For those of you living on Mars, Nikko Hurtado is an American tattoo artist who specializes in colored portraiture. Nikko was born in the San Fernando Valley of California in 1981 and began tattooing in 2002, eventually starting his own tattoo parlor, the Black Anchor Collective in Hesperia, California. He has been featured on LA Ink and Ink Master, and has also put out several instructional DVDs. In 2012 Hurtado participated as a jury member for the Chaudesaigues Award, an award that recognizes the career and the artistic choices of a tattoo artist.
In 2013 Nikko hit an important milestone in his career with his first solo art show “Renati”. Working primarily in oils, Nikko debuted a series of paintings at the Corpro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA to acclaimed reviews. When he looks at everything it took to get to that point he realizes he wouldn’t be where he is now without the dedicated help of his wife Joanne, “Everything I have done was only possible because of her help.”
Sadly, after a lustrous career with his tattoo machine, the wizard of realism announced in April 2015 that he is hanging up his tubes. Hurtado says “I’m sick of seeing teenage girls getting infinity symbols tattooed on their wrists, I did all that I could with a needle and now I’m pursuing a life of wellness—both spiritually and physically.” Hurtado suffers from debilitating back pain and has decided to pursue other ventures.
Nikko is and will always remain an icon in the tattoo industry and we have decided to display some of his best works, both tattoos and artwork below.