The Art Of Tattoo Artists

The art of tattoo artists is coveted on skins as much as on classic canvas.

We don't have to prove that tattoo is an art anymore. More and more tattoo artists are coming from Fine Arts backgrounds. And also, many tattoo artists are taking the contemporary art business by storm... It is time to acknowledge that the work of tattoo artists is worth the one of classic artists... And these examples are perfectly illustrating it. Beyond the skin, let's take a look at the art of the tattoo artists.

Carlos Torres is more famous in the tattoo community for his realistic black and grey masterpieces. But his paintings, if they explore the limits of realism too, also celebrate colors and imagination.

Breath-taking painting! CarlosTorres
Breath-taking painting! #CarlosTorres
Carlos Torres often turns his jaw-dropping paintings into tattoos for his collectors. CarlosTorres
Carlos Torres often turns his jaw-dropping paintings into tattoos for his collectors. #CarlosTorres
If his art is colorful, his tattoos are black and grey CarlosTorres
If his art is colorful, his tattoos are black and grey #CarlosTorres

Christopher Conn Askew is really courted by the world of contemporary art. This traditional tattoo artist has even made a break to give more time to his illustrations and art project, Sekret City.

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Chris Conn Askew's illustrations are often esoteric ChristopherConnAskew
Chris Conn Askew's illustrations are often esoteric #ChristopherConnAskew
They're also inspired by traditional tattooing ChristopherConnAskew
They're also inspired by traditional tattooing #ChristopherConnAskew
Indeed, it is the style he uses for his tattoos ChristopherConnAskew
Indeed, it is the style he uses for his tattoos #ChristopherConnAskew

Jean-Luc Navette is the French master of dark art. His surrealistic blackwork is coveted both on skins and on paper. You can buy prints of his work thanks to Noire Méduse, an art publisher specialized in the art of tattoo artists.

Jean-Luc Navette is known for his dark art JeanLucNavette
Jean-Luc Navette is known for his dark art #JeanLucNavette
Macabre, freakshows and blues are his inspiration JeanLucNavette
Macabre, freakshows and blues are his inspiration #JeanLucNavette
His tattoos are equally dark and vintage looking JeanLucNavette
His tattoos are equally dark and vintage looking #JeanLucNavette

Maud Dardeau was first a painter before to become the apprentice of French tattoo master Tin-Tin. However, her jaw-dropping large scale tattoos are more inspired by ancient engravings than by her fun twists on Fine Arts. Two universes worth the look...

Maud Dardeau's paintings are inspired by Fine Arts with humor MaudDardeau
Maud Dardeau's paintings are inspired by Fine Arts with humor #MaudDardeau
They're all very colorful, yet her tattoos are always black MaudDardeau
They're all very colorful, yet her tattoos are always black #MaudDardeau
Tattoo inspired by ancient engravings MaudDardeau
Tattoo inspired by ancient engravings #MaudDardeau

Mikaël de Poissy is famous for his stained-glass tattoos. His watercolor paintings are exploring the links between many cultures, from Japan to French Middle Age. You can buy his art at ArtJaws, an art gallery specialized in the art of tattoo artists.

Painting nspired by Japanese art MikaëldePoissy
Painting nspired by Japanese art #MikaëldePoissy
Asian inspiration with French history of art and tattooing MikaëldePoissy
Asian inspiration with French history of art and tattooing #MikaëldePoissy
Awesome stained-glass tattoos MikaëldePoissy
Awesome stained-glass tattoos #MikaëldePoissy

Nikko Hurtado is a celebrity of tattoo art. His realistic tattoos are attracting fans and medias. But his paintings as well. It is even the portrait he has made of singer Cheryl Cole that lead her to entrust her buttocks to the master of realism...

Beautiful dark portrait NikkoHurtado
Beautiful dark portrait #NikkoHurtado
Portrait of singer Cheryl Cole NikkoHurtado
Portrait of singer Cheryl Cole #NikkoHurtado
Awesome realistic back tattoo NikkoHurtado
Awesome realistic back tattoo #NikkoHurtado

Nomi Chi is a rising talent of both tattoo and fine arts. Her blackwork is as poetic and mysterious as her paintings. The realm of dreams is her speciality and fans of pop surrealism will enjoy her art...

Surrealistic art NomiChi
Surrealistic art #NomiChi
Contemporary art NomiChi
Contemporary art #NomiChi
Sketch-style blackwork tattoo NomiChi
Sketch-style blackwork tattoo #NomiChi

Shawn Barber is famous for his career in painting art. With his dynamic and stylish hyperrealistic portraits he is both seducing art and tattoo lovers! His paintings are a gorgeous tribute to tattoo community. Inspiring!

Badass painting ShawnBarber
Badass painting #ShawnBarber
Portrait of tattoo artist Jo Harrison ShawnBarber
Portrait of tattoo artist Jo Harrison #ShawnBarber
Neo traditional tattoo ShawnBarber
Neo traditional tattoo #ShawnBarber

Tim Lehi is a veteran of tattoo art. He learnt the trade with Ed Hardy and soon specialized in traditional Japanese inspired tattoos. His watercolors  are a true inspiration for many tattooists as well as art lovers.

Painting inspired by Japanese arts TimLehi
Painting inspired by Japanese arts #TimLehi
Badass tiger painting TimLehi
Badass tiger painting #TimLehi
Realistic tiger tattoo TimLehi
Realistic tiger tattoo #TimLehi

Veks Van Hillik is extending the creativity of tattoo artists to walls. Indeed, this French tattoo artists also produces amazing street art. His strange creatures are hence ornating cities, galleries and skins...

Street art VeksVanHillik
Street art #VeksVanHillik
Surrealistic and dark painting VeksVanHillik
Surrealistic and dark painting #VeksVanHillik
Awesome blackwork tattoo VeksVanHillik
Awesome blackwork tattoo #VeksVanHillik

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@JenTheRipper

Writer for art related medias. Fell in love with tattoo while researching for another passion, crime history. Travelling, admiring, sharing.

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