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Portrait Tattoo Artists

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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Robert Bonhomme

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Robert Bonhomme

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Gilbert Salas

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Gilbert Salas

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Danny Boy

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Danny Boy

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Joshua Hernandez

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Joshua Hernandez

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Josh Grable

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Josh Grable

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Kevin Lewis

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Kevin Lewis

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Fabrizio Sassarini

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Evan McGuigan

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Henry Wyatt

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Dustin Yip

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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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Rocky Burley

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A portrait is an homage to a specific person, or animals in some cases, or the concept of the person. The portrait can be rendered in any way, but is most often done realistically to properly portray someone who is meant to be honored. Portraits can be an incredibly challenging tattoo for an artist because of the necessary detail and precision to create a realistic rendering of a cherished figure. Either a loved one or beloved figure is generally chosen, often a close family member who has greatly influenced the life of the individual. In other cases, a pet or favorite animal or creature from myth or fable can be chosen. Realistic portraits are often complex enough to stand on their own but other designs, like cartoon or illustrations, sometimes include other line work or details. Celebrities are often used for portraits in order to convey an admiration for that person and the values they stand for or work that they have created. Marilyn Monroe is one of the most commonly seen but any figure throughout history that have been favorited by the individual have been chosen such as intellectuals like Albert Einstein to musical legends like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. Because a portrait is such an obvious and permanent tribute, children are often chosen to be rendered on their parent’s bodies along with names and dates of birth. Phrases are often added to the portrait as well that speak of the connection between the parent and child. Family members that have passed on are usually the subject of portrait tattoos to serve as a memorial to their life. For a devoted follower, portraits of religious figures like Jesus Christ, Mary the Mother, Buddha, or Hindu deities are chosen. These images serve as a reminder of the principles of those religious beliefs, serving as the ultimate tribute to one’s cultural tradition. These tattoos often include iconography that correlates to the beliefs like crucifixes, lotus flowers, or mandalas. Passages from religious books can be added as well to create a larger and more complicated piece. While portrait tattoos are usually realistic, there are many other ways to render an idol’s face, either like an illustration or cartoon. Simply the contour lines of the face can be used as the design, creating a representation of the person without adding a lot of detail. This style of portrait is often used with “water color” style designs added, creating the appearance of blots and smears of paint over the face to add more dimension as well as vivid color.Characters, rather than specific people, can be chosen for portrait designs as well to represent part of the individual’s personality. Comic book characters like super heroes or villains are a colorful design that portrays a strength or weakness in the individual’s character. Villains like Batman’s Joker can highlight a person’s unpredictability while a hero can represent courage and altruism. A combination of faces, usually two opposing characters, can be combined in one piece to showcase a multifaceted personality. There are many ways that people choose to express themselves; a very popular way of doing that today is through tattoo. Tattoo as an art is a form of expression by both the tattoo artist and the person whose skin is their canvas. The person wearing the tattoo envisions an artwork that they feel expresses the thoughts or emotions they wish to express and they in turn convey this idea to the tattoo artist so they can ink the image to be worn forever. If you wish to preserve an image for prosperity a skilled portrait tattoo artist can transfer the picture of your loved one onto your skin to keep them in your thoughts and memory forever. When getting a tattoo it is always wise to see examples of the artists work before they work on you, this may be especially true in portrait tattoos as the level of skill involved is high. Sadly, not all portrait tattoos are equal and some just don’t turn out very well. One way to avoid this outcome is to have a clear picture or photograph of the image. This is when portrait tattoos come into play. Also make sure you look through the portfolio of the artist before you make a decision. Remember that you get what you pay for. But with a skilled artist you can be sure that when you have the image transferred from picture to skin that it will be a beautiful work of art that you can be proud to wear. Below you’ll find some of our favorite portrait tattoo artists. Portraits are images of the head, sometimes neck and shoulders, of an iconic figure in one’s life. They are an incredibly challenging tattoo for an artist because of the necessary detail and precision to create a realistic rendering of a cherished figure. Either a loved one or beloved figure is generally chosen, often a close family member who has greatly influenced the life of the individual. Portraits are almost exclusively done realistically in order to properly portray the image of the person being depicted. Celebrities are often used as well for portraits, conveying an iconic figure and the values that they held. Marilyn Monroe is a popular choice as well as figures throughout history such as Albert Einstein all the way to Bob Marley. Favorite artists and musicians are often chosen to act as a salute to their body of work. Because a portrait is such an obvious and permanent tribute, children are often chosen to be rendered on their parent’s bodies. For a devoted follower, portraits of religious figures like Jesus Christ, Mary the Mother, Buddha, or Hindu goddesses like Kali and Durga are chosen. These images serve as a reminder of the principles of those religious beliefs, serving as the ultimate tribute to one’s cultural tradition. While portrait tattoos are usually realistic, there are many other ways to render an idol’s face. The Art Nouveau style is close to realism with a little more artistic expression used as well as soft, pastel colors. Simply the contour lines of the face can be used as the design, creating a representation of the person without adding a lot of detail. This style of portrait is often used with “water color” style designs added, creating the appearance of blots and smears of paint over the face to add more dimension. Portraits of pets, cats and dogs, are sometimes used to serve as a tribute to a deceased family pet. Beloved characters are often chosen as well to portray an identification with the attributes of the fictional figure. Frankenstein’s creation is used as a symbol of the outcast and downtrodden while something like a Batman villain would signal an unpredictability.


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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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