Swallows & Daggers: 15 Tattooers to watch

I was asked to contribute my list of 5 tattooers to watch NOW for an article Swallows & Daggers.  They asked 7 of us to contribute check out the article below!

– Nicki

Reblogged from: www.swallowsndaggers.com

This year has been a great one for tattooing. Lots of new artists have come on our radar and hopefully that continues to happen. I reached out to some great bloggers/journalists and asked that they each put together a list of 5 tattooers they feel will be a big deal, and put together my own list too. Thanks to everyone who helped out on the lists and all the great tattooers featured. Please note Ben Lakin (Nine Mag) chose to only feature UK Artists and Marisa Kakoulas (Needles&Sins) chose to only feature female artists!

Nicki Kaspers List (Tattoo Artist Magazine) (@tattooartistmagazine)

Justin Hartman Tattoo

 Justin Hartman (@justinhartmanart) (Urban Art)

Greggletron Tattoo

Greg Whitehead aka Greggletron (@greggletron) (Scapegoat Tattoo)

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Dillon Forte (@dillonforte) (Sri Yantra Tattoo)

Tony Klett Tattoo

Tony Klett (@tek9ine) (Urban Art)

Seunghyun Jo Tattoo

Seunghyun Jo (@seunghyunjotattoos) (FY Ink)

James Trans List (Visual Amor) (@visualamor)

Jenna Bouma Tattoo

Jenna B (@slowerblack) (OTR)
Pushing the limits of stick and poke tattoos with a very impressive travel schedule. Jenna makes powerful tattoos that make you question if they were hand poked or applied by a machine.

Chong Tramonta Tattoo

Chong Tramonta (@chongtramonta) (Three Jewels Tattoo) 
A humble artist whose dynamic illustration and tattooing is going to sky rocket, especially now since he is relocating to San Diego to hone his skills with Bill Canales at Full Circle Tattoo. DEFINITELY an artist to look out for.

Robert Ruiz Tattoo

Robert Ruiz (@robertdevxruiz) (Sun City Tattoo)
Far More accomplished than his years in tattooing would lead you to believe.
Robert has already made a name for himself in the south west and is holding it down for El Paso Texas. He is only going to get better as time goes on.

Raymond Wallace Tattoo

Raymond Wallace (@flawless_wallace) (Sideshow Tattoo)
Ray Wallace has developed his own unique personal style drawing from his background in traditional balinese painting and contemporary tattooing. You can spot his tattoos and flash from a mile away.

Micah Caudle Tattoo

Micah Caudle (@micahcaudle) (Flying Panther Tattoo)
A tattooers tattooer with no frills or bullshit, just amazing tattoos in many styles. Also an amazing machine builder that has paid his dues and deserves more recognition.

Samuel Blackmans List (Eagle, Dagger, Rose, Panther)

Amelia Martin Tattoo

Amelia Martin (@ameliamartin) (Rise Above Tattoo)
Working at Rise Above Classic Tattooing Buffalo NY, Amelia is a first year tattooist (again according to Instagram..) yet her solid line work and bold tattoos surpass peers who have been tattooing much longer than her. Really excited to see more from this artist in the future.

Charley Gerardin Tattoo

Charley Gerardin (@charley_gerardin_3rdeye) (3rd Eye Tattoo)
Tattooist at Third Eye Tattoo Melbourne, Charley’s girl heads are a particular favourite of mine. if you aren’t familiar with Charley’s work already then that should be the first thing you do now.

Chris Lambert Tattoo

Chris Lambert (@chrislamberttattoo) (Black Crown Tattoo)
Based at Black Crown in Leeds whilst also working once a month with Horikitsune in London. I have been fortunate enough on several occasions to be tattooed there. Chris’s work ethic is as solid as his tattoos, his simple palette of colours and bold line work give his traditional tattoos real authenticity.

Dave Voegeli Tattoo

Dave Voegelli (@davevoegeli) (Ancient Art Tattoo)
Currently located at Ancient Art Tattoo in Virginia Beach VA, Dave’s been tattooing since 1998, whilst more of an established artist than some of the others I’ve listed here I feel like more people need to know about Dave Voegeli, his tattoos are clean and above all badass!

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