Corporation St, Birmingham B4 6RG.

House of Thieves


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House of Thieves opened earlier this month and is run by University of Birmingham graduates Robert and Holly Ashby.
Offering cruelty-free vegan tattoos (the ink is created without the use of animal by-products), Robert's designs focus mostly around detailed blackwork, while Holly's Orient-inspired exotic combinations often involve turquoise and deep reds. Both have had their work published in respected tattoo publications Things and Ink Magazine.
Their studio is stuffed with trinkets and original prints of their own design. With an exciting new mix of guest artists, House of Thieves may be a new kid on the block, but it won't be long before it's ranked among the best in the city.
Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA. 

Vivid Ink


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The self-proclaimed 'most successful tattoo brand in the West Midlands', Vivid Ink has five different branches, located in Stafford, Sutton, Walsall, Moseley and central Birmingham.

The Birmingham parlour opened back in 2010, and has grown to house six resident artists. Marius and Nino are both multi-award-wining artists, while Sarah is one of Vivid Ink’s longest standing tattooists. There's also Angel, Charlie and VJ.

4 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4EN.

Park Street Tattoo


Offering your regular machine tattoos as well as a more traditional hand poke technique, the guys at Park Street Tattoo know how to work a custom design.

The team consists of Andy Cryztalz, Ross Cook, Rob Colley and Aaron Beese. Though one of the smallest tattoo studios in Birmingham, they work hard to create an approachable and warm atmosphere.

The studio itself has framed templates of previous designs hung across its red walls. Imaginative templates include realism in colour and black and grey from Ross, enticing geometrics and dotwork from Andy, lavish coloured and black designs by Rob and more traditional pieces by Aaron. 

27 Park Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5JH.

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