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List of tattoo artists

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This is a list of notable tattoo artists.

Manu Farrarons
Mary Jane Haake, 2011
Don Ed Hardy, 1980
Horiyoshi III, 2010
Vyvyn Lazonga, 2016
Manfred Kohrs, 2016
Whang-od, 2016
Kim Saigh, 2007
Henk Schiffmacher, 2018
Horst Streckenbach, 1979
Paul Timman, 2009
Lyle Tuttle, 2007
Lokesh Verma, 2021
Kat Von D, 2007
Maud Wagner, c. 1907
Leo Zulueta, 2019
Name Date Nationality Note
Guy Aitchison 1968b. 1968 American Tattoo artist and painter based in Illinois, featured on TLC's Tattoo Wars.
Hannah Aitchison 1966b. 1966 American Chicago, Illinois based artist featured on TLC's LA Ink.
Phil Andros 1909–1993 American a.k.a. Samuel Morris Steward. Tattoo-Artist "Phil Sparrow"[1] and writer from Ohio, later based in California.
Bang Bang 1985b. 1985 American Real name is Keith Scott McCurdy.
Kari Barba b. 1960 American Current owner of tattoo shop in Long Beach, California, that has continuously operated since 1927
Alex Binnie 1959b. 1959 American
Mark Bodé 1963b. 1963 American
Paul Booth b. 1967 American
Darren Brass b. 1972 American
Betty Broadbent 1909–1983 American Tattoo artist and most photographed tattooed lady of the 20th century
Myra Brodsky b. 1987 German New York based tattoo artist
George Burchett 1872–1953 British Known as "King of Tattooists".[2] Tattooed royalty and The Great Omi.[3]
Scott Campbell b. 1977 American New York-based tattoo artist
Mister Cartoon b. 1970 Mexican American a.k.a. Mark Machado
Vincent Castiglia 1982b. 1982 American Artist at Vincent Castiglia Gallery & Custom Tattoo
María José Cristerna 1976b. 1976 Mexican Known as "The Vampire Woman" and "The Jaguar Woman".[4] Recognized by Guinness World Records as the most tattooed woman in the world, with 96% of her body covered.[5]
Jason Cruz 1974b. 1974 American Lead singer of punk rock band Strung Out, worked briefly as a tattoo artist.
August Coleman 1884–1973 American In 1918, he opened a tattoo parlor in Norfolk, Virginia, near the navy base there.
Ben Corday 1875–1938 American Prolific tattoo flash artist
Alan Dean 1964b. 1964 British Owner of Tattoo UK, UK based tattoo studio chain.
Amund Dietzel 1891–1974 Norwegian American Early American tattoo artist, "Master of Milwaukee"
Manu Farrarons 1967b. 1967 French Polynesian tattoo artist based in Tahiti, French Polynesia.
Chris Garver 1970b. 1970 American Formerly based in New York City, now based in Florida. Featured on TLC's Miami Ink.[6]
Shotsie Gorman 1951b. 1951 American New Jersey-born artist known for his photorealism and large scale portraits.
Julia Mage’au Gray b. 1973 Papua New Guinean Credited with revitalising women's traditional tattooing, such as veiqia from Fiji, in countries in Oceania.
Jacci Gresham b. 1951 American Her shop, Aart Accent Tattoos & Body Piercing, is Louisiana's oldest continuous tattoo business.
Mary Jane Haake 1951b. 1951 American Known for her work in medical tattooing and permanent makeup.
Yoji Harada 1973 1973–2019 Japanese Florida based tattoo artist, featured on TLC's Miami Ink.
Don Ed Hardy 1945b. 1945 American Known as "the godfather of modern tattoo."[7] Hardy trained under Sailor Jerry and Japanese masters, Hardy is a noted proponent of the use of Japanese tattoo designs and techniques in American work. He founded Tattootime.
Christine Harvey New Zealand One of New Zealand's only female tā moko artists.[8]
Henry Hate 1968b. 1968 American a.k.a. Henry Martinez Jr.
Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand b. 1942 American Called "America's Tattoo Godmother"
Dan Henk 1972b. 1972 American
Adal Hernandez 1973b. 1973 American Based in New York City
Daniel Higgs American Lead singer of Lungfish
Martin Hildebrandt 1825–1890 German-American Early tattoo artist in New York City
Herbert Hoffmann 1919–2010 German
Horihide 1929–2017 Japanese
Horiyasu b. 1953 Japanese One of the most respected contemporary tattooists in Japan
Horiyoshi III 1946b. 1946 Japanese
Nikko Hurtado 1981b. 1981 American Has been a guest artist on LA Ink several times. Judge on Paramount's Ink Master (2022).
Greg Irons 1947–1984 American
Ami James 1972b. 1972 Israeli Co-star of Miami Ink. Main judge on Ink Master Season 14
Jason Jones American
Katzen American
Jessie Knight 1904–1992 British First prominent female tattoo artist in the UK
Manfred Kohrs b. 1957 German Student of Horst Streckenbach, conceptual artist
Greg Kulz American
Dr Lakra 1972b. 1972 Mexican a.k.a. Jeronimo Lopez Ramirez
Vyvyn Lazonga b. 1947 American a.k.a. Beverly Bean. Based in Seattle, Washington.
Nikole Lowe 1973b. 1973 New Zealand Based in London.
Miryam Lumpini 1993b. 1993 Swedish
Sutherland Macdonald 1860–1942 British The first tattooist in Britain with an identifiable premises open to the public.
Leslie Mah b. 1964 American
Mark Mahoney American
Ryan Ashley Malarkey b. 1987 American Tattoo artist based in Grand Junction, CO, featured on Ink Master & Ink Master: Angels.
Corey Miller b. 1967 American
Louis Molloy b. 1963 British
Shannon Moore 1979b. 1979 American Former wrestler; owns Gas Chamber Ink in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Grace Neutral 1979b. 1989 British Born Grace Walker
Chris Núñez 1973b. 1973 American Featured on TLC's Miami Ink.[6]
Samuel O'Reilly 1852–1908 American Patented the first electric tattoo machine
Whang-od 1973b. 1917 Filipino The oldest Filipino tattooist and Kalinga's last mambabatok.
Opie Ortiz 1971b. 1971 American
Joey Pang b. 1979 Chinese Known for her Chinese Art and Calligraphy pieces
Sua Sulu'ape Paulo II 1949/1950–1999 Samoan Samoan master tattooist
Eric Pele 1969b. 1969 American
Thomas Pendelton 1971b. 1971 American
Cally-Jo 1989b. 1989 British
Jacki Randall 1959b. 1959 American Known for original and freehand, tattooing as well as painting, illustration and cartooning. Currently owner/operator of Charm City Tattoo, Baltimore, Maryland.
Cliff Raven 1932–2001 American
Tom Riley 1870–? British Tattoo artist in the 19th century
Franklin Paul Rogers 1905–1990 American Designed tattoo machines
Bobby Rotten 1984- American Travelling tattoo artist. Known for his thick lines and bold color. Currently tattooing in Pittsburgh, PA
Jack Rudy American Known for his "black and gray" work. Owns/tattoos at Goodtime Charlie’s Tattooland in Anaheim, California.
Kim Saigh 1973b. 1973 American One of the artists on the first season of LA Ink.
Sailor Jerry 1911–1973 American a.k.a. Norman Keith Collins.
Henk Schiffmacher 1952b. 1952 Dutch a.k.a. Hanky Panky. The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum showcases his tattoo collection, the largest in the world.
Jonathan Shaw b. 1953 American Founded a tattoo shop in New York City in 1976
Daniel Silva b. 1993 American Based in San Francisco, California.
Janet 'Rusty' Skuse 1943–2007 British
Horst Streckenbach 1929–2001 German a.k.a. "Tattoo Samy"
Paul Timman 1972b. 1972 American Notable for his work on celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Drew Barrymore and his line of porcelain dinnerware with Ink Dish.
Trym Torson b. 1974 Norwegian Drummer with death metal band Zyklon.[9]
Bob Tyrrell b. 1962 American Known for his "black and gray" portraits
Lyle Tuttle 1931–2019 American California based artist who tattooed Cher, Jane Fonda and Janis Joplin.[10]
Lokesh Verma Indian India based artist who tattooed Guinness Reshi's successful Guinness World Record attempt for most number of flags to be tattooed on human body.
Kat Von D 1982b. 1982 Mexican Featured on TLC series Miami Ink and LA Ink.
Maud Wagner 1877–1961 American The first known female tattoo artist in the U.S.[11]
Christian Warlich 1891–1964 German Hamburg based tattooist who professionalised tattooing in Germany. He supposedly was the first one to use an electric tattoo machine in Germany[12]
Leo Zulueta b. 1952 Filipino American Known as "the father of modern tribal tattooing."[7][13] Zulueta championed all-black tattooing, called "the king of black."[7] Featured on TLC's Tattoo Wars.[14]


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