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Top 5 tattoo artists

By Gavin Jewkes, 6 August 2014

Entering #tattoos into Instagram’s search bar brings up enough decorated bodies to make even the saltiest old sea dog raise an inky paw and doff his sailor’s hat in appreciation. In fact, uploading a pic of your latest skin art is fast becoming the new #selfie, #TBT or envy-inducing #holiday snap.
 
But if you’re yet to go under the needle, and are still pondering which design to go for, you might want to take a look at these guys for inspiration. Here’s our rundown of the top tattoo talent and artists on Instagram.

top 5 tattoo artists

Picture: instagram.com/javier_rodriguezltw

 

Javier Rodriguez

This man knows how to deliver knockout punches of colour without compromising on design. Javier Rodriguez’s tattoos are not for the faint-hearted.

top 5 tattoo artists

Picture: http://instagram.com/apro_lee


Apro Lee

This is an ace account for anyone who likes their tattoos with a high-fashion edge to them. Be warned, though, Apro Lee's Insta-feed errs on the darker side of body art – including a few inky behinds.

top 5 tattoo artists

Picture: instagram.com/edekqwerty


Edek Qwerty

Specialising in surreal, cartoonish tatts with a vintage feel, Edek Qwerty’s account is jam-packed with the kind of body art that will prompt anyone with even the slightest inclination for ink to book a ticket to Berlin for a session in his chair.
top 5 tattoo artists

Picture: instagram.com/mattydarienzo


Matty D’Arienzo


Not content with etching his masterpieces onto people’s skin, D’Arienzo produces a range of tattoo-inspired T-shirts for Baron Clothing Company too. His clean, graphic approach means his designs work just as brilliantly on clothes as they do on the body. This account is an especially good one for anyone seeking tattoos that make a statement.
top 5 tattoo artists

Picture: instagram.com/rosehardy


Rose Hardy


Specialising in intricate portraits and pinups, friend of ASOS Rose Hardy’s feed resembles a dreamlike picture book. Her masterful use of colour will have you wondering why you had that sleeve done in monochrome after all.

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