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Artist Spotlight – Valerio Cancellier

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Valerio Cancellier is a full service body modification artist. He offers clients tattoos and piercings, giving them the outward appearance they desire all from one talented individual. He’s made a name for himself in the tattoo community by creating his own sort of blackout style. For those who don’t know, blackout tattoos are a rent design trend where large portions of people’s bodies are entirely covered in black ink. Valerio made the style his own by giving his blackout tattoos a unique drawn-in look. Even if the style doesn’t appeal to you, Valerio is an incredibly talented blackwork artist and can create any sort of blackwork tattoo you might imagine. Be sure to check out the gallery below and stop by where he works in Pavia, Italy if you’re looking for a new, unique tattoo to add to your collection. Pavia, Italy IG – https://www.instagram.com/valeriocancellier/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/valerio.cancellier?fref=tsRead More »

Artist Spotlight – Russ Abbott

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Russ Abbott is an American born and bred tattoo artist who has been tattooing since 1997. He’s the owner of Ink & Dagger, the tattoo studio that he opened in 2007, and has been working out of his own studio ever since. Abbott specializes in a variety of styles that includes illustrative, realistic, ornamental and geometric tattoos. If you take a look at the gallery below and decide Russ is the artist for your next tattoo (and why wouldn’t you?) but you don’t want to make your way to Roswell, Georgia, you may be able to catch up with him at a convention or one of the tattooing seminars he speaks at. www.inkanddagger.com FB – https://www.facebook.com/RussAbbottTattoos?_rdr=p IG – https://www.instagram.com/russabbott/Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Matthew James

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Matthew James is one of those artists who prefers people focus on his art more than himself. All it says on his portfolio site’s About page is “Matthew James artistry and tattoo art from Bristol, England.” Clearly he’s the type of artist who prefers to let his art do the talking. That being said, one look at his work in the gallery below should be enough to convince you to get a tattoo by this talented artist. He specializes in blackwork realism tattoos but often gives them a bizarre twist outside of reality. Even the non-realistic portions of his work are incredibly detailed and real-looking though. If you like what you see, we highly suggest making a trip to the UK for your own Matthew James original. You will not leave disappointed. Bristol,UK www.matthewjamestattoo.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/matthewjamestattoo/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/matthewjamestattoo?fref=tsRead More »

Artist Spotlight – David Nash

David Nash @nashygunz1

As you’ll see in the gallery below, David Nash specializes in his own unique form of portrait realism that adds so much detail and background to the subject that calling it portrait realism just feels wrong. He mostly works with black-and-grey tattoos but is just as masterful with colored ink. Nash is a master craftsman who clearly has the artistic fundamentals down and utilizes them to peak effectiveness. A lot of his designs are so impressive because of how masterful his shading and line work is. If you find yourself in Australia, track down David Nash and try your best to get a tattoo by one of the greatest realism artists in the business. Gold Coast IG – https://www.instagram.com/nashygunz/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/nashy.gunz?fref=tsRead More »

Artist Spotlight – Marco Galdo

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Marco Galdo is a highly talented tattoo artist who works out of Milan, Italy. He specializes in geometric, tribal and dotwork tattoos, often implementing a sort of floral design with the patterns he dreams up on a laptop. While many tattoo artists tend to get their tribal and geometric designs second hand, Marco is constantly creating new and unique designs on his laptop. He continues to push himself to come up with more complex designs and fattens his portfolio at the same time, giving customers a wide array of options to choose from. If you find yourself looking for something geometric in Milan, you should definitely seek out Marco Galdo at Traddicanti d’arte. Milan http://www.trafficantidarte.com/ FB – www.facebook.com/trafficanti.darte IG – https://www.instagram.com/marcogaldotattoo/?hl=en  Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Jeffrey Scott

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Jeffrey Scott (or Jeffy Scott, as it says on Lucky Bird Tattoo’s website) moved all the way from Coral Springs, Florida to tattoo at Lucky Bird Tattoo in Annapolis, Maryland. He’d dreamt about being a tattoo artist ever since he was 10-years-old and apprenticed under Chris Blinston. Scott specializes in a wide range of design styles, from neo traditional to color realism. You’ll easily see just how eclectic his talents are, which is understandable when you consider how hard he works at expanding and refining his craft every day. All that being said, what largely tends to separate Jeffy from other tattoo artists is his attitude (which is saying something considering most tattoo artists are pretty happy and relaxed people). He just might be the happiest tattoo artist on the planet, and you’re sure to have an enjoyable experience getting tattooed by him. Annapolis, MD Lucky Bird Tattoo IG – https://www.instagram.com/jeffytattoos/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/jeffytattoos?fref=tsRead More »

Artist Spotlight – Hailey Slade

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Hailey Slade began her apprenticeship at Tattoo Magic in Weymouth back in 2003 while simultaneously working on her A-Levels at Weymouth College. After finishing up her apprenticeship she started her professional tattoo career at Urban Image Tattoo Studio in Bournemouth before finding her way back to Weymouth, where she currently designs at Osprey Tattoo. She enjoys creating new school and traditional designs equally, preferring to work on pin-ups or feminine floral tattoos. But, as you can see in the gallery below, she’s talented at a wide variety of design topics and styles. If you can’t make your way out to the UK, she does work at a variety of conventions. If you check out her portfolio page, which you can find among the links below, you can see where she’s going to be and contact her directly in order to book an appointment. Weymouth, United Kingdom www.tattoosbyhai.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/tattoosbyhai/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/tattoosbyhai/Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Slawek Sadowski Slav

Slawek Sadowski Slav @slavtattoo14

Slawek Sadowski Slav is a portrait realism tattoo artist who’s primarily known for his tattoos of fictional people and objects. He primarily works with black-and-grey ink but is equally talented with colors and knows how to use just the lightest splash of color in a design and make it just as, if not more, effective as the fully-colored version of the same design would’ve been. Sadowski primarily tattoos out of West London Ink, which you can find in (yep, you guessed it) London, but he has been known to work as a guest artist in various tattoo studios all over Europe. Anyone looking to get a tattoo by him – and we can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t – can easily set up an appointment by following the West London Ink link below and checking out the site’s contact page. West London/Wroclaw/Lublin www.westlondonink.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/slavtattoo/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/slawek.s.slav?fref=tsRead More »

Artist Spotlight – Matteo Nangeroni

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If Matteo Nangeroni’s work, featured in the gallery below, seems both beautiful and strange at the same time to you – don’t worry. That’s how just about everyone feels the first time they’re introduced to this amazingly talented tattoo artist’s style. Matteo Nangeroni’s particular style is difficult to pin down because it can shift drastically from one design to the next, but each tattoo somehow still retains his scent in its beautifully strangeness. He routinely combines geometric, dotwork and surrealism to create one-of-a-kind black-and-grey tattoos you won’t find being created by anyone else. And he routinely finds different ways to combine the styles while also taking splashes of other forms as well. It really is something you have to see for yourself to fully understand, and lucky for you his work can be found in the gallery below. FB – https://m.facebook.com/matteo.nangeroni.9?ref=bookmark IG – https://www.instagram.com/matteonangeroni/?hl=enRead More »

Artist Spotlight – Magdalena Pliszka

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Magdalena Pliszka is a Polish tattoo artist who, compared to many of the artists we regularly feature, hasn’t been tattooing for very long. However, her talent far surpasses her years of experience AND she’s already created a unique art style of her own that you won’t find anywhere else. Pliszka specializes in her own unique sketch-like design style with a splash of watercolors to create the beautiful tattoos you’ll see in the gallery below. You can generally find her at the 9th Circle in Cracow or Redberry Tattoo Studio in Wroclaw, but she also guest tattoos at a variety of studios and conventions all around Europe. Like what you see below? Then we highly suggest you seek her out for your own Magdalena Pliszka original. Wroclaw, Poland IG – https://www.instagram.com/pliszkamagdalena/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/pliszkam/Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Makinucci

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Makinucci is a tattoo artist who studied art at the Institut Del Theatre in Barcelona. She currently resides in Ibiza but has been a guest artist in studios all around the world. Take one look at the phenomenal work she’s known for in the gallery below and you’ll see why studios are chomping at the bit to have her work in their shops. She specializes in a variety of styles and enjoys mixing them together to create one-of-a-kind designs you won’t find on anyone else. Her preferred styles include the following: Dotwork Linework Blackwork Watercolor Abstract Geometric Nontraditional That being said, it should come as no surprise that this talented artist can create just about any design you could possibly desire. If give half the chance, we highly suggest getting your very own Makinucci original tattoo. www.makinucci.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/makinucci/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/IMAKINUCCIRead More »

XXX Tattoo Artist Spotlight – Nicolas Rambaud

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In the tattoo industry, artists are constantly trying to find a way to differentiate themselves from one another. For most people, they do this through a unique artistic style, making a name for themselves by create a new art style other people have never done before – like Trash Polka tattoos.  Nicolas Rambaud, the tattoo artist featured in this special spotlight, choose to set himself apart in a slightly different manner. Instead of creating a new artistic style, Nicolas decided to tackle a taboo in tattoo form – pornography. All of his designs are pornographic in nature to some degree. It’s a bold choice that has worked wonders for Nicolas, making him the one of the few professional pornographic tattoo artists in the world. (No, your local scratcher that’ll etch crude drawings into your skin doesn’t count.) Anyone looking to get a Nicolas Rambaud original can find him tattooing in Aix-en-Provence, France. Aix-en-Provence, France http://thevandallist.com/nicolas-rambaud-tattoo-artist/ IG – https://www.instagram.com/sad_amish_tattooer/?hl=enRead More »

Artist Spotlight – Victor Chil

Victor Chil @victor_chil1

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 – https://www.instagram.com/victor_chil/?hl=enRead 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 – https://www.instagram.com/mambotattooer/ FB – https://www.facebook.com/mattia.calvi.37?fref=tsRead 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 www.3footradiustattoo.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/abeyalvarez/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/abeyalvarez?fref=ts    Read More »

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