Let's start 2016 with 10 of the finest tattoo artists in the scene right now—that you really, really should get to know and watch out for!
If you're looking for some fresh blackwork, cooleytattooer is your man. He specialises in bold, black, and often blunt pieces.
2. Dominik Borkowski
Polish tattoo artist Dominik is one to watch out for with his impressive color realism.
3. Jacob Gardner
Gold Coast tattoo artist Jacob Gardner is a neo trad babe. His works are some of the finest things currently gracing my feed for weeks now.
4. Stanislaw Wilczynski
This Russian artist is one of the most underrated minimalist artist right now in the contemporary scene. His designs consist of lots of negative spaces in the form of thick bar lines and basic shapes that form “digimatism”-style tattoos.
5. Joe Carpenter
Here's another color realism contender. Joe of Norwich, UK will wow you with his works in both color and black and grey.
6. Emily Alice Johnston
If ignorance style is more your thing then go hit up Londoner Emily Alice Johnston. She works in her distinct blackwork style that may sometimes remind you of that of Sean from Texas.
7. Linnea Pecsenye
Kawaii isn’t dying anytime soon especially when we have tattoo artists like Linnea—choice tattoo artist of singer Melanie Martinez, mind you! She’s all about sparkles. I like her.
8. Jonathan Penchoff
Jonathan Penchoff, also known by his moniker earthgrasper, has a way with neo traditional portraits. He doesn’t seem to be the type of guy to stay within the bounds of norm so you can see how he owns it in each of his pieces, making his works very distinct. We especially love his Harry Potter tribute works.
9. Jared Asalli
Singapore-based tattoo artist Jared Asalli just might be the next big thing on sacred geometry. Jared is having a lot of fun experimenting with various styles at the moment, as seen in his feed—working on neo traditional style pieces in black and grey, trying out newer styles similar to that of Yann Brenyak, and even contemporary blackwork.
South Korean tattooist soltattoo is all about fine lines and laidback feel. All you flowerchildren out there are going to lose it when you see the rest of her feed.