Tattoo Artists with Celebrity Clients

Some of the music industry favorite tattooists.

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Tattoo Artists with Celebrity Clients

What happens when two talented people end up in the same room? In our case, an awesome tattoo. Musicians are all about expressing themselves. When they find an artist who can help them to broadcast a particular message through their skin, they stay loyal for years.

Lou Sciberras

On Marilyn Manson's 21st birthday, Gidget Gein (band member and friend) took him to get his first tattoo at Tattoos By Lou in Miami, Florida. There he met Albert Sgambati, one of his favorite artists. Most Marilyn tattoos were done by four people from the same Florida shop: Lou Sciberras (the founder of Tattoos By Lou), Donovan Stringer, Albert Sgambati and Ken Cameron. Manson also has a tattoo of a skull butterfly designed by Martin Emond that was done by Dark Mark of Illicit Tattoos in Auckland City, New Zealand.

Mark Machado

Mark Machado, aka Mr. Cartoon, a famous Mexican-American tattoo and graffiti artist from Los Angeles has worked with a great list of celebrities: from Travis Baker to Beyonce, from Danny Trejo to Snoop Dog. He also designed the logos for Cypress Hill and Eminem's Shady Records. His original technique comes from California prison. The prisoners had no access to colored inks, so they used watered down black inks to create shadows and depths. His work is a fine example of L.A. lowrider ink.

Mario Barth

Mario Barth is known for his innovative work that introduced a new range of colors into the tattoo ink palette, his versatility of styles and his list of celebrity clientele such as Lenny Kravitz, Tommy Lee, Jason Kidd, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, members of My Chemical Romance, members of Ill Nino, Usher and...Sylvester Stallone. He is the owner and chief tattoo artist at Starlight Tattoo, the owner of high-end tattoo studio King Ink, and the owner and founder of 100% vegan-friendly tattoo ink manufacturer and seller Intenze Products Inc.

Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan Shaw is a self-described "world-traveling outlaw artist." His career as a professional tattoo artist took him from LA to New Orleans, Miami to South America, then eventually to New York City, where he opened the city’s first store-front tattoo parlor, the Fun City Tattoo on St. Mark’s Place, and founded the world’s first mainstream tattoo magazine, International Tattoo Art. He has worked with Johnny Depp, David Lee Roth, Eugine Hutz, Vanilla Ice, Marilyn Manson, Iggy Pop, Jim Jarmusch, supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss and many many others. Fun fact: Jonathan is a son of the Big Band legend Artie Shaw and Hollywood starlet, Doris Dowling.

Paul Booth

If you are in a heavy metal, industrial, progressive or gothic rock then you have certainly seen Paul Booth’s work. He specializes in realistic horror and gothic tattoos done in grayscale. His regular clients are Fred Durst, Sepultura, Pantera, Slipknot, Slayer, Lamb of God, Mudvayne, Soulfly and many others. His works of art are done freehand with a black ink wash. In 2000 he co-founded an international charitable art organization called Art Fusion Experiment.

Keith McCurdy

Keith 'Bang Bang' McCurdy was “discovered” by a 17-year old Rihanna at Whatever Tattoos in 2005. She asked the store piercer, Joe Snake, for the best tattoo artist in the city, and he recommended Bang Bang. The singer was impressed with his work and leading him to her friends Katy Perry and Cara Delevingne. Cara's Instagram photos of her lion tattoo on her finger earned him a legion of new fans. Now his client list features Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Adele, Rita Ora and other pop celebrities. As one of the memorable moments of his career Keith names tattooing Justin Bieber at 40,000ft onboard a private a jet.

Kevin Quinn

Kevin Quinn is a tattoo artist from the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Celebrities that Kevin has left his mark on are Sporty Spice (Melanie C), Guns N' Roses, Julia Roberts and others. Kevin Quinn is all about color and rock'n'roll.

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    Not a biggest fan of her, but what about Kat Von D? Well, its more celebrity tattoo artist more than tattoo artist of celebrities, but as far as I know she had quite a few stars under her needle.
    This is not a full list of course, these are just the ones i like I'm not a big fan of Kat Von D work, personally. 
    Even if you're not a fan, how could you leave her off the list? She is probably the most notable tattoo artist of famous people, especially in LA. 
    I didn't say this was The Complete List, did I? With all due respect, Kat Von D gets enough coverage in media these days
    Tattoos were kinda cool, back when it wasn't a fashion statement.  Now it hardly matters. Says nothing about a person. just like every single other subculture ever Hipsters stole it.
    >> Tattoos were kinda cool, back when it wasn't a fashion statement.   Now it hardly matters. Says nothing about a person. just like every single other subculture ever  Ironic, this is the most hipster thing i've read in a while
    They actually say everything about a person.  Even if its something "tacky", it would completely show the personality of someone.  Just last week I got a Mike and Sully (Monsters Inc.) tattoo to symbolize my sister and I and our bond.  Nothing hipster about that at all.  How about the women who get tattoos to cover their breast cancer scars?  Or the person who lost someone so close to them that they decided to permanently get that persons memory put into their skin, that says nothing about the person?  Last month I saw a guy with a wicked Van Halen red, black, and skin stripe tattoo.  That tells you one thing, that guy fucking loves Van Halen, and that is saying something about the guy.
    "  Just last week I got a Mike and Sully (Monsters Inc.) tattoo to symbolize my sister and I and our bond. " Yeah, that bond totally has no meaning unless you ruin your skin with a stupid tatto to "symbolize" it.
    Ruin your skin?  So you lotion and moisturize 3 times a day?  Never go out into the sun for longer than 10 minutes a day?  Have never gotten a blister, cut, callus, or bruise?  Never gotten the chicken pox?  Never gotten acne and every pore on your body is clear?  You must have zero birthmarks or moles on your whole body then.  You must be damn proud of your perfect skin.
    It depends on the tattoo, I think. If you walk into a tattoo parlor wanting to get an anchor out of a catalogue, it feels very uninspired and unoriginal. However, if you walk in there to get something truly unique, like an original drawing or whatnot, I think it can turn out really cool. But I honestly don't get why so many people want shit like anchors, stags and whatnot tattooed on them these days.
    I think the anchor thing comes from sea-going folk, probably the Navy back in the era of the world wars (or further back to pirates, maybe). For Navy sailors, it was part of being together as a singular fighting force and the camaraderie that goes along with it. Now, it's probably just for the retro appeal of it, like styling one's hair in a pompadour.
    The thing is a tattoo doesn't have to be kinda cool. You do it for yourself and what doesn't matter is what people think about this or that.
    Tattoos aren't even special anymore when people just cover their bodies in random ones as an aesthetic.
    I wouldn't say that's true for every person with one or more tattoos. It's like everything that goes into the mainstream: it doesn't mean you're something, but it also doesn't mean you're not.
    I've been getting tattooed for only about 14 years now and the shift from when I started getting tattooed and the stigma it carried until now is... to be blunt... annoying.  I was a part of a counter culture and now it's wholly accepted and kind of awful.  There is nothing worse than people I don't know coming up to me in public touching my arms or lifting my shirt etc.  Complete strangers think it's ok.  I mean what would these ladies do if I just walked up and lifted their shirt and said "oh sorry I saw your bra peaking out and wanted to know what it looked like"?
    Tattoos now are becoming kinda gay. There's nothing badass about people covered from head to toe in color. Slash's woman tattoo is more badass.
    sincerely the "I thought tattoos were lame before thinking tattoos are lame was cool hipster" 
    I for one dislike tattoos and will never put anything like that on my body. Following my favorite artists is fine but I draw the line at goat beards and tatoos + shaving my head.
    Tattoos = inner ugliness coming to the surface
    Holy shit. This is either perfect satire, or you're a miserable human.
    No I'd say self-defiling exhibitionist attention mongers are miserable. "Look at me I defiled myself permanently for a short-term attention boost!"
    Very, very few people shove their tattoos in everyone's faces. Most of them are under their clothes anyway. It's their body, let them do what they want. I'm sure you'd say the same thing about stuff other than tattoos.
    As an artist, I think not choosing to use my body as a canvas, is a form of self expression. If I feel I NEED to project influence in a form akin to tattoos, Ill wear a shirt or hat that conveys it. To each their own.
    IVSoviaIV · Jun 06, 2017 10:04 AM
    Does anybody even use the word "hack" anymore?
    This guy does all the time. I think he acts like an asshole on purpose on every article to get the IQ with the Worst Comment trophy.
    does Danny Koker not have a few? at his studio at the rio in vegas there are few pictures of well known celebrities getting tattoo's. 
    I can tell so much about you just by looking at your tattoos.  For instance, I can tell that you like spending your money on stupid shit.