Wired.com recently had an article about an odd website called Tattoos In Flight, which is a homage to the art of aviation tattoos and the stories behind them. In fact, the website’s founder, Ryan Keough, is both a professional pilot and an avid tattoo wearer.
A quick search of his website revealed a few tattoos with a decidedly British connection, including this leg tattoo montage of USAAF P-51 Mustangs that was created by Oliver Jerrold, a tattoo artist at Hope and Glory Tattoo in Swaffham, Norfolk. Tattoos In Flight also reminded readers that while the P-51 was made famous when the US Army Air Forces used them during World War II and they were built by North American Aircraft in the USA, they were actually designed and built to meet specifications requested by the Royal Air Force (RAF) for a single engine fighter aircraft back in 1940:
Spitfires also make popular tattoos and this example was created by Paul Fuller of Sharpside Tattoo Studio in Seaford, East Sussex. Apparently the wearer is a microlight pilot who chose the Mark IX variant of the Spitfire because “he feels it’s the best all round development of the Spitfire before being overpowered by the Griffon engine!”
Finally, Tattoos In Flight has found this photo of Freddie Laker, the son of British airline entrepreneur Sir Freddie Laker who has a tattoo of the logo of his fathers airline, Laker Airways, on his shoulder. However, there is no word whether Richard Branson or Michael O’Leary have their logos tattooed anywhere on their bodies!