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El Nawal’s Black-Ink Tattoos Embody Energy

Alberto Hartleben is known as “El Nawal” in the tattoo community. A Guatemalan native who has lived most of his life in Brazil. In 2021, he co-founded a private tattoo studio in Houston, Texas, where he currently resides and works. As a tattoo artist, he employs black ink due to its beauty and longevity. In […]

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Animals Tattoo

Stippling Tattoos by Choi Yun

Choi Yun, 27, is not a fan of the term “dotwork.” Instead, she employs precise stippling to achieve intense gradient shading and reduce tattoo machine impression marks. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Chugye University, and her parents have always encouraged her to pursue her dream of becoming a tattooist right out […]

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Flowers and Plants Tattoo

Zee’s Interview on Delicate Flower Tattoos

Zee, who started his tattoo career in South Korea in 2016, concentrates his work on the eternal theme of flowers. His fine-line art is sought after by domestic and international clients who see them as an aesthetic fit and flowing for any part of the body. The main issue with flowers is that around 90% […]

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Jio’s Tattoos Express the Joy and Pain of Life

Jio was born in Dzerzhinsk, Russia, and emigrated with her family to the South of Portugal, where she spent part of adolescence and eventually studied in Lisbon’s prestigious university (Faculdade de Bela-Artes da ULisboa). Even though she still has a strong connection to Portugal, that country did not give the opportunity she deserved to become […]

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Art Body Art Geometric Tattoo

Paradox: Mandala Tattoos and the Meaning of Life

Paradox’s career as a graphic designer producing logotypes and business cards in a stuffy office is almost like a past life. What made him quit, was his unwillingness to continue working a 9 to 5 job. Based in Enschede, Eastern Netherlands near the German border, Paradox attentively works with his clients, making tattoos that are spiritual […]

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Ilya Cascad: Interview with Precision Tattooist of Ornamental Illusions

A native of Russia and resident artist at the acclaimed Love Machine studio in New York City, Ilya Cascad works hours on end to finalize geometric, motion illusion patterns on the bodies of his clients. “Symmetry” and “precision” are words that best describe Cascad’s tattoos, done in black ink; however, recently implementing color to arm […]

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Yanina Viland: Painting, Tattooing and Creating Positive Experiences

We met up with tattoo artist Yanina Viland in her new private studio in Lisbon, Portugal, located in the traditional part of the city that overlooks the Tagus river. She smiled, showing us her balcony—the outdoor space where she spends time just chilling and collecting thoughts. Her dog BB King, a friendly mutt she adopted […]

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Noko: The 10-Year-Old Tattoo Prodigy and Daughter of Gakkin

Born in Japan and living in The Netherlands with her parents for the last three years, Noko, 10 years old will be 11 this December. She loves dancing, playing Roblox and making slime with her friends. We met her at the London Tattoo Convention, where she quietly drew in a sketchbook while her esteemed-tattooist-father Gakkin […]

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Daniel Matsumoto Tattoos at the Old Crow Studio in Oakland

After WWII, Daniel Matsumoto’s grandparents emigrated from Japan to Brazil, where the family settled. Later Matsumoto left his hometown of Brasilia, backpacking and tattooing along the way. He has done guest spots in shops in Bogota, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, Hamburg, Barcelona, ​​Chicago, and more locations like Oakland where Scene360 caught up with him […]

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10 Best Tattoo Artists of 2018—Editor’s Picks

The tattoo industry has grown immensely in the last decade. There is demand and appreciation for both old-school and new-school artists. Nowadays not everyone goes through a grueling apprenticeship (yet there may be a need for it as Ami James states in our interview); the new generation is often coming from universities (from fields like […]