Welcome to LDF Tattoo – a tattoo studio owned and operated by tattoo artists who draw upon more than 50 years of experience in the Australian tattoo industry. We are located at 26 King Street in Sydney’s Newtown, an area known for it’s dedication to arts and culture. 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 Instagram.
Les and the team @ LDF Tattoo.
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, Leslie established a studio in Newtown, 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 Leslie’s capacity to keep up, so he took on an apprentice – a talented draftsmen he met at Art School – Angus Wood. The pair built a solid working relationship and became 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, as well as the simpler requests of a walk-in punter. As Leslie and Angus experienced an increase in demand for their work another apprentice was added to the mix. Charlie Tapper started out with Leslie and Angus at their private studio and progressed with them towards the opening of LDF Newtown, and quickly became known for her beautiful old school work. In 2012 the LDF family grew with the opening of a second shop, located in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Marrickville. In 2018 we amalgamated both studios back into our original location in Newtown, and now have everybody working together as one big happy family!