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United States of America’s Top Rate Tattoo Artists

With so many great tattoo artists in the U.S. it’s not easy weeding through the talented hoards to find the one you want. Here is our list of artists that you may want to consider for you next tattooing project, complete with a very brief description of the type of work they do. How did they make our list? First they had to be well known, famous tattooists who are well recognized in the tattoo industry. We looked for artist with at least 10 years of experience. Of those artists we chose those who have a solid portfolios with large, clear, professionally shot photos featuring their work. In their portfolios we specifically looked for 10 or more pieces that showed consistent quality. We judged their work based on expert line quality, shading and coloring. We also looked for positive recommendations, reviews and client testimonials. Style and subject matter is subjective and was not taken into account; however, we have avoided artists who work largely consist of the latest trendy designs. We’ve tried to limit this list mostly to artist who are not associated with reality tattoo shows or large online marketers. Without further ado and in no particular order, here is the Guns & Needles'  pick of America’s Top Rate Tattoo Artists.

• David Bolt

Super Fine Line Surrealism Fantasy    

Asheville, NC | Boca Raton, FL


• John Reardon

American Traditional

Brooklyn, NY


• Paul Booth

Realistic Horror and Gore

New York, NY


• Arron Cain

Bio-mechanical Surrealism

Cedar Ridge, CA


• Nick Baxter

Fine Line Surrealism

Austin, TX

• Jeremy Garrett

Fine Line Illustrative Comic Book Style Art

Seattle, WA | Brooklyn, NY


• Chris Dingwell

Illustrative Surreal Americana Fine Art

Portland, ME


• Stefano Alcantara

Photo Realist

New York, NY

If you are a tattoo artist and would like to be considered for future Guns & Needles articles or would like to recommend an outstanding tattoo artist that you would like to see featured please contact us with a link to their website.