If you want a cool tattoo in New York, go to one of these artists

Looking for a brilliant N.Y.C. tattooer? Here are some options.

Illustration Sharon Gong
If you want a cool tattoo in New York, go to one of these artists

One of the best parts of hot concrete season in N.YC. is when people strip down to their skimpiest, and their inked-up skin comes out to shine. Showing off my own tattoos is one of the great joys of summer — sleeves get shorter, and the Max Fleischer Koko the clown tattoo on the back of my arm pops out; lose the pants and the Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome on my thigh peeks out from my short shorts. Summertime, without fail, always makes me wish I had even more ink. If you're feeling the itch, too, these brilliant N.Y.C.-based tattoo artists will do you right.

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1. In the past few years, Tea Leigh expanded her repertoire from dainty floral pokes to elegant animals, faces, and landscapes.

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2. Hit up Mira Mariah If you're into any or all of the following: innovative line structure, unusual subjects, an occasional splash of color.
3. Rosa Bluestone Perr specializes in tattoos that are halfway between delicate and badass.

I slept it away, I sexed it away, I read it away #stickandpoke #solange

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4. Bruno Levy is a master of thick lines and nostalgic images.

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5.When you need to go big, bold, or both, see Tamara Santibanez at Saved Tattoo.

💎 Turn Your Swag On 💎 script on @ndza

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6. If you're looking for something a little different, go to Brooke Herr. She creates abstract, minimalist skin art.

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7. Ol Ash over at Magic Cobra Tattoo has a thing for beautiful color palettes and off-kilter designs.
8. Flora, fauna, the animal kingdom, and silhouettes are Krista Morgenson's specialty. Her tats are just really, really pretty.
9. Knarly Gav is doing some crazy cool shit. What even is this skull sunset woman? And this mermaid cat? I love them all.

NYC June 4th - 30th Email me for questions or appointments gavan55@gmail.com

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10. Delicate stick n' poker Kelli Kikcio tattooed some lovely snowdrops on FADER editor Aimee Cliff.

hand poked sweet&creepy, creepy&sweet for reb 🖤

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11. Long time East River Tattoo resident, Rob Banks is your go-to for strong, traditional work; tigers, snakes, skulls, knives, and lettering are all in his repertoire.
13. Rukus does bright, animated characters as well as traditional-style, single-needle, and cool abstract scenes.
14. My guy Nick Paine has a classic aesthetic and a knack for strong, steady lines. Find him at Greenpoint Tattoo or Allied Tattoo depending on the day; he's a pro.

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15. Laura Martinez, the co-owner of Fleur Noire, is into geometrics and sharp lines.
16. Also at East River, Ryan Shaffer's work has a wacky yet classic-feeling aesthetic.

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17. Looking for fine, intricate details executed with precision? You'll want Brookes Blalock, an indie tattooer who's into some dark images.

Homie prolly had it comin. For @bigfatjuicyeyeballs 🎋 Happy womans day!!!

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18. Elijah Rivers over at Electric Gorilla has the range — from lettering to thick lines to realism.
19. If you're into gentle ink, try Mare Delanoir's ethereal tats.

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20. Very into the feathery, dreamlike style of Lauren O'Connor.
21. Kyle England's little tats are heavenly.

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22. The pastel pieces Will Sheldon does are kind of insane, in a great way.

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23. Paging all nostalgists and cat-lovers! Jenna Bouma's flawless stick and pokes are for you.

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24. For something a lil' more realistic, try Black Ink's Kevin Soomai.

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25. These blue and black stick and pokes from Carson Floey are the next wave.
26. Rita Salt's flash-only spooky images are for freaks only.

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27. Jackson Epstein will build you a sea tower or poke you a cute lil' bat friend
28. If you get lucky and grab an appointment with Mars Hobrecker, please get something spooky.

Pumpkin head for Cassie 🎃 It's almost that time of year! Let's do something spooky

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29. Ryan a/k/a traphousefanmail does sick images from your weirdest dreams at Black Square.
30. The FADER loves cats and books and plants and so does Katya Krasnova.
31. Juan Diego Prieto plays with the line between macabre and spiritual.
May 19, 2017
If you want a cool tattoo in New York, go to one of these artists