Tattoo artist’s growth plans

Tony Unwin looks on, in his new premises on Nottingham Road, as two of his artists work
Tony Unwin looks on, in his new premises on Nottingham Road, as two of his artists work

The success of Ilkeston-born businessman Tony Unwin just keeps growing with the second expansion of his tattoo studio since it’s first opening in 2012.

Ink Kings tattoo studio has now moved further up Nottingham Road into bigger premises which overlook the White Square roundabout.

With clients coming from Switzerland and Paris for his unique designs, Tony has also been able to take on two permanent tattoo artists in the studio and has plans to attend the Great British Tattoo Convention in London in May which should see fresh clients at the parlour.

“The business just keeps going from strength to strength,” said Tony

“I couldn’t have predicted it’s success.”

He added: “It is nice to have a business within the local community I grew up in and be able to bring customers from worldwide,”

Tony also owns Thai-infused cafe, Bitter Sweet with wife Phitinum, which sits next door to the studio.

The cafe’s unique spin on breakfasts and desserts has proved popular with locals with specialities such as the chocolate organge crepe cake and chocolate and mango cheesecakes which often sell out.

After being open for just five months, the cafe is also looking to extend it’s opening hours.

With fingers in many pies, tattoo-artist Tony also hopes to put his artistic skills to use by opening his own T-shirt design business.

“I was approached by a few people who have asked me to design things for them, it’s all quite exciting although we’re not quite sure when it’s all going to happen yet,” he added.

The brand new tattoo studio is now open, with plans for shop signs to be fitted in the next few weeks.