Parents' Guide to

London Ink

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

British tattoo show edgier than U.S. counterparts.

TV TLC Reality TV 2007
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Viewers watch as the staff designs and inks tattoos for clients ranging from Olympic athletes to fashion models. They also get to see the tattoo artist "family" teach and initiate apprentices who are trying to learn the business. Throughout it all, Malloy politely gives his opinions about the group's sometimes-questionable customer-service skills, their inking abilities, and their need to stay focused.

London Ink includes strong language (including cursing that isn't always bleeped out) and some notable sexual innuendo. Some clients also pull down their pants and lift their skirts to show off their latest tattoos (their underwear stays on). Some of the subject matter is kind of serious, too, including Gold's ongoing anger-management struggles and his desire to become a better father. This combination makes the show entertaining but a little on the edgy side for younger viewers.

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