The Family Business

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The Family Business

Everything about The Family Business is sharp, from its boutiquey location in Exmouth Market to its suited and booted staff and vintage swing soundtrack. Its blood red interior, adorned with Roman Catholic imagery, is inspired by owner Mo Coppoletta's Italian heritage, and contrasts with the bold Japanese screens separating the work area from the waiting room (and giving privacy to customers).


Venue name: The Family Business
Address: 58 Exmouth Market
Opening hours: Noon-7pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Farringdon
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3.6 / 5

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This was my first tattoo, so as you can imagine I was quite nervous! I did a lot of research, visited another shop in SOHO but wasn't entirely convinced about it. I wanted to have coordinates done, something which for me has a lot of meaning. I was quite scared that I would be 'judged' for wanting something so small. Quite the contrary! The minute I stepped in they were great, really friendly and didn't pressure me at all. We went over the font, where I wanted it done etc. I had it done with Stuart. He gave me time to think and discuss it with my friend, he answered all my questions and made me feel really relaxed. I went out for a drink (was quite nervous!) and came back. Everything was ready, perfectly aseptic. Stencil on, lied down and in 5 minutes I was sorted. Don't regret it at all! It's a bit pricey, but definitely worth it. Couldn't be happier with my tattoo.

I found them very unfriendly. They did not listen to what I wanted and didn't like it when I said I was not going to have the tattoo Chris scribbled on my arm. Very disappointing.


I've been here twice - once to fix two incredibly badly done tattoos on my ankles and again for a fresh tattoo a year ago. I was given a recommendation and liked the place immediately. You really, really have to trust someone when they're drilling permanent ink all over your ribcage - so when your tattooer offers to make you boob covers so you don't feel exposed, you know he's looking out for you. Both times I had Chris Hewish and he made me feel super comfortable. His work is slightly retro and he's covered in tattoos himself, so you get the sense he's going to take it seriously. He sat and talked me through what he was thinking (I let him recommend), offered me a cup of tea, listened to any reservations I had and reassured me. When it came time for my appointment he genuinely kept apologising for the pain (!) and was very patient when I suddenly became hyper-ticklish and was squirming all over the place. He didn't let it distract him and encouraged me to keep pushing through before allowing a sneaky cigarette break. (Him: 'Do you smoke?' Me: 'I do today'). All in all a pretty enjoyable experience, besides or in spite of the pain, which is always going to be there! They also offer lifetime top ups - if at any time you need the tattoo fixed up (the ones on my ankles are in a place that means the ink starts to wear), they'll do it for free. Thumbs up all round.

I had my first tattoo here and it was exactly as I wanted, the workmanship is second to none. I do agree though with the previous reviews, the receptionists attitude was very cold and abrupt and if you were regular Joe walking in there they seemed to not have much time for you. However saying all that the price (which was very high) was worth paying just for the quality of the final outcome. If the atmosphere was just a bit more warming, this place would definitely be getting 5/5.

My tattoo is awesome; Daniele Tonelli tattooed me and is extremely good. I think their prices are very high. £30-£40 more than most places in London and I think they do just decided how much they want to charge based on if they like the look of you or not as I was quoted 2 completely different hourly rates by 2 separate people for the same artist. Lastly the old Teddy Boy on reception is about as welcoming as diarrhoea in a swimming pool. He’s rude, abrupt and just generally needs to work on his people skills. Even asking him the simplest of questions he seems as if he was really put out. These guys really pull people on the strength of their artist, a little bit of fine polishing at the front desk and this would have been 5 out of 5 as I don’t mind paying high price for high service but with the high prices and the customer service it’s a 3. The quality of the work is 2nd to none but in my opinion when you’re paying the premium price you want the premium service.

hey there, im an artist and i want to have my own sketch for a tattoo by your interpretation of it . it is a dream catcher with a concept that i need to figure it out with professionals. please contact me

Not the first time those guys are coming into my a man always looking for a new inked phenomenon into my ever shrinking available body room; started with Bugs from Camden back in 1999! I shall walk my way there soon. Chris complete review to follow on....