What does your tattoo say about you?
Sweet ink bro
Does your tattoo actually mean anything?
We ventured out to ask Londoners if there was any meaning behind their rad tats. We hit up Shoreditch, assuming the hipsters roaming around would be the most likely to sport some ink.
This is what they said.
Alexi, 21, retail
“I wanted to be a tattoo artist since I was 15 but my mum wouldn’t allow it until I was 18. So I got this as soon as I turned 18.”
Lewis, 24, works at Porky’s BBQ/aspiring dancer
“The live free tattoo was to rebel against my dad who used to be really controlling and the others are about me pursuing dance.”
Melissa, 20, Hairdresser
“The rose is to commemorate my grandmother and the compass is to keep life going in the right direction.”
Rory, 31, Marketing
“I did summer work in Ibiza and I did winter teaching snowboarding so the tattoo is a representation of the seasons.”
George, 25, hairdresser
“I thought it would be cool.”
Paul, 42, printer
“It’s a tribute to a friend who died in a motorcycle accident. It’s Pink Floyd lyrics and northern star because he was Northern.”
Mark, 21, tattoo artist
“They’re old traditional flash tattoos so no real meaning.”
Laura, 22, retail
“I get them because I can, there’s no real meaning. Most of my body is covered, my legs and my arms.”
Jimmy, 27, videographer
“They look cool and then I got addicted.”
Lewis, 21, website worker
“I got this straight edge tattoo that I got ironically at 19 because I was drinking and smoking. I got it from my mate from Italy in Liverpool.”
Taylor, 20, café manager
“My dad passed away at 16 so I got a cross, then I just carried on.”