- Eric Cantu – Dallas, TX
- Gabriel Massey – Houston, TX
- Jonathan Fiore – Austin, TX
- Tara Quinn – San Antonio, TX
- James Corgill – Dallas, TX
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Texas is home to some of the most talented tattoo artists in the world. You’ll find an artist for every style at every corner of this great state. We know that finding the perfect artist can be a struggle so we wanted to help in the process by sharing a list of some of the best tattoo artists in Texas. We hope this list helps.
Eric Cantu has been tattooing since he was 16 years old. He remembers it as being a memorial/script piece that he did for a friend. That was the moment he knew he wanted to be a professional tattoo artist. He truly thrives are trying to be a well-rounded artist that is versatile in creating custom tattoos for his clients. If you asked him what his favorite styles are, Eric might tell you that he enjoys tribal, realism, new school, Japanese, black & grey, blackwork, watercolor and traditional to name a few. Eric does this for the love of tattooing and if you set an appointment with him, you’ll see that the client comes first.
Mark Strong, also known as Indelible Mark, is truly someone you won’t forget. Mark has been in the tattoo game since 2010 and has worked with some of the best artists in the world on his way to becoming a great artist on his own. Mark can handle almost any style you can think of but he really loves to tattoo photo realism and realistic tattoos. This goes for color or black & grey.
Mark knows that getting a tattoo is a very personal experience and he will make is a special experience for you as well. Every tattoo artist should be aware of the responsibility they have in taking care of their clients and Mark is fully aware of this responsibility. Check him out and you’ll see what we mean.
Gabriel Massey is a wonderful tattoo artist that will give you a tattoo that you will love for the rest of your life. He’s been doing this since 2007 and it shows in his work. The early part of his career was under the tutelage of Dan Martin at Scorpion Studios and it was an important time for Gabriel in his growth as a tattoo artist. He’s got a great deal of influences that include cinema, history, nature, music and literature. The majority of his work revolves around two distinct styles. These are bright and bold traditional tattoos and precise, delicate dotwork and geometric blackwork. Reach out to set up an appointment as soon as you can. The spots are filling up fast.
Jonathan Fiore is a tattoo artist that can do anything from flash to custom tattoos. He loves tattooing and you can tell it when you look at his work. You can almost feel the passion in his tattoos and that is saying something when you talk about the level of talent in Texas. After seeing his artwork in 2008, a tattoo shop owner encouraged Jonathan to get involved in tattooing and start an apprenticeship. He started the next day and the rest is history. By December of 2009, Jonathan was a full time tattoo artist and he hasn’t slowed down. He has a very unique style and he takes from many styles and his own custom work. No matter what you’re thinking you want in a tattoo, Jonathan is probably able to knock it out. Sit down with him for a consultation to make sure one way or another.
Carl Hallowell is a Texas tatoo artist that specializes in Irezumi and other bold styles of tattooing. He enjoys using colors to make a traditional tattoo look and it was this tattoo style that brought him into the tattoo world. He’s been doing this for over 20 years and he is still on a journey of learning how to create these images in the perfect manner to please the client and to meet his own expectations.
He started tattooing in 1995 and learned from Derek Jefferson out of Screamin Mimi Tattoo. Derek instilled all the great tattoo qualities that you’ll see in Carl and if you sit down with him you will agree. Don’t wait any longer if you are looking for a great Japanese tattoo.
If you are looking for crazy illustrative style tattoos or traditional tattoos, Dan Martin is the man to see. He is a gift to the tattoo industry and his tattooing is unlike anyone you’ve probably seen in years. While we mention illustrative tattoos and Japanese tattoos, Dan shouldn’t be pigeon holed into only doing these styles of tattoos. He is a truly talented artist that can do anything you ask, but in order to get a seat with Dan, you are going to have to reach out soon. His books are filling up fast and you don’t want to be on the outside looking in.
Tara Quinn has been tattooing for year in Texas and if you look at her portfolio, you will see one thing in common with all her tattoos. They are all beautiful and they stand out. Tara specializes in new school tattoos and her tattoos just pop off the page. She has clean, crisp lines and great coloring that make her one of our favorite new school tattoo artists in all of Texas. That being said, her talent level means that her chair is always full and if you want to get the opportunity to be tattooed by Tara, you should reach out immediately to set up a consultation.
Ceci is a Texas tattoo artist that loves painting and tattooing. Her specialty is color, illustrative and creative concepts that will blow your mind. From clients to colleagues, family to friends, Ceci is appreciative of anyone that helped her along the way to get her to wear she is now. Because of these people, Ceci’s clients are able to enjoy her work. She knows that the journey is long and she learns from everyone she encounters. This goes for tattooing and life. Her work is proof of her positive attitude and willingness to learn. Set up an appointment with this talented tattoo artist as soon as you have an opportunity.
Cisco works out of Houston, Texas and has been in the tattoo game for many years. The proof is in the pudding too. His black & grey realism tattoos are out of this world. They could be confused for real pictures and that is something that any fan of realism tattoos would love to have. Cisco is able to capture the souls of the subjects in his portrait tattoos. Being able to do that is something all realism tattoo artists attempt to do but rarely accomplish. His books are filling up fast so if you want to get a seat with this talented tattoo artist, reach out today.
Matt McGrath is a well rounded tattoo artist out of the DFW area of Texas. He is a lifetime artist in every sense of the world. Along with tattooing, Matt creates designs and art in many mediums including logos, branding and chalk lettering. He apprenticed at Riot Ink from 2012 to 2014 and became a professional at that point. If you have had a look at Matt’s portfolio and like what you see, email him today to set up a time to come in for a consultation. At that point you can talk about what you are looking for in a tattoo and Matt will let you know if you is able to do it. We have a feeling it won’t be a problem with a talent level like his.
Chris takes all of his appointments through email and if you are looking at his portfolio and like what you see, contact him through the above link. He specializes in American traditional and neo-traditional tattoos. His bold lines and bright colors make for a tattoo that you will appreciate for years to come. Don’t wait any longer to reach out or your spot my get filled by someone else.
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Erik Axel Brunt is a Texas tattoo artist that has been in the game for a while now. Erik got started with an introduction through body piercing in 2004. He got a piercing apprenticeship while setting an appointment for getting a tattoo and from there he moved onto a tattoo apprenticeship. Eric is a fast learning and is well-rounded which means he can handle most styles. However, he loves to sit down with his clients and work out an idea with them that he can ink. To have the input from the client and turn it into a piece of body art is very rewarding for Eric. Come see what all the talk is about and set up a time to have a consultation with Eric.
Rudy Hetzer is not only a tattoo artist but he’s also a business man with a shop and clothing line. However, you are here for Rudy’s tattoos and you wouldn’t be wrong to think that he can knock out a great tattoo. Rudy Hetzer grew up in Illinois and had a hard time fitting in with other kids in his youth. Because of that, graffiti art became his escape. After high school, Rudy attended the Art Institute in California and had a plan to design surfboards, skateboards and other alternative sporting goods. However, he ended up heading in a different direction. These days, Rudy is usually booked out at least a month in advance. He is an excellent realism artist that makes his art come to life on your body. Check out his portfolio and judge for yourself.
When it comes to strong, bold and colorful tattoos, Alex Kass is a guy that we love. His American traditional tattoos just pop and will make any fan of the style a happy camper. From neo-traditional to Japanese, Alex is able to make your vision come to life with a tattoo that will stand out to the masses. If you have taken a look at his portfolio and think you are ready to sit down with Alex, reach out and set up a time to talk. He’ll take care of the rest.
James Corgill been a professional tattoo artist for over 25 years and in that time, he’s seen about everything there is to offer. He works out of a clean and safe space and takes his professionalism very seriously. James specializes in many styles of tattooing including Japanese, geometric, black & grey, decorative, neo-traditional, Ornate, abstract and American traditional tattoos. His apprenticeship was completed under Lee Pantano of Twin Beta Tattoo in Colorado and has studied fine art in college.
All that said, if you think you’d like to get a tattoo from James, use the link above to reach out and set up a time to meet.
Ben Dipietro is very skilled tattoo artist that has been making his clients happy with beautiful body art for years now. He loves to work in the illustrative style while tattooing images of plants and animals. He also really enjoys sitting down with a client, talking about what they want and creating a custom tattoo just for them. Ben works in a clean and professional environment and if his work is something you are interested, email him today to set up a time to meet.
Aaron Baily started tattooing back in 2012 when he apprenticed under the watchful eye of Paula Diamonds for two years. Once he learned the trade, he started his professional tattooing career at Artistic Encounters where he sharpened his skills along side of many other talented tattoo artists.
Aaron specializes in a array of styles but loves the traditional style as well as new school tattoos. His use of bold lines and colors make his tattoos really stand out when compared to other traditional tattoo artists. His influences are Paula Diamond and Sailor Jerry. If you’d like to set up a time to talk to Aaron, email him from the link above and set up a time.
Jason Poole is a seasoned tattoo artist that has been involved since 1996. That is a long time to be tattooing and when you look at his portfolio you will be able to see the time and effort that has gone into tattooing. Jason specializes in Japanese tattoos but that isn’t all he can do. He is always willing to learn and that is how someone that has been in the game this long continues to be relevant and sought after. Reach out to Jason if you are interested in getting inked.
Christopher Hedlund is a tattoo artist from Texas. His focus in the tattoo game revolves around color tattooing. He loves tattooing in the styles of illustrations, neo-traditional, floral, watercolor and abstract.
Christopher is an artist in every sense of the word. He is proficient in graphic design, illustration, wood & stone carving, painting and building tattoo machines. He is a jack of all trades and very talented in all of these topics. He has always felt the need to create beautiful things and he is able to take ideas and turn them into tangible pieces of art. If this is something that interests you, email Christopher to set up a consultation.
Benjamin Barreto was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico and started tattooing in 2012 with an apprenticeship in Plattsburgh, NY. He has been tattooing professionally since 2013 and has been killing it ever since. He works by walk-ins and appointments so if you have looked at his portfolio and feel like Benjamin could be the artist for your, don’t waste anymore time and reach out.
Ever tattoo inked by Benjamin is totally custom and original. He loves to sit down with his clients and work together to come up with a piece that is completely original and made for the client. There is nothing that is out of the realm of possibility in terms of styles.
Gary Graves has been in the tattoo game for over 20 years and has worked at some of the most famous shops in the world as well as working with some of the top tattoo artists in the world. He is a real talent and his realism tattoos pop off the skin. It takes a talented artist to capture the essence of a subject when tattooing. Animal tattoos look like they are going to jump off the skin and portrait tattoos look so real they might start talking. It doesn’t matter what Gary decides to tattoo, he is going to create a wonderful piece of art that will last you a lifetime.
Annie Alonzi is a professional tattoo artist out of Austin, TX. She makes illustrations and tattoos and she does both very well. She really enjoys tattooing ladies, mythical creatures & demons, flowers, pin-ups and plants to name a few. Because of her skillset, Annie’s books tent to fill up fast so if you have looked at her portfolio and you think she could be the tattoo artist for you, reach out. Annie works in a clean a professional environment so you can be sure you’ll be taken care of when you get a tattoo with her.
Travis Chick works out of Dallas, Texas and specializes in realistic black & grey pieces. However, Travis is able to ink most styles of tattoos. He’s got a lot of fantastic biomechanical pieces as well as some sweet color pieces that pop off the page. Travis has been on the forefront of tattooing in the DFW area for years now and has earned a reputation for being a professional and talented artist. If you are looking for creativity, professionalism and quality, look Travis up so you can set up a consultation. You will not be disappointed with the work you get from him.
Tony Hundahl has been a professional tattoo artist since 1998. All the years in the industry hasn’t stunted Tony’s passion and hunger to learn. He tends to focus on a lot of bold imagery with movement. These styles revolve around Japanese and traditional tattooing. However, he is definitely versatile enough to work in any style and he loves to work with his clients to come up with something custom.
The goal is to create a tattoo that the client will be proud of. Because this is usually the case with Tony, his books fill up fast. Reach out to him and set up a consultation if you are curious.
Calvin F. Xavier III
Calvin F. Xavier is an award winning tattoo artist that has been tattooing professionally for over ten years. He was born and raised in the Bay Area of California and now graces the people of Texas with his presence. He has a unique style that keeps his books full. His clean and crisp style make him of the top artists in the state.
Robert Ortiz was his mentor and he met Robert when he was 19. After he finished his apprenticeship, Calvin became a professional in every sense of the word. He specializes in Japanese realism which is a mix of realistic images and Japanese art. The mix of these two styles create an amazing piece of art. He can also cleanly create new school, black & grey and portrait tattoos.
Eddie Ayala is a professional tattoo artist that works in the Lone Star state. He’s been tattooing for around 10 years in total and he specializes in black & grey as well as custom lettering. He also toys with other mediums and painting on the side but his true passion is to make beautiful tattoos on his clients. Before tattoos, Eddie was a graffiti artist. He loves every type of art and figured it would be a little safer to ink the bodies of his clients instead of graffiti.
Steven Reamer has been involved with art his whole life. He received a degree in fine arts and he specializes in portrait drawings and paintings along with his custom pieces that he does. These have been a big influence in his tattooing career. He loves to tattoo in the realism style and is able to do this in both color and black & grey. He’s been tattooing for over 5 years now and he is continuing to learn because becoming one of the best has been a goal of Steven’s. if you are interested in getting a tattoo from Steven, make an appointment as soon as you can. His books are filling up fast and you don’t want to be left out.
Craig Sheets is an award winning tattoo artist that has been tattooing since 1994. He is a very well-rounded tattoo artist that is able to tattoo in any style. However, what he really loves to tattoo is large color tattoos. From realism to new school and black & grey to realism, Craig can do it al.
He has multiple awards for Best Color Tattoo, Best Full Back Tattoo and Best Overall Tattoo and many venues. That said, you know you are getting a tattoo from a real professional and because of that Craig is a busy man. Set up a time to sit down with Craig when you get a chance. You won’t regret the tattoo you get from him.
Kayden DiGiovanni began tattooing his friends and himself with bottle of India ink and needle when he was 10 years old. That said, he was destined to make great tattoos for the masses. It wasn’t long after that Kayden knew that tattooing was what he wanted to do.
He started his first apprenticeship at Tantalizing Tattoo in Arlington, Texas at the age of 27 and he stayed there for six years. He specializes in biomechanical and he does it very well. If you are looking for a tattoo to make it look like you’re made of mechanical pieces, Kayden is the guy to talk to.
If you are considering getting a tattoo from Eric Diaz, know you are getting an award winning tattoo artist with over 10 years of experience in the game. He prefers to work on custom tattoos so that means he loves sitting down with his clients and talking about the kind of tattoo they want and then working it out on a piece of paper. He has been published in over 15 magazines and he has been interviewed on TV as well.
He is the consummate professional and knows he has a great responsibility to make a beautiful tattoo for his clients. If you think you want a tattoo from Eric, reach out to him via email and set up a time to sit down with him. You’ll be happy with the results.
Isaac Tinajero has been an art lover his whole life. He was raised by an artist which meant he was bound to be involved in art at some point in his life. If you look at his illustrations and tattoos, you will see a lot of comic book, cartoon and graffiti influences. His first mentor was an American traditional tattoo artist which taught Isaac a lot about the fundamentals of tattooing. From there, Isaac went ton to be one of the best in Texas. If you love Isaac’s tattoos and want to get a tattoo from him, reach out as soon as you can. The results will be something that you will love for years to come.
James Hall is a highly sought out tattoo artist. As a tattoo artist, James spends most of his creative energy making a very thorough and intimate process for all of his clients. You can see by looking in his portfolio that he loves to create custom art with his clients. He enjoys illustrative designs and he adds some realism flavor to his tattoos to create a custom and special tattoo for all of his clients. He works by appointments only so if you’d like to get a tattoo from James, we suggest reaching out as soon as possible.
Sonia Mendez-Anderson has been tattooing for over 10 years but has been in the tattoo industry for around 20 years. That means there is nothing that she hasn’t seen so if you have an idea for a tattoo, Sonia is probably going to be able to help you bring you vision to life.
Her style revolves around abstract, traditional, tribal and anything with lots of color and bold lines. However, she will try anything because she is always pushing herself to be the best tattoo artist she can be. She also loves the challenge of reworks and coverups so don’t be afraid to ask Sonia to help you fix a tattoo that you weren’t a big fan of.