Worlds Best Tattoo Artists (Choose from 97 of the Best)

Below you will find a list of some of the greatest tattoo artist in the world, along with links to their Facebook and Instagram pages.

If you are looking for some inspiration then check out the artists Instagram pages for some cool ideas.

Tattoo's are a great way of expressing yourself but think carefully before choosing your design as it can be difficult and expensive to remove them .

It is important that once you have got a new tattoo you need to care for it in the correct way. 

If you want to suggest a cool artist for the list, scroll to the bottom and leave a comment.

Best Tattoo Artist in USA and South America

Ami James

Studio - Love Hate Tattoos

Location - ​Miami

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Ami James is the specialist Japanese style artist, he also is the founder of Miami Ink and has several shops around the world.

Bailey Hunter Robinson

Studio - Talis Fortuna

Location - Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Bailey Hunter Robinson is based in Austin. He is a master of Americana and likes to use a lot of black in his tattoo.  His work varies from crisp vivid to old school tattoos.

Balazs Bercsenyi

Studio - Bang Bang

Location - ​NYC

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Balazs is from Hungary, his tattoo style is minimalistic and miniature with elegance. he combines these styles to create truly awesome work.

Bert Krak

Studio - Smith Street Tattoo Parlour

Location - ​Brooklyn, NY

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Working from the famous smith street tattoo parlour, Bert Krak combines classic tattoo with his trademark heavy lines and colour palette. Bert also makes his own brand machines.

BJ Betts

Studio - State Street Tattoo

Location - ​Wilmington, DE

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When it comes to lettering BJ Betts is the name that is mentioned all the time. He also does some amazing black and grey work and his colour roses are out of this world.

Bugs

Studio - Tattoo Lounge And Tattoos Deluxe

Location - West Los Angeles / Sherman Oaks, CA

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Bugs is a french artist who's works include cubism, art deco and abstract. He also loves painting and creates some wonderful artwork.

Chris Brand

Studio - Uglar Works

Location - LA, USA

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Multi disciplined artist Chris Brand creates some wonderful tattoos, he is at home working with both colour and black and grey and his art is very detailed.

Chris Garver

Studio - Love Hate

Location - ​NYC

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Miami Ink's Chris Garver is one of the worlds best, his black and grey and his colour work are flawless.

Chris O'Donnell

Studio - Kings Avenue Tattoo

Location - ​New York City

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Chris O'donnell specializes in Japanese and American inspired tattooing preferring to do large scale work. Chris also enjoys painting as well which helps him get new ideas for tattoos.

Chris Trevino

Studio - Perfection Tattoo

Location - ​Austin TX

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Trevino is the master of large scale Japanese tattoo, having studied under the legendary Horiyoshi II Chris turns out some stunning art.

Corey Divine

Studio - Travelling Artist

Location - LA, USA

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Corey Divine is currently travelling working at many different shops, he is a specialist at geometric dotwork and blends it with simple colour to create some stunning tattoos.

Dave Fox

Studio - Studio One Tattoo

Location - ​Philadelphia

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Japanese, American traditional and comic/cartoon styles are amongst Dave Fox's repertoire. His Back tattoos are awsome works of art.

David Tedder

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Studio - Memorial Tattoo

Location - ​Atlanta

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David Tedders specialism is colourful traditional style Japanese

Dmitry Vision

Studio - Bloodlines Gallery

Location - ​Pittsburgh

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Dimitry Vision is known for his stunning ultra realism tattoo's. His colour and black and grey work are nothing short of amazing.

Doug Hardy

Studio - Tattoo City

Location - ​San Francisco

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Doug Hardy tattoos are traditional styles, he makes very good use of colour.

Eric Eaton

Studio - Electric Temple Tattoo

Location - ​Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Eric Eaton can turn his hand to any type of tattoo, he has an eye for detail that always turns out an impressive tattoo.

Erin Chance

Studio - Unkindness Art

Location - ​Richmond, Virginia

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Coming from Richmond Virginia Erin Chance tattoos are mainly in a traditional colour style.

Freddy Corbin

Studio - Temple Tattoo

Location -Oakland

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Freddy Corbin in one of the legendary names in tattooing. He is known for his religious style but can turn his hand to most traditional styles.

Goethe

Studio - Collective Ink Gallery

Location - ​Orange County, CA

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Goethe style focuses on the darker side of Mesoamerican cultures. His subjects include underworld, rituals and gods.

Grime

Studio - Skull & Sword Tattoo Studio

Location - ​San Francisco

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Grime loves tattooing dragons, skulls and mythological subjects. His full colour tattoos have amazing detail.

Jeffrey Pitt

Studio - Dawn's Custom Tattoo

Location - ​Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Jeffrey Pitt is a versatile artist that can turn his hand to almost anything, he particularly enjoys designing traditional style tattoos.

Jimmy Hayden

Studio - Focused Tattoo Studio

Location - ​Cleveland, Ohio

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Famous for tattooing NBA stars Jimmy Hayden turns out some great black and grey work.

JK5

Studio - Three Kings Tattoo

Location - ​New York

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Painter, Illustrator and tattoo artist JK5 can turn his hand to anything art. His tattoos are very detailed and flow with the body.

Joe Capobianco

Studio - Hope Gallery Tattoo

Location - ​New Haven, Connecticut

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Creator of the gap gal and blood puddin, Joes style of tattoos are based on 50's pin up style, they are very colourful and detailed.

John McDermott

Studio - Skin Kreations Tattoo Lk

Location - ​Hopatcong, NJ

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John McDermott creates some beautiful colourful tattoos from his studio. He can turn his hand to most styles and is at home with both black and grey and colour.

Julie Becker

Studio - Alma Tattoo & Gallery

Location - ​Nicaragua

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Julie Becker has a very diverse portfolio and can turn her hand to most styles

Jun Cha

Studio - Manarc Studios

Location - ​Los Angeles

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Jun Cha is a master of fine detail black and grey work, all his art is superbly detailed and fits the flow of the body beautifully.

Kat Von D

Studio - Kat Von D's High Voltage Tattoo

Location - ​Hollywood, California.

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Star of LA Ink Kat Von D is well respected for her freehand designs, creating stunning tattoos that are personal to her client.

Keith Underwood

Studio - The Austin Tattoo co

Location - ​Austin TX

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Keith Underwood is a traditional American style tattoo artist who aims to emulate the master artist from the 30's and 40'S

Lana Wingo

Studio - Mainline Ink

Location - ​Bay Area Blvd, Texas

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Lana Wingo has a traditional American style, Lana uses fine lines and vibrant bold colour to make some outstanding tattoos.

Mister Cartoon

Studio - Mister Cartoon

Location -Los Angeles

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Mister Cartoon's tattoo's are super detailed and usually carry a cartoon style. Working in Black and Grey he artwork appears on many celebrities.

Nick Baxter

Studio - Custom Tattoo Galleries

Location - ​Austin, Texas

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Nick Baxter is an awesome bio mech tattoo artist, he blends special effects and optical illusions into his work perfectly.

Norm

Studio - Love Letters Tattoo

Location - Los Angeles

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Norm is famous for his graffiti and lettering styles of tattooing. He spends a lot of time touring the world but can be found in his LA shop. He enjoys freehand lettering but can turn his hand to most other styles.

Paul Booth

Studio - Last Rites

Location - ​New York, New York

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Paul Booth has a dark style to his tattooing, working mainly in black and grey his artwork usually has more than a hint of the dark side.

Regino Gonzales

Studio - Invisible NYC Inc

Location - ​New York, NY

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Specializing in classic Japanese, fine line and American styles Regino Gonzales creates some stunning body art, his colour work really stands out.

Scott Campbell

Studio - Saved Tattoo

Location - ​San Francisco

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Famed for his super detailed linework Scott Campbell tattoos mainly in black and grey, his clients include many famous celebrities.

Shane O'Neill

Studio - Infamous Tattoo

Location - ​Middletown , Delaware

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Winner of Inkmaster Shane O'neill specializes in black and grey tattoos, he is a master at portraits and also creates some great wildlife pieces.

Stefano Alcantara

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Studio - Stefano´s Tattoo Studio

Location - ​Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Based in Florida Stefano Alcantre produces some ultra realistic tattoos, he makes good use of texture that really makes the arts stand out.

Thomas Hooper

Studio - Rock of Ages tattoo

Location - ​Austin Texas

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Thomas Hooper tattoos are precise and highly detailed, mainly working in black he creates some stunning ornate geometrical pattern.

Thomas Sinnamond

Studio - True Love Art Gallery

Location - ​Seattle, Washington

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Thomas Sinnamond tattoos are ultra detailed his creations are based on what the customer desires with his own visions thrown into the mix. He creates some unusual work, his fingerprint style is quite unique.

Todd Jarrell

Studio - Ink Slinger Tattoo

Location - ​Stollings, WV.

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Working in Strollings, Todd Jarrell can turn his hand to most traditional styles of tattooing. He works in both colour and black and grey.

Victor Montaghini

Studio - Private Studio

Location - ​São Paulo, Brazil

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Victor Montaghini is a very talented artist based in Brazil, he has very precise detail in his work and blends with color to creates some lovely artwork.

Best Tattoo Artist in the UK

Charlotte Timmons

Studio - Modern Body Art

Location - ​Birmingham, England

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Charlotte has a wonderful eye for detail in her tattoos, she loves doing feminine style and animal tattoos. She is great at shading and creates some lovely artwork.

Chris Jones

Studio - Physical Graffitti Tattoo Studio

Location - ​Cardiff, Wales, UK

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Based in the Capital of Wales, Chris Jones is one of the best colour portrait artist ever. He also has a love for sci-fi so expect to see a few out of this world tattoos in his portfolio.

Dalmiro Dalmont

Studio - Black Garden Tattoo

Location - ​London

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Currently working in London, Dalmiro Dalmont does some lovely colour tattoos.

Dan Hancock

Dan Hancock Tattoo

Studio - This Mortal Coil Tattoo Gallery

Location - ​Altringham Manchester Uk

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The master of black and grey realism, Dan Hancock delivers some stunning tattoos. He also designs his own artwork which is amazing.

Dani Queipo

Studio - Sang Bleu

Location -London UK

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Dani Queipo brings us classic straight forward tattoos that are very bold in design. His use of simple colours make the artwork jump out.

Dominique Holmes

Studio - The Black Lotus Studio

Location - ​London UK

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Based in London Dominique style includes eastern artwork and patterns. She mainly used black linework and shading in her tattoos.

Hannah Snowdon

Studio - Black Stabbath Tattoo

Location - ​Sheffield, England

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Based in Sheffield England Hannah's tattoo have a eastern influence. She mainly works in black and grey and her linework is flawless.

Jason Butcher

Studio - Immortal Ink Tattoo Studio

Location - ​Chelmsford, UK

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Jason Butcher has his own unique style that he calls death romantic. His super smooth blend of death with a romantic twist creates stunning tattoos.

Jemma Jones

Studio - Sacred Electric Tattoo

Location - ​Yorkshire, UK

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Jemma had an old traditional style of tattooing. she makes good use on colour in her work.

Jethro Wood

Studio - Cloak and Dagger London

Location - ​London, United Kingdom

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From London, Jethro Wood turns out some great traditional style tattoos. He has a good  understanding of colour.

Joe Ellis

Studio - Sacred Electric Tattoo

Location - ​Leeds, UK

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Based in Leeds Joe Ellis makes good use of very bold lines and lots of black shading in his traditional style of tattooing..

Kat Abdy

Studio - Cloak and Dagger

Location - London, Uk

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Kat Abdy has created her own Neo-Traditional style of tattooing that draws on the Greek Renaissance, she makes good use of contrasting colours to create some beautiful artwork.

Kate Mackay Gill

Studio - Tattoo Workshop

Location - ​Brighton, UK.

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Based in Brighton Kate Mackay-Gill uses some excellent linework and shading in her tattoos. She is at home with both black and grey and colour.

Kym Munster

Studio - Custom Inc

Location - ​Glasgow, Scotland.

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Working in Glasgow, Kym Munster is a modern style tattooist, her works include abstract, stunning watercolour and fine line art.

Lianne Moule

Studio - Immortal Ink

Location - ​Chelmsford UK

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Working in Immortal Ink Lianne Moule has an eye for super smooth watercolour Tattoos. She creates some amazing work and the collaborations with Jason Butcher are on another level.

Louis Molloy

Studio - Middleton Tattoo Studio

Location - ​Manchester UK

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Louis Molloy is a very versatile tattoo artist and can turn his hand to any style his client requires. Star of London Ink, he also is know for his work on celebrities including the Beckhams.

Lucy Pryor

Studio - Into You

Location - London, UK

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Lucy Pryor creates some stunning old school traditional colour tattoos from her base in London. Her Elizabethan women are great.

Matty D'Arienzo

Studio - Into You Tattoo

Location - ​London, UK

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Matty D'Arienzo uses a lot of heavy black in his tattoos, he is particularly good at the rose tattoo.

Maxime Buchi

Studio - Sang Bleu London

Location - ​London, UK

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Working out of his shop in London Maxime Buchi style tends to be mainly line work, he creates some lovely greek style tattoos.

Mike Stockings

Studio - Legacy Ink

Location - ​Haverhill, Suffolk

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Mike Stockings based in Suffolk UK, has a traditional style of tattooing, his colour work is bold and some of the tigers he has done are great.

Ottorino D’ Ambra

Studio - The White Elephant Studio

Location - ​London, United Kingdom

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Otto D'Ambra has a unique vintage sketch style when it comes to his tattooing. His quirky style creates some stunning body art.

Phatt German

Studio - No Regrets Studio  (NR)

Location - Cheltenham UK

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Phatt German is a versatile artist who can turn his hand to anything. He creates some stunning colour and black and grey art on the body.

Rodrigo Souto

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Studio - Black Garden Tattoo

Location - ​London, United Kingdom

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Rodrigo Souto creates some beautiful colour tattoos, he usually follows a Japanese style with his work that flows with his clients body.

Thomas Flanagan

Studio - Oddfellows Tattoo Collective

Location - ​Leeds. UK

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Based in Leeds UK, Thomas Flanagan has made a name for himself by creating some wonderful colour hand tattoos, He also carries out traditional work on other parts of the body too.

Valerie Vargas

Studio - Modern Classic tattoo

Location - ​London, UK

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Valarie Vargas loves doing big colourful traditional style tattoos. From her base in London she creates some beautiful colour designs.

Vicky Morgan

Studio - Bodycraft

Location - ​Nottingham, UK

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Working from Nottingham Vicky Morgan tattoos in a traditional colourful style. She creates some wonderful feminine themed works.

Xed Ledhead

Studio - Divine Canvas Bespoke Tattooing

Location - ​London, United Kingdom

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Black and grey specialist Xed Lehead creates some beautiful looking geometric tattoos. He is a master of dot work and if you want extreme ink he is the man to call.

Best Tattoo Artist in Europe

Adam Kremer

Studio - Black Bull Tattoo & Art

Location - ​Prague, Czech Republic

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Coming From Prague Adam Kremer is a highly rated artist who creates his own designs and is a master of realism. He is at home with both black and grey and colour tattoos and his watercolour work is amazing.

Angelique Houtkamp

Studio - Salon Serpent Tattoo

Location - ​Amsterdam

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Angelique Houtkamp is resident in the Salom Serpent tattoo shop in Amsterdam. Her work is predominantly old school, with a romantic twist.

Axel Esjmont

Axel Ejsmont

Studio - Liga.tattoo

Location - ​Germany, Berlin

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Axel is a polish artist, working in Berlin Germany. Axel Esjmonts designs are geometric and ornamental. Her clever use of  black and grey dot work creates some sunny designs.

Bouits

Studio - Purple Sun

Location - ​Brussels, Belgium

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Bouits creates modern looking tattoos with a blend of fine arts. She combines fine line with dotwork to create art that stand out from the crowd. She spends quite a bit of time touring.

Chaim Machlev

Studio - Dots to Lines

Location - ​Berlin

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Chaim Machlev is the master of stunning precision linework. His tattoos are designed to fit the clients body perfectly. He also carries out some stunning dotwork.

Daniel DiMattia

Studio - Calypso Tatouages

Location - ​Belgium

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Based in his own shop in Belgium Daniel specializes in black blockwork tribal designs. Dimattia's tattoos are bold and fit with the flow of the body.

Deno

Studio - Seven Doors London & Circus Madrid

Location - ​London &  Madrid

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Deno uses bold black lines and simple colour to create his graffiti style.

Iwan Yug

Studio - Yugtattoo

Location - ​Austria

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Iwan Yug specializes in realism, his colour portraits and wildlife tattoos are fantastic.

Jp Wikman

Studio - Below Zero Tattoo Gallery

Location - ​Tampere, Finland

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JP Wikman creates some stunning black and grey realism tattoos. He tattoos everything from wildlife to portraits, the timepieces he tattoos are amazing.

Mo Ganji

Studio - Mo Ganji

Location - ​Berlin, Germany

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Mo Ganji is specialized in singleline tattoos. He creates simple images with a strong impact and believes in the power of reduction which reflects in his work.

Pavel Krim

Studio - Art Faktors

Location - ​Essen, Germany

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Realism is the speciality of Pavel Kim, from portraits to wildlife, pavel mainly used black and grey to create some stunning bodyart.

Przemyslaw Aero Walkowiak

Studio - Aero & Inkeaters

Location - ​Berlin Germany

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Przemyslaw Aero Walkowiak is an expert at black and grey realism, his tattoos range from gory skulls to beautiful looking wildlife.

Sven Rayen

Studio - Studio Palermo

Location - ​Belgium

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Sven Rayen is most famed for his geometric animal tattoos that look almost origami like. He mainly used black and grey in his art and does some lovely wildlife work.

Timur Lysenko

Studio - RedBerry Tattoo Studio

Location - ​Katowice, Poland

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Based in Poland Timur Lysenko blends different styles of tattooing to create his stunning art.  Styles such as Trash Polka, 3d and geometric feature in his work.

Tomasz Tofi Torfinski

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Studio - Ink-Ognito Tattoo

Location - ​Rybnik, Poland

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Tomasz Tofi Torfinsk is famous for his 3D style tattoos, he is a master of colourful surrealism. His tattoos have won many awards.

Victor Chil

Studio - Family Art Tattoo

Location - ​Barcelona, Spain

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Coming from Spain Victor Chil is a new school and realism artist, he makes good use of colour to create some stunning body art.

Best Tattoo Artist in Canada

James Acrow

Studio - AcrowTattoo

Location - ​Vancouver, British Columbia

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James Acrow tends to focus on illustrative pieces. Both his colour and his blackwork look great.

Julian Garner

Studio - Five Cents

Location - ​Ottawa, Ontario

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Thin Linework is the trait of Julian Garner who allows the colour to stand out in his work.

Steve Moore

Studio - Get Moore Tattoos

Location - ​Vancouver island, Canada

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Steve Moore created some beautiful very large scale colour work from his studio in Canada. His works flows with the body to create stunning art.

Best Tattoo Artist in the Rest of the World

Rob Kelly

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Studio - Blackout Tattoo

Location - ​Hong Kong

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Based in Hong Kong, Rob Kelly is a versatile tattoo artist who can turn his hand to anything, he specializes in custom work and is at home with both colour and black and grey.

Chen Jie

Studio - Newtattoo Studio

Location - ​Beijing China

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Chen Jie is one of the rising tattoo artist based in Beijing, using traditional oriental designs Chen creates stunning watercolour tattoos.

Coen Mitchell

Studio - Ship Shape Tattoo Studio

Location - ​Auckland, New Zealand.

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Ceon based in New Zealand creates some stunning tattoos, with mosaic features in them that flow perfectly with the body.

Horishow

Studio - Amitabha Tattoo

Location - ​Fukuoka, Japan

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Head over to Japan to find Horishow, one of the worlds best Japanese style artist. His colour work is out of this world.

Inma

Studio - Authenkink

Location - Sydney, Australia / London, UK

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Inma splits her time between London and Sydney and takes traditional tattooing to another level, with her precise linework and stunning shading.

Okan Uckun

Studio - Golden Arrow Street

Location - ​Istanbul

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Okan Uckun is a specialist in minimal linework which he carries out to perfection. His blend of art with geometric shapes is eye catching.

Woon Kim

Studio - Tattoo Artist

Location - ​Seoul, Korea

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Based in South Korea, Woon Kim specializes in realism and sometimes blends it with traditional styles to create some wonderful tattoos. He mainly works in black and grey.

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