25 Extremely British Tattoos

No bulldogs, please.

1. So, you’re thinking of getting a British tattoo.

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2. There are many ways to celebrate Britain’s rich cultural heritage. Be it through modernist literature.

Virginia Woolf, The Waves

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3. Surrealist literature.

Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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4. Classical literature.

Thomas Hardy, Tess of D’Urbervilles.

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5. Fantasy literature.

A map of the Shire, from The Lord of the Rings.

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6. Or modern speculative fiction.

A Terry Pratchett Discworld-inspired tattoo.

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7. If not literature, then how about music?

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8. There are plenty of iconic British acts to choose from.


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9. From the obvious.

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10. To the less likely.

Rod Stewart.

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11. You could choose to honour innovators.

Alan Turing.

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12. Orators.

Winston Churchill.

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13. Instigators.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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14. Or characters.

Boris Johnson.

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15. There are cultural touchpoints too, from warm beverages.

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16. To spicy snacks.

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17. Whether it’s a ship from Portsmouth…

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18. Or a London skyline.

ID: 1488441

19. A sportsperson.

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20. Or a commemorative moment.

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21. Follow your fandom.

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22. And you can be sure to meet like-minded people.

Wallace and Gromit.

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23. No matter how uncommon your favourite show is.


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24. Find your passion, and celebrate it.

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25. And your tattoo will always remind you of home.

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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