Red Hot and Blue Tattoo is a tattoo parlour in Edinburgh (opening in June 2005), which has very quickly grown a reputation for being one of the best.
The artists have an emphasis on doing custom work and really go that extra mile to give you the tattoo that you want. They have a gallery on the website that shows the kind of work that they do. I like to think that their style is traditional with a contemporary twist. I have had all of my tattoos drawn at Red Hot and Blue, the majority of them are nautical themed, which the artist was really into and I have always come away with a tattoo that both myself and the artist have loved. It isn’t really the kind of place that artists enjoy doing those ugly tribal swirls or tacky stars, they are passionate people with their own style.
One thing that really stands out in Red Hot and Blue is how friendly the staff are. Most recently I’ve had a bear holding a balloon, which is a very big piece and hurt a lot but I enjoy the patter (patter is a Scots phrase meaning good conversation!) of my tattooist that I didn’t really notice how painful it was until much later!
Prices vary depending on the piece, with bigger, more intricate pieces obviously costing more. There is usually a waiting list, so book ahead!