There has been a controversy about tattoos since they first appeared. Is it appropriate, is it harmful to one's health, and what is their purpose?
The two worst questions you can ask a tattooed person are, "What will you do with it if you don't like it anymore?" or "Do you realize it will change when you get older?"
We accept the "consequences."
The year is 2021, and we are grateful to live in a time when tattoos are generally accepted. And there are various forms and sizes among them.
If you're looking for inspiration for a portrait tattoo or want to learn more about the greatest tattoo artists, you've come to the right place.
The best portrait tattoo artists are listed below. Enjoy!
13. Nikko Hurtado
This guy is a genius! As you can see in the example above, Nikko's tattoos appear to have a life of their own. So complex and beautiful.
Hurtado began to appear on several TV shows, including LA Ink and Spike TV's Ink Master. Those TV appearances attracted celebrity attention, and he was able to tattoo Diddy, Jeffree Star, and Kat Von D herself! Among the other, numerous celebs.
Nikko founded the Black Anchor Collective tattoo studio in 2009, right amid his career spike. Hesperia CA, is the location of the workshop.
In 2017, he opened his second tattoo studio, Black Anchor Los Angeles. It is located on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.
We can't possibly imagine how long his waiting list is.
12. Kat Von D
Undoubtedly the goddess of portrait tattoo art!
This lady is well-known for her appearances on the reality shows like Miami Ink and LA Ink. She also owns a successful beauty line.
Her present workplace is High Voltage Tattoo in West Hollywood, California. But, sadly, she is no longer accepting new tattoo clients. This world is cruel, we know.
She happens to be one of the most expensive tattoo artists in the world, certainly for a reason.
11. Cory James
Anyone looking for a portrait tattoo in the Austin, Texas area should look into Cory James' work. Or anyone else, of course. This guy is awesome!
His incredible work is mainly black and white, and he specializes in bigger tattoos.
Cory James Tattoo is a shop in Texas that he owns. Here is where he creates his magic.
10. Kimmy Tan
The so-called ''Queen of cannabis'' is a gifted tattoo artist who works in a range of styles but is the best at portrait tattoos. As can be seen above, her job can assist anyone in getting the portrait tattoo of a loved one that they want to remember for the rest of their lives.
Kimmy's work has been published in many publications, including Inked Magazine and Freshly Inked Magazine. This talented tattoo artist is based in LA.
9. Logan J Aguilar
One of the all-time superstars in the world of portrait tattooing, based in Soho Ink NYC.
Photorealism, portraits, cover-ups, and color tattooing are his core areas of expertise. He's also a tattoo artist who has won an award for his art.
His vivid and detailed tattoos place him among the best in the industry, and we encourage you to check out his work.
8. Zlata Kolomoyskaya
Who runs the world of portrait tattoos? Girls!
Zlata co-owns Tattoo Studio Dot. Creative Group in NYC, where she creates her wonders.
Kolomoyskaya is a pro at tattooing portraits. She is skilled at designing multi-person portrait tattoos. Her work tends to be photorealistic as if it was lasered directly onto the skin.
Without a doubt, the one you can book without hesitation. You will not be disappointed.
7. Chris Saint Clark
This portrait tattoo artist owns and runs Kustom Thrills in Nashville, Tennessee, where he also tattoos.
Chris has over two decades of tattooing experience, which shows us how incredible he is.
His tattoos provide his clients with the body art they've always wanted. Saint Clark is also a reality TV star since he was a guest on the reality show Ink Masters.
6. Amy Nicoletto
Amy works at the Order of the Sacred Crow Tattoo workshop. It is situated in the town of Medford, New Jersey.
She began professionally tattooing in 2005, giving her a total of 16 years of experience. Amy is indeed a trustworthy tattoo artist.
She's even been on the TLC channel's show LA Ink.
If you are New Jerseyan, this is the place to go to get your tattoo done properly.
5. Amanda Abbott
Without question, one of the best tattoo artists in the game.
Abbott has been tattooing since 2009 and therefore has a lot of experience in this industry.
Amanda has studied female anatomy, which is why she can represent any woman's softer facial characteristics. As a result, she is a perfect female portrait tattoo artist.
She's also known for the floral motifs she uses to decorate her tattoo portraits. Original concept in every aspect!
She currently works at Brilliance Tattoo in Boston as a tattoo artist.
4. Shane Estillore
Firme Copias Tattoo Studio in Texas is where he currently creates remarkable body art for his clients.
Shane chose a long time ago to specialize in one kind of tattooing: portraits. He can confidently claim (and we can confirm) that he is one of the greatest of all time.
People are speechless whenever they see his work. So are we.
3. Luka Lajoie
This tattoo artist can be found in Montreal, Canada.
He owns and operates the Art Rock Band tattoo workshop, where he creates hyper-realistic tattoos. Luka claims he has been a fan of this art form since he was 12 years old.
Once he saw his brother getting a tattoo, Luka knew that tattooing is his life call.
It began as a hobby and has grown into … Well, conclude for yourself!
2. Omar Fame
Omar is a Miami-based tattoo artist who specialized in portraits.
Everyone acknowledges that portrait tattoos are extremely valuable to the individual on whose skin they are placed. It is always a significant figure in the life of the person that's being tattooed. Omar is well aware of this.
Fame has his shop in Miami called Fame Tattoos.
1. Sasha O'Kharin
From Russia, with love!
Sasha O'Kharin is based in Russia, specifically St. Petersburg. He currently works at the BLACKOUT tattoo collective studio.
This is the artist to contact if you are from Russia or the surrounding region and want a flawless and authentic portrait tattoo.
All you have to do is show him the image you want to be reproduced on your skin, and voilà! You will be thrilled with the outcome.
Now that you know who the best tattoo portrait artists in the world are, it's up to you to decide who's portrait you want to get tattooed on your body. Or you already know that?
Next is to book the tattoo artist nearest to you and who has mesmerized you with the talent.