Pop Punk Tattoos:

Pop punk is a genre that, like the title suggests, mixes pop and punk into one sound. Typically combining a fast tempo, often with a punk theme, along with pop-influenced melodies.

Won Jun at Colorfast Studios in Coral Springs, Florida. Neck Deep
Neck Deep Look on the bright side piece. Done by Won Jun at Colorfast Studios in Coral Springs, Florida.
Alex Rowntree Northern Glory Tattoo Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Blink 182
Blink 182 based off their newest album California. Done by Alex Rowntree at Northern Glory Tattoo in Newcastle ,UK.
Harriet Heath. American Football
American Football piece done by Harriet Heath.
MARAH Luxury Tattoo Baku. The Wonder Years
The wonder years bird and lyrics done by Marah at Luxury Tattoo in Baku.
Nat G ✖️Good Luck Tattoo - Melbourne paramore
Paramore piece done by Nat G at Good Luck Tattoo in Melbourne.

Some of the first big name pop punk bands include Green Day, Blink-182, and Sum 41.

Andy Sharik at Boundless Tattoo Co, pLAINFIELD, IL. Fall out boy
Fall Out Boy piece based on the song Chicago is so two years ago. Done by Andy Sharik at Boundless Tattoo Co, Plainfield, IL.
Jenna Hayes Tattooist @handanddagger , Belfast, N.Ireland Modern Baseball
What’s more pop punk than pizza? Modern Baseball tattoo. Done by Jenna Hayes at Hand and Dagger in Belfast, N.Ireland.
Mario at Lady Luck Tattoo in Tempe, AZ. Brand New
You are the blood in my veins Brand New piece. Done by Mario at Lady Luck Tattoo in Tempe, AZ.
Nate Stephens at Marion St. Tattoo and Gallery in Denver. this is for the snakes and the people they bite the front bottoms
The Front Bottoms. This is for the snakes and the people they bite. Done by Nate Stephens at Marion St. Tattoo and Gallery in Denver.

Newer pop punk (2015 onwards) also include some emo into the mix, particularly in the lyrics. Bands like this include Neck Deep, Modern Baseball, and The Wonder Years.

Bob McCarty Tattooer. AC Ink. Atlantic City. Neck Deep
Neck Deep piece inspired by their album life’s Not Out to Get You. Done by Bob McCarty at AC Ink. Atlantic City.
Jon FTW at traditional tattoo Brisbane. Brand New
Brand New inspired tattoo with lyrics and scythe. Done by Jon at Traditional Tattoo Brisbane.
Max Amos in the UK. Green Day
Green Day piece, taken off their album Nimrod. Done by Max Amos in the UK
Shannon Taber •Tattoo artist •Lucky Bird Tattoo Annapolis, MD New Found glory
New Found Glory script piece done by Shannon Taber at Lucky Bird Tattoo in Annapolis, MD.

Older pop punk tends to be more political, taking more influence from punk than pop, while newer pop punk tends to be a bit more on the poppy side, singing about relationships, broken hearts, and hanging out with your buddies.

Davey CXC XcouragecrewX A Stroke of Genius Tattoos Boca Raton, Florida Knuckle Puck
Knuckle Puck pine tree piece done by Davey at A Stroke of Genius Tattoos in Boca Raton.
Karl Cooper Mooseblood
Miserable Moose Blood tattoo. Done by Karl Cooper.
Miles Foxworthy Blink 182
I miss you… Blink 182 piece. Done by Miles Foxworthy.
Tyler at Black Lotus Tattoo AZ. Missing you by All Time Low
All Time Low thigh piece done by Tyler at Black Lotus Tattoo AZ.

Pop punk tattoos tend to be mainly in American and neo traditional styles, along with blackwork.

David at Glass Door Tattoos. The Story So Far
The Story So Far piece. Don’t paint me black when I used to be golden! Done by David at Glass Door Tattoos.
Kay Allday 🖤@Qual.Ali Full time tattooist at Studio 13 in Fort Wayne Indiana Modern Baseball
Here lies, he ran out of luck. Another Modern Baseball piece. Done by Kay Allday Studio 13 in Fort Wayne Indiana.
Myrah Oh. Tigers Jaw
Tigers Jaw piece done by Myrah Oh.
Tyson at 1st Amendment Tattoo in Temecula, CA. Modern Baseball
Another ran out of luck Modern Baseball banger. Done by Tyson at 1st Amendment Tattoo in Temecula, CA.

Winnipeg Artist 9: Dave Lao

Dave Lao is a black and grey artist working out of his private studio, Lone Wolf Studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Dark religious piece.
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Realistic Greek god/monster back piece.
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Crazy surf tattoo with shark.
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Centaur and flowers.
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Game of Thrones’ Daenerys.

Dave works in realism and sketch work styles. Much of his work is portraiture, such as characters from shows and movies, and lots of animals.

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Roman statue styled piece.
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Eyeball with a space theme.
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Beautiful elephant back piece.
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Angry polar bear.
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Virgin Mary portrait.

Dave has an impeccable attention to detail; with every line counting.

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Terrifying grim reaper.
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Greek/Roman surreal piece.
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Greek god Atlas.
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Portrait/ sketch work style lion.
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Surreal woman portrait and nature themed piece.

Most of his portfolio is made up of somewhat larger pieces, but he will also do smaller tattoos which are just as impressive.

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Nautical themed hand.
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Canadian army memorial piece.
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Realistic king piece.
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Small photo realistic swiss army knife.
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Gas mask and chopper.

Dave is a must see artist for black and grey work in Winnipeg.

Candle Tattoos:

Candles are often seen as a representation of religion or spirituality. They can also be paired with light and dark for contrast.

Jak Connolly Based in Bournemouth and Manchester
Brilliant hyper realistic candles coming out of fingers, with skull and woman portraits. Done by Jak Connolly Based in Bournemouth and Manchester.
Arlo DiCristina
Realistic black and grey candle coming out of the hand. Done by Arlo DiCristina.
Jason Call in Dallas, Texas
Large dotwork sternum candle lantern with roses and a moth. Done by Jason Call in Dallas, Texas.
Matt Adamson
Badass candlestick with moths and skull. Done by Matt Adamson at King’s Avenue in New York.
Teresa Sharpe
Spooky ghost and candle done by Teresa Sharpe at Unkindness Art in Richmond VA.

Candles can also represent honor, faith, love, wisdom, energy, and life.

Akos
Dripping black candle with spooky witch hand. Done by Akos at Adorned Empire.
Fraser Peek from Chatham, England
Death moth, rose, and lantern with candle. Done by Fraser Peek from Chatham, England.
John Mendoza
Neo traditional skull and candle with lots of gold. Done by John Mendoza in Mexico.
Pari Corbitt
Black candle dripping over a small skull. Done by Pari Corbitt.
Tine Deflore
Linework candle done by Tine Defiore at Black Oak Tattoo.

Candles are often accompanied by flowers, skulls, moths, and books.

Cedric Weber
American traditional candlestick with butterfly. Done by Cedric Weber.
Gara
Terrifying skull and candle done by Gara in South Korea.
Kaitlin Greenwood
Beautiful candle with pink roses done by Kaitlin Greenwood in Perth.
Ryan Mullins
Hyper realistic candle, book, and skull. Done by Ryan Mullins who works out of New York and New Jersey.
Ulysses Blair
Bright neck piece with roses and a lantern done by Ulysses Blair.

Candles dripping with wax can also be in remembrance of a deceased person.

Devx Ruiz
American traditional candlestick with dotwork crescent moon. Done by Devx Ruiz.
Hannah Flowers
Neo traditional female portrait with dripping candles. Done by Hannah Flowers.
Kevin O'Connell
Candle with lots of red. Done by Kevin O’Connell at With Love Tattoo in Brisbane, Australia.
Scott Move
Blackwork candle with lots of light! By Scott Move at Parliament Tattoo. London UK.
Xabier Barreiro at Black Poison Tattoo, Ourense, Spain.
Candle, skull, and book done by Xabier Barreiro at Black Poison Tattoo, Ourense, Spain.

When done as a tattoo, they are most often done as realism, neo traditional, or American traditional. Black and grey is also a popular option.

Emmanuel Mendoza
Another spooky witch hand with some bright neo traditional colours. Done by Emmanuel Mendoza.
Helena Darling HFX Tattoo in Halifax Nova Scotia
Bright purple candles done by Helena Darling at HFX Tattoo in Halifax Nova Scotia.
Kyle Cotterman
Realistic portrait mixing black and grey with colour, and geometric pieces. Done by Kyle Cotterman.
Sergey Vaskevich
Badass neck piece done by Sergey Vaskevich.

Which is your favorite?

Pug Tattoos:

Along with being adorable little snuffle faces, pugs also used to be treated like royalty. Emperors of China used to keep them as pets and pampered them to the extreme; sometimes giving them their own pug sized palaces and guards.

ADRIANA MALUQUER
Cute neo traditional pug with flowers done by Adriana Maluquer at Seny Tattoos in Barcelona.
Debora Cherrys Tattoo Madrid
Devilish pug done by Debora Cherrys in Madrid.
Jacob Doney
Sailor pug! Done by Jacob Doney.
Michael Patrick Milestone Tattoo. Pittsburgh:Tattoolisious Honolulu.
Realistic pug portrait done by Michael Patrick at Milestone Tattoo.

Pugs are thought to have originated in China and their lineage is said to go back to before 400 BCE, being related to a similar breed called lo-sze. Before Emperors started keeping pugs, Buddhist monks kept them as pets in their monasteries.

Bob Geerts at Bunker Tattoo in the Netherlands
Two pugs in American traditional style done by Bob Geerts at Bunker Tattoo in the Netherlands.
Debora Cherrys
Pug on vacation! Another done by Debora Cherrys in Madrid.
kevinbecvar Tattoo Artist: Freelance:toy collector $150:hr $900 full day. Temecula, Ca to Portland
Pug in a teacup by Kevin Becvar in CA and Portland.
Sam Ol Warsaw, Poland
Hipster pug done by Sam Oi in Warsaw.

The name pug actually comes from a kind of monkey called marmoset, which were nicknamed pugs. The two share similar facial features, and both are very cute!

Bob Lewis Town hall Tattoo Wilkes-Barre Pa
Pug portrait with frame done by Bob Lewis at Town Hall Tattoo in Wilkes-Barre Pa.
Ellie Tattoo artist PerfectImageWaterloo
Watercolor style pug in a hat done by Ellie at Perfect Image in Waterloo.
Laura Murphy LITTLE JOHN'S TATTOO IN GREENSBORO, NC
Geometric pug done by Laura Murphy at Little John’s Tattoo in Greensboro, NC.
sasha unisex
Bright watercolor pug done by Sasha Unisex in Rome.

Pugs make excellent companions due to their fun loving personalities. They’re great for a cuddle (if you can put up with snoring) and they won’t say no to a romp in the park either!

Christina Hock • Studio City • California • The Dolorosa Tattoo Company
Black pug in a donut! Done by Christina Hock at The Dolorosa Tattoo Company in California.
Horitomo
Pug with his own Japanese irezumi done by Horitomo.
Ly Alesiter
Pug with fruit done by Ly Alesiter.
stefan sramko Slovakian artist 🇸🇰 Living and working in Ireland 🇨🇮 tattoo artist at skin city tattoo Dublin
Realistic black and grey pug portrait done by Stefan Sramko at skin city tattoo in Dublin.

Which one is your favourite?

Artist of the Month: Lera Ooqza

Lera is an artist from Moscow, Russia. Her specialty is blackwork, particularly Asian inspired horror.

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Japanese Yōkai featuring a couple of lantern demons and terrifying head.
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Terrifying demon woman.
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Incredibly dark blackwork demon and monsters.
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Japanese geisha demon with a geometric kimono.
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Detailed moth and moon.
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Shoulder flowers with eyeballs.
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Japanese inspired demon with too many hands!

Most of her work takes on a dark theme, such as ghosts, demons, and skeletons.

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Skeleton and nude woman. Some fantastic details in there.
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Peony flowers covering up old scars.
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Robotic severed hand and knife.
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Sternum moth.
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Maneki-neko cat from Japan.
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Heavy blackwork goldfish.

When she isn’t doing blackwork, her other work is quite delicate, including flowers and other natural plants.

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Delicate pink rose.
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Cute mushrooms!

Lera has an incredible attention to detail, with an eye for the supernatural and spooky!

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Queen of hearts meets gruesome death.
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Creepy goblet of blood.
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Namakubi with incredible linework in the hair.
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Small butterfly with some great dotwork detail.
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Some brilliant kanji with great hand placement.
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Split lion head with a distinct Asian style.

Lera is a must see artist for your creepy blackwork needs.