25 Extremely British Tattoos

No bulldogs, please.

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

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

Virginia Woolf, The Waves

3. Surrealist literature.

Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

4. Classical literature.

Thomas Hardy, Tess of D’Urbervilles.

5. Fantasy literature.

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

6. Or modern speculative fiction.

A Terry Pratchett Discworld-inspired tattoo.

7. If not literature, then how about music?

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


10. To the less likely.

Rod Stewart.

11. You could choose to honour innovators.

Alan Turing.

13. Instigators.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

14. Or characters.

Boris Johnson.

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


16. To spicy snacks.


17. Whether it’s a ship from Portsmouth…

19. A sportsperson.

20. Or a commemorative moment.

21. Follow your fandom.


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

Wallace and Gromit.

23. No matter how uncommon your favourite show is.


24. Find your passion, and celebrate it.

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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