Looking to get inked? A tattoo is a personal thing and the best artist for you depends on so many factors. Don’t settle for a “celebrity“artist. Do your homework. Does the artist’s style match your personal aesthetic? What kind of feeling do you get when you first walk into their tattoo shop?
With lockdown restrictions slowly being eased state by state, tattoo parlors will likely be among the last businesses to open. In the meantime, we’ve taken to Instagram to give you a taste of the most talented tattoo artists you should consider.
Sarah Gaugler from Snow tattoo in New York creates amazingly delicate black and white thin line tattoos.
Elize Nazélie from Brilliance Tattoo in Boston creates stunning botanical tattoos that spring from the skin with their reality. All of her tattoos are unique and although she no longer does custom work for clients, she posts artist-arranged designs on her Instagram every 2-3 months.
Emma Grace combines the watercolor style with black ink tattoos to create surreal and inventive designs. She works in New York.
Kandace Layne is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and does amazing geometric, ornamental, and henna style tattoos inspired by Eastern aesthetics.
Emma Kates-Shaw works exclusively in hand tattoos! For those who don’t know, the poke tattoo is a traditional, non-electric freestyle tattooing method. It is particularly suited to geometric patterns and, when done by a pro, can produce stunning results. Emma Kates-Shaw works in Seattle.
Miryam Lumpini will blow you away with its bold and illustrative style filled with super saturated color. She works in Los Angeles.
You saw her in Black Ink Crew: Chicago, but Kat Tat is more than a daring gothic artist with a flair for shading. She is also the first black woman to own a tattoo parlor in the Beverly Hills area!
Anka Lovrio is co-owner of Black Iris Tattoo in Brooklyn, New York, and his designs can be described as both dark and whimsical.
Amanda wachob is a contemporary artist who incorporates bright colors and clean geometric lines into her tattoos. She is based in New York.