Winnipeg Artist 10: Don Ritson

Don Ritson is the owner of Rebel Waltz in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Black and red Japanese dragon.
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Japanese geisha piece with flower kimono.
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Classic American traditional filler rose.
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Demon making off with a woman as a painful stomach piece.
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Japanese Oni demon.
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Healed lil castle and flower.

Don works in mainly in American traditional style, as well as Japanese and some black work. When doing American traditional style, his pieces are heavy on black and red.

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Jesus with the cross.
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Lady head with some spooky skeletal hands.
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Bright red chrysanthemum flower.
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Classy smoking woman.
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Classic design featuring an eagle, skull, and snake.

Don has done two of my own tattoos, both of my forearms which are a gramophone and a design based off of the rose of no mans land. Don is a very friendly guy who makes getting tattooed a genuinely pleasant experience.

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My own forearm pieces. Blackwork gramophone and rose of no mans land.
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Bert Grimm’s tiger. Lots of black with some red to make it pop.
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Creepy reaper.
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Traditional wolf. Heavy on the black!
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Rock of ages in a beautiful full back piece.

You’ll find Don taking walk ins on Saturdays, though starting earlier this month (April 2018) the shop will rotate the main artist doing walk ins. You can find Don’s contact info on the Rebel Waltz website.

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Vicious looking dragon head on the inner bicep.
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Asian woman with a wrap around snake.
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Butterfly with woman’s face.
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Statue of Liberty and the Virgin Mary.
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The Forks in Winnipeg.

Don is a must see artist if you are in Winnipeg. He also does guest spots in Canada so watch his Instagram for that as well.

Coffee Tattoos:

Everyone loves their morning coffee. Some so much that they choose to immortalize it on their skin forever!

Alan Macintosh
Realistic black and grey cup of coffee being poured by Alan Macintosh.
Luke Worley Tattooer:Co-Owner of Good Graces Tattoo & Design
Espresso maker done by Luke Worley at Good Graces Tattoo.
Susanne Konig
Neat coffee chest piece done by Susanne Konig.

There’s a legend that says Ethiopian shepherds first discovered coffee in 800 A.D when they noticed their goats apparently dancing after eating coffee beans. A local monk then made a drink with the bean, which kept him awake all night. Thus, coffee was born!

chelsea jane Tattooer at Old Towne Tattoo Parlor in Orange, Ca.
Bright neo traditional coffee cups and flowers done by Chelsea Jane at Old Towne Tattoo Parlour in California.
Mark Pinter
Black and grey skull cup of coffee done by Mark Pinter.

Here are some coffee facts for you addicts out there. The top three countries that produce coffee are Brazil, Colombia, and Vietnam, with Brazil producing 40% of the worlds coffee.

Clark Seiger
Coffee pot and skull done by Clark Seiger.
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Coffee maker done by Mich at Jackson Street Tattoo Company in Seattle.

It is possible to overdose on coffee, but don’t worry, it would take the average person about 100 cups to do so.

DANIELLE ROSE ✶ @sanctuarytattoodundee ✶ Scotland
Traditional woman drinking coffee done by Danielle Rose at Sanctuary Tattoo Dundee in Scotland.
Michael Hendra Tattooing since 2006. Owner of Hendra Tattoo, a private studio in the Poconos
Coffee and books done by Michael Hendra at Hendra Tattoo in the Poconos.

Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of Alzheimers disease! Caffeine also has a positive effect on type two diabetes and Parkinson’s. As well as protecting women against skin cancer.

Jake Fraser Grey Street Tattoo 123 Grey Street St.Kilda Melbourne Australia
Slave to coffee reaper and coffee done by Jake Fraser at Grey Street Tattoo in Melbourne Australia.
Mico Lighthouse tattoo Seoul South Korea
Girl in a coffee cup done by Mico at Lighthouse Tattoo in Seoul South Korea.

The largest cup of coffee ever was brewed in South Korea in 2014 and was over 3,700 gallons.

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Dotwork reaper and a cup of coffee done by James Armstrong at Bishop Tattoo Company in the UK.
Mike Harper ▪️ Tattoo artist ▪️@blackgalleon Kings Lynn, UK
Simple coffee maker done by Mike Harper at Black Galleon in the UK.

Even though the flavour is stronger in a dark roast, they actually have less caffeine than a light roast.

Jan L at Beetle Ink Tattoo, Leipzig
Creepy skeleton in a cup of coffee done by Jan L at Beetle Ink Tattoo in Leipzig.
Nathan Woelke
Death before decaf reaper done by Nathan Woelke.

Decaf coffee is not 100% caffeine free.

jessyalbertjr 👑 Strathcona's PALACE TATTOO 👑 684 east Hastings Vancouver
Vampires cup of bloody coffee done by Jessy Albert Jr at Palace Tattoo in Vancouver.
Phil Hatchet Yau
Johnny Cash inspired piece by Phil Hatchet Yau.

Coffee is the second post popular beverage in the world, second only to water.

Julien Detillieux Tattoo artist @rbenderstudio
Coffee and cigarettes done by Julien Detillieux at R Bender Studio.
Sean Rhodes
Death before decaf in a coffee pot done by Sean Rhodes.

As a tattoo, a grim reaper with a cup of coffee is popular in an American traditional style. Cups of coffee and coffee makers are also popular.

Kane Berry Tattoo Vic Market Tattoo 🔸324 Victoria St, North Melbourne
Stormy cup of coffee done by Kane Berry at Vic Market Tattoo in Melbourne, Australia.
Sicky Nicks Toronto
Cute broken heart late done by Sicky Nicks in Toronto.

Which is your favourite?

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.

Winnipeg Artist 6: Shawn Beatty

Shawn Beatty is a tattoo artist working out of Soul Survivors Body Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shawn is a talented artist who works in several styles; including American traditional, black and grey, realism, blackwork, new school, neo traditional, and some Japanese.

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Disney’s Cinderella and quote.
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Badass grim reaper.
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Neo traditional flower and snake.
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Black and grey surrealist death moth.
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Black and grey realistic/neo traditional sleeve featuring a demonic version of V from v for vendetta, a bird, snake, and caged heart.
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Black and grey neo traditional fortune teller and tarot card.
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Black and grey compass with arrow and biblical quote.
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Bright new school Sailor Moon piece.
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Canadian Eddie from Iron Maiden!
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Realistic black and grey tiger with skull and quote.
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Japanese tiger and flower cover up.
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Knight inspired armour full sleeve. Looks like the real deal!
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Red crescent moon and skull.
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Neo traditional leopard headdress piece.
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Simpsons pig and donut, anti fascist piece!
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Lego leg piece tearing through the skin.
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David Bowie astronaut piece inspired by the song Heroes.

Shawn Beatty is a must see artist if you’re in Winnipeg!

Artist of the Month: Clemens Hahn

Clemens is an artist working out of Electric Circus Classic Tattooing in Mannheim, Germany. Clemens specializes in neo traditional, traditional, and blackwork, with some Japanese thrown into the mix. Clemens does fantastic work using timeless designs mixed with new techniques and styles. He doesn’t shy away from tough designs or locations including full sleeves, bellies, ribs, back pieces, and even hands and faces for those whose lifestyles can afford them.

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Hardcore full frontal blackwork traditional panther head and webbing with matching black and grey sleeves.
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Matching chest heads, dagger through a heart, and angry bear head in rad neo trad.
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Elephant head inspired by deities.
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American traditional classic of an eagle fighting a snake, sun and moon not by Clemens.
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Japanese backpiece with oni and namakubi in a neo Japanese style.
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Full blackwork backpiece inspired by the beauty of death with crow and matching coffins.
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Half backpiece in Japanese black and grey featuring a tiger, peony, and cloud background. with a matching sleeve.
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Whole bunch of job stoppers! Beautiful hand and neck pieces including traditional and blackwork.
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Crazy throat peony.
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Neo Japanese tiger head neck tattoo.
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American traditional eagle on the back of the neck/head.
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Crazy elephant inspired piece.
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Brilliant neo traditional fox and bear in a tender spot.
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Tasteful face piece. Blackwork nails in a bleeding heart.
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Blackwork traditional Native American lady head.
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Matching back of the knees traditional mandalas.
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Neo traditional Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf.

If you’re in Germany Clemens Hahn is a must see artist!

Artist of the Month: Alexander Perry

Alexander Perry works at The Gentlemen Tattoos in Ohio. He specializes in bold, clean American traditional tattoos. His work features a lot of skulls, a lot of roses, and a lot of lady heads.

His work is classic with a bit of a modern touch, with easily recognizable designs, making them visible at a distance.

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Tiny lady head in profile.
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Bigger lady head. Lots of red for this one!
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Classic lady head with a snake and dagger.
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Blackwork lady head and skully.
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Spider lady head right on the chrome dome.
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Don’t fear the reaper!
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Skull with crown of flowers.
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Classic Sailor Jerry skull and snake piece.
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Skull and crossbones.
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Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil skullies.
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Classy smoking blackwork skull.
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Bold rose on the hand.
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Classic peony.
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Fun cartoon eyeball.
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Getting tropical with a parrot, greenery, and a butterfly.

Alex is a must see artist for your traditional needs in Ohio.

The Simpsons, Treehouse of Horror Tattoos

Since its first episode as part of second season in 1990, the Treehouse of Horror has been a huge hit with Simpsons fans. Dark, witty, and chalk full of pop culture references, Treehouse of Horror is always sure to be a spooky addition to your Halloween festivities.

Many episodes are based loosely off of various monster movies, horror, and thriller movies and books, such as; Nightmare on Elm Street, Frankenstein, Psycho, Amityville Horror, Twilight Zone, The Exorcist, Poltergeist, The Shining, The Monkey’s Paw, King Kong, Night of the Living Dead, Dracula, The Raven, Clockwork Orange, and more.

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Bart trick or treating as an executioner by Jason Ochoa while guest tattooing at Flying Panther in San Diego, CA.
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Good old Flanders/Satan by Jeff Ortega at Evil From The Needle in London.
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Smilin’ Homer J. by Joshua Davis at Wicked Inklination in Muswellbrook.
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Grim Reaper Bart by Justin Dion at Sovereign Tattoo.
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Hyper realistic, murderous Krusty the Clown doll by Mike DeVries at Redemption Tattoo in Northridge CA.

Three little bangers by Sara Eve at Artisan Tattoo in Pittsburgh PA.

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Dotwork zombie Homer by Sebastian Camargo.
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The Shining Homer by Wes Pratt at New Tribe Tattoos in Toronto.

The Treehouse of Horror episodes also often feature a fun alien duo, Kang and Kodos, who are always up to some sort of mischief.

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Kang and Kodos by Omar Powers at Trader Bobs Tattoo Shop in St. Louis.
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Kang or Kodos in a traditional rose by Drew Cottom at Amillion Tattoo.

What is your favorite Treehouse of Horror episode?

Grim Reaper Tattoo

The Grim Reaper is a sign of death in many cultures. In Western culture it is often seen as a skeleton in a cloak, with a scythe or a noose, usually a male. He is usually seen as frightening, but in myth does not actually kill people, he merely guides you to the afterlife. This version of the reaper is based off of Charon, from Greek mythology, who steers the boat across the River Styx, carrying the dead across to the underworld.

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American Traditional reaper by Chad Leever at Revolution Tattoo in Indiana.
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Amazing torso portrait of Charon crossing the River Styx by Teresa Sharpe at Unkindness Art in Richmond, VA.

Reaper tattoos are usually done in American traditional style, but are also often done in black and grey, neo traditional, dotwork, and realism.

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Dotwork Reaper riding the waves by Alicia Anderson at Village Ink Tattoos in Clearwater, FL.
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Dark Reaper back piece by Herb Auerbach at California Electric Tattoo Parlour in Soquel California.
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Reaper horse riding by Justin Dion at Sovereign Tattoo in Portland Oregon.

The reaper is often shown in tattoo form as just a hood and skull,with its scythe, but is also often seen in full body form.

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Traditional hooded Reaper by James Armstrong at Holy Mountain Tattoo in the UK.
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Dark female Reaper by Sim at Cosmic Tattoo in Essex UK.
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Female neo traditional hooded Reaper by Justin Harris at Black Vulture Gallery in Philadelphia.

Don’t fear the Reaper.