It’s a young creative’s favorite pastime; drawing on classmates’ skin to make them look hardcore. But what started as imitation turned very real for Cathy Tattoo. Now the artist from China creates striking portraits saturated with color and mystery. Inspired by her mother who is also an artist, Cathy Tattoo creates images that mix realism with fantasy.
Ornamental. Anime. Gothic. Fine Line. Neo Romantic. Giulia Covelli is the Black and Grey master of them all! Hailing from Trieste, Italy, Giulia has the world captivated by her black and grey artistry in many different styles of tattooing. In the industry since 2013, Giulia hopes that she never stops growing and is never satisfied.
Combine admiration for pop art and the Impressionism Movement – as well as a love for circles and squares – and you get the pixelated passions of Appy Tattoo. She literally puts the Appy in her brand H_appy Tattoo, based in Vancouver. With just three years of tattooing experience, she’s already renowned for her niche in botanical and animation-themed tattoos.
A childhood passion turned dream career path — born in Hong Kong but based in Singapore, Chinese art has been Winnie’s love since she can remember. With 5 years in the industry under her belt, she’s creating Chinese painting-inspired tattoos that appear to be lifted straight from the canvas.
Esther Huang is a Taiwanese artist innovating in the sparsely female-populated female realism niche. Thankfully, she’s good enough to carry the entire ink-genre solo. Esther Huang runs the color-realism world – start taking notes.
Julia's tattoo style is a blend of black and grey surrealism and geometric/dot work, showcasing her versatility and range as an artist. Her tattoos are stunning and have an unmistakable vibrancy and depth that only hard work and masterful technique can provide.
Rik is not your average tattoo artist. He is a master of the black fineline style, a technique that requires precision, skill, and patience. He loves to play with lines and shapes, creating stunning tattoos that are both elegant and edgy. He draws inspiration from nature, geometry, and symbolism, but he also adds his own twist and flair. He is always looking for new challenges and opportunities to grow as an artist. He is currently working at Nembo Tattoo Shop in Rome.
Nina Shchetikova is a rebel with a cause. Growing up in a strict Armenian family, she was banned from drawing anime as a kid. As you can see, she didn’t let that stop her. Teaching herself how to ink, Nina became a tattoo artist specializing in the very thing she was told “wouldn’t provide any opportunity” as a kid: anime and manga. Nina believes that anime isn’t just a genre, but an art form that deserves to be celebrated and immortalized on skin.
Inking detailed, powerful portraits isn’t for the faint of heart, and Chinese artist Liu Hao clearly isn’t faltering. Specializing in black and grey realism, Hao is remaking gods in his own image with incredible displays of shading, detail, and dynamic range. His portrait subjects span all of heaven and hell, plus everywhere in between. You don’t have to believe in God, but you can’t help but believe in Liu Hao.
Wu Xinyi is a tattoo artist who defies expectations. She excels in microrealism, a technique that demands meticulousness, imagination, and incredible finesse. She crafts lifelike tattoos that can fit across a few square inches of skin, finding inspiration in portraits, animals, and flowers (while always infusing her own touch and charm). She is always eager to learn new things and explore her artistic potential. You can book her in person at Century Ink Tattoo Studio in Shanghai.
When I was studying, I encountered all kinds of tattoos on the bodies of friends around me, and my friends kept praising the tattoos for their beauty, but what I thought in my heart was: If I do it, it will be better!
Styilo Navarro doesn’t need color to create – he only needs black. Specializing in fineline, blackwork, and dotwork, Navarro has an unparalleled eye for details and can bring cohesive masterpieces out of tiny ink building blocks. He proudly represents Pueblo, Mexico.