Tattoo Artists You Really Should Get to Know: Paul Acker

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If you're looking for the right artist to do your gore/horror piece, let us introduce you to the man who could do the job.

Horror tattoo by Paul Acker
Horror tattoo by Paul Acker

Paul Acker, a self-proclaimed ‘horror artist’ continues to wow us with every new piece he does.

Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Horror tattoo
Horror tattoo

He got into tattooing by chance. As an 18-year-old Paul was showing his sketches of how he'd like his tattoo to look like, the guys at the tattoo shop were wowed by Paul's art that they immediately offered him to apprentice on the spot. That was back in 2000. In a span of 15 years, Paul developed into an insanely skilled tattooist—with clients lining up to get booked halfway into the following year.

Twitter / Paul Acker
Twitter / Paul Acker

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Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
By Paul Acker
By Paul Acker

Aside from horror films, magazines like Fangoria and Tales From the Crypt sparked the young Paul's interest in art and creating them.

Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
By Paul Acker
By Paul Acker
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
By Paul Acker
By Paul Acker

Most of Paul's works are a combination of contemporary films and horror classics—it's what he does best.

By Paul Acker
By Paul Acker

As a Watchmen fan, I'm totally digging this Rorschach piece.

By Paul Acker
By Paul Acker
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Jason Vorhees tattoo
Jason Vorhees tattoo

Check out how he resurrected Jason Vorhees a few times!

Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Frankenstein tattoo
Frankenstein tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo
Horror movie tattoo

He shares with Inked that one of the most important part of his tattoo process is the lighting, “I think the things that make a successful horror tattoo are also the same fundamentals that make a great horror movie: lighting, atmosphere, and a great character.”

“Dramatic lighting can change everything about a character,” he says. And even when dramatic lighting isn't present in the original image, Paul tries to recreate it to give the tattoo more dimension and character.

By Paul Acker
By Paul Acker

Check out these these touch-up and cover-up works!

To sum up Paul's works, I'd say he's simply one bloody good artist a collector will be proud to wear on his sleeve.

Skull tattoo by Paul Acker
Skull tattoo by Paul Acker

This is also what we mean by bloody good. Gore fans, get that Paul Acker piece on your lists.

By Paul Acker
By Paul Acker

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Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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