I’m a huge fan of tattoos. In the early days of the internet one of the most frustrating things was trying to find a good source of quality tattoo pics. The same pics showed up on every site and tattoo artists didn’t frequently updated their websites. The reality is the top artists don’t have time to upload images to their websites because they’re so busy actually tattooing. Another reason is that these artists don’t need to advertise their work on their websites trying to get more business, the best artists are already booked up for months to come.
And then there was instagram. Instagram was the best thing to happen for fans of tattoo pics. Now artists can take 2 seconds to snap a pic of their latest artwork and share it with the world. It’s amazing how many ridiculously artists there are all around the world, and the level that tattoos are at these days. I decided to put together a list of 40 tattoo artists that are on a level above the rest, if you’re not following these artists you’re nuts.
So here they are, 40 awesome tattoo artist instagram feeds to follow (in no special order), some of the images below are videos, make sure to click play to check them out! If you have a favorite artist that I missed post the link in the comments section..
Totally unique style that looks almost like a painting on your body.
I love black and grey tattoos and victorportugal is among the best.
Unreal compositions and painting level quality!
Great texture and highlighting really make these tattoos pop.
If you’re looking for new school vibrant tattoos look no further than romantattoos.
Color or black and grey, davepaulo_tattooartist has it covered.
Nice composition and textures.
Breathtaking watercolor looking tattoos.
More watercolor looking tattoos and amazing compositions.
Japanese style tattoos are some of my favorites and jessyentattoo does them better than anyone.
Composition is so important, and jacobcrookedmoon nails it everytime.
The breaking glass effect that sambarbertattoo has on a few tattoos is unique and brings sick dimension.
Josh has a highly dimensional unique flowing female head look that he tattoos a lot.
Doesn’t get much better than these painting quality tattoos by gabrielink_art.
Awesome black and grey style. Check out the video on the right.
Want an animal tattoo? Alexbruz will make it pop right off your skin!
Ridiculous texture in the black and greys by anam.
Like clowns? Like girls? Mackotattoo is the best in the industry at this style of clown-girl tattoos.
Dimension much? Check out the video on the right.
Out of Birmingham Glen Preece has some of the best composition and application in the industry.
Out of Japan, tattoo artist Nissaco is known for his unique and bold geometric style of tattoos.
I’m always excited when a new piece from da_ink pops up in my feed, I know it’ll be solid.
You wanted texture?
Pete’s work is some of the best, I’m lucky enough to have a piece (that’s my leg on the right).
If you’re into tattoos so bright they look like stickers don’t miss pochtattoos.
Huge solid black and greys are no problem for niconegron.
Carl Grace is known for his huge amazing freehand tattoos.
If you haven’t noticed I love black and grey tattoos, and carlostorresart is up there with the best.
Not a huge fan of traditional tats myself, but give respect where it’s due. Myke Chambers deserves his spot on this list. Play the video on the right if you’re into traditional.
Solid dark texture.
Another artist so good the tats almost look like they were painted on, unreal.
Need a huge black and grey piece? Steve’s got ya.
Amazing black and grey shading from stevesototattoo.
Check out the video on the right, pops off the skin it’s so good.
Amazing detail on the color tattoos by moni_marino_artist.
Awesome black and greys, check the video on the right.
You probably know him from his work covering crap tattoos on the tattoo nightmares show, his work is no joke.
Unreal quality in the tattoos by victormodafferi.
Crazy vibrant color tattoos by Jamie Schene.
In my opinion Nikko is in the top 5 of all tattoo artists. You might remember him from Miami Ink.
Bonus, one extra artist! Eric’s tattoo portfolio proves what a solid artist he is.
So there it is, 40(ish) amazing tattoo artists that you should be following unless you prefer to have a boring instagram feed. Have a favorite tattoo artist that I missed? Add the link below in the comments!