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Artist Spotlight – Victor Chil

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Victor Chil started his art career as a teenaged graffiti artist before he began going to art school in Barcelona. Then one day he decided to get a tattoo by Rafa from Ronin Tattoo and became fascinated with the artistry of tattooing. He asked Rafa to apprentice him and he’s been tattooing ever since. Victor specializes in a unique new school style that’s very clean and mixes splashes of realism and absurdity to create unique tattoos you won’t find on anyone else. Being talented in a form that utilizes a bit of both ends of the artistic spectrum, he’s able to craft tattoos in a variety of styles effectively and with a consistent high level of quality regardless of how different each tattoo is from the next. If you ever find yourself in Barcelona, Victor Chil is definitely the man you want to see about getting a new tattoo while you’re there. BARCELONA, SPAIN IG – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Mattia Mambo

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Mattia Mambo started tattooing traditional tattoos years ago. Back then he was your average budding, talented tattoo artist looking to get better at his craft while maybe making a name for himself along the way. He’s done just that by creating his own unique art style called “destructured” tattoos. These tattoo may look quite simplistic, and design-wise they admittedly are, but what sets Mattia Mambo’s unique design style apart is how much it says about its subject. You know people say a picture is worth a thousand words? Mambo’s unique art style essentially uses the least amount of words possible to concisely tell two thousand words with each tattoo he designs. It’s minimalism and mocking humor at its finest. While it may not be for everyone, we’re sure some of you out there love it too. If you find yourself in Italy, or able to get there, and you’re looking to get a unique tattoo, just ask around for Mattia Mambo. You won’t leave disappointed. Meda. Milano. Italy. IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Abey Alvarez

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Abey Alvarez is a tattoo artist who owns and operates out of 3 Foot Radius Tattoo in Southern California. He learned about tattooing from his cellmate while incarcerated in the late 90s and tattooed himself upon release with a homemade tattoo gun. From there he started tattooing anyone who would let him and will readily admit that his work during his time as a scratcher was far from good, but that’s how he learned and eventually became the master craftsman he is today. He’s an award winning tattoo artist who specializes in black-and-grey tattoos. Abey’s mostly well known for his realism designs, but he’s also no stranger to various other styles of art. He’s constantly looking to better himself as an artist and expand his horizons. You don’t have to take our word for it though. The video above and the gallery below should be more than enough to show you just how special of an opportunity getting a tattoo done by Abey Alvarez would be. Southern Cali IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Damien Rodriguez

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Damien Rodriguez went through years of hard work and apprenticeship before he started professionally tattooing at the beginning of 2003. He spent four years tattooing in his hometown of Philadelphia before moving to The Big Apple (aka New York City) in 2007. He’s been tattooing in New York ever since, refining his abilities as he constantly attempts to outdo himself with each new tattoo design. Damien specializes in traditional Japanese and American themed tattoo designs. Far Eastern lore and American nostalgia are what he’s passionate about, which is why you’ll find them throughout most of the tattoos featured below. If you’re looking for a traditional Japanese or American tattoo, we suggest booking Damien Rodriguez immediately. New York, New York IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight- Dmitriy Samohin

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Dmitriy Samohin is a Ukrainian tattoo artist who has been tattooing for well over a decade. He didn’t get into tattooing as an apprentice, nor did he have aspirations of becoming an artist when he was young. While in the army, Dmitriy happened across a tattoo magazine and became intrigued by the art from. He wanted to create on skin what others have done on canvas, and so he decided to start teaching himself how to tattoo. His talents are largely natural and entirely self-taught, which makes his work all the more impressive. He’s well-known for his realism work but, as you’ll see in the gallery below, Dmitriy can design any style of tattoo your heart desires. He’s an eclectic tattoo artist who primarily works out of Odessa, Ukraine and if you’re ever able to get a tattoo designed by him we highly suggest taking him up on the opportunity. Odessa, Ukraine. IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Leo Valverde

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Leo Valverde is a beautifully talented new school tattoo artist who specializes in illustrative cartoon-y tattoos often featuring pop culture characters from film franchises and various other outlets. He travels a great deal and can be met at tattoo conventions all over the world, as well as a guest artist at a variety of tattoo studios too. If you’re looking to get a tattoo by this master artist then your best bet is to either email him directly or follow him on social media and wait for him to be near your area. You may have to wait a bit, but that wait will certainly be worth it. Needle Art Tattoo Barcelona, Spain IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Maggie Cho Brophy

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Maggie Cho Brophy is one of those artists who prefers to focus more on her art than herself. You won’t find a biography or about page on her website, but you will find plenty of her pieces that show off her unique art style. As you will see in the gallery below, Maggie’s black-and-grey tattoo style is very unique in its hand-drawn look and style. Most of them look like they’ve been done with a pencil, which makes a lot of sense when you check out her portfolio site and see the paper and canvas work she does too. If you like Maggie’s style and want one of her unique tattoos too, your best bet is to email her directly. IG – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Mike Woods

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Mike Woods is an extremely talented tattoo artist who owns Advent Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery in Houston, Texas. He specializes in colorful illustrative realism tattoos that tend to involve some form of pop culture, but he’s definitely not a stranger to unique thematic designs outside of the pop culture realm either. To put it plainly, Mike Woods puts all of his artistic talents into making sure each and every client he tattoos for walks away happy with the design they want – whether the subject matter involves Star Wars or an old Japanese art style. If you find yourself in or near Houston, TX looking for a tattoo, we highly recommend seeking out Mike Woods. Advent Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery Houston, TX IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Elliott Wells

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Elliott Wells grew up around a myriad of tattoo enthusiasts and fell in love with all things tattoo-oriented over the years before becoming an apprentice. He worked his ass off for years, doing everything from toilet cleaning to lunch runs as he learned his craft before becoming the full-fledged artist he is today. Wells’ unique art style was cultivated from years of him trying to draw images he found difficult to create. Eventually he worked out the kinks and became the master tattoo artist who can create the beautiful works of art you now see in the gallery below. If you’re interested in getting a tattoo by Elliott Wells, you can find him at Triplesix Studios in Sunderland, UK. Sunderland. UK Triplesix studios IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Roman Melnikov

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Roman Melnikov is a Russian tattoo artist based in Moscow who’s most well-known for his unique, smoky blackwork tattoos. Take a lot at the gallery below and you’ll see prime examples of what we mean. That being said, he’s no stranger to more traditional tattoo designs and styles either, but not a lot of people look up artists with unique visions and ask them to tone their talents down. Melnikov is one of those tattoo artists we highly recommend you let surprise you and design whatever he wants, because it’s sure to be one-of-a-kind and something very few people have ever seen before. No Vvave Tattoo Moscow, Russia FB – IG –   Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Audi

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Audi started his tattoo career apprenticing with his mentor all along the east coast of the US. In 2004 he moved back to his state of origin in New Hampshire and began tattooing at Midnight Moon Tattoo studio. He primarily specializes in black-and-grey tattoos but, as you can see from the gallery below, he’s no stranger to colorful tattoos either. If you’re looking for a highly detailed, realistic tattoo and find yourself in Meredith, New Hampshire, look up Audi and you surely won’t be disappointed. He’s also made posters, T-shirt designs, and creates oil paintings and pencil and charcoal drawings too. Meredith, NH Midnight Moon Tattoo IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Evan Olin

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Evan Olin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and a classical art background. Take one look at the gallery below and you’ll see just how impeccably Evan Olin uses his well-practiced talents in every tattoo he creates. He primarily specializes in painted realism tattoos but his skills cover a wide variety of styles and design options that ensure anyone who comes to see Evan happily leaves with just about any kind of tattoo their heart desires. In his Powerline Tattoo bio, Evan says his main goal is to provide one-of-a-kind tattoos his customers can be proud of. We’re certain he’s achieved his goal with ease. Powerline Tattoo Cranston, Rhode Island IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Tyler Malek

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If you search for Tyler Malek’s tattooing background, you won’t find much. Even the studio he tattoos in, Underworld Tattoo Company, doesn’t have an official website or background information. That being said, take one look at his work and you’ll know everything you need. Tyler’s an incredibly talented tattoo artist that specializes realism designs but, as you can see from the bird tattoo, he’s no stranger to colorful illustrative tattoos too. He’s one of those artists who can and will tattoo in a variety of styles. If you get a chance to get a tattoo from Tyler at Underworld Tattoo Company in Salem, New Hampshire then don’t pass up on the opportunity. Salem, NH Underworld Tattoo Company IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Valentin Hirsch

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Valentin Hirsch is a tattoo artist from Berlin who specializes in a form of tattooing you may not be familiar with – symmetry. Not too long ago Valentin released a book featuring his unique symmetrical tattoo designs that you won’t find anywhere else. He’s a one-of-a-kind tattoo artist that is immensely creative and gives each client a tattoo design they won’t likely see on anyone else. The gallery below shows off Valentin’s iconic symmetrical tattoo style. If you’re interested in getting your own Valentin Hirsch original tattoo, you can contact him via his personal website. If given half the chance, we highly suggest taking the opportunity. Berlin IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Adam Aguas

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  Most of the tattoo artists we show off in our spotlights have been tattooing for ten years or more. Adam Aguas has actually only been in the business for about half that time, yet he’s already making a name for himself at Mayday Tattoo Co in Chicago, Illinois. Adam specializes in new school illustrative tattoos, many of which feature characters and iconic imagery from a variety of pop culture franchises – from Disney princesses to Marvel superheroes. He likes to share his work and even comment on each piece on his own portfolio site. You certainly won’t be disappointed getting a tattoo by this master craftsman. Chicago, Illinois Mayday Tattoo Co IG – FB – Read More »