Ink Kings Studio – Home of Kirituhi Tattoo

Located in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Ink Kings specialise in all aspects of custom tattoo designs.
Owner and managing director Tony Unwin has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry,
and has dedicated his tattoo career to the learning and practicing of the art of Kirituhi style designs.
This has given the studio a unique and distinctive foothold in the industry, and has attracted clients
from all over the world, including people of Maori and Polynesian descent. 

We’re a funny bunch who are serious about inking

Tony has dedicated his tattoo career to the learning and practising of the art of Kiruthi style designs, Maria is our resident portrait specialist, creating realism tattoos and colour concepts. Steve brings his unique style of design with graphic and Trahs Polka style tattoos that fit perfectly with the studios ethos of unique and difference.

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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

“I had a tribal design done some time ago and it clearly wsn’t right, out of shape and embarrasing. Tony took the design and worked his magic, going much bigger that I’d initially wanted but making so much more sense of what I wanted to portray. I am proud to wear Tony’s artwork and would recommend him to anyone.”



“From start to finish, Tony has been a fantastic person and professional during the time I’ve known him. I told him what I wanted from my tattoo and he delivered so much more. If you are looking for an amazing piece of original art, get in touch with this man!!! He makes a mean cuppa too!!!! Cheers Tony, good luck for the future.”

Jon Laight

Redditch, UK

“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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