Best New York Tattoo Artists

Featured New York Tattoo Artists

If you are in search of some of the best New York tattoo artists, then you’ve come to the right place. This list is a compilation of some of the most talented tattoo artists in the state of New York. These artists cover a variety of styles and will knock out any tattoo you have been dreaming of. From new school to realism and abstract to traditional, these artists will give you a tattoo that you will love for years to come. Follow the links to find out more about them or schedule an appointment for a tattoo through the site.


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Anderson Luna

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Anderson Luna has been tattooing on the East Coast since he started back in 2007. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and he specializes in black & grey tattooing. Within that style, he focuses on ornament, figurative, illustrative portraiture, script and religios iconogrpahy. The dark and bold lines that he uses mixed with the fine line tattooing that he is capable of make him one of the best in the area. If Anderson’s work is something you think you might want to see on your body, reach out immediately because the books are filling up fast.


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Alex Bovenzi

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Alex Bovenzi has been tattooing since 2010 and has been one of the best in the area for many years now. He learned under the guidance of Tom Sherman and has gone where Tom has ever since that time. When it comes to his tattoo style, Alex is a specialist in watercolor tattooing, full color and new school. His style is bright, vibrant and fun. If you get a tattoo done by Alex, you are going to have a piece of work that is going to be hard to not look at all the time. Reach out if you are interested in sitting down and talking about your next tattoo.


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Andrew “Woody” Woodhams

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Andrew “Woody” Woodhams currently works out of Rochester, NY and is one of the best in the area and has been for a while. In terms of tattoo styles, Woody can just about handle anything. If you look at his online portfolio, you’ll notice that a lot of his tattoos involve bright and bold colors, but he is no stranger to a realism black & grey piece either. He can handle, realism, new school, watercolor, color, black & grey and traditional in addition to floral and Japanese pieces. In summary, he can do pretty much any style very well so don’t wait too long before you reach out.


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Charles Nicoli II

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Charles “Delux” Nicoli is a tattoo artist and tattoo shop owner. He has tattooed since 2006 and completed his apprenticeship at Extreme Graphix in Rochester, N.Y. Ever since Chuck was a kid, he’s been involved in some kind of art. He was always involved in art while in school and even went to the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Even before tattooing Chuck was involved in the arts and worked in graphic design. He loves what he does and if you work with him, you will see the passion that he has for people and tattooing. This is evident by how friendly and accommodating Chuck is so don’t wait any longer before reaching out.


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Dan Bythewood

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To say that this man creates some of the best American Traditional tattoos on the East Coast is a bit of an understatement and might be selling this man short. He’s been tattooing out of New York for years and has the ability to knock out many styles of tattooing. He also has a real gift for freehand tattooing and if you look at some of his work, you would have no idea that he didn’t use a stencil. From new school to American Traditional, Dan can handle the job and if you think you might want to get a tattoo by Dan Bythewood, reach out when you can because the books are filling up.


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Thomas Latona

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Thomas Latona is a talented man in woodworking and tattooing. For the sake of this site we will stick to his tattooing skills which are top notch. The first thing you should know is that Thomas Latona is a believer in creating a safe and clean environment for his clients. Thomas does amazing work and can handle fine line tattoos and bold, bright coloring in the same day. He is a very well rounded tattoo artist that can do anything from Japanese, traditional and realism to portraits, new school and color. Our suggestion would be to not wait too long before you set up an appointment with Thomas or you might be on the outside looking in when all is said and done.


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Michelle Tarantelli

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Michelle Tarantelli is a very talented tattoo artist that works in NYC and was born and raised in New York. She has been tattooing since 2005 and has been killing it since she started. Her style is inspired by black illustrative work, traditional Japanese and traditional folk imagery.

If you want some work done by Michelle, email her and give her all the details of the tattoo you’re looking to get. Bring up any examples or inspiration that led you to the decision so she can start to create the concepts. Set up a time to meet as there is no charge for a consultation. You will be happy you did.


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Adam Francey

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Adam has been tattooing in New York and more specifically in Rochester, since 2001. His goal in tattooing is to make distinctive and bold tattoos that will stand up to the test of time and keep you loving it the entire way. His work is based in Japanese and American traditional influenced designs, but he is able to knock out most styles of tattooing. He takes pride in what he does and you will see that by the time and care he shows when tattooing you. If you are interested in a tattoo from Adam, reach out to set up a consultation as soon as you can.


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Scott Campbell

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Scott Campbell was born and raised in Louisiana and is known as one of the most talented tattoo artists around. He went the direction of tattooing after leaving his career as a biochemist at the University of Texas. He then went to San Francisco and trained at one of the oldest shops in California named Picture Machine. Now he is tattooing some of the most well known people and clients in the NYC area. They keep coming back because of Scott’s professionalism. He offers a clean and safe environment for his clients so if you are thinking of talking to Scott about getting a tattoo, reach out soon because he gets busy fast.


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Gabriel Pantoja

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When you talk about bright and bold colors, Gabriel Pantoja is a guy that should never be left out of the conversation. His tattoo art revolves around American traditional and neo traditional tattooing and he does a great job. The way he packs in color makes these tattoos look like they are about to pop off the skin and that is a gift. However, if you think that is all he can do in the tattoo realm, you’d be mistaken because Gabriel is able to do a lot of black & grey work including script, realism and portraits. He has a wide range of skills that could be put on your skin if you reach out.


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Tamara Santibanez

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Tamara Santibañez is a tattoo artist that resides on the East Coast. Her work is based in subcultureal semiotics and toying with the ideas of how we assign meaning to objects, accessories and materials. She is a true artist in every way and takes inspiration from the worlds of Chicanx art, punk and tattooing. Not only is a she a great tattoo artist, she is the founding editor of Discipline Press based in New York as well as the editor of the 2018 anthology Rituals, Revisions, and Reconstructions.

In regards to her tattoo style, much of it lives in the black & great realm where she tattoos a variety of ideas and objects. If you have something that could interest her based on what you’ve read, reach out and set up a consultation with this talented tattoo artist.


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Donny Arthur

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Donny is another one of those tattoo artist that just kill in the bright and bold department. If you are a fan of the American traditional and neo traditional tattooing style, look no further. Donny is able to take an idea and put it in ink and make it shine so much that it feels like it is going to jump off the skin. His tattoos are fun and can be abstract. We aren’t talking your normal American traditional tattoo artist here. If you look through his portfolio you will see what we mean and if you are interested in getting a tattoo by Donny, you should reach out sooner rather than later because spots are filling up fast.


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Toby Zeigler

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Toby Zeigler was born and raised in New York and he started his tattooing career working at Steadfast Tattoo. Because of his passion for tattooing, Toby was given the chance to work along side some of the most talented tattoo artists in the area and also gave him the opportunity to travel as well. This is where he picked up more ideas to find his own unique style.

Toby loves tattooing in color traditional and has taken on a serious respect for the traditions of this style and the history of tattooing as a whole. However, having worked in a street shop for many years, Toby can knock tattoos in a variety of styles so don’t be afraid to ask him if he can do something a little different.


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Mike Deuce

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Mike “Deuce” Bellanca has been tattooing since 1999 and worked with some of the most talented artists in New York along the way. In 2005, Mike went off on his own and opened Vatican Tattoo in Greece, New York, but he missed the creative vibes of the city and decided to open up Kamikaze Tattoo in Rochester, NY in 2008.

Mike’s style is wide and rangy which means he handle almost anything you throw at him. He is best known for his vivid and colorful American traditional and Japanese tattooing, but also likes to get involved with a little black & grey as well. He’s great about sitting down with a client and talking about what they want to make it into a reality so reach out if this sounds like it might be for you.


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John Sultana

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Well before there were written words, symbols were what most people used to communicate. They offer a deep level of meaning that happened to transcend the words used by people. In that way, John is inspired by these patterns of the cosmos, physics, mendhi, nature, mandalas psychedelic visions and design motifs from indigenous, ancient and eastern cultures. The way that John executes his tattoo style is through a monotone palette of black & grey using a combination of delicate and bold linework, as well as dotwork.

John’s goal is to create a tattoo that will stand the test of time and make his clients happy. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, you should reach out to John as soon as you can because spots are filling up soon.


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Patricia Mazza

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Patricia Mazza is a New Yorker through and through. That being said, she has also been an artist since she was young as she was drawing since she could wrap her little fingers around a crayon. This led to her tinkering with oils, acrylics, pastels and other mediums. She set out to travel for a bit after she went to the School of Visual Arts. This time in her life was devoted to finding aesthetic ideals and artistic inspiration to put towards her tattooing career. She founded a tattoo shop called Octopus Ink in 2007 in St. John.

She enjoys painting, drawing and tatting different style from all eras and cultures. She has a love for metal, stray animals, coffee and dark chocolate. That being said, if you have any interest in what Patricia is all about, reach out to her as soon as possible to get your seat.


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Adam Suerte

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Adam Suerte is a New York local that can be called an illustrator, painter and tattoo artist. Suerte is a very talented tattoo artist that has participated in many solo exhibitions because of his skill set. He has won many awards for himself and if you look at his portfolio, you will see why.

He can knock out all sorts of styles and sometimes he will concentrate on urban iconography when painting or tattooing. He is somewhat of a renaissance man and continues to illustrate, printmake, paint and tattoo among other things. If you want to get a seat with Adam, we suggest reaching out as soon as you can.


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Joe Pepper

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Joe Pepper is an really versatile and skilled tattooer that you can currently find in Hudson Valley, NY. He has spend that last several years of career fostering and developing his technical abilities so he can make great skin art for his clients. His approach to tattoing is bold and he has a solid sense of composition which has led to a lot of attention in this industry. From subtile and delicate to the bright and bold, Joe Pepper is able to tattoo about anything you can think of.

He has been featured in all kinds of tattooing publications as well as being a mainstay on BuzzFead articles. He is an award winning tattoo artist so if you want to get a tattoo, contact him soon because the books are filling up fast.


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Adrien Moses Clark

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Adrien Moses Clark is a New York tattoo artist with the credentials that you love to see out of any person that is going to permanently mark your skin. He has been a professional tattoo artist since 2004 and he truly loves the team and profession he works with. Adrien works to see that smile on the faces of clients after they get a new tattoo. It’s the motiveation to keep going and to keep striving in this industry. While he is capable of tattooing in many styles, Adrien’s main goal is to created masterpieces rooted in traditional Japanese and American styles. During this process, he has been continuing to venture out and learn more about other styles so, you can count on him to be ever evolving.


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Adam Lauricella

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Adam Lauricella is very talented tattoo artist in New York that focuses on symbology, religious iconography and the art of repetition. You can usually find Adam working on imagery from the fine arts which is a big change up to his loved tattoo style of American style tattooing. Adam has been tattooing for many years and you will be able to see the talent level if you look at his online portfolio. His preferred style of tattooing is American traditional and classic black & grey. He loves strong shading and bold outlines just as much as he loves the smooth subtleties of a black & grey tattoo. That being said, he puts a lot effort into being well-rounded so if there is something you want in terms of a tattoo, don’t hesitate to reach out.


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Angela De Rosette

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Angela De Rosette was born in Russion and got high honors in the Art School of B.M. Kustodiev. She’s been in the states since 1997 and her artwork has been showcased in all parts of the world. Angela has been tattooing for since around 2010 and she has build one hell of a portfolio over the years. Her skillset varies but she is fantastic with Asian culture tattoos, fine line work and black & grey. However, if you look at her work, you’ll see that there isn’t much that she can’t do. Don’t waste anymore time before reaching out and setting up a consultation.


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Royal Jafarov

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

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Instead of focusing on promoting his own work, Royal focuses on doing great work for his clients and this is the sign of an artist that you should contact to get a tattoo.

Royal is a very talented tattoo artist who specializes in realism tattooing. On the other hand, this isn’t saying that Royal can’t do anything else because he can knock out most styles of tattoos. The Russian born tattoo artist has been tattooing in America since 2011 and he has been creating wonderful tattoos ever since. In addition to realism, Royal really enjoys the abstract style of tattooing. He’s a fan of the change of pace and that he is able to let his style and creativity take over.

From conceptual paintings to optical illusions, Royal will bring fresh ideas to the table and tackle most projects.


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Rocky Burley

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Rocky Burley creates out some of the best realism pieces in the United States. He specializes in black and grey but he is well-versed in many styles. Rocky is well-rounded, and does a great job with portrait tattoos. A great realism artist needs to be able to capture the essence of the person or thing they are tattooing and Rocky has a gift for this.

Rocky’s tattooing carrer began in 1995 while attending high school. He started using a prison style tattoo machine when he started toying with the idea of being a professional. He took the gun apart and used a guitar string for the needle. He took some time away from tattooing to figure out what he wanted to do but eventually figured out his true love. Rocky went back to tattooing in 2011 and he has been killing it ever since.