List of Famous Tattoo Artists People

List of Famous Tattoo Artists

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List of famous tattoo artists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top tattoo artists in the world? This includes the most prominent tattoo artists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable tattoo artists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic tattoo artists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned tattoo artists.

This list includes Kat Von D, Alan Oversby and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known tattoo artists to the lesser known tattoo artists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the tattoo artist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous tattoo artists ever?" and "What are the names of famous tattoo artists?" then you're in the right place. (59 items)


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    Kat Von D, best known as Kat Von D, is a Mexican-born American tattoo artist, model, musician and television personality. She is best known for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality television show LA Ink, which premiered August 7, 2007, in the United States and ran for four seasons.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Television producer, Model, Actor, Presenter, + more
    • Credits: LA Ink, Miami Ink, Bam Margera Presents: Where the #$&% Is Santa?, The Bleeding, Interactive Lower Back Tattoos
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    Alan Oversby was one of the primary figures in the development of contemporary body piercing in Europe. He was better known by his professional name Mr. Sebastian.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1933-1996)
    • Profession: Art Teacher, Tattoo artist
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    Ami James, is an Israeli-born tattoo artist. His father, an American, converted to Judaism three years prior to moving to Israel, where he joined the Israeli army and met James' mother. James lived in both Israel and Egypt as a child, and spent much of his childhood without his father who left the ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Israel
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Miami Ink, NY Ink, Worldwide Tribe
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    Darren Brass is an American tattoo artist. He was featured in the reality television show Miami Ink.more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Presenter
    • Credits: Miami Ink
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    Dan Smith, aka Dan Under, is a New Zealand tattooist and musician. At the age of six, he moved to Auckland. Spending his childhood captured by music, Dan played in many bands all the way up until his early twenties. In 2001, after an intensive visual tattoo education from Dean Parkin and Dan Andersen of ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Musician, Singer, Presenter
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    Alex Binnie

    Alex Binnie is an illustrator.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Illustrator
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    Chris Garver is a tattoo artist featured on the TLC reality television show Miami Ink. Garver was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he attended The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Garver's mother was an artist and encouraged his interest in painting and ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Presenter
    • Credits: Miami Ink
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    Chris Nunez is an American tattoo artist. He is the owner of Handcrafted Tattoo And Art Gallery, a tattoo shop located in Miami, Florida, and a judge on the Spike TV network's reality competition, Ink Master, in which tattoo artists compete in challenges assessing their tattoo and related artistic ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Entrepreneur, Presenter
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    Sailor Jerry
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    Norman Keith Collins was a prominent American tattoo artist, famous for his tattooing of sailors; he was also known as "Sailor Jerry". An annual event now takes place in Hawaii called the "Sailor Jerry Festival".more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1911-1973)
    • Birthplace: Reno, Nevada, United States of America
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Sailor
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    Corey Miller is a tattoo artist and television personality. He began tattooing at the age of 15. He is the owner of a tattoo shop in Upland, California called Six Feet Under. He was one of the core tattoo artists on the reality television show LA Ink. Miller specializes in black and gray portraits and ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Upland, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Presenter
    • Credits: LA Ink, Mob Rules
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    Elaine Davidson is the "Most Pierced Woman" according to the Guinness World Records. When examined by a Guinness World Record official in May 2000, Davidson had 462 piercings, with 192 in her face alone. By August 9, 2001 when she was re-examined she was found to have 720 piercings. Performing at the ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Brazil
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Businessperson, Nurse
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    Brian Byrne
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    Brian Byrne is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, best recognized as the current vocalist for I Mother Earth. Brian Byrnes' songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Steady Brook, Canada
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
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    Phil Andros

    Samuel Morris Steward, also known as Phil Andros, Phil Sparrow, and many other pseudonyms, was a poet, novelist, and university professor who left the world of academia to become a tattoo artist and pornographer. Throughout his life he kept extensive secret diaries, journals and statistics of his sex ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1909-1993)
    • Birthplace: Woodsfield, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Writer
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    Leslie Mah is an American musician and performer. Mah first began performing with Anti-Scrunti Faction, a hardcore punk band based in Boulder, Colorado which she co-founded with Tracie Thomas. The group first appeared on the Flipside fanzine compilation, Flipside Vinyl Fanzine Vol.1 in 1984 and, in ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Yo-Yo Gang
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    The Scary Guy

    The Scary Guy
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    The Scary Guy is a United Kingdom-based American/British motivational speaker who campaigns worldwide to eliminate hate, violence, prejudice, and bullying in schools and corporations. In addition to being a tattoo shop owner, comic, entertainer, inspirational speaker, and performance artist, The Scary ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: New Hope, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Motivational speaker
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    Hannah Aitchison
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    Hannah Aitchison is an American tattoo artist from Chicago, Illinois. Hannah was based in Chicago at Deluxe Tattoo for many years, but recently relocated to Pittsburgh, PA to work from her private studio known as Curiosity Shop, where she works in various mediums. She continues to travel the world ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Presenter
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    Yojiro "Yoji" Harada is a Japanese tattoo artist and musician who gained fame from his appearances in the TLC reality show Miami Ink.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Musician, Presenter
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    Joey Pang

    Joey Pang is a Chinese tattoo artist that has been featured on CNN, AP and numerous other publications. She has worked on multiple celebrities including Hong Kong's Candy Lo. Joey Pang is based out of Hong Kong, SAR China. Joey Pang is known to have pioneered a specific brush-stroke tattooing technique ...more

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    • Birthplace: Yunnan, China
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Graphic Designer, Photographer
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    Jade Arcade is an American composer, animator, musician, polymath and comic book artist.more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Comic book creator, Tattoo artist, Musician, Writer, Artist
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    Thomas Pendelton
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    Thomas Pendelton is a tattoo artist and television personality.more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Tattoo artist, Presenter
    • Credits: Inked, Tattoo Highway
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