The top 10 tattoo artists in Toronto
The top tattoo artists in Toronto are not to be confused with your regular scratchers. While it goes without saying that all artwork is subjective, there is a collection of artists whose designs and efforts toward inclusivity have made an imprint (literally and figuratively) on the city's tat community.
Here are my picks for the top tattoo artists in Toronto.
Working alongside a slew of renowned artists at Chronic Ink, Robyn strays away from the studio's hallmark neo-Asian designs with incredible illustrative works. Cover up tattoos for self harm, abuse and surgery scars are a specialty. Side note: Robyn's digital art is what scifi dreams are made of.
G.NO's work remains untouchable in the watercolour and fine line game. Working out of the South Korean-born brand Tattoo People, G.No's small, floral designs lend her body art a storybook quality that's unmatched.
There's no denying the power of Passage owner Decator, who's been in this game for over 27 years. Decator is, for good reason, in high demand. Adept at several styles – from line work to black and greys and irezumi — he stays in high demand with an impressive resistance to industry burn out.
The founder of this Chinatown studio has been tattooing for a decade and has won a number of awards for his Asian traditional work, though his realism and black and grey tattoos are equally as impressive.
Pushing for representation and inclusivity for Black and brown femmes in the tattoo industry, Dixon a.k.a. Vegas Ink is an artist using her platform to call out anti-Blackness on the scene, whether that be on her personal account or affiliates like upcoming Tru Tattoo Shop or The Rose Underground.
Nobody does American traditional quite like the folks at Okey Doke, including OG Okey Doker Hollingdrake. Longevity is key, and this artist stays churning out pieces with a portfolio that runs from black and grey tats to any type of commissioned artwork.
Formerly of the Harbord shop Speakeasy, Hill has moved his more than 10 years of experience, unreal flash tats, and American traditional and Japanese body art to the collective Under My Thumb on College Street.
Realism is taken to new heights by Kirnkov, whose portraits and black and grey work speak for themselves. Crying saints or Renaissance art-level portraits of your ma and pa never looked so good.
Always providing a safe space for BIPOC and queer communities to get their tat on, Randell a.k.a. Humble Bee Tattoo focuses on working with black and brown skin. Her pieces range from portraits to florals. She's also got a flash Instagram account, with new designs weekly.
HeartStrong founder Tiff Lee's neo-traditional pieces are playful, animal-themed pieces with some witchy themes. This spacemaker has an all-inclusive M.O. for artists and clients, with firm policies on colour tattooing for everyone.
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