Lal Hardy at The Tattoo Shop, 157 Sydney Rd, Muswell Hill N10. Tel 0181 444 8779. All styles, from traditional to Celtic. From pounds 20. Open 10.30am-5.30pm every day. Booking advisable.

Into You, 144 St John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1. Tel 0171 253 5085. Specialising in tribal and Japanese work. From pounds 50. Open noon-7pm Tues-Fri; noon-6pm Sat. Booking advisable.

Bugs Tattoo Studio, 232 Camden High St, NW1. Tel 0171 482 2412. Renowned for portraits, statues, cubism and religious images. From pounds 35 (pounds 45 per hour for a tattoo by Bugs himself). By appointment only.

Ian at Tattooing by Ian, Reading and Associates, 160 Oxford Road, Reading. Tel 01734 598616. Good at realism, Japanese, industrial and traditional images. Prices from pounds 10. Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat. No appointment necessary unless custom work is required.

Louis Malloy at The Middleton Tattoo Studio, 327A Oldham Rd, Middleton, Manchester. Tel 0161 655 3909. Good at colour work. From pounds 25. Open 11am- 7pm daily. By appointment only.

Dave Fleet at Abracadabra Tattoo Studio, 199 Cefn Forest Avenue, Blackwood, Gwent. Tel 01443 837410. A dab hand at portraits and Celtic designs. From pounds 15. Open 11am till late Tues to Sun; (9am till late Sat). By appointment only.

John Williams at Tattoo Magic, 118 Shirley Rd, Southampton. Tel 01703 331470. Specialising in fantasy, Celtic and cover-up work. From pounds 10. Open daily.

Allan Lowther at Northside Tattooz, 7A Esplanade Place, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear. Tel 0191 2971327. Award-winning tattooist - does anything from pre-Raphaelite paintings to the tiniest rose. From pounds 10. Open 12noon- 6pm Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri; 10am-7pm Sat, Sun. Booking advisable.

Lionel Titchener at TCGB, 389 Cowley Rd, Oxford. Tel 01865 716877. A good artist. From pounds 20. Open 11am-5pm Mon-Sat.

Mickey Sharpz at 819 Stratford Rd, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 4DA. Tel 0121 778 3138. Specialises in black-and-white tribal, and colour work. Offers a design service for custom-made tattoos. From pounds 12. Open 10am- 6pm Mon-Fri (8pm Thurs). Appointments not necessary.

For an artist in your area, ring the Association of Professional Tattoo Artists (01703 331470) or the Tattoo Club of Great Britain on 01865 716877.

Compiled by Colette Harris