Like other forms of art, tattooing has been inspired by several artists’ aesthetics and innovation over the time. From adding new styles to forming a totally new genre, these tattoo artists have heavily contributed to making tattooing even interesting, even beautiful. Here we have listed such tattoo artists to celebrate their efforts and innovation in tattooing.
Norman Keith Collins alias Sailor
Fondly known as Sailor Jerry, Norma Keith Collins has achieved a cult status in tattooing. He is known for giving colorful tattoos inspired by a marine life, thanks to his job in the US Navy and subsequent voyages. Some of his popular tattoo artworks are a sailor, anchor, fish, mermaid, birds of prey, and pin-up girls.
Born in 1911, this legendary tattoo artist has developed his own pigments. He is credited with developing needles that caused much less trauma to the skin. Besides, he is one of the pioneers to use needles and autoclave for sterilization. These beloved artists breathe his last in 1973 at age 62.
Don Ed Hardy:
Don Ed Hardy is an eminent American tattoo artist who took tattoo art to the next level. He was born in 1945 in Costa Mesa, California and received a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking. And he learned to tattoo from none other than Sailor Jerry!
He also honed his tattooing skills under the Japanese classical tattoo expert Horihide. This is why his art is the fusion of Japanese tattooing and American aesthetics. In the early 1980s, Don Ed Hardy started publishing books on tattooing and the works of his mentor, Sailor Jerry. Besides being known for tattoo art, Don Ed Hardy also owns apparel brand Ed Hardy that was started in the early 2000s.
Kat Von D:
Well, she dons many hats: she’s a model, musician, and a TV personality. But it is her tattoo art that brought her to attention. She has come a long way before appearing in the shows like LA Ink and Miami Ink.
Born in Mexico in 1982, Kat Von D moved to California at age 4 wherein she was exposed to various cultures. She credited her grandmother to inspire her towards the art, be it learning the piano or making Latino-inspired tattoos. In was 1996 when she picked up the machine to excel her art. The next two years saw her doing the job in tattoo shops like Sin City tattoo, Blue Bird Tattoo and Inflictions and True Tattoo, where she worked with Clay Decker, Chris G.
On LA Ink in 2007, she got her name registered in the Guinness World Record for creating the most tattoos in 24 hours. Interestingly, the record was broken by her ex-husband in 2008.
Kate Von D is also an author of bestsellers like High Voltage Tattoo, Hardcore Advice and Misc, and The Tattoo Chronicles
Paul Tinman started tattooing friends at his apartments after receiving a degree in sculptured glass from the Cleveland Art Institute. He went to Hollywood in 90s and his skilled get him landed a job at one of the popular tattoo shops, Sunset Strip Tattoo. There is no look back for him since then. He earned a nickname “The Rembrandt of Sunset Strip” for tattooing celebrities Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, Busta Rhymes, Mark Wahlberg, and Billy Bob Thornton, to name a few.
Born in Louisiana, Scott Campbell is counted among the most talented tattoo artists in the world. He took lessons on tattooing at the Picture Machine that is the oldest tattoo studio in California. Hе ореrаtеѕ hіѕ оwn tаttоо ѕhор named аѕ Sаvеd Tаttоо іn Wіllіаmѕburg, Brооklуn. And hе hаѕ tattooed several сеlеbrіtіеѕ, including Mаrс Jасоbѕ, muѕісіаnѕ such Stіng, Cоurtnеу Lоvе, Rоbеrt Dоwnеу Jr., Orlаndо Blооm, Penelope Cruz, and lаtе Hеаth Lеdgеr. Hе has аlѕо exhibited his skills іn оthеr fоrmѕ оf аrt іnсludіng ѕсulрturе, watercolor раіntіngѕ, and grарhіtе drawing.
Paul Booth holds a special place in tattoo arts for his “creepy and tattoos” being influenced by surrealism.
The tattoo artist has himself a bold, big tattoo placed on his head. He is known for his dark and creepy tattoos, which include demons, skeletons, creatures, ghosts, snakes and mysterious elements. And his tattoo studio is equally “dark and gothic” as it looks like a haunted house. This is why he was called Tattooing’s King of Creepy by the Forbes magazine in 2009. Besides, Rolling Stone Magazine has dubbed him as “The New King of Rock Tattoos”.
Paul Booth has tattooed many celebrities which include rock bands like Slipknot, Slayer, Pantera, Soulfly, and Sepultura. If you are fond of the Undertaker’s tattoos in WWE, let us tell you that they have also been made by Paul Booth. He also owns Last Rite Tattoo Theatre, one of the popular tattoo studios in New York City. Besides, he opened Last Rites Gallery in New York City.
So this is our list of iconic tattoo artists in the world. If you think our list has missed some names, please remind us by commenting below.