30 Of The Best Graphic Tattoo Artists
This is NOT a ranking list, but a gathering some of the best graphic tattoo artists we think are worth knowing.
If Tattoo is the 10th art, then Old School is its classic side and Graphic Tattoo its contemporary side. Graphic is a recent style in tattoo, not older than twenty years or so, but it is already considered as the most innovative skin art. It started with the will of some tattoo artists to free themselves from the codes of other styles and to give their creativity and imagination carte blanche. Needless to say that the movement came from European and French speaking countries. French are famous for their graphic tattoo, but also German and East countries, and their influence is spreading worldwide.
Graphic tattoos can go from a reinvention of reality to the purest abstraction, from color to black, to childhood and street influences to watercolor and pop art. The famous names of Graphic tattoo artists, trending on the Internet are of course Xoil, Ivana Belakova, Volko Merschky and Simone Pfaff, Sasha Unisex, Bugs, Topsiturby, Jean-Luc Navette, David Hale, Expanded Eye, Florian Karg, Joey Pang, Lianne Moule, Little Swastiska, Neo, Pietro Sedda, Steph Hanlon, etc.
But allow us to introduce you to some pioneers and also newcomers, full of talent and boldness. Their work is certainly worth knowing. Here is an overview of 30 of the most creative Graphic tattoo artist in the world …
1 Yann Black
Male – Canada (Montreal) – Yann Black Tattoo. You can consider the work of Yann Black as naive, but he is certainly one of the most influent pioneer of Graphic tattoo and tattoo in general.
2 Jef Palumbo
Male – Belgium (Brussels) – La Boucherie Moderne. This pioneer of graphic tattoo has co-founded La Boucherie Moderne with Kostek, a shop that have influenced numerous talented artists such as Xoil.
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Male - Belgium (Brussels) – La Boucherie Moderne
4 Lea Nahon
Female - Belgium (Brussels) – La Boucherie Moderne. She is famous for her sketch-like dark tattoos.
5 Peter Aurisch
Male – Germany (Berlin) – Nevada Johnny. The founder of the shop Nevada Johnny is one of the most amazing Graphic artists in the world, with a use of colors and abstraction that would blow the mind of many contemporary artists, for example Pablo Picasso.
Male – On the road (NYC/London/Berlin/Paris). Also a pioneer, Noon is famous for his childhood inspired delicate tattoos.
Male – Czech Republic (Znojmo) – Ondrash Tattoo. No one uses color as Ondrash and his watercolor tattoos are always highly recognizable thanks to their intensity.
8 Jan Mraz
Male – Czech Republic (Prague) – Bobek Tattoo. Jan Mraz is also a watercolor tattoo master, but also a great dotwork artist.
8 Peter Bobek
Male - Czech Republic (Prague) – Bobek Tattoo
9 Petra Hlavackova
10 Toko Lören
Female - France (Thonon-les-Bains) – Needles’ Side Tattoo. This French girl working with Xoil and Lören has got her very own style, mixing fine lines and dotwork with pastel colors.
12 Lukas Musil ‘Musa’
Getting more and more in abstraction and minimalism, the work of Musa is always a curiosity.
13 Marie Kraus
Female – On the road (Prague/Berlin)
14 Fabien Batista
Male – France (Perpignan) – Belly Button Tattoo
15 Niko Inko
Niko Inko mixes realism with paint effects.
16 Seb Inkme
17 Candelaria Carballo
Female – Argentina (Buenos Aires) – Personal studio. This young lady creates colorful watercolor explosion tattoos.
18 Gael Ricci
Male – On the road (France)
Male – France (Franconville) – Street Tattoo. The work of Klaim is often mistaken with Realistic Trash Polka, but is closer to those of Xoil or Ivana Belakova.
20 Lenad Nada
Male – France (Lille) – Chiale Baby. Very close to the art of Lea Nahon, with more elements.
21 Lionel Fahy
Male – France (La Roche sur Yon) – Out of Step Tattoo. Simple and fun.
22 Mirco Campioni
Male – Italy (Bologna) – Sundance Tattoo.
Male – France (Paris) – Art Corpus Tattoo
24 Piet du Congo
Male – Belgium (Brussels) – La Boucherie Moderne
25 Sadhu le Serbe
Male – France (Perpignan) – Old Serb Tattoo Club. The work of Sadhu is really dark.
Male – France (Marseille) – L’aiguille Tatouage
27 Lorenzo ‘Loreprod’ Anzini
Male – Italy (Grado) – Alex de Pase Tattoo
28 Marius Trubisz
Male – Poland (Wroclaw) – Personal shop
29 Amanda Wachob
Female – USA (Brooklyn) – Personal shop
30 Hector Cedillo
Male – Ecuador (Cuenca) - Ironhorse Tattoo Collective