Welcome to the Original Inkhouse

Tattoo Studio Leigh-on-Sea

About Us

We understand that getting a tattoo can be daunting but it should also be exciting!

It’s our job to work with you to create a piece of art that is as unique as you are and to put you at ease throughout the process.

We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and attention to detail so you are guaranteed a warm welcome from our friendly team. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your ideas.

If you would like to come to the studio for a consultation it is advisable to call first to ensure that there will be someone available to discuss your tattoo.

We look forward to seeing you soon!



I would definitely recommend Original Inkhouse to everyone. Kelly did a cover up piece on my back which she designed and I love it. It works really well with what I had and she took all of my ideas on board and worked them into the design.

Jo Case


I had a wonderful tattoo designed by Kelly and not only was the final result beautiful but the whole experience was enjoyable.

Gabe Hurst

The Original Inkhouse has a good vibe to it as soon as you walk through the door. I recently had a tattoo done and I'm very pleased with it. They're very friendly and really talented. I get many positive compliments about by tattoo and will definitely return for more in the future!

Georgina Wilson


  • Jamie Titheradge

    Jamie has been tattooing for nearly four years now, he enjoys tattooing black and grey but also loves colour work. Jamie has an array of skills from realism to script work. Jamie joined the Original Inkhouse family in November 2014 and has progressed as an artist a lot since joining and hasn’t looked back. Jamie will take your ideas and turn them into a custom tattoo with his own unique twist…

  • Sophie Wilde

    Sophie is a dotwork, dot-realism and geometric artist, she has been tattooing for one year. Sophie gets her main influences and inspirations from the world around her and the people she meets. She takes the best lessons to grow from the customers she interacts with and the fellow artists she meets. Her passion for the industry stemmed from her love of tribal culture and history and the ability to be whoever you want to be, the journey from meeting someone sharing creative ideas and exploring beautiful ideas to then decorating your canvas and feeling more at home inside your skin.



Do you operate a cancellation policy?

We operate a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you are unable to make your appointment please let us know as soon as possible. Failure to give us at least 24 hours notice will result in a minimum cancellation fee of £60 being charged. This will be deducted from any deposits previously paid. If no deposit has been paid an invoice for the £60 will be emailed/mailed to you.

What after care advice should I follow?

For premium healing of your tattoo you should aim to be in good general health. Healing will be best if you do not currently have any type of infection, including the flu, and look after yourself in terms of diet, smoking and alcohol. Alcohol must be avoided immediately after procedures as it increases bleeding. Avoid aspirin for the same reason. IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO HAVE A TATTOO IF YOU ARE TAKING ANY BLOOD THINNING MEDICATION.

If your tattoo is kept moist (ideally) it will form a film, which will peel away / wash off, 3-7 days after your tattoo. This would normally be a scab, but will not harden if kept moist. We recommend using Bepanthen to keep from forming a thick scab and to aid the skin’s recovery. The film may appear to contain tattoo ink, which is only a surplus your skin does not need and will not result in loss of colour. If allowed to dry, the tattoo scab will fall off, and may take colour with it, although if left to come off naturally this should be minimal. Do Not pick at the scab if you let one form, as this will result in areas of missing colour and can even scar or become infected. Later, a light scab may form after the film has removed, which is preferable to a thick scab forming.

As your tattoo finishes the first healing stage (around 7-10 days later) it can become quite itchy, and some healthy skin around the tattoo borders may also shed. The general tattoo healing stage is considered 7-10 days for initial healing, and 3 weeks for full healing, however people heal at different rates and it can take 4-5 weeks for complete regeneration of epidermal cells. We recommend you wash your tattoo with water only and pat dry with a clean towel. Do not soak the tattoo. If you suspect your tattoo is infected you may require antibiotics and should consult a doctor. Signs of infection may include redness and swelling around the tattoo.

What should I consider before getting a tattoo?

We would strongly recommend that you do your homework and think serously about how you will feel about the tattoo in years to come. We would usually try to discourage partner/spouse names as all too often circumstances change but as an alternative you might consider an image to represent that person, ie. their favourite flower. Try not to follow a trend. What is fashionable this year may look dated soon after but a carefully considered design that is unique to you should never date. Just remember that whatever you choose will last forever and laser removal is painful.

An important part of our job is to work with you to create a design that you will be happy with so bring all of the ideas and reference material you have to us and we’ll create a unique piece of art that you can wear with pride.

Will it hurt?

This has to be the most frequently asked question, our answer is always the same. Everyone has a different pain threshold so what is painful for one may not be for another. There are however certain areas that are generally less painful or uncomfortable than others, for instance forearms, shoulders and back. Feet, ribs and inside of arms seem to be more so but remember if it was really that bad nobody would come back for more!

We always do our best to make you comfortable and relaxed which can go a long way towards easing the pain too.

I’m under 18, can I get a tattoo?

It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 and we would never compromise our reputation by bending the rules. If you are lucky enough to look under 18 we would ask for photo ID before commencing any tattoo.

Contact Us

If you would like to talk about your next tattoo we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to drop in to the studio or get in touch via email or social media and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Address: 816-818 London Road Leigh-on-Sea Essex SS9 3NH

Phone: 01702 471636


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