So here’s the deal: I don’t have a tattoo, but I’ve always wanted one. I’ve been going back and forth between designs since forever. Tattoos are a big commitment, and I just want my first one to be perfect. I’ve noticed at the moment I’m more drawn to minimalist tattoos. I think they’re perfect as a first tattoo. Confession: I spend hours lurking online for inspirations. My “tattoo” board on Pinterest probably has a hundred photos in it. Another platform I frequent is Instagram. The artists there are amazing and when I do decide to finally get myself a tattoo, I’d want them to be the one to ink me. Maybe they can inspire your first or next tattoo, too.
Sol is a tattoo artist from South Korea. Her use of colors is phenomenal, she can translate Monet and Van Gogh brilliantly even on tiny tattoo pieces.
Maan Simbajon is a graphic designer, illustrator, videographer, and tattoo artist whose works are well recognized in the local art scene. She graduated from the University of the Philippines’ College of Fine Arts and currently works at renowned tattoo studio, 55Tinta. You can also catch this homegrown talent at Afrokush Studio.
With New York-based tattoo artist Donghwan Kim, better known as Evan Kim, the devil is in the details. Kim’s blackwork and black and grey discreet yet powerful tattoos landed him big time clients, including Brooklyn Beckham and Sara Snyder.
Some may recognize her as half of the electronic rock duo Turbo Goth, or through her modeling and acting gigs, but Filipino-American Sarah Gaugler is actually also a visual artist, designer, illustrator, and tattoo artist. Typography and line art are her signature designs.
Stanislava Pinchuk (aka Miso) is a Ukraine-born artist who has made Tokyo and Melbourne her home. She’s been known for tattooing her friends in exchange for goods or favors, and even just meaningful conversations, instead of money. She describes her minimalist tattoos as “a mapping–usually of geographical places and travels.”