About Us

Welcome to LDF Tattoo, a tattoo studio owned and operated by tattoo artists who draw on more than 50 years of experience in the Australian tattoo industry. We have two locations, one on King Street in Sydney’s Newtown, an area known for it’s arts and culture and the other on Illawarra Road in Marrickville. Please check us out, have a look at our work and let us know how we can help you realise that tattoo you’ve been planning. Please  feel free to leave us some feedback, and jump on the above link to follow us on facebook.


Les and the team @ LDF Tattoo.

Our History

Born in 1942, Les Bowen began tattooing in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley in 1959. Les had studios in various locations in Queensland and New South Wales in the next 25 years, before settling in Townsville, North Queensland in the early 1980s. His sons Leslie and Leon were introduced to the industry at an early age, and began tattooing in the early 90′s each at the age of about 16. Leslie moved to Sydney in 2003 to study Fine Art at the National Art School, working at The Illustrated Man, Sydney’s premier street tattoo studio of a night to pay his way. Graduating in 2006 with Honours in Painting, Leslie won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in March of 2007, and spent a few months traveling in Europe with his young family and working at his brother’s well regarded studio Chameleon Tattoo in Paisley, Scotland.

In the spring of 2007, Les established a studio in Marrickville, Sydney where he could pursue both his tattooing and his painting.  This private studio soon gained a reputation for quality custom tattooing, and demand soon far outstripped Les’ capacity to keep up, so Les took on an apprentice – a talented draftsmen he met at Art School, Angus. The pair built a solid working relationship and have become the foundation for LDF Tattoo, a street tattoo shop located in Newtown’s King Street that is still capable of handling the most fastidious custom requests, and the simpler requests of a walk-in punter. As Les and Angus experienced an increase in demand for their work another apprentice was added to the mix. Charlie started out with Les and Angus at their private studio and progressed with them towards the opening of LDF Newtown. Now well into her tattooing career, Charlie has become known for her beautiful work. In 2012 the LDF family grew with the opening of a second shop, located in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Marrickville.