The Hottest Celebrity Tattoo Artists Right Now

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Many celebrities are known for having awful tattoos, not all of them are tattoo-clueless kids who are in need of a crash course on tattoos.

Let us introduce you to all the right folks who give these tattoo-obsessed celebrities their ink fix. These are the talented tattoo artists the people of Tinseltown like hanging out with. And we agree that those stars are in good company. Not only are these guys skilled enough to do a banging job on celebrity skin but they'll want these people to stick around for to chill after the tattoo session!

1. Bang Bang

Susan Watts/New York Daily News
Susan Watts/New York Daily News

If I remembered right, Bang Bang is not only known as a celebrity tattoo artist but as the celebrity tattoo artist. It's not a matter of pride on his part, but reputation—which we won't argue with. Bang Bang has to be the “it” celebrity tattoo artist at the moment.

Bang Bang
Bang Bang

Bang Bang is a good tattooer. We're glad celebrities go to him for their ink fill. Although we can't say he's the best ever, he's one of the best of NYC.

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By Bang Bang
By Bang Bang

It must be insane for him, from tattooing at a trailer to tattooing pop star Justin Bieber 40,000 feet off the ground!

Celebrity tattoo, Rihanna
Celebrity tattoo, Rihanna

Aside from his skills, we speculate that it's not only his tattooing that gets his famous clients coming back to him and introducing him to celebrity friends. Bang Bang seems to have a very warm and pleasing personality which makes him generally likeable and easy to work with. We don't think Rihanna would have

Awesome NYC tattoo
Awesome NYC tattoo

This was the piece that got us really believing that Bang Bang is the real deal.

Follow Bang Bang on Instagram.

2. Jon Boy

jonboytattoo/Instagram
jonboytattoo/Instagram

One of the rising stars in celebrity ink at the moment is Jon Boy, a minimalist tattoo artist in New York. He may be mostly known for giving Kendall Jenner her first tattoo (a tiny, white dot—but a tattoo, nonetheless) but we assure you, Jon Boy can do so much more than a tiny dot.

By Jon Boy
By Jon Boy

Jon Boy is an ace at minimalist or so-called “micro tattoos”. We get that they seem like piece of cake but we hope people would realise that it's not always that easy to make straight lines and proportionate geometric tattoos. Go check out his Instagram and take a closer look at his smaller pieces. They're almost impeccable.

David Bowie tattoo
David Bowie tattoo

Here's a larger piece Jon tattooed on Ireland Baldwin.

By Jon Boy
By Jon Boy

Follow Jon Boy on Instagram.

3. Dr. Woo

Dr. Woo
Dr. Woo

Dr. Woo on the other hand, possesses a tattoo style even celebrities have fallen in love with. The tattoo artist from LA is famous for his fine line tattoos, using a single needle in most of his tattooing.

That’s Chloe Grace Moretz’s tattooed thigh!
That’s Chloe Grace Moretz’s tattooed thigh!
Paper crane tattoo
Paper crane tattoo

He owes his success to his mentor Mark Mahoney and of course, the power of social media—Instagram, to be specific. “Instagram really just changed it all,” the tattoo artist from LA says.

Geometric wolf tattoo
Geometric wolf tattoo

Follow Dr. Woo on Instagram.

4. Kevin Paul

Kevin Paul
Kevin Paul

If they have Bang Bang in New York, they have Kevin Paul in the UK. Kevin is well-known for tattooing British celebrities like Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, and many others. Kevin is also active in upholding tattoo laws in the UK tattoo scene, aware of the loose regulations in the UK scene.

Kevin Paul tattooing Ed Sheeran
Kevin Paul tattooing Ed Sheeran

Remember when Ed Sheeran hung out at Kevin's for his chest piece?

Awesome scalp tattoo
Awesome scalp tattoo

Follow Kevin Paul on Instagram.

5. Nikko Hurtado

Nikko Hurtado
Nikko Hurtado

We've always had great respect and amazement for Nikko Hurtado. His works reflect the amount of time and energy he poured out on the skill to get where he is today.

Nikko Hurtado
Nikko Hurtado

Aside from the string of celebrity clients, Nikko also works with a long list of tattoo collectors from all over the world. I think we can all agree that only few compared to his superb color portraits.

Snow White tattoo
Snow White tattoo

My all-time favourite piece of Nikko Hurtado. That's a rightfully proud tattoo collector right there!

Model Tess Holliday is also one of Nikko Hurtado's famous fans, trusting the artist with her portrait tattoos.
Model Tess Holliday is also one of Nikko Hurtado's famous fans, trusting the artist with her portrait tattoos.

Follow Nikko Hurtado on Instagram.

6. Cally Jo

Cally Jo
Cally Jo

Bang Bang isn't the only tattoo artist Rihanna hangs out with. Sometimes, she invites Cally Jo, also from NYC, to come over.

Cally Jo
Cally Jo

Don't let the years under her belt fool you. Cally Jo may be fairly new to the scene but she sure does have a lot to give. This one's definitely something to watch out for.

Beautiful realistic eye tattoo
Beautiful realistic eye tattoo

Follow Cally Jo on Instagram.

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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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