Reaction To Action: Onnie O’Leary’s Provocative Tattoos

Can anyone guess the band and album I’m subtly referencing in the title? A link to the answer can be found at the end of the post.

If you read my recent NSFW tattoo post and loved the idea, you might have been disappointed to discover that all three artists live overseas. But, if you live in Australia, do I have I have a surprise for you today. No longer do you have to lust over the tattoos of others because you can get one of your own.

Head to TLD Tattoo in Sydney and ask for Onnie O’Leary. Much of Onnie’s work is sexy and provocative, and similar to what I’ve shown you before, although it’s in her own signature style. She’s found her niche in the Australian tattooing scene.

Onnie’s impressive 160,000-plus followers on Instagram is a testament to the interest and demand for thematic, provocative, and truly self-expressive tattoos. While they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s always great to see people connecting with tattooers who produce the type of art that they personally enjoy.

Her pieces are graphic and bold, with colour gradient shading in red and orange or blue and green – it reminds a little of these tattoos by Ry Tang.  Then there’s the often solid black backgrounds, and the blank skin/skin breaks for hair which provide an aesthetically pleasing stark contrast.

While Onnie draws inspiration from the female form, Japanese entities, and fairy tales, it is her client’s who hold onto the true meaning of the piece. Onnie told Konbibi that her tattoos “…might tell a story but only the wearer can read it, other people looking on it have to wonder what these tattoos are about.” Tattoos are a personal thing, and none more so than the ones you’re about to see.

Enough with the teasing, onto the tattoos!

Choking love


Thinking of you

(Based off a friend’s drawing)


Worked up an appetite

Witchy woman

Naga – a Japanese snake woman


Don’t mess with her


Cheeky Red Riding Hood

A little lesbian BDSM


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