Quality tattooing and body piercing by Alan Park in his studio at 5 Cross Keys Mews, St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 2AR, tel: 01480-354484/07813281594

Alan Park at work in his studio

I would like to dedicate this paragraph to my darling wife Lyn, for all the love, support and encouragement that she has given to me right from the start of my tattooing career. It has been a very successful journey we have travelled together and, as I have often said before, Lyn is not only my wife of 49 year she is my best friend and I love and thank her with all my heart.
God bless you, Lyn
Al xx

About Al's Tattoo and Piercing Salon

I first started tattooing in London just after Lyn and I were married in 1966. We moved to St Neots in October of the same year.

In those days I was the only tattooist in Huntingdonshire. The nearest other tattooists were one in Bedford and one in Cambridge. At that time, tattooing was almost like a closed, secret society.

My clients in those days were nearly all men. It was very rare to see a lady with a tattoo, not like today’s trendy young ladies. These days even more mature ladies will have a tattoo. Today, I would say that about 60% of my trade is made up of women.

The St Neots studio

The studio I now have in Cross Keys, St Neots, is new, having relocated from a place off the High Street which is being knocked down to be replaced by town houses and shops.

About The Cross Keys and St Neots

The Cross Keys has a selection of shops including a sweet shop, a kebab takeaway, a jewellers, a pizza place, a ladies underwear shop, a card shop, a grocers, a computer shop, a carpet shop and a shoe repair shop. St Neots has all the major stores and banks and also a good selection of bars and restaurants including Indian, Chinese and Italian.

Equipment

In the early days there were not many suppliers and we made our own needle bars and mixed our own colours. Some tattooists made their own machines and we drew our own flash sheets. Today you can find everything on the internet!

On piercing

I have been piercing now for 15 years. The most popular piercings for ladies are the navel and for the men it is the nipple or the eyebrow. We also do genital piercing. We will not pierce anyone under the age of 16.

Tattooing Under 18s

In 1969 a law was passed that said you could not tattoo anyone under the age of 18. This law still stands today. Parents cannot give their consent either verbally or in writing – it is against the law.

Associations

I am a member of the following associations: ETAA, JATAF, ETAF, APTA, BTAF, EATAA and the OTTC – the Old Timers Tattoo Club! The OTTC is a select club that only invites members who have been tattooing for 15 years or more. I am very proud to have the honour of being a member of this elite tattooing club.

Opening Times Monday..Closed Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4-30pm Saturday 10am to 4pm