New Custom Tattoo Shop In the Heart of Hereford Specialising in Traditional Tattoos

Blackfriars Custom Traditional Tattoo Shop, Hereford, England
Blackfriars Tattoos Owner, Jon Tagart, Hereford England
Jon Harper
In the world of tattooing there are some artists who uphold a level of criteria they will never falter from, that no amount of money could lure them away from, like a bible of tattoo ethics.

Jon Tagart Harper, owner of the newly opened Blackfriars Tattoo on Maylord Street around the corner from Neal’s Yard, is one of these purists.  Your body is his canvas, and he takes it seriously.

He is driven by his love of the trade, and a passion for the traditional style of tattooing that is always evolving, while maintaining its purity.  The hand of each individual artist adds its own character – and of course, Jon is an artist in his own right.

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Personally, as a barer of traditional-style tattoos, his devotion is touching.  I am elated to find a tattooist bringing incredible skill and talent to Hereford, while keeping to a strong code of ethics.   By this I mean, he does not take on work he isn’t comfortable with.  No worries though, Jon will happily refer you to other qualified colleagues in the city specializing in the requested style.


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Upon entering his Tattoo Studio you are greeted by his beautiful receptionist Sophie,  who will either make you an appointment, or prepare you to be seen by Jon.  There is currently a one month waiting list, and this ofcourse… before he even opened his doors!  This is not unheard of when extremely talented, sought after tattooists are involved.  I recommend making your appointment as soon as you can.


Jon Harper, Blackfriars Tattoo, Hereford England
Traditional-Style Tattoo by Jon Harper

Jon has been tattooing for five years. His career initiated at Mr. Beards of Kington, followed by Skinzophrenic in the city of Hereford.  It should be noted that Jon has a cult following, he did not dive into the deep end without being certain that setting up his own business would be viable.  I asked him why he chose to open his own studio in Hereford, and why he prefers  the traditional style made famous by such greats as ‘Sailor Jerry’ Colliins.

His reply was, “Traditional tattoos are timeless, and they always look striking, even many years down the line.   Since, I am a Hereford boy, born and bred, and a proud Herefordian, it was inevitable I should open a shop here.  This city has incredible history attached to it,  and if you stop and notice,  there is amazing architecture all around us”.  Yes Jon, I agree.

This of course does not need to be spoken, the shop front window depicts an incredible image of the Hereford Cathedral, and on the door window, a medievel Friar dressed in robes (the Blackfriars logo), painted by one of Jon’s friends.


IMG_1147_The shop has three levels, and a view of the magnificent Philip Morris & Son building, built during the Tudor period.  This adds to the old world appeal the studio possesses, in which Jon exposed the beams to reveal as much character as possible, while adding his own personal style to the interior.

You see, the studio is also an art gallery where Jon will be displaying some pretty unique artists’ work.  You could  almost say the studio feels like it should be placed in London or Bristol with its fresh, minimalist interior.

Jon works out of a room on the second level ensuring complete privacy.  He also provides a separate room for guest tattooists coming from as far as America, and is in a network of highly skilled tattooists who practice his own style of work ethics.  Many will be coming to work in his Hereford studio from around the country.

Guest Tattooist Loo Pimble All the Way from  America


His first guest tattooist, Loo Pimble, will be coming to work with Jon from America, where he also has a devoted following tattooing in Built 4 Speed.   He is also a Herefordian and a protogee of Mr. Beard’s.  Loo begins taking on appointments from February 17.

It is only appropriate that Loo be his first guest tattooist since he has been Jon’s inspiration from the beginning of his career.  You only have to look at Jon’s tattoos – which are all of Loo’s custom work, to understand why he looks up to him as a mentor.  Both artists produce incredible work, known for its bright, strong colours, seamless blending and clean lines.  If you can’t wait a month for Jon, Loo’s work is just as worthy.


Blackfriars Tattoos
5 Maylord Street, Hereford
Instagram @blackfriarstattoos

Photography by John Rose, Music Reviewer – Hereford City Centric, The John Rose Vinyl Review, Artist and Frontman to Pablo Alto

Author: M Cuadra

LA transplant living in England with 23 years experience in the fashion and makeup industry. As a Beauty, Fashion and Culture Blogger who loves punk, indie, grunge and live music in general, it's important to engross oneself and co-exist in these mediums to keep a cutting edge perspecitve that produces inspiring work for generations to come.

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