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Kingston's Number 1

Founded in 2013/14 by good friends Luke and James, Hard Luck Tattoo has become South West London's superior custom tattooing, laser and body piercing shop. A traditional open plan shop layout with wall to wall covered in ever changing tattoo flash and motorcycle art, making every visit to the shop a visual experience. We welcome anyone and any tattoo design or ideas with the sole goal of delivering the customer a great piece of individual art work. Hard Luck Tattoo is best known for bold bright long lasting tattoos... our artists have diverse skills and styles, from a full Japanese sleeve to a fine line black and grey portrait. Located in South West London, within the busy Kingston Upon Thames town centre, a mere 30 seconds from train and bus stations, plus several car parks surrounding the shop makes visiting easy.

Staff and Artists

Luke Kempton

Luke has been tattooing since 2006 and has had the opportunity to work with many great other tattoo artists. Luke's tattooing is diverse and he works in a vast range of styles, from bold bright old school and Japanese, to soft black and grey and realism. Luke's tattoos heal and age well, maintaining the vividness created on day one.*



James Smith

Although starting tattooing almost a decade ago, James took a hiatus to travel the world as a professional BMXer and then start a camera equipment company (as you do!). With all the adventures and broken bones now behind him, James now has the perfect focus and home at HLT among the co artists.



Phil Mann

Although local, Phil has been traveling for the large part of his life exploring music and art. Settling into tattooing in 2012, Phil became part of the Hard Luck team in 2015. Phil specializes in black and grey dot work, focusing on geometric patterns, floral designs and mystical imagery.




Caz has been piercing since January 2011, joining the Hard Luck team in 2014. She has over 3 years experience of professional piercing and can perform basic and advanced piercings in a quick and accurate manner. Ever since Caz has been getting pierced herself, she knew piercing was the path she wanted to pursue. Caz stocks a large selection of jewellery which is made from high quality implant grade titanium.



Matteo Gottardello

Matteo grew up in Italy where his father was a talented classic painter who had a various set of skills. He spent his early 20's living between London and Australia where he had the chance to meet street artists which influenced his art. He took the decision to start his journey in tattooing here in London about 3 years ago and has never looked back. Matteo's style consists of bold lines and solid black traditional work, he is though keen to constantly learn more and try out new things.

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Kerie Edwards

Kerie has joined the Hard Luck family late 2017, she has been a full time tattoo artist for three years now. She started her journey into tattooing at a studio in Crawley and has progressed over the years. Kerie's style consists mostly of American Traditional but also enjoys doing fine line black and grey, geometric dot work and ornamental pieces.

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Natalie Sharp

After a long established friendship with the shop, Natalie became our shop apprentice late 2016. She started tattooing in September 2017 and has been progressing amazingly ever since. She is also being mentored under Caz in learning to pierce, where she has successfully performed some basic piercings so far. Natalie's style mostly consists of Old School Traditional but she is keen to learn and pick up more styles as her apprenticeship advances.

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