Ink Kings Studio – Home of Kirituhi Tattoo

Located in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Ink Kings is slap bang between Nottingham and Derby.
Internationally known for Tony’s Kirituhi (Maori/Samoan and Polynesian inspired work) the studio specialises in all aspects of custom tattoo designs.
The team have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the tattoo industry,
but as artists first, tattooers second, have dedicated their tattoo careers to the learning and practicing of a wide variety of tattoo design styles.
Ultimately giving the studio a unique and distinctive foothold in the UK’s industry, which attracts clients from all over the world, including people of Maori and Polynesian descent. 

We’re a funny bunch, serious about our art

Since the beginning, some 7 years ago. Ink Kings Studio has grown and in that time has been a pivotal part of bringing on and helping to developing some of the areas top artist today.
With a focus on understanding design first and the balance between what the client wants and the artistic development of an idea and artist, we take every tattoo request seriously and try to deliver more than just a tattoo.

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Tony Unwin

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Steve Thornton

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Louise Davidson

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G/A: Nick Sylvester

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We have merch too…

Avada Classic Demo

Ink Kings Eyeball Tee

Eyeball Mugs

Ink Kings Eyeball Mug

Straight Outta Hoodie

Straight Outta Hoodie


People speak highly of us…

“Tony is an incredibly talented artist and a genuine down to earth good guy! From start to finish he was first class and my tattoo looks absolutely awesome!! A great design that I’ll be proud to wear on my arm for life. Cheers mate, much appreciated”

Liam Beadley

Nottingham, UK

“5 stars I had my tattoo done today. Steve ur a sweetheart and I am so pleased with it. Really really love it and can’t thank you enough. I highly recommend them lovely friendly and talented professionals.”


Angi Perry


“Amazing team and most importantly amazing art! I will for sure be one of the many who keep these guys I’m a job as I won’t go anywhere else now.”

Sarah-Jane  Wardle


“I’ve just had my tattoo done and let me tell you I cant stop looking at it Tony is a true artist and a great guy we sat down and he drew the design straight on to my skin and it was perfect the design I have been wanting for years and it was worth waiting to find the right person to do it and well worth the travel, thanks again Tony.”


Newport, South Wales


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Good morning summertime is officially here; lol not that you'd know it's freezing!

We are open today and Steve is working the Sunday Session for anyone not getting pished in Skeggy or wherever you end up on a bank holiday weekend :)

Have a good one and see you soon

Booking June/July call: 01159324692
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