Tattoos are one of the ultimate fashion statements. Not only are they highly meaningful they can also be highly unique and look amazing on your body. But if tattoos can be an amazing focal point for your personal style, they can also be complimented with stylish tattoo clothing too.
There are lots of way to express yourself with tattoo clothing, and you can really stand out from the crowd or look great fitting in depending on how you want to look.
The biggest ambassadors for tattoo fashion are of course the tattoo artist themselves. Being creative types most artists have their own amazing looks and most are influenced by the clothing and apparel that goes hand in hand with the tattoo industry
Here we take a look at some of the their favourite tattoo stores
Why are tattoo artists wearing tattoo clothing shops fashion?
In the tattoo industry, there is no set style of dress or look needed. We simply adopt a “come as you are” motto. And because artists are such creative types it means they really like to unleash their personalities through their clothing.
In the process of course, they are also supporting other artists by wearing their designs. Because tattoo artists like to find other outlets for their cool designs. So they often sell them as prints and tees. And artists also would have a natural affinity for
Also, artists have often a natural aptitude for beauty and fashion. They are often effortlessly cool and like to wear vivid colours or bold looks.
Why is the favorite tattoo artist color black?
It’s the colour you most associate with tattoo artists’ clothing and it turns out there’s a more pratcial reason than it just being a cool colour. It’s actually because artist get a lot of ink stains when giving clients tatoos.
So when they are in tattoo studios a dark colour like black makes sense to avoid ruining other lighter colour items they love to wear. Outside of the studio and you’ll find them in lots of other colours - depending on their tastes and personality. Like you an me - artists are all different.
Are tattoo artists only wearing tattoo clothing shop fashion?
While you will see a lot of artists wearing other artists designs on their clothing and accessories, that doesn’t mean they all do. They have tastes as diverse as the rest of us and you can’t pigeon hole or stereotype their styles.
Given that tattoo fashion comes from independent artists, is often original or from a limited edition range, it can be a little more pricey than your typical everyday clothing store. But it really depends on each artist's own sense of fashion. Some wear a lot of tattoo clothing shop fashion whlie others barely do.
I want the full tattoo artist style, what should I do?
Sneakers, sneakers and sneakers. And really cool socks. If you are in cold weather you could add a beanie. Oversize clothing and loose jeans are also a great choice at the moment fashionwise. You actually don’t need a ton of tees or sweaters. One or two can be enough.
Especially with fast fashion being so out of trend these days. Like all looks, seek quality. Pick a couple of long-lasting pieces you love, and then wear them until they are worn out. Accessories can be a great alternative for a full black or less dramatic outfit such as these tote bags.
What are the tattoo clothing shops owned by tattoo artists?
Blk Ink is a tattoo artist-owned tattoo clothing by the iconic tattoo shop The Black Hat in Dublin. Sergy and Lena started the project during the pandemic in 2020, supported with artists and a great team of skilled people. If haven’t followed them already check out their stylish Instagram account. They are waiting for you to try them out.
Another great Dublin shop is Heartbreak Social Club who have successfully launched their clothing brand on Dury Street. They do nice pink tees and sweaters you might just adore. They operate with limited stocks, so be sure to stay updated and grab your next one while you can.
Maybe the most artistic Tattoo Clothing Shop, Yogi XII has launched a Dublin-based store. He is also organising exhibitions and contributes to the local art scene in Ireland. You will not only find tees there but also several accessories with tattoo artists' designs on them.
What are Blk Ink creator's favorite tattoo clothing shops?
Outside of Blk Ink which they co-created, we asked Sergy and Lena which tattoo clothing shops they would shop or already have shopped into. Indeed, they do not always wear their own brand, and appreciating and supporting others is always a pleasure for them.
Sergy has a thing for Sullen. They are dark, strictly into the traditional tattoo style, and make bold statements. They have the perfect tee for a Sunday motorbike ride with friends.
Lena’s favorite brand is Motte Klamotte. She enjoys the summer and winter beanies they create. It’s also a brand that deeply sits with her values since they are an eco-fairtrade vegan and handmade clothing store.
What are the other Tattoo Clothing Shops Tattoo Artists like?
Doomsday are an independent steetwear brand based in South Wales founded by a group of young tattoo enthusiasts who have a passion for traditional tatoos. As they were too young to get tattoos at the time (2012) they set up Doomsday as a way of wearing and showcasing the art they loved. They started off by printing t-shirts and hoodies but have since expanded their range. They now work with some of the best traditional tattoo artists in the world and exhibit their work on a product range of over 600 garments and accessories.
Stay Cold Apparel
With a slogan of “Defeat Conformity” Stay Cold Apparel is a small independent fashion label from Berlin, that’s making big waves. The name comes from the idea of staying cold to the expectations of others so you’ll be able to achieve the freedom of going your own way. This individualism can be seen through the fusing of tattoo art with the occult - creating macabre and punky fashion by collaborating with tattoo artists from around the world. This niche style also produces some amazing limited edition clothing design - and can be highly sought after. They are also loved by tattoo artists.
Bad Monday are one of those heartwarming success stories in the world of tattoo fashion. Founded by one man, Mark Avey, in his garage, they have since evolved into one of the best loved fashion stores. His self-funded project soon went from being a bedroom brand to a brand that leads the way. As Mark himself says ‘I want us to be for tattoo culture what Vans is for skate-boarding.’ They now invite designs from some of the best tattoo artists worldwide, celebrating all art forms and creating an antidote to high street fashion.
Based in Basque, Drystone are another example of a store that evolved from cool circumstances - childhood friends with a love for the coast and the sea. The Basque area is famed for its maritime history and that has also given a long-standing tattoo heritage too. It has inspired to create fashion that is also authentic art and their designs tell stories of journeys, aspirations, achievement, loves or luck. All their clothing is also 100% organic cotton uses 100% recyclable packaging and works with Fairtrade suppliers, which also makes them a favourite of tattoo artists.
Sullen Clothing are one of the longest established tattoo clothing stores. Based in Califronia they were heavlity influenced by the beach culture there along with a focus on ideals and practives of modern tattooist. They started of as a small group of art drive tattooer and grew into what they call their ‘Art Collective’. They firmly believe that all forms of art should be celebrated and you can see in their progressive fashion and accessoires.