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Realism Tattoo Artists

Chuck James – Sacramento, California

Chuck James - Sacramento, California

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Mystic Owl Tattoo Atlanta

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Mystic Owl Tattoo

Address: 44 Fairground St NE Marietta, Georgia 30060

Phone: (678) 594-0533

Tattoo Artists: Vince Villalvazo and his team of award winning artists!

Tattoo Profile: Mystic Owl Tattoo is Atlanta’s premier tattoo and piercing studio, and hosts some of the best artists from across the globe. Our commitment to quality and the comfort of our clients is unparalleled. No matter how big, nor small your tattoo may be, we can ensure you will feel right at home.

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Angel Cruz Chicago

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Angel Cruz (Tattoo Boulevard)

Address: 4835 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

Phone: (872) 206-2807

Tattoo Styles: Realism, Portrait, Watercolor, Japanese, Americana, Cover-ups, Custom

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Katrina Polacek – Columbus, Ohio

Katrina Polacek - Columbus, Ohio

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Dmitriy Samohin Odessa, Ukraine

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Dmitriy Samohin - Odessa, Ukraine

Tattoo Styles: Realism, 3D, Custom

Tattoo Profile: It’s no surprise that Dmitriy Samohin would make our list. He’s been compiling an unmatched portfolio for years. Dmitriy is from Ukraine and has been wowing us with his realism work for years. Whether it is color or black and grey, Dmitriy can handle it all. He’s known as one of the best overall tattoo artists in the world and who are we to argue. He’s won numerous awards including National Tattoo Associations “Artist’s Choice Realistic Tattoo Award”, “People’s Choice Realistic Tattoo Award”, and Artist’s Choice Tattooist of Best colored Back Piece” just to name a few. Clearly he is a very popular artist and if you want to get inked by him, you better pitch a tent because it’s going to be a while.

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Samantha Sue – San Francisco, California

Samantha Sue - San Francisco, California

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Deano Cook

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Deano Cook

Tattoo Profile: Deano is a man on a mission. He wants the people who view his artwork to see exactly what he sees, and to share his love and respect for the underwater world and all it's amazing creatures.

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Chris Hamilton – Denver, Colorado

Chris Hamilton - Denver, Colorado

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Matt Folse – Dallas, Texas

Matt Folse - Dallas, Texas

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Cruz Tattooz Private Studio

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Cruz Tattooz Private Studio

Address: 3105 N. Yarbrough #109 El Paso, Texas 79928

Phone: (915) 383-8284

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Brian Jones – San Francisco, California

Brian Jones - San Francisco, California

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Royal Jafarov NYC

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Royal Jafarov
(Guest Tattooing in the NYC Area)

Tattoo Styles: Realism, Watercolor, Abstract, Portrait, Color, B&G

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Nikko Hurtado Tattoos Los Angeles

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Nikko Hurtado

Tattoo Styles: Realism, Portraits, Custom

Tattoo Profile: I've been a tattoo artist since 2002. I love tattooing and art. I own and work at Black Anchor Collective in the High Desert Hesperia, Ca. It's between Los Angeles and Las Vegas so if you're driving by stop by and say hi. I work with really talented artists and great friends, Carlos Rojas, Jojo, and of course my apprentice and younger brother, Mat Hurtado. I love tattooing and all that it has given me and my family. I couldn't have dreamed I would have the experiences that I've had and all the great people that I have met because of tattooing, and for that I am truly greatful.

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Jade Stein – Dallas, Texas

Jade Stein - Dallas, Texas

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Chris Olaf Bryan – Austin, Texas

Chris Olaf Bryan - Austin, Texas

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Sean McCready – Honolulu, Hawaii

Sean McCready - Honolulu, Hawaii

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Anthony Carreiro – Los Angeles, California

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Anthony Carreiro - Los Angeles, California

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Joshua Hernandez – Los Angeles, California

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Joshua Hernandez - Los Angeles, California

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Megan Hoogland Tattoos Mankato

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Megan Hoogland

Tattoo Styles: Realism, Portrait, Custom

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Cecil Porter – San Diego, California

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Cecil Porter - San Diego, California

Tattoo Styles: Realism, Portrait, Custom

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Ryan El Dugi Lewis – Sacramento, California

Ryan El Dugi Lewis - Sacramento, California

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Erick Holguin – Atlanta, Texas

Erick Holguin - Atlanta, Texas

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Russ Weber – Tucson, Arizona

Russ Weber - Tucson, Arizona

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Artistic Element Tattoo

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Artistic Element Tattoo

Address: 34247 Yucaipa Blvd Yucaipa, CA 92399

Phone: (909) 797-8280

Tattoo Artists: Roman Abrego, Marvin 346Ink, Hogan, Poch, Richie Montez, Jeff Seeds, Glenn Violencia, Sam Enriquez, Charlie Medina

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David Corden Tattoos

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David Corden

Tattoo Styles: Color Realism, 3D, Custom

Tattoo Profile: David went on to attend the Canterbury College of Art and Design. While he did gain a diploma in Graphic Design whilst there, he knew this wasn't to be the career for him so upon leaving took a temporary job as a Ventilation Engineer. A temporary job that would become a career of over 15 years. During all of this time any thoughts of working as an artist left him but it was upon getting his first tattoo, a design of his own, that it all changed. His tattooist and one day boss, Jim Gambell, saw potential in David and asked to see more of his drawings. It would be four years before David walked back through the doors of Ritual Art Tattoo with his portfolio but Jim still saw the same potential and offered him a job as his apprentice. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Richie Lucero – Honolulu, Hawaii

Richie Lucero - Honolulu, Hawaii

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Tony Minero – Los Angeles, California

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Tony Minero - Los Angeles, California

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Ace – Dallas, Texas

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Logan Aguilar

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Logan J Aguilar

Tattoo Styles: Realism, Cover Ups, Color Tattooing

Tattoo Profile: Logan Aguilar works out of Last Rites Tattoo Theatre in NYC. He is known to be one of the best realism tattoo artists around and another award winning tattoo artist that we love. He’s a great all around artist but specializes in cover ups, color tattooing, photo realism and portraits. His vibrant and detailed tattoos make him one of the best around and we hope you check his work out.

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Gabriel Pantoja

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Mario Delgado – San Francisco, California

Mario Delgado - San Francisco, California

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Calvin F. Xavier III – Dallas, Texas

Calvin F. Xavier III - Dallas, Texas

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Sammy Hayden – Dallas, Texas

Sammy Hayden - Dallas, Texas

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Jared Bent – San Francisco, California

Jared Bent - San Francisco, California

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Josh Grable

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Anderson Luna

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Gerald Garcia – Dallas, Texas

Gerald Garcia - Dallas, Texas

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Robert Bonhomme

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Audie Fulfer Jr. – Fresno, California

Audie Fulfer Jr. - Fresno, California

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Rich Pineda Tattoos Yucca Valley

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Rich Pineda (Liquid Tattoo)

Address: 56318 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Phone: (760) 820-1188

Tattoo Styles: Realism, Portrait, Custom

Tattoo Profile: I got my start in tattooing through my friend Jeff Cooper in March of 2010. So I have been tattooing a relatively short time. Check out my portfolio and contact me to setup a consultation.

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Torsten Matthes – Jacksonville, Florida

Torsten Matthes - Jacksonville, Florida

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Amanda Wachob Tattoos NYC

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Amanda Wachob

Tattoo Styles: Watercolor, Abstract

*Amanda's books are currently closed.

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Jacob Kearney

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Christopher Robin – Seattle, Washington

Christopher Robin - Seattle, Washington

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Niki Norberg Tattoos

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Niki Norberg

Tattoo Styles: Photo Realism, Custom

Tattoo Profile: Niki Norberg has tattooed since 2001. Since 2007, he has worked with Heidi Hay and also arranges Gothenburg International Ink Festival (Goth Ink fest).2012 Niki moved to Carl Löfqvist’s reputed Wicked Tattoo studio.Niki prefers to work with realistism with a preference for high level of detail and clear contrasts. Niki is well known in the that tattoo community as being one of the best realism artists in the world.

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Mike DeVries Tattoos Los Angeles

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Mike DeVries - Los Angeles, California

Tattoo Styles: Realism, Portrait, Custom

Tattoo Profile: I started tattooing professionally in 2003. As I progressed as a tattoo artist I soon realized that I found my niche with color realism. Constantly refining and polishing this craft keeps me extremely busy and motivated to climb to the next level. A glimpse through my portfolio reveals my preference for wildlife and portrait tattoos. Although realism is the style I'm technically "known for," I do enjoy tattooing other styles and incorporating different aspects in my work to keep things fresh and interesting. Southern California’s own, Mike Devries is another fantastic tattoo artist. It’s hard to find another tattoo artist that can match Mike’s color realism talents. This award winning artist owns his own shop in Northridge, CA called MD Tattoo Studio and you should consider yourself lucky if you can get in to see him. However, we feel he’s worth the wait.

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Fernando Gonzalez – Washington, DC

Fernando Gonzalez - Washington DC

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Eric Cantu – Dallas, Texas

Eric Cantu - Dallas, Texas

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Manny Valerio

Manny Valerio - Denver, Colorado

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Dave Wah Tattoos Baltimore

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Dave Wah - Baltimore, MD

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Tattoo Recommendation

Realism tattoos have gained in popularity in recent decades thanks to improvements in inks, machines, and needles. These tattoos are supposed to jump off the skin and look exactly like a portrait that the owner has. Unlike traditional portrait tattoos, realism tattoos have more of a 3D look to them, so they have the effect of looking alive on the skin.One of the most important aspects of a realism tattoo is the shading quality. Anyone can trace a portrait, but it takes skill to be able to shade it in a way that makes it look realistic. If the tattoo doesn’t have good shading or it has no shading at all, chances are the owner will not be very happy with it. The artist’s skill is also quite important when it comes time to get a realism tattoo. They have to be able to capture what’s in the photo they’re looking at in a way that looks great on the skin. For this reason, we recommend really doing your homework on local artists before you commit to allowing anyone to do a realism tattoo for you. Unlike a lot of other tattoo designs, the placement of the realism tattoo also matters. For example, a realism tattoo of a face usually won’t look as good on your leg as it would someone on your upper body. If you’re getting a landscape realism tattoo, then you need to find a place on your body that has enough space to capture all of the details. One of the most popular realism tattoo types that you will see is of celebrities. These tattoos can be just plain portraits of the celebs or they can be action shots. In most cases, the images used will be well known so people will recognize them right away. Some people choose to get realism tattoos of characters from their favorite movies and TV shows. This is actually one of the most popular realism tattoo designs right now.
It’s not uncommon to see people get realism tattoos of animals. Plenty of people like to get their pets tattooed in this way, while others will just get their favorite animals. Some people like to get realism tattoos of the things they use every day. For example, an artist might want to get a realism tattoo of a paint brush and ink, so they’ll snap a great photo of the ones they use and give that photo to the artist doing the tattoo. It used to be that just about all realism tattoos were made in color, but plenty of people now choose to get them in black and gray. The best photos to use for black and gray designs are the ones with plenty of detail in them so the artist can make everything stand out with the two colors being used. While those are some of the most popular realism tattoos that people get, the truth is that just about anything can be used as part of the design. All that’s really needed is a photo that the artist can use to bring it to life on the skin.


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American Traditional, Biomechanical, Celtic, Cover Up, Japanese, New School, Photo Realism, Polynesian, Portrait, Watercolor, Script, Floral, Geometric, Black & Grey, 3D, Black & White, Tribal, Animal
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