Gettin’ Inked: 20 of the World’s Most Famous Tattoo Parlors

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 1:46am by admin

Before you decide to stroll into any old tattoo shop to get inked this year, do a little research on the studio and artists you’re about to trust with a needle and your quivering skin. If you’ve got the budget to splurge on a celebrity artist whose business is to create award-winning, unique designs while keeping a clean, safe shop, take a look at this list of 20 of the world’s most famous tattoo parlors, from Japan to the Sunset Strip.

True Legends

The following tattoo parlors have been operated by some of the most talented and inspirational pioneers in the industry. If you want to get inked by a true legend, check out these famous shops.

  1. Bert Grimm’s World Famous Tattoo Shop: TattooArchive.com reports that for over 70 years, "Bert Grimm was a fixture in the tattoo world." Originally from Oregon, Grimm traveled to shops all over the U.S. and eventually settled in Long Beach, CA, when he opened the World Famous Tattoo Shop, "the oldest continuously operated tattoo parlor in the continental United States." The shop was sold in 2004, but the Grimm legacy lives on in Shaw’ Tattoo Parlor in Houston, TX, which is still operated by the descendants of Bert Grimm’s nephew.
  2. All or Nothing Tattoo: Award-winning artist Brandon Bond started out working at tattoo parlors all over the U.S., but he can currently be found at the All or Nothing Tattoo Shop in Atlanta, GA. Recognized around the world for his colorful, precise and innovative designs, Bond is also the owner of Strangehold Publications, has tattooed rappers Nas and Kellis, made an appearance on TLC’s LA Ink and has "artwork…featured in over 500 international tattoo arts publications," according to the shop’s website.
  3. Tattoo Lou’s: Long Island, NY’s legendary Tattoo Lou’s celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The original Tattoo Lou Rubino opened the studio in Queens, NY, but eventually moved out to Long Island. His son, Lou, Jr., helps run the shop today, along with experienced, award-winning artists like Irish Jay and Erick Alayon.
  4. Gill Montie’s World Famous Tattoo Mania: Gill Montie’s Tattoo Mania now sits on a street in the small town of Beaumont, TX, near the Texas-Louisiana border. Back in the 1980s and 90s, however, Gill Montie was a fixture on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, where he tattooed celebrities and founded the InkSlingers Ball, a popular tattoo and body art convention. Even though Tattoo Mania is no longer a part of Hollywood’s crazy nightlife scene, the shop is still committed to creating quality designs for their loyal customers.
  5. Lowrider Tattoo: The website for Jose Lopez’s Lowrider Tattoo is a modest, humble tribute to its founding artist, a Mexican immigrant, who, despite being wheelchair-bound, has become one of the most lauded tattoo artists in the nation. Located in Fountain Valley, CA, Lopez now works with four other artists in his shop and is about to open a second studio in Riverside, CA. In addition to tattoos, Lopez also creates oil paintings and is considering designing a clothing line.

International Stars

From Japan to Paris to Malta, these artists are famous in the industry for creating unique designs and giving visitors an authentic experience of local genius.

  1. Horiyoshi III: In 2005, Time Magazine’s Best of Asia issue named Horiyoshi III the best tattoo parlor and artist in the Orient. An apprentice to "the legendary tattoo artist Yoshitsugu Muramatsu," Horiyoshi III sets up shop in Yokohama, Japan, where he inks his customers with traditional designs like "peonies, koi, tenyo (she-angels) and the like." Before you line up at the door for one of these exclusive tattoos, get ready to open up your wallet. Time reports that full body tattoos can cost as much as $20,000.
  2. Tattoo Peter: Stop in for a visit at Amsterdam’s famous Tattoo Peter for a souvenir of your rebellious vacation. The historic shop is owned by Eddy Wertwijn, who dedicates his designs to Pier de Haan, the man who founded the tattoo parlor after leaving the Navy in the 1940s. Classic tattoos from Tattoo Peter include tributes to the days when sailors populated the shop, looking for designs of ships, anchors and pinup girls.
  3. Triple 7 Tattoo: Though a native of Holland, Tommie 777 has traveled to Brazil, Argentina, Amsterdam, Great Britain and Germany to perfect his famous tattoo artistry. The Triple Seven Tattoo Shop is located in Ahaus, Germany, near the German-Netherlands border, but according to the company’s website, Tommie is currently "splitting his time hammering ink into skin between Great Britain, Holland and Germany, doing all sorts of guest work in various shops."
  4. The Tat Shack: If you happen to be in Malta during your next vacation, stop in at the Tat Shack to check out the latest designs from international award-winning artists Deano and Ghiller. Like most of us, however, you’re probably stranded on the mainland and will have to settle for browsing through their website to see the featured tattoo of the month, buy custom merchandise and more.
  5. Kustom Tattoo: Paris is arguably no longer the European center for vagrants and starving artists, but the alternative lifestyle is still welcomed in the French capital. Specifically speaking, Kustom Tattoo on the Avenue de la Republique is an intense but professional tattoo parlor that has been recognized in publications like Tattoo magazine and Tatouage.

Celebrity Shops

Celebrity is no stranger to these tattoo parlors, whether it’s because of a cable TV deal, award-winning staff or a high-profile clientele.

  1. Hart and Huntington: Hart and Huntington’s tattoo studios were famous even before they were featured on A&E’s reality show Inked. Shops in Hawaii, Cabo, Orlando and Las Vegas attract tattoo enthusiasts from all over the country, who are dying to get tatted up by Carey, Jenn and the rest of the crew. If you’re a fan of the show but want a less permanent souvenir of the series, check out H&H’s online store, where you can find T-shirts, hoodies, shot glasses and other memorabilia.
  2. High Voltage Tattoo: TLC’s LA Ink has introduced the rest of the world into the wild and crazy world of the Los Angeles tattoo industry. Unique, upbeat cast members like Kat Von D, who boasts nearly half a million MySpace friends and followers, let the world watch while they ink all kinds of clients, including celebrities. During filming of the show, however, the shop is open during very limited times, so check out their website before you go.
  3. Miami Ink: Before there was LA Ink, there was Miami Ink, also known as 305 Ink. Kat Von D’s appearance on TLC’s reality show started out in Miami, before she headed out West and took the camera crews with her. Miami Ink owners Chris Nunez and Ami James also own the Love Hate Lounge in South Beach.
  4. Shanghai Kate’s: In upstate New York, Shanghai Kate’s welcomes anyone from Howard Stern to Pearl Jam. Featured on NPR, in Inked Magazine, and at the NYC Tattoo Convention, Kate Hellenbrand is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the late tattoo artist Norman Keith Collins, or Sailor Jerry. Kate sells souvenirs, cards, stencils and other commemorative items, all designed by Sailor Jerry, on her online store.
  5. Rising Dragon: New York city’s famed Rising Dragon tattoo parlor features world-famous artists who specialize in intricate designs like classical Asian-centric creations and large scale underwater seascapes. Visitors should also check out the shop’s staff of permanent "guest" artists like Horisei from Yokohoama, Japan and Su Houston.
  6. Mark Mahoney’s Shamrock Social Club: Named one of Citysearch’s Best Tattoo Parlors in Los Angeles, the Shamrock Social Club sits on Sunset Blvd. and was featured on A&E’s 2006 series of Inked. Artists like Mark Mahoney, Danny Romo and Andrew Farmsley contribute to the laid back atmosphere and attract celebrities like Britney Spears and Fred Durst.

Under-the-Radar Parlors

Just because a tattoo parlor isn’t featured on a hit TV show doesn’t mean it doesn’t produce quality work. From Houston, TX, to Detroit, MI, these shops fly under the radar of the general public but are still must-visit shops for any tattoo fanatic.

  1. Bob Tyrell’s Night Gallery: Detroit native Boy Tyrell has been featured in publications like Tattoo Society, Skin & Ink, and other tattoo-related publications in the U.S. and abroad. After working at Eternal Tattoos in Detroit, Tyrell opened up Night Gallery and travels to conventions and events all over the U.S. and in Mexico.
  2. Sunset Strip Tattoo: Hollywood’s Sunset Strip Tattoo is a Los Angeles staple, like washed-out celebrities and beachwear as streetwear. Artists Bill, Dave, Greg, Mike, Paul and Rob are discreetly featured on the company’s website, letting select images describe their designs and experience for them. E-mail any artist for more information.
  3. Johnny Jackson’s World Famous Texas Body Art Tattoo Studio: From the grotesque to the historic, Johnny Jackson and his team of artists create all kinds of portraits and impressions for their customers. The tattoo shop is located in Houston, TX, where tattoo and piercing model Mizuz Inkaholik welcomes customers as they wait for sessions with award-winning artists, including guest artists like Doctorlind from Denmark, Lenny Renkin, Darrin White and more. The shop typically has a three week waiting period, so go ahead and book now.
  4. Apocalypse Tattoo: Seattle’s Apocalypse Tattoo is a popular destination for those looking to get tatted up, but it has so far remained relatively low key. Walk-ins are still welcome, and despite the award-winning team of artists, the shop puts the customers first, making sure "that you will find the perfect design for your tattoo."


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  1. If you’re looking for a famous Laser tattoo removal shop in Los Angeles, look no further than Tattoo MD in West LA!

    Comment by Tattoo MD — January 9, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

  2. Bert Grimm’s is now owned and operated by Kari Barba, a huge name in the Tattoo circuit. The shop keeps it’s original look and Barba has even maintained the tattoo museum portion of the shop out of respect for Mr. Grimm’s legacy. Last time I checked, even though the shop is called Outer Limits, the Bert Grimm’s signage is still in the window.

    Comment by Dave C. — January 9, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

  3. Also Mr. Tung’s Tattoo shop in Bangkok thailand. Its in what we call “crack alley” next to Ko-Sann Road. A dingy little alley with a lot of bulk jewelry stores.
    He is very nice, and so is his wife. Never ever does the same tattoo twice and has very original style. Someone recommended it to me with a beautiful piece and I was not disappointed.

    Comment by Jessica — January 10, 2008 @ 12:34 am

  4. One shop that should make your list is Independent Tattoo in Selbyville, Delaware. Resident artists are Matthew Amey, Jay Cooper, Tres Denk, and Todd “Noble” Holloway…

    Comment by Johnny — January 24, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

  5. Yeah Mr Tung in Bangkok is amazing. His work is so original and so perfect. I hav one big piece (shoulder blade, shoulder and arm – left side) and i’m so happy with his work !
    And they are very nice !
    Kenavo

    Comment by chouchen — October 12, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  6. Hart and Huntington in Waikiki isn’t all that great. Look into a place called Tattoo-Licious in Waikiki. They do awesome work. I scouted and researched tattoos shops in Waikiki prior to going on vacation there and found Tattoo-Licious was very well recommended. I got my custom tattoo done there and it turned out GREAT! Micah did an outstanding job!! Nothing but compliments back in Houston from friends, fam, and other artists. All the staff at Tattoo-Licious are great and I will be returning to have more work done there.

    Comment by Paul D. — October 17, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

  7. do mr tung in bangkok got a website or something that i can refer to? thks.

    Comment by jerry.t — October 24, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

  8. Hello. I have trying to obtain the Name of the Tattoo Firm in NYC that recently completed a very fine Tatto on the BACK of a NYC Medical Center Doctor a Heart Surgeon this was on television recently if you know anything regarding this matter please e- mail memost interested. Thank you in advance. Sincerely, J.Christopher McCague & Son 12/23/2008

    Comment by Joel C, McCague — December 24, 2008 @ 12:22 am

  9. Joel, the artist Hooked: Tattoos Head to Toe. MSNBC

    Comment by David — December 30, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  10. Joel, Paul Booth is the artist who tattooed the surgeon you mentioned on your post. The show in which Paul and the surgeon were featured on is called “Hooked: Tattoos Head to Toe” on MSNBC. Paul Booth works at his studio, “Last Rights Tattoo Theater”, in NYC.

    Hope that helps.

    David

    Comment by David — December 30, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

  11. I gotta say Mr. Tung at Angel art Tattoo in Bangkok does some of the most stunning and original pieces I’ve see. He’s got quite a distinctive style, so much so that I have been able to spot his work on bodies of people whom I did not know! Amazing guy, though his english maybe be somewhat limited his talent is not. Also he himself only has 2 tiny tattoos, which for me is a 1st, being tattooed semi freehand by someone with so little ink themselves.

    Comment by Joe — May 12, 2009 @ 2:58 am

  12. Jose Lopez..Lowrider tattoo..by far the greatest artist that is among the many today. You will not find any thing of his caliber, even in the most well visted, and respected shops. I for one, wish that his amazing work didn’t become so well known, because it is very hard to get an appointment with him these days. the man is booked beyond booked, and for good reason. I refuse to have any ink done by any other artist than him. There is not a day that goes by where I am not stopped and admired for the black and white on my arm that is still work in progress. I am dying to get it done, but will wait 10 more years if i have to.. truly an amazing artist. Much love and respect to THE LOWRIDER FAMILIA!!
    CHINA

    Comment by Sara la China — May 29, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

  13. i just wonted to show off to the world and the world to recognize a new up coming tattoo artist juan nunez from nunez tattoo in richmond cal. that will one day be one of the best tattoo artist like the shops are seen on the list.juan nunez is a self tought tattoo artist that oppend his on shop when he was 18 in june 2000 .and was very inspierd by all these shops growing up he can be seen on youtube and my space.and has be working on a lot off new artwork that will be dispayed soon.he did all my tattoos and hope to start to travel to go to a lot of shows this year thank you

    Comment by david — June 22, 2009 @ 2:29 am

  14. Seems like a lot of incredible artists and shops are missing here. What about The Leu Family Iron in Lausanne Switzerland? Great and dedicated artists, absolutely down to earth, multi lingual, and just plain cool. Not to mention world renowned. ..or that when you walk in they chat you up with a cup of hot tea.

    Comment by Why Bloc — June 25, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

  15. hi

    I’m in Thailand right now and would love to visit mr.Tung for my tattoo.. I couldn’t find his place last time I was in Khao San, so any good instructions on how to find him?(I asked a local and she took me to mr.ton :D )
    Also I’d like to know how much it’d probably cost me to get a tattoo on my foot.. I’m thinking something to cover the top of my foot.

    thanks for any answers!

    Comment by kat — July 5, 2009 @ 9:26 am

  16. Jimmy Wong in Bangkok is another – less celebrated – tat master who needs to be given his due. He is a fine craftsman and surely one of the best tattoo artists around.

    Comment by Sav — July 11, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

  17. Mr. Tung
    ist einer der besten Freehandtattowierer, man bekommt nicht irgend ein Tattoo, sondern man bekommt ein Original, wird man von Ihm gestochen, möchte man immer mehr von seiner Arbeit auf der Haut haben, seine Arbeit ist unverwechselbar, Top Arbeiten und Top Tattowier!!

    is one of the famous freehand tatooartist in Thailand, you don’t get only a tatoo, you get a original freehand tatoo, his work is distinctively and his work is realy absolute top
    Great Artist!

    Comment by chen — July 30, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

  18. Billy Jack’s Tattoos in Bristol, TN is widely known in Southwest Va and Northeast Tn. Billy Jack is an old school artist with amazing talent. He has been tattooing for 24 years and counting and has been featured in Flash, Tabu, Inked, and many other tattoo magizines. He has had alot of local publicity in town through the newspaper and television. He has tattooed people from all over the world. he was trained under R.C. Foster of R.C.’s tattoos in Statesville, Nc. and R.c. was trained under the famous Bill Clayton. In the shop you will see flash that has been handed down from each generation of tattoo artist. If you ever visit the small country town try to stop by. http://www.billyjackstattoos.com

    Comment by Amanda Trivett — August 5, 2009 @ 4:52 am

  19. Any recommendations in the San Francisco area?

    Comment by Steve — September 19, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

  20. Best tattoo artist in Turkey Emrah (owner of Red Cat Tattoo Factory http://www.redcattattoo.com )

    Comment by sergen irmak — October 25, 2009 @ 8:50 am

  21. !! in the top 20 no mister cartoon ? he should by number 1 you people are tripping he is the best, lowrider tattoo is a bunch of artist who are all cartoon wannabes, only jack rudy can hang with cartoon.

    Comment by Bob — November 10, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

  22. Which is the best tattoo parlour in LOndon,United Kingdom?Can any body plz answer my question?Help me please!!!
    I wanna tattoo my half of the body!…lol
    Does anybody know that?

    Please mail me @
    saurav.lmsl01@gmail.com

    Comment by saurav lamsal — November 12, 2009 @ 3:57 am

  23. I want to know mr tungs address or email id or contact no…any one can tell me

    Comment by Raghav Chowdhry — December 20, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

  24. mr tung does not have a website as most of his work is word of mouth,his shop is called angel art and if you are in the middle of koh san rd facing the temple running parallel to the koh san road is another st and thats where you will find him.

    Comment by mark — January 12, 2010 @ 8:58 am

  25. Yeah Ive got to recommend Mr Tung as well, fantastic and completely original art work, find him and take a look through the 100′s of pictures in the photo albumns of tattoo’s he has done, every one fantastic.
    Even though every tatoo he does is orginal you can’t go to him with a picture, what you do is describe to him the general feel and elements you want in a tattoo, he then draws it on your body in his style.
    Totally recommend this guy, a real experience, and like someone else said you will recognise his style, ive seen his tattoo’s on models in magazines and random people all other the world in my travels.

    Comment by Mark Bee — January 14, 2010 @ 11:07 am

  26. best london tattooist is on primorse hill xxxx

    Comment by marilyn — January 18, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  27. I got a tattoo on my left side and my buddy got a shoulder piece in may 2004 by Mr. Tung. He is a amazing talented artist who free-hands it all. The ink he uses is quality also. I hope to get another this April when I go back. This is his website http://www.thaitattoo-angelart.com

    Comment by Michael N. — January 19, 2010 @ 6:13 am

  28. I don’t possess a tatoo currently (52) but want to get one. I am planning a 2 week visit to Italy at the end of May and would like to get it there if possible. I would LOVE to get it done by a know guy and am willing to pay what it would take. It just sounds cool to me…have my first tatoo done in Italy by blau blau, a world renown tatoo artist…what-do-ya-think…a tad crazy maybe?

    How would I go about finding places/people?

    Thanks!

    Comment by rick brown — February 8, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

  29. brandon bond is a drud feind,,,Johnny Jackson is a meth head and cant tattoo… the best artist listed is listed as under the radar,, mr bob tyrell

    Comment by ha haa — February 10, 2010 @ 5:20 am

  30. I have a tat by Jimmy Wong, tried calling on his card but cannot get thru, heard he retired. Anyone heard any news on Jimmy? Just incase, where in BKK can I find Mr Tung?

    Comment by Maria — February 10, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

  31. How about talent in the DC area?

    Comment by happy buddha — February 24, 2010 @ 10:57 am

  32. ART JUNKIES TATTOO, VICTORVILLE, CA. GREATEST ARTIST IN THE WORLD

    Comment by THE MOMMA — February 27, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

  33. Tattooist are a dime a dozen. Tattoo Artist are more of a rare thing. The quality varies greatly. Personality even more so.
    I find the best artist in the industry are the more humble ones. Take my buddy Dimitri from France. Real stand up guy. Pleasure to be around. Or Damm Nice from NYC, another amazing person and artist. I could go on and on as these are the type of artist that survive the storm…
    They have compassion for their subjects. And it is proven in their work time and time again…

    Educate yourselves and learn the difference between a tattooist and a tattoo artist.

    Hermes G.

    Comment by Hermes Giancarlo — March 10, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

  34. Anthem tattoo in gainesville florida. awesome old school, under the radar shop. Ole dirty rob is awesome with classic lettering

    Comment by bobby wayne — April 18, 2010 @ 9:41 am

  35. chech out all juan nunez tattoo and art work @ nuneztattoo.com
    or http://www.myspace.com/nuneztattooing

    Comment by nunez tattooing /juan nunez — May 2, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

  36. Can anyone suggest who would be a good artist to get some work from in Maui, Hawaii the big island or Las Legas. Im looking for a custom back piece and will be there in August this year.
    Thanks

    Comment by Zander — June 22, 2010 @ 11:53 am

  37. Ive known tung and nung now for 7 years , my body has all his work ,no one else has touched my skin , hes a true artist with a distinct style. mr tungs favourite saying is YOUR CONCEPT /MY DESIGN. he also quotes NO PAIN NO GAIN .
    HE always says goodbye with SHANTI SHANTI. for all you guys that need to find him in bangkok , hes off khoasan rd and hang a right at the english pub till you get to the laneway and turn right. not open mondays . shanti shanti .

    Comment by phil staley — July 6, 2010 @ 8:21 am

  38. Going to thailand in few months…who is better…Mr Jimmy Wong or Mr Tung ??

    Comment by Raghav Chowdhry — July 9, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

  39. Just came back from bangkok and indeed Mr. Tung is one remarkable teacher. He does not simply do the art but purely with essence and objective in mind. Very humble person togtehr with his wife Nong. Iam a believer!

    Comment by anton — August 3, 2010 @ 6:55 am

  40. i will be in los vegas in october of this year and i am looking for a great tattoo artist could anyone please recomend one thanks

    Comment by donna — August 15, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

  41. I have to also vouch for Mr. Tung, Bangkok, Thailand. The man is very talented, ORIGINAL, and incredibly adept at his craft. Tattooing is his life, and you can tell that he lives and breathes it. Each design is carefully thought out by him, according to the anatomy of your body and your concept, and his work flows in ways I’ve never seen, even in all my time growing up in NYC, surrounded by endless tattooing. I highly recommend him.

    Comment by Nic — August 20, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

  42. Another mention for under the radar tattoo shops is a little known place in Newfield NJ that goes by the name Dynasty Tattoo with a solid core of artists owned and operated by Randi Polillo who in my mind is better then most others you have listed here. They are humble and modest but hard working kick ass artists!

    Comment by Johnny Tuckerton — August 31, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

  43. Can anyone suggest a tattoo artist in France preferably Paris?

    Comment by Mel — December 7, 2010 @ 3:52 am

  44. heading to vegas soon and would like to get some work done. ive got a few old school/ traditional style tattoos and would like to keep with this theme. does anyone have any recommendations for vegas??? thanks!!! :)

    Comment by ellie — December 23, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

  45. Headed to New York City and I need to get a cover up. Anyone specialize in that matter? I am looking to get a “Street Art” style as the cover up.
    Thanks in advance.

    Comment by Mel Taylor — January 1, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

  46. 1929 percy waters tattoo machine great condition first come first serve

    Comment by Brad anson — January 11, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

  47. Out of this list you fail to mention Tahiti Felix’s Master Tattoo in downtown San Diego. It’s been there since 1949 under the same family. They have a museum and wow a beautiful shop with a ton of original tattoo flash from the 30′s thru the 60′s I have ever seen in one room! Def worth a look see for any inspiring tattoo artist or enthusisast!

    Comment by Stan Beecraft — January 24, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

  48. I think you left out one of the most important tattoo artists: Henk Schiffmacher, a.k.a. Henky Panky, in Amsterdam. He has mastered many different methods of tattooing, has tattooed people from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kurt Cobain to Pearl Jam. He is one of the most colorful artists, designers and writers in the world.

    Comment by Ronny — February 4, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

  49. ARIC TAYLOR…” Dark Horse”…ART JUNKIES TATTOO,HESPERIA,CA.
    This artist puts your thoughts,pictures,portraits,dreams,nightmares on your skin..
    Greatest artist in the world…
    much love and respect…

    Comment by the momma — April 24, 2011 @ 4:23 am

  50. Why is it there are 1000′s of tattoo parlors in Thailand but yet its so had to find the best ones…..I mean you do a search on google of top 10 artists and you get a load of crap. Does anyone know how to find the best ones that are internationally know and where to find them. You only need to buy a tattoo mag in other countries and there they are!! So people are saying Mr Tung or Jimmy Wong….surely there must be more and how do you find them??

    Comment by Mick — May 12, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  51. How about the best of San Francisco? Any suggestions???

    Comment by EAAW — June 17, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

  52. Tattoo Lou’s is definitely the best on Long Island. Their artists are so talented, and their shops are the cleanest you’ll find! Visit their website at tattoolous.com!

    Comment by Lynn — July 6, 2011 @ 12:47 am

  53. Also ck out Award winning tattoos and paintings by Steve’O @ somethingwickedtattoo.com RosEVILle Ca.

    Comment by RosEVILle Ink — July 6, 2011 @ 12:59 am

  54. thanks for all article. it is very helpfull

    Comment by muhammad — July 6, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  55. Any suggestions in the Northeast. I’m 2 hr’s north of Boston.

    Comment by CoryG — July 21, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

  56. Don’t forget Peninsula Rose tattoo, home to Thomas Pendelton, Jake Mello, Alex Acosta and Eric Walsh. Thomas does some of the most beautiful artwork I’ve ever seen, definitely deserves to be on this list.

    Comment by CDub — August 16, 2011 @ 5:07 am

  57. oh yeah Peninsula Rose Tattoo is in Silverdale, WA

    Comment by CDub — August 16, 2011 @ 5:08 am

  58. Hands down Kore Flatmo! He is a true artist.

    Comment by Big Roy — August 17, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

  59. Nick Baxter, Nate Beavers, Jeff Gogue, Josh Woods, Juan Salgado, Boris, Henrik, Carlos Torres, Steve Soto, Stefano, Simon & Volko, Luca Natalini,Shige, Josh Carlton, Ryan Dearringer, Aaron Cain, Guy Atchison,David Newman-Stump, Ryan Hadley, Dmitriy Samohin, Bugs, Tim & James Kern, Steve Moore, Turk, Manu, Terry Ribera, Victor Portugal, Robert Hernandez, Big Gus, Shane O’neil, Check out these artist!

    Comment by JW — August 23, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

  60. Allornothing tattoo shop does not deserve to be on the list of “True Legends”

    Comment by Kris — September 19, 2011 @ 3:06 am

  61. Does anyone know the name of french tattooist in USA whos work is a bit abstract, Piccaso like?

    Comment by Mr P — September 30, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

  62. @mr p
    yann black – yourmeatismine.com

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