Whenever I share Hurtado's work with someone, the usual response is: "That's a painting, that's not a tattoo!" Wrong. It's definitely a tattoo; though his amazing use of a broad color palette, mastery of realistic shading, and control of the tattoo machine does make his work look like it belongs in a museum.
Style: Black and Grey
Quintanar is doing some of the bestóif not the bestóblack and grey tattoos in the United States. With his West Coast lettering style and his intricately shaded portraits, you wonít mind overlooking the pictures of Travis Barker (whom he has tattooed extensively).
Hooper has taken mandalic patterns and sacred geometry to new heights with his refined ornamental work and intricate pointillism. His work is often large, sometimes dizzying, and always beautiful.
Style: Japanese Traditional
If you don't know the name Horiyoshi III, you don't know anything about the Japanese tattoo. Horiyoshi III has been tattooing for more than 40 years. In his feed youíll see not only the famous bodysuit work for which he's known, but a sense of the tradition he works in: fascinating antique photographs of Japanese tattooing, and Ukiyo-e woodblock prints from which the tattoos are derived.
5. @mrubendall and 6. @codonnell_nyc
Style: Japanese Contemporary
Rubendall and O'Donnell have a long history of working together in NYC and both have a deep passion for the traditions of Japanese iconography. They have also added their own modernizations, and inevitably "Americanized," twists to the genre. Rubendall and OíDonnellís shading and gradation of color are complex without being overbearing; their choices are somehow rebellious yet respectful; and, most importantly, they both tattoo some really amazing skulls!
Style: Pin-up/New School
These ainít your average pin ups. If the size of Joe Capobianco's pompadour is a symbol of anything, it's that he's all about big curves. The hips and lips on these ladies are large and plump, and their chests are as robust as Capobianco's color palette. For pin ups that are cartoonish, more than a little naughty, and always beautifully executed, be sure to follow this account.