Labelling the best tattoo artists in Atlanta has been difficult; there’s a large abundance of talent, and there were no shortage of close calls to be made.
If you’re searching for the best tattoo artists you’re likely only to find a few shop results like this article from GA Followers, and some notes on Creative Loafting. So again, we took it upon ourselves to craft something up.
Like our other lists, we do understand that the word “best” is quite subjective. And that our inclusions and exclusions may be somewhat polarizing. Our goal with these articles is to reflect a grouping of 10 artists in a given area that we are quite fond of – rather than that of all out gospel.
While we do consider this list a grouping of our “best tattoo artists in Atlanta” we also want to acknowledge a huge grouping of talented tattoo artists and shops before we begin: Ben Thomas, Ryan Weaver, Jake Wilkes, Matt Greenhalgh, Brian Snape, Cap Szumski, Barbara Rocket, Timeless Tattoo, Southern Star Tattoo, 848 Tattoo Studio Liberty Tattoo Studio, and Only You.
Here is a look at our choice for best tattoo artists in Atlanta:
Miya Bailey – City of Ink
Bailey is founder of City of Ink and one of the more celebrated tattooists in the country. He’s defined by a truly unique style that is virtually unmatched. If you have some time, check out Color Outside the Lines, a documentary featuring Miya detailing black artists and their struggle to find a foothold in the industry.
Tony Mancia – Studio Recluse
Tony has long been one of our favorite artists. So much so, we reached out to him in the creation of this article for his suggestions; we totally trust his word. One of the world’s best black and grey artists, rest easy if you find yourself at Studio Recluse.
A Georgia native tattooing since 97, Russ opened Ink and Dagger in 2007 envisioning a studio that “embodied sophistication and creativity in a down home atmosphere”. We’ve had Russ on the account a few times. His 3D mandalas are absolutely mind-blowing and he’s one of the more talented ornamental artists we’ve come across to date.
Deano Cook is a whole lot of things. Being one of the best tattoo artists in Atlanta, is just one of them. He’s an artist, painter, illustrator, underwater photographer, and a member of Ocean Artists Society. Water is evidently one of Deano’s passions and it shows in all of his art. His tattoos primarily feature underwater scenery and aquatic life. Check out some of the awesome paintings on Deano’s site. Read our shop review on Psycho Tattoo right here.
Erick Holguin – Ink and Dagger
A recent addition to the Ink and Dagger team in Roswell, Erick is a superb realistic black and grey artist. Erick has a truly unique genesis as a tattoo artist – he began tattooing while enlisted in Iraq. You can find a great read on his story right here.
Tony Olivas – Sacred Heart Tattoo
We couldn’t dream of making this list without the well known Tony Olivas. As the owner of award winning Sacred Heart studio – Tony ushers in a proud legacy of artists at both the Little 5 Points, and Norcross locations of the shop.
Joe Vegas – Thunderbolt Tattoo
Working out of the two man shop that is Thunderbolt, Vegas “designs one of a kind tattoos that flow with the wearer’s body to produce a clean, bright, stunning look”. Influenced by the greats in Ed Hardy, Zeke Owen, and Horiyoshi 3 – Vegas has a proud history of clients including the Stray-Cats, the Black Crows, the Cramps, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Train, Motley-Crue, Sugarland, Social Distortion, Playboy center-folds and many more.
Brandon Bond – All or Nothing Tattoo
Bond was named artist of the year at the 2005 South Florida Tattoo Convention, and again in 2006 at the North Carolina Convention. He’s one of the country’s more influential artists for his respective style, and could not be held out of this list. Want to see something cool? Here’s a picture of Bond tattooing Nas.
Todo B – ABT Tattoo
A stellar artist with the power to bring portraits to real life, Todo’s images speak for themselves within the Atlanta scene. Full color realism dominates Todo’s body of work, but his black and grey is still out of this world. Check out this behind the scenes video he worked on with 2 Chainz. Are you an artist looking for a gig in Atlanta, ABT is hiring!
Often travelling Josh sets home ground at Memorial Tattoo in in Moreland. He’s a wicked traditional artist, and you can see him next at the Asheville Tattoo and Art Expo on March 13th. Read our shop profile on Memorial Tattoo right here.