Society is getting more and more accepting of tattoos, which means you have no excuse not to get the one you’ve been thinking of for the last few years. But getting a tattoo as a Black person can be a bit more complicated than it is for others. The color has to show up well, the lines have to last, and we want to get tatted by someone who will respect us and our ideas. Well, we’ve done the work for you to ensure that happens. We’ve collected the Instagrams of 10 experienced Black women tattoo artists who are ready and willing to give you the tattooing experience you deserve and some long-lasting ink. Start the slideshow to see some of their more intricate work on Black skin.
Doreen Garner is @flesh_and_fluid, a tattoo artist based in Brooklyn. Her Instagram is filled with tattoos with meaningful symbols, markers of identities, and elated Black people who are more than satisfied with their new ink. You can book an appointment with Doreen at www.doreengarner.com.
Brittany Randell is the artist behind the handle @humblebeetattoo. She is based in Toronto, blessing tattoo lovers with her plethora of skills. Her Instagram reveals just how versatile of an artist she really is. She has done portraits, blackout tattoos, flowers, icons, flash pieces, and sleeves. Brittany is booked up until January so you better schedule your appointment now if you want to experience her talent before springtime.
The doctor is in! @MiryamLumpini is the Witch Doctor of Los Angeles. Her work is filled with vibrant flowers, fictional characters like Sailor Moon, galaxies, and the occasional portrait. Miryam has also been spotted working on celebrities like Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, Kehlani, Jhene Aiko and Slick Woods. Shoot her an email at email@example.com to book an appointment.
Debbi Snax is an artist based in the ATL. She is currently tattooing at Saints and Sinners, but she does make appearances here and there at festival after-parties, awareness events like iVillage @ MLK, and curator mixers. Debbi is also a painter, and when she’s not tattooing, she’s climbing up walls painting full-blown murals. Check her out at Saints and Sinners or shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krystal is a cartoon/color artist based in Irving, Texas. Her bold designs and splashes of color are what make her tattoos so special. If you ever need a giant Reptar or a huge image of RuPaul etched onto your skin, hit her up. She has a couple more spots open between now and December.
Houston, Texas, baby! Tati is very proud of the vibrant tattoos she can create on Black skin. Her floral tattoos are some of her most vivid. Tati is an appointment-only artist, so be sure to schedule one through her email at Tattoosbytati@gmail.com.
Krissy the Butcher is the owner of Bloodline Dynasty Tattoos in Farmington Hills, MI and is an award-winning tattoo artist. She uses her platform to emphasize the beauty of tattoos on Black women and the strength they can find in their ink. Send her business an email at email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Whether it’s an ode to your mother or a symbol of your own growth, @lovelivecake will be there to support you every step of the way. She is based in the ATL and works with Black Owl Tattoos. While you’re there, check out her paintings and her tees. We’re sure you’ll find something you will like.
Jaz Paulino is a tattooer based out of Brooklyn. Working out of Fleur Noire Tattoo Parlour, Jaz has a pretty extensive collection of art she’s etched onto people over the years. You can catch her at tattoo conventions around the U.S., or you can make an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chavonna Rhodes is a tattoo artist based in Atlanta. Her incredibly crisp and impossibly detailed tattoos are probably what caught the attention of the right people and landed her a spot in season 9 of Ink Master. Check out her Instagram for her work, travel posts, her time in the Army, and her next available appointment dates. Want more? She also has a YouTube Channel. Book an appointment with Chavonna at BangInk@yahoo.com.
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