10 Black Tattoo Artists to Support:

There is unfortunately still quite a bit of subtle (and not-so-subtle) racism in the tattoo industry. It’s often believed that customers with darker skin are harder to tattoo, but that’s certainly not the case. Especially as body modification is such an important part of all cultures and histories, not just white ones.

Tony at West 4 Tattoos in NYC. Specializing in fine line and micro tattoos.https://www.instagram.com/anthologytattoos/?hl=en
Another by Tony. From A Tribe Called Red album cover.
Kandace Layne in Atlanta. Specializing in line and dot work https://www.instagram.com/kandacelayne/
Chest done by Kandace.

Black ink is also not the only ink that has to be used on dark skin, contrary to what many believe. Darker skin can still feature bright and colourful pieces. you just have to know what you’re doing with that tattoo machine.

Jaz Paulino with a piece inspired by Frida Kahlo. https://www.instagram.com/gentle_jaz/
Berry’s by Jaz.
Coverup by Kat in California who does lots of realism and gothic work. https://www.instagram.com/kattatgirl/?hl=en
Unfinished black history leg piece by Kat. Featuring Rosa Parks and Malcolm X.

More tattoo artists should push themselves to learn how to tattoo different skin types, including darker skin, as the subculture of tattooing isn’t so “sub” anymore. It can be disheartening for black or tanned customers walking into a tattoo shop when all they see is flash painted on white paper, and portfolios filled with white skin, or only very dark tattoos on darker skin.

Dark Mark by Brittany in Toronto. Specializing in line work. https://www.instagram.com/humblebeetattoo/
Delicate fingers by Brittany.
Miryam Lumpini in LA with a neo traditional scar coverup. https://www.instagram.com/miryamlumpini/
Cute neo traditional red panda by Miryam.

(June 2020) With the world finally rallying beside our black brothers and sisters it’s more important than ever to support black businesses, including tattoo artists.

Craig Foster at Skinwerks. Specializing in new school. https://www.instagram.com/skinwerks/?hl=en
New school pizza coming at you from Craig.
Tee J Poole. Specializing in surrealistic tattoos.https://www.instagram.com/teejpoole/?hl=en
J. Cole portrait by Tee J.

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Healed plants by Doreen Garner in NYC Specializing in black work and fine line tattoos. https://www.instagram.com/flesh_and_fluid/?hl=en
Tiger by Doreen.
Melody Mitchell who does lots of black and grey and water colour pieces.https://www.instagram.com/melodytattoos/?hl=en
Mandala by Melody.

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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 7: Jan Veldman

Jan Veldman works at First String Tattoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Matching Russian nesting dolls with totem designs.
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Blackwork death’s head moth.
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Big ole’ werewolf and red moon.
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Badass cobra with witchy hands.
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We all float down here… Pennywise and balloon.
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A Salvador Dali inspired piece.
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Traditional ship with flowers.
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He’s late! Black and grey white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
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Terrifying snake lady with barbed wire.

Jan’s style can be characterized as neo traditional and new school, with a hint of American traditional thrown into the mix. He tattoos everything from classic roses to characters from shows and movies.

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Ghost sheet tattoo with some classic flowers.
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Devilish baphomet in black and grey.
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American traditional style Jesus Christ and cross.
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Hobo cat doing his thing!
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Japanese good fortune Maneki Neko cat.
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A drunk Speedy Gonzales.
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Road Runner and Wile E Coyote.
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Creepy new school spider with eyeball.

Most of Jan’s work is bright and bold, but he doesn’t shy away from some brilliant black and grey work either!

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Neo trad woman and wolf head.
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Classic and deadly scorpion with red background.
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A ghostly Bart Simpson with some script and trad flowers.
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Cute little cactus with budding flowers.
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Bender!
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Bright red chameleon.
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Adorable Michelangelo with his favourite food.
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Super cute new school cupcake.

Bring in your own design or pick one of his. Whatever you choose, Jan is a must see artist in Winnipeg!