We asked Barber DTS customers to reveal all, from their most loved designs and the ones they least enjoy, to the most unusual ink requests ever received.

More than 500 of our UK artists responded and the results are insightful, to say the least!

Read on for our roundup of the best (and most jaw-dropping) responses:

WE ASKED….WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL TATTOO REQUEST YOU’VE EVER HAD?

….THE EYE WATERINGLY PAINFUL REQUESTS

“ Someone wanted to tattoo their entire nostrils black”

“A customer wanted a cross on their face for their first tattoo”

“I was asked if I could tattoo an entire head of hair on a bald man, and he wasn’t referring to scalp micro-pigmentation!”

“One client requested to have the waterline in their eyes tattooed.”

“A customer asked to have a leopard print design covering their scalp.”

“I have been asked to tattoo a customer’s tongue before.”

“One man wanted to tattoo the soles of his feet ‘just for the pain.’”

“A customer requested a fishnet stocking pattern, waist down and covering every inch of the body.”

“A lady came to the studio for her first ever tattoo, at the grand age of 95.”

…THE CENSORED REQUESTS

“A couple asked if they could both get tattooed during intercourse.”

“Bum tattoos are not uncommon; I’ve had everything, from a Where’s Wally design, an Albert Einstein portrait to an image of TV chat show host Trisha.”

“A customer requested a sex toy design with wings and their best friend’s name underneath…which was strange.”

“I was once asked to script graphic sex noises from a client’s girlfriend.”

“One customer wanted a drawing of a stickman pushing a lawnmower around their pubic area.”

“I was once asked to create a Disney porn animation.”

…THE PLAIN BIZARRE REQUESTS

“A customer asked for a digestive biscuit with angel wings and the Primark logo.”

“Someone brought a piece of cake and asked me to sketch a tattoo of the cake before eating it so no one could copy it!”

“I was asked to design a neck tattoo for a man of a rainbow unicorn pushing a wheelie bin with stars and rainbows coming out the bin.”

“Being asked to create a ‘gone to market’ sign next to someone’s missing toe is up there with the most unusual requests I’ve received..”

“Last year a customer asked me to draw a chicken wearing a mask with Covid symbols, holding a toilet roll.”

“Someone wanted a tattoo of fish on their fingers, and a camel on their toe.”

“I once sketched a giant trout wearing a cowboy hat on someone’s arm.”

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“A lady asked for an astronaut riding a unicorn, through a rainbow”

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“A weird request I once received was to draw a traffic cone with a pair of Adidas trainers underneath.”

“I was handed a receipt for Chinese food and asked to sketch it on someone’s bum cheek”

…THE STRAIGHT ‘NO’ REQUESTS

“A mother brought her 14 year old daughter along and asked me to tattoo her neck, as though it was the most normal thing in the world.”

“A lady asked me to colour her entire body in a couple shades darker so she didn’t have to tan.”

“I was asked to tattoo a red glowing lightsaber on a male’s genitals - my response was no.”

“A customer wanted to be tattooed whilst completely naked.”

“I once refused to ink swear words on someone’s inner lips.”

“One customer wanted to have his bottom tattooed whilst he was naked, crouched on all fours.”

WE ASKED….WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST POPULAR TATTOO DESIGNS OF THE LAST 12 MONTHS?

Lions

Roses

Flowers

Mandala

Pocket watches

WE ASKED…IS THERE A TATTOO DESIGN MOST FAVOURED BY ARTISTS?

Roses

Skulls

Black / grey shades

WE ASKED…IS THERE A TATTOO DESIGN LEAST FAVOURED BY ARTISTS?

Tribal

Pocket watches

Lions

WE ASKED…WHICH CELEBRITIES ARE INFLUENCING TATTOO TRENDS?

Footballers: David Beckham

Rappers: Post Malone

Singers: Justin Beiber and Rihanna

WE ASKED…WHAT IS THE MOST POPULAR BODY PART FOR A TATTOO?

Arm

Forearm

Legs

Thigh

Hands

WE ASKED…WHICH GENERATION HAS THE MOST TATTOOS?

Gen Z

Millennials

Gen X

Baby Boomers

WE ASKED…WHICH GENERATION HAS THE BEST TASTE IN TATTOOS?

Millennials

Gen Z

Gen Y

Baby Boomers

Survey of 500 Barber DTS tattoo artists surveyed in March 2022.