Best East Coast Tattoo Artists

Featured East Coast Tattoo Artists

If you are in search of some of the best tattoo artists and shops on the East Coast, then you’ve come to the right place. This list is a compilation of some of the most talented artists on this coast. Follow the links to find out more about them or schedule an appointment for a tattoo through the site.

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Dan Bythewood

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Dan Bythewood is a tattoo artist that focuses on the American Traditional style of tattooing. However, this isn’t the only style that he can tackle. Bythewood has been tattooing in New York for years and as proven by his work, is able to crossover into multiple styles of tattooing with ease. His freehand work is amazing and what he might be most well-known for at this time is refusing to give a Jezebel writer a neck tattoo. We applaud Dan Bythewood for that and we area also big fans of his work.


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Andrew Black

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Andrew Black is a premier tattoo artist on the East Coast and primarily works in the Charlotte, NC area. He’s been tattooing since 2011 while being under the guidance of John Rainey at Alternative Arts in Charlotte. He, along with some friends, help found the Charlotte Tattoo Company and snice then, he hasn’t looked back. Andrew left Charlotte Tattoo Company after five years of sharpening his skills to join another team in the area.

Andrew specializes in the black and grey style and he can see the natural talent when you look at the work he has done. Andrew offers a professional and clean environment so if you are in the market for a new tattoo, reach out and set up a consultation with Andrew.


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Scott Campbell was born in Louisiana and is known as being one of the most talented tattoo artists on the East Coast. He began tattooing after leaving his career at the University of Texas as a biochemist. From chemist to tattoo artist, Campbell has been creating beautiful pieces of art for many years now and is the owner of the well-known tattoo shop called Saved Tattoo. Campbell has an eye for detail and much of his work revolves around fine line tattooing in the black and grey style. However, don’t pigeon hole him as only this kind of artist. He has major skills in the tattooing industry and if you ask around, people will agree.


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Matthew Doherty

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Matt Doherty has been tattooing since 2006 so that gives him over 10 years of making fantastic tattoos and keeping his clients happy. Matt has a BFA from the University of the Arts. When tattooing, he loves to work in the realism style but he can do almost anything you need so don’t be afraid to ask.

If you are interested in setting up an appointment or consultation with Matt, he takes appointments Tuesday through Sunday. Don’t miss your opportunity to work with one of the best realism artists on the East Coast.


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Mike Coleman

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Mike Coleman has always been an artist and has been drawing since he was a child. As a youth, he met a mentor who got him involved in graffiti and street art. The seed was planted for tattooing at that point.

Coleman works full time as a tattoo artist and specializes in in black and grey tattoos with high contrast. He tries to connect his illustration and drawing style to deliver unique and high quality works for the people that are lucky enough to sit down with him. Mike has dreams of opening his own shop, but until that time, you can find him in on the East Coast making beautiful tattoos.


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Fernando Gonzalez

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Fernando Gonzalez grew up in Alexandria, VA and spent much of his childhood in Guadalajara, Mexico. The art culture in Mexico is what influenced Fernando in his quest to become a tattoo artist. Fernando began to paint murals for businesses and he was noticed by doing this. He then became a professional tattoo artist in 2011 and has continued to improve ever since. Fernando has experience in realism, color and black and grey. If you look at his portfolio, you will see there isn’t much that he can’t do.

Stop wasting time and reach out to Fernando to set up a consultation today.


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Jeff Bermingham

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Jeff Bermingham has been tattooing in New Jersey for over two years now and if you look at his portfolio, you might be shocked it has only been that long. His past is littered with art including film editing, photography, illustration and sculpture.

Jeff’s style is one that varies from illustrative to simple and realism. He prides himself in knowledge of cross contamination and cleanliness in the work space. In addition to that, he wants to make sure his clients take care of their tattoo so he doesn’t rush anyone out.

Jeff’s work is custom and he works on things that he knows will stand up to time and his main goal is to make sure his clients are happy and satisfied.


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Eric Dougherty

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If you are on the East Coast and you are looking for tattoo work that is second to none, go see Eric “Doc” Dougherty. He has been licensed in tattooing since 2005. However, Doc has been dabbling with tattooing since 1993 so it is no surprise that he ended up being one of the most sought after artists on the coast. His personal tattoo collection, skills and passion have all grown over the years and you will most likely notice the high level when you sit down with Doc.

His clean lines and beautiful shading are some of the things that define Doc as an artist. Every tattoo that he does is a blend of his personal style and the customer’s idea. He works towards exceeding the customer’s expectations so they will proudly show the work they have gotten to the world.


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Danny Lepore

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Danny Lepore is a custom black and grey tattoo artist that works out of the Philadelphia area. However, he bounces around so if you want to catch him while he is on the East Coast, call and set up a consultation with him when you have an opportunity.

He was ready to be a tattoo artist from a young age and at the age of 18, he took his portfolio all over the area until he was offered an apprenticeship. He was offered his chance in 2011 and then started traveling around to conventions. It was through these conventions and meeting other talented artists that his true talent started to shine. If you want to see what all the talk is about, you should reach out as soon as you can because the books will fill up soon.


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Shannon Pagliarini

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Shannon Pagliarini is a tattoo artist that specializes in American Traditional tattooing. Shannon’s tattoos stand out because of the bold and bright shading as well as the clean lines that are crucial to a great American Traditional tattoo. As much as Shannon loves to work with bold and bright colors, she also enjoys tattooing in black.

If you are looking to make an appointment, we suggest contacting her via email. For any appointment, she will require a $100 dollar deposit that is non-refundable so make sure you are ready to get a great looking tattoo if you set up a consultation with Shannon Pagliarini.


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John Sultana

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John Sultana isn’t simply a tattoo artist. He is a yogi, visual artist, astrologer and above all, a student of life. However, in terms of tattooing, he is extremely skilled as well. Sultana is inspired by patterns of physics, psychedelic visions, mandalas, mendhi, the cosmos and design motifs from indigenous, eastern and ancient cultures. This is what has inspired Sultana’s tattooing style that involves a monotone palette of black & grey by using a combination of delicate and bold linework, as well as dotwork to create tattoos that are unique and special. If you are interested in working with John, reach out to set an appointment.


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Andy Hyland

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Andy Hyland resides in the Boston area and works in a variety of sizes and styles of tattooing. For small tattoos, prices start at $100, medium sized pieces are generally flat prices and for the bigger tattoos, Andy will bill by the hour.

Andy makes sure to offer a friendly and professional environment for all that come in to get work done. He has a great deal of experience working with people who might be new to the idea of getting tattooed. His goal is to make his clients feel appreciated, relaxed and comfortable so you don’t have to worry about a snobby tattoo artist in this case. Go check Andy out and see why he is one of the most popular tattoo artists in the area.


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Ruby Gore is an extremely talented tattoo artist in the Philadelphia area that looks to work on tattoos that inspire her. Because she is so frequently sought after, Ruby is particularly choosy when it comes to who she works with. She looks for ideas that inspire her to reach her limits.

Her style is all about being unique and custom. She has worked on a lot, but not limited to, floral botanical arrangements that tell a story that hopefully includes other subject matter like skulls, astronomy, fruit, bugs, animals, vegetables, oddities and anything that might be considered macabre, spooky or creepy.

If you are looking for something completely custom and anything above rings a bell, reach out to Ruby to see if you can set up a consultation.


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Angela De Rosette

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Angela De Rosette is a very talented tattoo artist from the East Coast that has been tattooing for around 10 years. The Russian born tattoo artist has been living in the states since 1997 and killing the tattoo game ever since. She has spent most of her time in NYC and is also an artist that has had her work exhibited in galleries all over the world.

If you want to get some work done by Angela, reach out to her for a free 30 minute consultation. During your meeting, you will discuss budget, placement, color, style and size. Angela is well versed in many tattoo styles so don’t think anything is off limits.


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Alicia Van Curen

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Alicia Van Curen was born in New York and raised in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina. Her tattoo career began back in 2010 in Jacksonville, NC and she hasn’t looked back since. At the same time, she began studying Studio Art and Education at UNC Wilmington.

In terms of her tattooing prowess, Alicia loves working in a variety of tattooing styles. These include flash art, dot work, lettering and black work. She accepts walk ins as well as appointments. Every person that sits down with Alicia will be getting an artist with a great attitude and top notch skills. Set up a consultation with her to find out for yourself.


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Josh Bovender

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Josh Bovender is an East Coast tattoo artist with years of experience. His tattooing specialty is American traditional and neo traditional tattooing. His bright and bold tattoos will stand out to anyone that is in eye shot of your tattoo. If you are looking for a great tattoo that is going to appeal to the masses, reach out to Josh because he can hook it up.

His rate is $150 an hour and if you reach out to him, he can give you an idea of how much your tattoo might run you. Don’t waste anymore time and set up an appointment with Josh. You won’t regret your decision.


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Royal Jafarov

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

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Royal Jafarov is an extremely talented tattoo artist that works out of NYC and is capable of knocking out almost any kind of tattoo you can think of. From abstract to portraits, Jafarov will put a tattoo on you will want to show off every day you’re alive.

Jafarov spent most of his career working in Moscow, Russia and then moved to NYC in 2011. He is known for pushing the limits in everything he does and will have you thinking outside of the box when it comes to your next tattoo. If you’re not happy, he’s not happy. This is because he wants to build a relationship with his clients so you come back for more.

If you want a tattoo from Jafarov, you might want to jump on it so you can get on the list.


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Nick ‘The Tailor’ Solomon

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East Coast tattoo artist, Nick “The Tailor” Solomon, is a staple in the Philadelphia tattooing scene. He was a design student at Penn State University and now works as a designer, freelance illustrator and tattoo artist. His style revolves around American traditional tattoos but has spread his wings into other styles as well. H incorporates color theory and design principles into every tattoo instead of only using shadows to create the depth that makes those tattoos really pop.

If you are interested in having Nick create a beautiful tattoo for you, don’t wait any longer. The books will fill up fast so set up a consultation when you have the opportunity.


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George Bardadim

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George Bardadim was born in Russia and has a fondness for Irezumi, or the Japanese style of tattooing. He started his journey into the tattoo world at the age of 17 using a basic sewing needle to conduct his work. He started making his own rotary machines and ended up in the business of tattoo machine building. However, he has a real gift for tattooing as well.

If you are looking for a great looking Japanese tattoo that will catch the eyes of all onlookers, check out Bardadim’s work. His Japanese tattooing skills are second to none, but you will have to see for yourself.


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Melissa Baker

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Melissa Baker tattoos in the Boston area and has been tattooing since 2003. She went to the University of Georgia and while there, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for sculpture. This should give you a clue about the kind of talent we are talking about year. Melissa has been an artist for many years now and has been working with an extremely diverse group of clients her whole career. Her tattooing style ranges from Japanese, Polynesian, Black and Grey and American Traditional and many other styles. If you sit down with Melissa, you will find there isn’t much she can’t do.

That being said, reach out to set up a consultation if you are looking for a great tattoo on the East Coast.


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Andrew Johnson-Lally is a fine art illustrator and a tattoo artist that has over 14 years of experience professionally. He tattooing style revolves around the illustrative tattooing style. Andrew is also well-known for stippling, geometric blackwork and neo traditional tattooing. He is capable of handling almost anything you can think of.

However, if you want to sit down with Andrew, you’ll need to reach out as soon as you can. You don’t want to let a talented artist like him get away from you. He works by appointment only.


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Koty Nyman

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Koty Nyman is a tattoo artist that works out of City of Brotherly Love. He has been tattooing since 2013 and he hasn’t looked back since. While some artist sit on what they know, Koty is continually striving to become a better tattoo artist. His favorite styles to tattoo include color realism and black & grey. His portraits are beautiful and he makes it hard to tell between an actual photograph and his tattoos. That being said, if you are trying to get an appointment with Koty, you should jump on the chance as soon as you can. Call or message him today to set up a consultation with this talented tattoo artist.


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Mike Trimboli

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Mike Trimboli is an American born tattoo artist that have been in Charlotte for his whole life. He discovered his love for tattoos while still in high school and since that point, he strived to be a tattoo artist. He worked hard for many years to get to where he is at now and he can say he’s been tattooing since 2012.

Mike’s tattooing style revolves around neo traditional, American traditional, black and grey, color and realism. He also specializes in scar cover ups, mastectomy tattoos and traditional cover ups. That being said, he can handle almost any style you have in mind so if you were considering a tattoo and you are in the area, you may want to give Mike a call.


The East Coast of the United States runs from Maine down to Florida and butts up against the Atlantic Ocean. The name “East Coast” comes from the notion that the states in the U.S. are defined by the two major coastlines and those include the West Coast and the East Coast. Other names that the East Coast is sometimes referred to as is the Eastern Seaboard, the Atlantic Seaboard or the Atlantic Coast.

There are 14 states that run along the East Coast and those include (From the southern tip to the northern tip), Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, new Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

While West Virginia and Vermont have no coastline on the Atlantic, some say they are part of the East Coast because of their locations in relation to other major states along the Atlantic. In addition, their history with the 13 original colonies also gives them some preference when talking about what states are to be considered to be on the East Coast.