Dawn Cooke: 32 Great Tattoo Artists Everyone Should Know
So I featured ladies-only last time and I didn’t want the guys to feel left out. So I sent messages to all the guys who I admire for their contribution to the tattoo community. Some of these fellows I know personally and some of them I do not but for some reason their work, ethics or both caught my eye…
Some were easier to reach than others and there’s a list of artists at the bottom that I didn’t get to in time or I just couldn’t reach. Those guys are important too so do some homework.
But the main thing I am trying to do here is bring to light some great artists that aren’t always right in your face. A lot of these fellows are shy or just a bit anti-social or just don’t give a rat’s ass about the race.
I also included some European artists whose voices can be heard over the Atlantic Ocean. Surprisingly, all of the guys I got in touch with responded to me in such a way that this is going to be a long blog!!!
But please take the time to look all the way through because you will not be disappointed! I sought them out because they deserve to be recognized for the outstanding work that they do. Some of them have been tattooing for along time and have been more influential than then know. Some only for a short time with years of promise a head of them. Either way they are bringing something really cool to the table. Here they are in no particular order:
“I’ve been tattooing almost 10 years. I started here in Asheville NC and have been here almost my whole entire career. I really enjoy all types of tattooing. I love lettering, black and grey, portraits, Japanese, traditional, tribal and fine-line, but my favorite stuff is the weird shit, just strange, humorous and different. I draw a lot of inspiration from Ed Hardy, Greg Irons, Jim Philips, Dave Lum, Bob Roberts, old comics and animators. I like to use a lot of non-tattoo related imagery to pull from.”
Hot Stuff Tattoo
828 251 6040.
“I’ve been tattooing for 19 years,currently at Great Wave Tattoo, my shop in Austin,Texas. I enjoy doing energetic work in western and Asian styles.
Born in 1979, in Vicenza Italy. His interest in art and design manifested itself in 1993 with graffiti. In 1999 he began designing tattoos and shortly after opened Inkside Tattooing in the heart of downtown Vicenza. During his first visit to Japan, Lupo HoriOkami had the honor of meeting and subsequently solidifying a formal professional relationship with Horiyoshi III (Yoshihito Nakano) after which time, and according to tradition, he was granted permission to the Japanese name “HoriOkami.”
Mushin Private Tattoo Studio
Phone: +39 340 8000142 (no sms)
“I have been working at tattoo shops since 1999 and apprenticed in 2000. I started tattooing full time in January 2001. I like doing every type of tattoo especially anything that looks like an Ed Hardy thing. In my tattooing I am just trying to carry images and ideas forward that I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to. There has been so much beautiful visual art made in human history that I would love to help people wear in the skin. My influences are Ed Hardy, Tom Berg, George Burchette, George Bigmore, Ben Corday, Horichiyo, Hokusai, Ito Jakachu, Shohaku, Charles Dana Gibson, Chris Conn, Leo Zuleta, Mayan Vase painting, Marquesan art, Borneo art, religious art, the 14th century Flemish painters, EVERYONE that has ever or is currently working at Tattoo City, native american art, Gerhard Richter, Andrew Goldsworthy, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and many more.”
The Living Ghost Tattoo Parlor
David Flores (ATC)
“I enjoy doing American Traditional tattoos, as well as your average, everyday walk-in tattoos. I work at Classic Tattoo Upland, in California (909-949-7971). I have been there for almost 9 years, tattooing for 4 1/2 of them.”
“I prefer to tattoo narrative illustrations. Something that tells a story is a little more interesting to me and will keep the viewer looking a little bit longer. I currently work at Idle Hand tattoo in San Francisco. I have been tattooing for about ten years. Other forms of art that I create are large scale figurative oil painting.”
“I have been tattooing for 20 years. My favorite styles are traditional and Japanese.”
“Tattooing 7 years and currently tattooing at Depot Town Tattoo Ypsilanti, Michigan.”
“Tattooing almost 10 years all here in Fort Wayne Indiana. Four of those years have been at Cardinal tattoo, which I run as a collective. My favorite thing to do as a tattooer is to have fun with whatever it is that I am doing. I defiantly have my favorite styles to tattoo, which are no different than anyone else… American traditional influenced and Japanese influenced imagery. I really enjoy bringing dynamic elements to simple images. My favorite tattooer is Greg Irons, so that might explain my inspiration with that style. I have a very supportive wife who is extremely creative herself and I am also a proud parent of two amazing daughters.”
1509 spy run ave.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
“I’ve been tattooing for 17 years. I prefer an illustrative style influenced by Americana and Asian cultures. (Bet you havent heard that before?) ) I also like religious and cult imagery as well as natural history and botanical images but not above doing street work.”
Sacred Rose Tattoo
“Tattooing since 2007 traditional/neo-traditional American and Japanese.”
“I’ve been tattooing 13 years and I work at Independent Tattoo in Fenwick island, Delaware.”
Depot Town Tattoo
734- 522 1297
Front Street Tattoo
“Tattooing since 1998. Currently working at The Family Business Tattoo Parlour.”
El Monga has a unique style that is often mimicked.
Place of employment: Up and down the east coast & Flying Tiger Tattoo New Britain, CT
Years tattooing: 10
What I like to tattoo: Anything but portraits. I’m not smart enough for those.
“I started tattooing in Salt Lake City, UT then moved to Connecticut about 7 years ago. I work in a small working class/college town at a shop called Flying Tiger. I really enjoy doing custom walk in style and folk style Japanese tattoos. I travel a lot. I’ll tattoo anywhere, for as long as it takes. I’m really into guns.”
“My name is Steven Turner and I love tattooing! I’ve been doing it around 10 years now and enjoy doing bold Americana, tribal, and some Japanese here and there. To be honest, I think I’m best at street shop, walk-in tattoos (names, kanji, ect… bring it on!) machine-building and painting have always been a big part of my life as well. I can be reached at my shop, Hell Bomb Tattoo, in lovely Wichita, Kansas. Which by the way, isn’t the middle of nowhere… it’s the center of everywhere. Thanks!”
Tat maker, Machine builder extraordinaire.
“My tattoos are rooted in American traditional style. I’ve been Tattooing 15 years.”
Santa Rosa Ca
“I work at Aloha Tattoos in Barcelona since 2004, I apprenticed there with El Monga. My work has an American traditional basis in terms of execution but the topics I choose have nothing to do with the old school tradition, I can get inspiration from many different sources (from pushead to Albrecht dürer and tattooist (Monga, Rudi Fritsch, Erik von Bartholomaus, Rotor among many others) and I’m constantly working on my own imagery to be as original as I can. I love working with my customers and trying to find out the best solutions for their ideas but If it was up to me I’ll be tattooing skulls for the rest of my life!”
“I have been tattooing for ten years and I currently work at Saved tattoo in Brooklyn New York. My tattoo preferences are a mix of the natural world and a graphic sense of design. images of love, loss, devotion, desire in the folk art vocabulary of sustainable tattooing.”
“I have been tattooing for 15 years all at The Chicago Tattoo Co. Cliff Raven’s original shop in Chicago. It’s primarily a walk in shop so I do everything that walks in the door but I really enjoy the traditional American iconic tattoos and then I love to do lettering.”
“Tattooing 20 years. Contact Via voice or written words please. I prefer not to be touched by strangers.”
San Jose, CA
A rambling man!!!! This guy travels about in the Midwest mostly so check him out if he’s in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, Pennsylvania or Ohio…
“I have been tattooing since 1994 and prefer traditional tattooing in its rawest form.”
“My name is Joseph DiProjetto but most know me as Jet. I have been learning and applying tattoos since 1993.I enjoy putting my style and take on American traditional and Japanese themes. I own Love Hate Tattoo in Rochester NY, since 2001. Myself and partner Shane also put on the Roc City Tattoo Expo every May 4-5-6 in downtown Rochester NY.”
Three Kings Tattoo
572 Manhattan ave
Brooklyn NY 11222
“Tattooing is an alchemy that I do not understand, in fact the longer I do it the less it seems I will ever understand it. Good luck my friends.”
Adam is currently on hiatus from tattooing but can be found by website at www.adambforman.com
Here are a few other great artists who you should know:
- Tony Hundahl
- Chriss Dettmer
- Marc Warnick
- Javier Rodriquez
- Jason Tyler Grace
- Regino Gonzales
- Tomas Garcia