There are many realism tattoo artists so it’s hard to say who the best one out there is. However, we wanted to list a few of our favorite realism tattoo artists around. Whether it is portraits, animal realism, biomechanical, etc., these artists have steadily proved to be some of the best around.

Dmitriy Samohin


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.

Mike Devries


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.

Logan Aguilar


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 photo realism and portraits. His vibrant and detailed tattoos make him one of the best around and we hope you check his work out.

Nikko Hurtado


The owner of Black Anchor Collective in Hesperia, CA, Nikko’s color portraits are second to none. His style is fun and really captures the essence of every tattoo he does. Since 2002, Nikko has been honing his craft and he’s come a long ways in a relatively short amount of time.

David Corden


David started his tattooing career under the tutelage of Jim Gambell in 2006 at Ritual Art Studio. Not only is David a fantastic portrait artist but he knocks pin ups out of the park as well. If you’re in the Portland area, you should stop by the shop but David’s waiting list is long (as are all of the artists we’ve listed).

We hope you enjoyed our list. There are many more quality realism tattoo artists out there so don’t be discouraged if you can’t get in to see one of these gentleman within the next year.

Here are some of our favorite realism tattoos:

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