Helen Aldous – Artistic & Medical Tattooist

Helen Aldous. Artistic & Medical Tattooist | Holmfirth, Huddersfield West Yorkshire

I have been tattooing since 2012, having completed an in depth professional apprenticeship. I am also qualified and licensed as a Medical Tattooist.

As far as I know I am the first person in the UK qualified both through a professional traditional tattoo apprenticeship and also in Medical Tattooing by an NHS approved training provider. Therefore, this allows me to combine industry best practice with the art and craft of traditional tattoo to create both custom body art tattoos and restorative tattoo work for people who have scarring after surgery or trauma. I love using my artistic skills to help my clients lead their best life.

My background is in Art and Design. After completing a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration at Staffordshire University I worked as a designer in various areas of the advertising and media industries. I also contributed illustrations to various magazines and publications. I enjoy working as an artist and my paintings and prints have been exhibited in various art galleries and venues. My continuing artistic practice helps me to create custom designs for my clients and achieve realistic medical tattoo results.

Tattooing is a natural place for my work and I enjoy the challenge of the human canvas and creating a unique piece of art for each client. View my Artistic Tattoo Gallery

After taking time out to battle cancer in 2017, I established my own private Tattoo Studio, Secret Garden Tattoo, in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

3D Nipple Tattoos

I create permanent, realistic 3D Nipple Tattoos for breast cancer warriors. After mastectomy and reconstruction, a permanent 3D Nipple Tattoo can create a sense of completion and closure. Please view my work on my dedicated 3D Nipple Tattoos website.


Learn to create permanent & hyper-realistic 3D Nipples and Areola using the NipInk® Method.

I offer an Areola 3D Nipple Tattoo Training course from my private studio in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

This Advanced Artist Training takes place over 1 day and is a 1 on 1 opportunity to work closely with me to learn the art of creating hyper-realistic 3D Nipple Tattoos.

Find out more about 3D Nipple Areola Tattoo Training here

BUPA Registered Provider

I am a BUPA registered provider for Nipple Tattoos and Medical Tattooing. BUPA Recognised Provider Website.

Training & Qualifications

Certified Hypnosis Practitioner // Transformation Academy // 2020
Certified Transformation Coach // Transformation Academy // 2020
Medical Tattoo – Areola Masterclass Qualification // Finishing Touches Group // 2019
Medical Tattoo – Burns & Scars Qualification // Finishing Touches Group // 2019
Professional Tattoo Apprenticeship // 2012
Many many years Designing, Painting & Illustrating // 1993 > present
BA Honours Degree//Graphic Design with Illustration//Staffordshire University // 1993
Art Foundation Course//Rochdale College of Art // 1989


My art work is often influenced by the beautiful countryside around my home in Holmfirth, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.


Huddersfield Making Space // Huddersfield // August 2019
Holmfirth Art Week // Holmfirth // July 2019
Holmfirth Art Week Fringe // Holmfirth // July 2014
Holmfirth Art Week // Holmfirth //July 2011
Holmfirth Art Week Fringe // Holmfirth // July 2011
SciFi Future Worlds // WYPW Mirfield // October 2010
Gallery 49 Bridlington // Away From Home // June 10 >
Artmill Gallery Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire // February 10 > March 10
Brighouse Art Gallery, Yorkshire // Nov 09 > Jan 10
Flourish // West Yorkshire Print Workshop Nov 09 > Dec 09
Cherished // Otley – Aug 09 > Sept 09 < Individual Holmfirth Art Week // Holmfirth – Feb 09 Lawrence Batley Theatre // Huddersfield – Feb 09 > March 09
Art In The Barn // Oakwell Hall – Jan 09 > Feb 09
Impressions // Huddersfield Art Gallery Jan 08 > June 08
Tonic Art Space // Leeds General Infirmary Nov 08 > Feb 09
Small & Beautiful // Cherished Otley Oct 08 > Nov 08
West Yorkshire Print Workshop Collective // Dewsbury Museum April 08 > June 08
Winner of Calder Graphics Art Prize
Holme Valley Warehouse Fringe // Sept 07

Passion Projects

I write about Tattoo subjects on www.Tattoo-Spark.com. Here I answer common tattoo questions about how to learn to tattoo, getting a tattoo, tattoo pain, tattoo healing and aftercare and general tattoo topics.

Registered & Licensed Medical Tattooist
Registered & Licensed Medical Tattooist