Full back Fantasy dragon by Louis

We are on our last stages on Dave’s full back fantasy dragon. It has taken us years to complete it.

Having faith in the process, is a big part of going for a big scale of work. Dave have no worries with the process. Such a nice and chilled guy, I couldn’t ask for more from him really.

I love doing Fantasy tattoos, as I’m a big fan of games and movies with CGI. When Dave asked me for a full back tattoo fantasy dragon, I was over the moon.

We are very exited about our new studio. As we are trying to make an art gallery too. So in the process of doing a lot of big prints at the moment.

Hopefully when the art gallery is ready, we  going to do an opening party to open the studio officially.

Thanks for reading our blog, is an online journal, where you can see what’s going on behind the scenes with Familia Tattoo.

Zombie Sleeve Consultation

Zombie sleeve consultation 

Thanks for reading our blog. Familia Tattoo Leeds blog, is a online jornal, where we can update what’s been going on in the studio. 

In this blog I would like to mention how exited I’m to start on this crazy zombie sleeve.

The customer wants a pretty off the wall sleeve, really twisted, scary, and the best of all, he’s giving me a lot of freedom to do whatever I like to it. 

I don’t expect every client to let me do anything I want to their tattoo, I respect every request I get, and try to work with the customers idea.

However with this zombie sleeve, as It’s so dark and crazy, in order to make it crazy, a bit of freedom really helps.

I’m a fan of dark and pretty art. I like to tattoo really pretty flowers, angels and really nice subtle subjects. And some days, I like to go to scary, dark and moody skulls, zombies and horror stuff.

With this large contrast, everyday becomes exited to me. And I love having a different day everyday. 

If I tattooed scary art everyday, it would become boring, same to pretty tattoos and art everyday, it wouldn’t be as exiting as having a diverse choice of styles.

Everybody sees styles in a different way, and what’s scary for some people, mite be beautiful to others.

Thanks for reading, and until our next blog.


Louis Santos

Consultation time by Louis

Consultation time by Louis

Thanks for reading our blog, familia tattoo blog is a way to follow what’s been going on behind the scene in our studio and our lives.

Max emailed me about a cover-up on his arm. He’s from Scotland and has been living in Leeds for a few years now.

He mentioned he was looking for a tattoo studio in Leeds. I’m glad and grateful he choose us to work on his cover-up, as i enjoy doing cover-up tattoos.

Every consultation, I use my iPad Pro. I take a picture of the clients part of the body, in this case Max wanted to get his half sleeve tattoo covered.

I get all the ideas my customer have, ask them to send it over to me. And do a photo mix on photoshop, so they have a taste of how their tattoo could look like.

This process, allows the client to come out of the consultation with something to look at. Making it worth coming to see me, and exiting the customer about what’s about to happen.

Kind Regards

L. Santos

Looking after yourself in order to do better work

Keeping focused as a tattoo artist in Leeds, and looking after yourself.

Tattooing is a job that we love and live for, and perhaps we live,and love it so much, that we forget to look after ourselves sometimes.

Putting ourselves first as artists and having a self respect for yourself, is the beginning of a successful career. As without ourselves, we can’t have our bodies and mind to do what we love, which is tattooing painting and drawing.

I used to put tattooing and art before my body. But then I learned that without my body being fit and in shape, I couldn’t concentrate properly, and I didn’t have much energy to paint and draw.

The better you are physically the better you will perform at work, regardless of what you do for a job. 

I try to have a walk everyday to the bus stop, a longer walk than needed, to stretch my legs, as I’m gonna be sat down for at least 3-6 hours. I try to exercise in my flat before going to work, specially stretching everyday is really important.

I remember once, I stopped exercising for a bit. And I got a really bad back and wrist. Being a tattoo artist is more of a physical job than a lot of people think. As we have to stretch our customers body, so the ink goes in solid, if that’s not done in the right position, and in the right way, it can affect your back really bad.

So as a tattoo artist, is important to look after yourself physically and mentally everyday. To be able to do the best you can, before you tattoo someone.

Best Regards 

L. Santos

Familia Tattoo News

Hello everyone,

First thanks for reading Familia Tattoo Blog. We have a very exiting news to give you guys.

We are in process of opening a new studio in Leeds City Centre. We are going to be in a better location than before. We are moving from 7 call lane, to 22 King Charles Street.

We are going to be in between “PC World” and “The Core” 

We are probably going to be the most central tattoo studio in Leeds. Really looking forward to our new journey. We are going to have our own toilets and entrance, which we didn’t have it before.

We are really exited, and we will keep posting here on the website, instagram and Facebook, new images about our new studio.

Thanks for reading and see you in our new studio!


L. Santos

Full back Fantasy Tattoo at Familia Tattoo Leeds

Full back Tattoo work in progress at Familia Tattoo Leeds

I love doing full back Tattoos, it’s the largest canvas in the human body. Doing a full back tattoo in my opinion also has to do with the opportunity to do a full back tattoo.

When I get the opportunity to do a full back tattoo, I feel truly blessed, and try to give my best, as it could be the last opportunity in my career, to be doing this subject as a full back piece of art.

When I get asked to do a full back tattoo, first I arrange a consultation. A lot of planning is involved, so I do a small sketch so the client gets a taste of what’s going to happen.

I’m a big fan of fantasy tattoos, so when Jason asked me to do a full back tattoo fantasy style, I was over the moon.

His tattoo represents, a very confident women warrior, holding an axe. She’s stood still very relaxed and confident, as the dragon is coming from the background, she’s not to panic, and stands still with no reaction, pretty sure of herself. 

what’s inside the women warrior, her opinion and believes are clearer and louder, than what’s going on the outside.

I can’t wait to take a picture of the final result, keep an eye on the website, for the final picture.

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Feminine Tattoos at Familia Tattoo

Feminine Tattoos in Leeds

Hello and thanks for reading my blog. In this blog I would like to talk about feminine tattoos.

Tattooing a woman in my opinion is different than tattooing a man. That’s because feminine tattoos require more of a subtle touch. And in my opinion feminine tattoos have to be as perfect as it can be.

Tattooing a guy, I feel like I can go crazier and I try different looks in the tattoo, and get away with it. However in a feminine tattoo, I try to do everything in a build up process, not to go far with too much of thick lines and going too far with my darks.

I enjoy doing feminine tattoos, even as a man, I feel like I have a feminine touch and side to my art, and I try to deliver that when tattooing a female in our tattoo studio in Leeds.

We have some news coming up about our tattoo studio in Leeds, we are waiting on some procedures and very soon we will be coming out with the news.

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Jack Black digital portrait work in progress

Jack black digital portrait work in progress

I love doing portraits, tattooing or painting digitally. It’s a challenge to capture someone’s felling with their expression and capture how the person is feeling, translated to skin or paper.

Portraits have so much soul, and a face can transmit so much energy, vibe and can tell a story without any words.

I love Jack Black, he’s one of my favourite actors, so I thought, why not do a digital portrait of Jack Black.

Jack Black is always pulling his face, so it was challenging to capture his face expression, and translate to proportional portrait drawing. I learned a lot with this portrait, and I hope to have increased my portrait skills, when it comes to tattoo a portrait in Leeds, I will be able to give a better portrait, hopefully, after practising to draw a portrait before tattooing it.

Jack Black is a fan of my favourite band Sepultura, so to discover he is a fan of my favourite band, makes me like him even more. 

I can’t wait to see what he comes up with, with future movies, I think he’s so funny, and the perfect guy to play a lot of parts in big movies.

Im very exiting to see Jack Blacks you tube channel, he’s gonna be playing games on you tube, that’s so awesome. Jack Black and games, can’t get better than that.

Thank you for reading, and until our next tattoo blog in Leeds.

Alterations to Sarah full sleeve tattoo in Leeds

Alterations to Sarah full sleeve tattoo in Leeds

I have been tattooing Sarah in our tattoo studio in Leeds city centre, for a few years now. Sarah is a very patient client, she wants a quality tattoo, and is willing to put the time and the patience to her full sleeve tattoo.

She asked for for a full sleeve tattoo in Leeds, black and grey, with a Medusa on top of her arm and skull underneath. The process of her full sleeve tattoo in Leeds was amazing, she let me work layer after layer, allowing me as a tattoo artist in Leeds, to achieve a 3D effect. 

To achieve a 3D effect tattoo, we need a lot of patience in the tattoo process, and wait until it heals to be able to go over the same area again, and add more shading, like glazing a painting. Pushing and pulling the values in a tattoo.

Sarah currently lives outside of Leeds. However she travels to Leeds to get tattooed by Familia Tattoo. We really appreciate when tattoo fans, get out of their comfort zone to get tattooed in Leeds by Familia Tattoo, it’s really from our heart, that we thanks all our customers for coming to get tattooed by us, from Leeds and from another cities.

Sarah wanted to do some alterations to her full sleeve tattoo in Leeds, and I was totally fine about that. She wanted to achieve more of a calm and subtle look on her skull tattoo. 

So i had the idea, to transform her skull tattoo in to a sugar skull tattoo, and decorate with flowers around the skull and inside the skull, we are still gonna add more decorations patterns to make look a bit more of a feminine tattoo.

I would like to thanks Sarah for being such an awesome client, and giving me a lot of artistic freedom, to be able to do the best I could with her full sleeve tattoo in Leeds.

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The best tattoo artist in Leeds

The best tattoo artist in Leeds

Im writing this blog to discuss the argument of who’s is the best tattoo artist in Leeds.

First we should look at how different everyone’s style is. Every tattoo artist in Leeds have their own way of drawing and tattooing, so the styles vary a lot.

I would like to mention about how some tattoo studios in Leeds, state on their website, that they are the best tattoo artists in Leeds. It’s a shame and a fact that that’s a tactic to try to get clients, if you work hard and have your own style, clients are going to see it, understand what you are doing, and choose you to tattoo them.

Everyone has a different perception with how they see things. So it doesn’t matter how hard you work, and study, not everyone is gonna think you are an amazing artist, as not everyone sees the same tattoo, the same way.

Some tattooists, they don’t draw, and they still get customers, that’s because not everyone have the same perception and opinion. So how can you say who’s the best tattoo artist in Leeds.

The fact is there is no best tattoo artist in Leeds. It depends what style you like, and your taste in art, that will dictate your opinion, about how you rate someone’s work.

What it amazes me, it’s how different everyone’s work is, and how some clients they will get tattooed by any artist, without realising, how important their choice is, which it will dictate, how their tattoo will look.

Making a choice with an artist to tattoo you, is a big choice, as their style is to remain on your body forever, so be wise and thoughtful before making that choice, regardless with how much is going to cost.

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