Lithuanian tattoo artist Martynas Šnioka currently tattoos from Angis Tattoo, Vilnius, though his work is appreciated around the world. The talented illustrator and street artist has a bold graphic style that uses bright colors to give his tattoos life- his blackwork designs are awesome too! Combining elements of watercolor, abstract and graphic tattoos, the work of Šnioka is a fine example of contemporary tattooing.
Frederico Rabelo is Brazilian, born in Minas Gerais in 1990. From childhood, his interest for drawing was remarkable. As a young teen Frederico starts doing graffiti and pixação, and in 2005 founds Base Crew with four friends. At nineteen his pursuit of a visual arts degree begins, studying in Brazil and Portugal. Meanwhile, his artworks start to develop through paintings, looking toward a professional career. During his college years he founds Covil Tattoo studio with two other friends and starts his journey into Tattooing.
Currently Frederico has ambitious projects in progress, involving art, culture and knowledge, nurtured by the concept that contemporary tattooing must harbor intelligence and produce culture.
There is not a lot of personal info about me out there, just the inks for the most part. I am still digesting the evolution of my practice and career. Everything has been so fast, surreal and amazing that I am trying to keep my head straight and my feet on the ground.
Tattooing feels closer to drawing and the essence of draftsmanship. And I have always admired the old engravings and woodcuts of Albert Durer, Francisco Goya, Gustav Dore, Franz Von Bayros… etc. Their line quality and and craftsmanship are so remarkably exquisite.
The best thing of being a traveling artist is working alongside so many talented artists. I have been lucky enough that people have found me through social media and invite me to their shop. And that is a great honor for me, to be received with welcoming arms to their beloved space. I am so thankful to have that exchange of energy and ink. That is the best thing about traveling and tattooing; trading and collecting permanent memories from some of the awesomest souls I have met.
I have so much more to learn, explore and experiment. There is so much that only years of experience can teach you.
Tattooing since 2015 Robson Carvalho, from São Paulo, Brazil, is also graphic designer and illustrator. His work is based on a mix of neo-traditional and watercolor techniques and his art is directly influenced by fantasy, comics, illustration and graffiti.
Andrea Morales was born in Granada (Spain) in 1992. When she was 23, she did her first tattoo (a microphone) using a Cheyenne Thunder which is still her tattoo machine. She has never taken a tattoo course or seminar, but she is considered a Tattoo Artist reference in Spain, specialized in micro-realism. She usually works in Granada, but she collaborates with other Tattoo Studios from Madrid and Barcelona in Spain and foreign countries as Equilattera (Miami, USA) and InkLabs (Dresden, Germany). At present, she is working the construction of her own study (958 Tattoo Shop) which will be opened in November 2017 in Granada. Some of the best works are related with art as pieces of Venus (Botticelli), The Kiss (Gustav Klimt) or La Gioconda (Leonardo Da Vinci), among others. Moreover, she has created a lot of geeky tattoos, related with famous films and sci-fi creations, but the most estrange one was her own face eating a Kinder stick.
I was born in Seveso, a little town close to Milan, Italy in 1985.
I come, as many others nowadays, from the graffiti, marker and fanzine world.
From here the encounter with tattoos was inevitable.
I started tattooing few friends in my own apartment until I decided to leave my previous job so I could focus 100% on tattoos.
I just wanted to draw for a living.
I’ve always wanted to draw, and seeing my work on people’s skin became more and more fascinating.
My inspiration comes from different artist like Escher, Moebius, Fornasetti, Sergio Toppi.
The thing that I like the most about this job is that you always have the chance to grow.
I like to partner up with different tattoos professional so I can travel around the world, but for the better part of the year Lodo tattoos in Milan is my base, that’s where it all started.
Being fascinated by the world of graphic art, Loïc LeBeuf has naturally been attracted by the profession of designer in multimedia or then this find in the tattoo.
The desire to express and share his creations became more and more felt at the sight of a passion that was only growing, he passed the contest to enter the school of applied arts of Geneva. Now a graduate of this institution, he creates his studio where he spends most of his time working for his clients but also for his personal work.
Artist shifted, which allowed him to create his compromise between engraving and surrealism.
His studio allows him to make the most of his knowledge and his creative impulses in order to create original works for his clients. Perfectionist and eccentric, he is a serious artist and loving his work …
My Name is Jessica, I’m 25 years old and I live in Stuttgart in South Germany. I do love traveling, good talks and hangarounds with nice people, good records and discovering new things and perspectives in life.
I live in Lisbon, but I was born in Setúbal, a seaside city 45 minutes away to the south of Lisbon. I’ve been tattooing since October 2013. At the time I was married to a tattoo artist so I was already familiar with the world of tattooing for about 5 years. It started very unintentionally. I just tried it once for fun and enjoyed it so much that I never stopped again. At the time I was just fresh out of uni and was trying to get a job or an internship in my area of studies. I studied Painting for 3 years in the Fine Arts University of Lisbon and then studied Animation for 3 more years. I started doing this kind of line work right away, just because I wanted to perfect lines before I moved to shading, but ended up realizing that what I was doing worked on its own and I didn’t feel the need to add any shading. Since then I’ve lived the best years of my life, and also the most challenging ones. Doing what I love, meeting amazing people along the way and traveling often, it all makes me feel so lucky and the amount of love I get from the people who follow my work is humbling and touching.
Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, from his early days had an influence from the Impressionists through his mother, a fan of the era. Started learning how to draw at the age of 11 and when was 25 was introduced to tattooing by his best friends Brian Gomes and Brice Gomes. Tattooing is his passion for the past 5 years since he chose this path.
Nomad tattooer, focused on spread a positive message of fight, freedom, pro nature, animal and human beings through tattoos, looking for a strong visual and emotional impact to call the attention on those times where nothing really shocks us anymore.
I started my career back in London 8 years ago. It has been a challenging, busy, and exciting eight years. I am now working and living in New York city. My aim is to continuously develop myself and my skills. I enjoy meeting every client who comes to me with trust to re-create their visions and dreams.
Thomas Eckeard has been an artist his whole life, influenced by graffiti and skating, but he only began tattooing three years ago (2014), after quitting his warehouse job to pursue a career in the arts and support his baby on the way. He soon discovered blackwork, which allowed him the artistic freedom to develop his dark, haunting signature style. He’s inspired by space, magic, wizards, castles, and life, but his biggest inspiration is his son, Silas the King.
Brazilian artist born and raised in a low income neighborhood of São Paulo. At 9 years old, Rodrigo was already drawing cartoon characters and graphic novels. At his early teens, always with a skateboard and a backpack stocked with spray paint cans, he started to draw his own characters and lettering throughout the city’s walls.
Rodrigo studied industrial design and earned a graduate degree in Art History and Motion Graphics.
He has worked as an art director and illustrator, besides teaching Graphic and Fashion Design at undergraduate level in 3 different universities for over 9 years. Always looking for new tools, techniques and new surfaces to experiment on, Rodrigo found out the tattoo world. For the past 6 years, he has been creating and tattooing exclusive designs everyday. Each idea becomes a one of a kind piece of art.
Graduated from one of the top high schools in my country and went straight to the university, because that’s what you’ve got to do to get a decent job. I didn’t have a desire to be a tattoo artist, I just wanted to be an architect like my dad, but my mom insisted that I should study economics so that’s what I did. I dropped out my senior year, went to Istanbul and started working in a courier delivery services company as a consultant. After 3 months, I got fired which I still don’t know why.
After this, things started to develop; my tattoo artist asked me if I wanted a job and said that I could work at his parlour until I find a job. My family didn’t want me to work in a tattoo parlour because they worked so hard for my education. The moment that changed my entire life was when I said yes to my tattoo artist, that I’d be his apprentice and do whatever I have to do to become a tattoo artist. To date, this is the greatest risk I took in my life because I didn’t know if I was going to succeed in this path. After I did my first tattoo, I realized that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I feel like I’m being myself, complete when doing tattoos because all of my tattoos are my designs inspired by the people that will carry them for the rest of their lives.
I never regret this decision I took 4 years ago. As a tattoo artist, I’ve met thousands of different people, heard their stories, became a part of their life and family, listened to their experiences and learnt from their mistakes and also had an opportunity to move to New York as well; which is a lifelong dream for me.
I started tattooing in February 2014. Starting with a Chinese kit on my leg from a YouTube tutorial.. after awhile i decided to leave my old work as accountant because I was believing in this new job.. all my family and friends were against me cause I did not even never draw before. I just had tattoo passion, so I spent few months practicing drawing, also for more than 18 hours a day.. trying to picture everything.
I decided to create a small “sketchbook” to show my art in some studios, in order to get an internship. One accepted and I started there. After a year I start to tattoo by myself, at home, making my stuff (geometric). Just after 4 hard months customers started to write me for work.
I started working as a guest in many studios, with even more than 10 studios in a month…crazy and all the time in rush.
I am very grateful to all my clients… it’s an honor doing this job.
I was born and raised in Entre Rios, Argentina in ’84 and in 2005 I moved to the US (Ohio, where my mother is originally from). Spanish is my first language.
I’m a self-taught tattoo artist; in 2006 I did my very first tattoo (on my leg) learning the hard and stubborn way. Although I enjoy pretty much anything, I specialize in linear, abstract and vintage illustration style fine tattoos. I also really enjoy doing freehand tattoos; I feel very lucky to have amazing clients that trust me enough to let me draw on them. Married to an amazing woman and father of two beautiful little human beings (Luciana and Vigo). There is nothing I love more than spending time with my family; Value life.I tattoo at LONE WOLF in Columbus, Ohio.
Pablo’s interest in the art of tattoo starts at a very young age, while studying illustration in La Coruña, his hometown.
Since the beginning he’s chasing the idea of capture his art on people’s skin and free it from the rigidity of a peace of paper. That’s why, as soon as he finished his studies, he started his training in Zink – a tattoo studio of La Coruña – where he learned the basis and improved his technique.
On 2014 he decided to move to Madrid, started working on his own and developing his personal style. He begins to focus on black tattoo art, illustrative works, geometric and fine lines, as well as dot work.
The accuracy and the attention to the little details are what define his style. His works are usually very delicate and clean, mainly based on illustrative style, representing natural elements, art, objects, symmetries and geometries with some surrealistic touch.
Since 2017 he’s a resident tattoo artist at Alchemist’s Valley, a brand new tattoo studio in the heart on Madrid, specialized in black tattoo art.
Sanghyuk Ko, aka Mr.K, moved to the NY from Korea nearly a decade ago. A Parsons-trained graphic designer working in fashion, his credits include founding the streetwear brand K47. Always fascinated with intricately detailed design and fine-line art, Mr. K eventually became obsessed with unique applications of single needle tattoo techniques.
“Single needle, beautifully and dangerously delicate, may be the finest artistic tool on the planet. In the hands of a well trained technician, the tattoos heal beautifully and last forever.”
This leaves him eager to tattoo every single day. Mr.K is currently working at Bang Bang tattoo studio in New York and enjoys to meet clients coming from all around world.
My Name is Mo, self thought artist from Berlin Germany.
I’m fascinated in the power of simplicity.
My work is a reflection of the way I live.
I pursue minimalism in in many aspects of my life.
Less is more, less is more satisfying and less is more complex than most complex things.
You will find this in many of my images.
I use a single stroke to show that everything in this universe is somehow connected to each other. One energy that everything is made of.
I’m neither religious nor spiritual but I still believe in that simple principal.
The 3 dots in my work are my signature and represent Body Mind and Soul.
I’m tattoo artist from Ukraine, my hometown is Kiev. I have an art education, I like drawing from early childhood, every year I try to improve my technique and style. I began to engage in tattoo at the age of 16, I wanted to find a sphere of work where my drawings could be used, and since I always liked the look of the tattoo, I decided to move in this direction. For each my customers, I always draw an individual design, I prefer to work with plant and animalistic motifs. I consider a tattoo an adornment , and therefore it is very important for me to have a successful placement on the body. During the whole time, new style and new subjects for the designs were created thanks to my clients. I seek my inspiration in new impressions and in the observation of nature.
I started tattooing about 4,5 years ago. I came from graffiti world. I started at the Tattoo Artist Studio where Matteo Cascetti taught me everything. I talking not about only the technique (of course he did), but also “how to be a good tattooer” in life…After this, I started a collaboration with the Kostadorika Tattoo Studio. This is a great studio full of great resident and guest artists. The things that I love in “the tattoo world” is to share and to learn new things. I really love to talk with my colleagues about how they works , what they thinks , what they uses… I love graphic stuff…I think that the sketch style is fun to do! Every time you can change or add something…there are no rules! In my opinion the key is the simplicity. My drawings are really simple: a few lines, but placed in the right spots, and the same is for the color!
Sandra Cunha, Brazilian, 22. Has been working as a professional tattoo artist for only two and a half years but, according to herself, this has been her dream since she was a little girl. First started studying Visual Arts at the age of 17, and has specialized in paiting at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in the city of Belo Horizonte, where she currently lives. Works at Inkonik Tattoo Studio, mixing pointillism and etching techniques. She tattoos only her own blackwork drawings, which are full of details and at the same time clean, easy to understand.
Hello! My real name is Mattia and I am 26. I was born near Milan, where I am living and working. I studied art at high school where I met many people who later became colleagues and customers and have been very important for my current job. After school I worked a few years in a restaurant. Cooking is my passion, and in this last period I’m working to merge it with Tattoo trying to bring the theme of the food on the skin. I started tattooing Japanese themes and old school who remain my favorite styles yet. These have helped me to create my “destrutturato” style. The simplicity of the tattoo old school, and the bright and flat colors of Japanese Tattoo. What I try to do with the destrutturato style is the simplicity of a few lines and color that completes it, creating a strong image and impact. As an sticker.
This destrutturato style is new for me. What I would do in the future is take the time to draw things that are not only related to the Tattoo. I like to design skateboards and clothings. I hope to turn what I have in mind in a real style. Something that has a very precise concept. What I always say is that often less is more!
In 2011 i got into my first contact with tattooing and tattoo arts. Nevertheless i have always been an artist but in this moment, I realized that this was a profession I absolutely wanna go for. I spent two years in a tattoo studio in Berlin learning all the tricks and how to create tattoos. After this time everything went very fast: i travelled a lot, either to conventions or as a guest artist. I visited several spots in Germany, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. Through a work period in a big tattoo shop I had the chance for a technical exchange with experienced tattoo colleagues and could improve further. My love for animals and diving into a surrealistic world are characterizing my work. In styles i am not determined or specified, I am curious and open to always add a special touch or a new impact to my work. Then finally in 2017 i opened an own space, shared with my colleague Cory Capelli: on the outskirts of Berlin “Atelier Mori Capelli” has been born. I can say ever since I found this profession i feel like the luckiest human being on earth. You think it – I ink it!
I’m a girl from the marvelous semi-island Crimea with a funny nickname PisSaro. Actually my name is Valeriya and I’m a tattoo artist. I was born and raised on Crimea (Eastern Europe). As a child I’ve been studying in an art school for 5 years and after that in an art college for 4 more years. After the graduation I’ve been doing some street art for couple of years and at that time I’ve been interested in all the kinds of contemporary art in general. Then I switched the monumental art on the walls to the miniatures on the bodies. Nowadays I’m involved in tattooing for 7 years. At first my tattoos were graphically styled with watercolor accents but last two years I fell for the botanical tattooing. Travelling and watching flora and fauna of different corners of the world are the things I really love. And love for nature is reflected in my works.
I’m a full-time tattoo artist from Ukraine, currently living and working in Warsaw, Poland. Have worked for 7 years in a pharmaceutical university and have a bachelor degree in Physics, a master in Biophysics and i’m a specialist in clinical pharmacy. But I always knew that I meant to be an artist. I started tattooing just around 5 years ago because i have found a new passion – drawing. I drew more and more. But once I took another step and tried tattooing. In tattoos i like simplicity that’s why i mostly do lineworks. My hobbies – traveling with my family and street photography.
Sven Rayen (1980 Leuven Be) currently works in Antwerp at Studio Palermo, his own private tattoo and design studio, co-founded with his high school friend Ti. In 2002 he obtained a master degree in fine arts, with an expertise in Graphical techniques and drawing.
After graduation he worked as an illustrator, as a tattoo artist at SinSin tattoo and as a guest artist at Sang Bleu London and Shamrock Tattoo Dublin.
Marcelo Zissu see tattooing as a transforming ritual where people can bring your inner world to the outside. That trip can be a battle of light and shadow, a call for freedom, letting it go or just acceptance, that trip can be so many things and as a tattoo artist he is happy to be the vehicle for that.
Sasha has been stolen from the nest of Dodo birds in infancy and grown with love by gnomon clan of far Siberia. She had received the reputation of twilight shaman by rite of initiation and got covered herself in lightning with ritual tattoos in the Mongolian prairies. She disapparated into the cold capital of Russia in order to give humans a piece of tiny soulful inky eternity straight from her wild heart.
Curt Montgomery is a Toronto based tattoo artist working out of Holy Noir Tattoos. Now going into his third year of tattooing, he has developed his own recognizable adaptation of black minimalism tattoos dedicating his work to strange, hilarious and often erotic content.
My Name is María Fernández González. I was born in Spain and lived the first part of my life in Madrid until I moved to Germany when I was 20 years old. I studied painting and drawing at the university and after I got my master degree I started Tattooing. Since I made my very first tattoo my life has been devoted to this Art and I am in love with my job.
After working hard and making a Name in the tattoo scene I came back to my hometown, Madrid, to open my dream Tattoo Studio “Alchemist’s Valley” together with my husband.
Tattooing, traveling and creating a positive and creative environment working together with other great tattoo artist is pretty much my life right now, and I couldn’t´t be happier about it!
Pokeeeeeeeoh is a self taught Handpoke artist. This means he doesn’t use a machine for his tattoos and simply pokes the ink into the skin by hand. His tattoos generally include some humor or sarcasm, and sometimes include a political message, most often about feminism. He has had a variety of occupations in his life including cafe owner, licorice company owner, leather craftsperson, and for many years worked as a waiter. He did his bachelor’s in English literature and his Master’s in media studies. He currently works as a tattoo artist in Malmö, Sweden.
I studied in visual design at university,
I have been doing tattoos for over 10 years.
I run the tattoo studio, INKEDWALL in Seoul.
However tattoo is illegal in Korea.
I have been trying to change culture awareness and law with many tattooist.
So the motto of my tattoo is to create positive and beautiful art works.
I wish that you would be interested Korean tattoos and legal situation.
Please pray for us.
I was born in Sant’Elpidio a Mare on September 4, 1991.
I love every form of art: drawing, technical drawing, photography, painting. I really worked hard to improve my drawing skills and to define my style: fine blackwork. I’m fascinated by nature (flowers, animals, details, geometry, etc) and I love to represent it in a minimal, surrealistic and poetic way.
In October 2013 at the age of 22 I approach the tattoos world by self-taught. Actually, I live in Bologna and I practice tattooing in a studio. I had the opportunity to tattoo at Vaders.Dye (Hamburg) in May 2017. I’m going to tattoo at LTW Tattoo Studio as guest in Barcellona in September 2017.
Art is the best way I know to express myself and my feelings, so tattooing it’s my lifestyle. It makes me happy and dream every day.
La Bigotta (Anna Neudecker) was born in 1982 at Munich (Germany) but from two years age she lives in Italy between Rome and Milan.
From the beginning she shows a great passion for drawing in all its forms.
The versatility of her artistic ability can be found also in her study course: she goes through the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, the Restoration school, to that of Fashion landing at last to the Art of tattooing.
She begins her career of tattoo artist in 2014 ad after different experimentations and experiences, passing from Old School to realism, she finally meets her stylistic figure finding inspiration mainly in etchings of the Victorian age and in Surrealism.
I’m an 26 years old artist, raised in Japan and currently based in São Paulo, Brazil.
I studied philosophy in the university and i’m engaged in the study of spirituality, occultism, buddhism and ancestrality.
I believe that artificial consciousness and human consciousness/spirituality will converge into one in a remote future, and my work reflects some of these aspects.
My name is Alina Tiurina. I’m from Ukraine. I was studying there as an artist and work for 5 years as a painter. Once my friend invited me to visit her tattoo studio in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She suggested me to try tattooing myself and I felt in love with this since my very first tattoo. Now I’m working in Russia, Ukraine, UAE, Europe and USA. Tattooing gives me freedom in my art and travelling around the world.
Adrian is from a beautiful beach located in Chile called “La Boca de Rapel” (“Rapel’s mouth”). The wind from that place runs through his veins, and the colors and the movement of its nature lives inside him. He studied at a couple of places, met a couple of masters, and he learned a couple of techniques. All those experiences forged his views and the way he projects his ideas.
Felipe Kross hails from the Brazilian capital city of São Paulo. He was born in 1992. Coming from a family of artists, Felipe has had contact with the arts since childhood, when he grew up drawing his favorite fictional characters.
In high school Felipe began to have even greater contact with Literature and History, and began to elaborate and create ever more imaginative drawings. He worked for almost 3 years in technology as a trainee and professional designer using AutoCAD, but he decided to change career directions at the end of 2011, after he started tattooing in his spare time. After a long apprenticeship with master tattooer Paco Anes at his studio in 2013, Felipe decided to quit Design school and dedicate himself full time to tattooing.
Felipe began to develop his personal style by harmonizing both the ideas of his clients’ tattoos with his own particular style and background. At the beginning of 2016, together with Vinicius Lacerda tattooer, he founded “The New Black Studio”, located in Vila Madalena, São Paulo’s most artistic and bohemian neighborhood. The studio is dedicated entirely to black and gray tattoos, just as Felipe himself is dedicated to that line of work.
My name is Pony Wave, I was born and raised in Russia, that is where I started my tattoo career path. Now I live in Los Angeles and try to travel as much as I can.
At the beginning my style was close to colorful realism and new school, I was using a lot of colors, but now more and more I fall in love with black work, minimalism and geometry. It gets me that in brevity you transfer so much. I am still looking for my own style, that is why I do experiment and mix styles.
To my opinion, minimalism and geometry are some levels of art development between worlds. This is kind of embodiment of energetic and informative component of the world. Broadcasting is taking a big part in my work and outlook.
I go through my sketches very thoughtfully and thoroughly, I personalize and fulfill each work.
First set of tattoo machines I’ve bought back in 2011. I was little bit rebellious person against the world. All my friends began study like me. They all had big dreams but slowly they were forgetting them.
They have realized that life is not as colorful as they were thinking before. I never wanted to live like this and my dream was to have a job I’m interested with. This is why i’ve decided to stop studying and I’ve bought my tattoo machines.
I,ve started working on silicone skin first and after a while some of my brave friends gave me their skin to work with. After 6 months I was given a job in my first tattoo shop.
Somebody told me that i should use needles in the same way like paint brushes, i’m glad that he told me this, cause i’ve started to experimenting with needles.
I think my drawing were kinda chaotic but I’ve decided to use them as a base for tattoo designs. This is how I’ve created my style.
In general I work at OŚDZ in Łódź. Also I do guest spots around the world.
I do my best to get more work experience. I’d love to finish my study as well and obviously carrying on with my passion to ru marathons and using every single bit of world surrounding me as a valuable inspiration.
I always wanted to live with an art and I feel like tattooing chose me.
Back in time if anyone told me this is how I’ll be living, I would burst with laugh but now I am the happiest person in whole universe.
My name is Nora and I was born in Ukraine. I’m currently based in St. Petersburg. Since I was a child I have devoted my life to art and have developed a love for it. It’s become a passion of mine. I began studying tattoo artistry and have successfully graduated with a degree. At first I thought it was a hobby, then as time professed it became my passion in life I am happy it is not only my profession, but it has also allowed me to express my creativity as well as travel around the world to share my talent to make a difference in others. I aspire to ensure that everyone leaves my chair with a clean, precise, and vivid illustration that will impact there for a life time. My ultimate goal is to not only combine unique graphics, but also blend pastel colors into a work of art.
I’m inventor of new style of tattoo and i called it mental geometry. It’s based on my practice knowledge about how our consciousness construct and how we realized all our desires. I’ve spend more than 13 years to find all answers for my questions about our human being and now i’m help people to find their answers. Before tattooing i worked in advertising agencies like copywriter, shot commercial movies like director and published magazine about modern art, fashion and photography “Sexual&Brutal”. I’m tattooing 3 years and all this time i’m travel: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Paris, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, New York, Bali etc. Now i’m working on guideline of my style. In future i’ll want to sharing information about how to create mentagrams to our tattoo community also book about new symbolism in progress.
I was born in Bursa-Turkey in 1984. I graduated from the art teacher and graphic design faculty. My all family members are art teachers including my mom, dad and sister too. They were expecting me to be a teacher but i was against them. Then i left my hometown and moved to Istanbul in 2008.
I have worked as an art director at some advertisement agencies for 7 years.
At the beginning i was really happy with my job but after some fights for a silly brochure i’ve lost my faith on my job. Also being locked in an office like a cyber world with computers started to make me hatred and now i glad to have that feeling.
Cause in 2011 i’ve met with Denizhan Ozkar. He is a great tattoo artist and he taught me how tattooing. my first tattoo was drawn on a banana.
i was really excited and nervous while i was tattooing a real body for the first time.
i really realized how hard it was.
In January 2013 i quit my job and i started to tattoo as a hobby. but now it’s my job.
now i am working at my home office studio and living with my 2 dogs. i only draw my own designs. i never do the same tattoo again. unfortunately sometimes i saw my same drawings on the internet and some tattoo artists says that these are their own designs and tattooing exactly the same copy. this is really making me sad cause i believe that all of us should be unique.
As i am graduated from graphics designs, my drawings are became more graphical, minimal and geometric and people loved it.
People from Spain, Austria, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, Costa Rica and Australia came for my tattoos and more of them are asking me to tattoo them. I want to thank them all, they are making me happy.
I am sure that many years ago if i told my family to be a tattoo artist, they would be against me. But now they support me and showing my drawings to their friends.
I think being a tattoo artist was my best decision so far. I really love my job.
People leaving my studio happily. They are sending me thank you messages and inviting me.
I have really good memories like poetic e-mails, very long mails like a novel and etc. it’s really funny to read them.
My future plan is to travel more, to meet with new people and continue my career at a foreign country.
Born in 1981 Emrah Ozhan is a multidiscipline artist. Emrah’s eduction started with Fine Arts High School in Eskisehir and continued with Graphic Design at Mimar Sinan Fine Art University in Istanbul. He started tattooing his first year in college (2000). In early 2000’s he started his professional career as a tattoo artist at Sacred Ink Tattoo, Taksim, Istanbul. In 2010 he became partner and resident artist at Lucky Hands Tattoo Parlor. After a 3 year experience, he opened his first studio in Moda, Istanbul : Dramatik Tattoo.
Emrah moved to Brooklyn, USA in 2017 and started working as a resident artist at Gristle Tattoo.
His tattoo style being geometric and abstract, his particularity is fine line and dot work. Emrah’s multidisciplinary art education gives him the ability to create unique and well thought compositions.
My education at Gazi University, Faculty of Education, Art Major, 2007 was focused on teaching art, where enrollment was through special talent examination. Specialized at basic concepts of art and teaching while carrying out qualified research on main art majors. Subjects included painting, graphic, sculpture, ceramics, textile and design including industrial design.
I started tattooing 6 years ago in Ankara, opened my Studio there but moved to Istanbul in 2015 and opened a new Studio.
In 2016 i came to New York for a guest-spot at Bang Bang Tattoos, after this experience i took the step to move here to join this wonderful family as a Resident artist. Now i’m here and very happy about this new chapter in my life and being surrounded by amazing artists!
It’s a passion for me to fit in dreams, memories of people into the miniature scenery tattoos.
My childhood dreams are the biggest inspirations for my designs.
I’m a big lover of children books and their illustrations.
Brücius von Xylander is a world-renowned tattoo artist, known for his distinctive custom linework and fine blackwork. He specializes in natural, scientific, and medieval illustration, as well as tattoos in an etching and engraving style. Since 2009, Brücius has tattooed non stop! He worked as a fine artist for over 30 years, pursuing drafting, graphic design, oil painting and architecture. He studied Fine Art at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Among his awards and distinctions, Brücius won First Prize at Biennale International Tattoo in 2015, and was named one of form.ink’s Top 10 tattoo artists in the Bay Area and best tattoo artist in San Francisco for blackwork on Yelp. In 2017 Black Serum will be opening in San Francisco.
Frank Carrilho is a Brazilian-born artist living and working in Portugal. He names his art style, “Chaotic Blackwork.” It draws influence from comic-book storyboards and various great tattoo artists such as Kelly Violence, Róbert a Borbás, Scott Move, Fredão Oliveira, and Felipe Rodrigues Ferod. The real starting point of this style happened when a client asked him to draw a shark in the hatching technique; “It was scheduled for the next day … but I was too tired and couldn’t finish the design and decided to post the unfinished work on Instagram, and to my surprise, the client liked how it was and decided to get it done like that. After that, boom. I realized that people liked that style and since I had total freedom with my lines … no rules … I didn’t stop anymore!”