Even though tattoos have been part of various cultures around the world, their meaning has been transformed in societies like ours. Many people find in the skin the perfect medium to house memories. For others, tattooing is just an excuse to decorate the body. Regardless of the reason, tattooing involves skill and talent.
We present a list of ten Mexican tattoo artists who show that our country is a great exponent of this art.
1. Aníbal Pantoja: Mexican illustrator, graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (now Faculty of Arts and Design). He is founder of Gallonegro, piercings and tattoos studio located in Mexico City. Each tattoo demands perfection and Anibal’s work is a clear example. His talent as an illustrator is combined with cleanness, precise strokes and attention to detail.
2. Cynthia Cuevas (aka Molly): Visual communicologist, illustrator and tattoo artist. Her main references are Neoclassic, Victorian and Baroque. Her work is characterized by the great skill that has to apply color and detail to illustration. Each piece is unique and designed specifically for each client.
3. Dazer: Originally from Monterrey, Isaac Ramos “Dazer” is an artist capable of resolving images with different styles, going for realism, portrait and even watercolor. Is part of the team of Gallonegro although alternates his work between Monterrey and Mexico City. The dedication he puts into every job makes him as one of the best tattoo artists in the country.
4. Fraktal: Alfredo Bahena, aka “Fraktal” is one of the most influential characters at the Mexican scene of tattoo. With each job innovates and renews himself, showing that the tattoo is an activity that evolves and improves with years of practice.
5. Erick Cuevas: His tattoos in grayscale are most impressed by the precision of the lines and detail in shadowing. It worths following this artist originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco.
6. Flakone: With over 20 years of experience, Flakone is one of the pioneers of the new wave of Mexican tattoo. He is capable of tattooing in all styles but focuses more on traditional Japanese and American. The way in which conceptualizes the needs and desires of each client is guarantee of an amazing tattoo. He is one of the founders of Blackflag, studio with 17 years experience.
7. Javi Wolf: If this is about watercolor tattoos, Javi Wolf is the best in this category. His style has become unmistakable for his talent for combining colors and skin tones, playing with lights, shadows and fine lines. Although he is original from Cancun, now lives in Mexico City.
8. John Mendoza: Originally from Guadalajara, John Mendoza is a freelance tattoo artist that impresses with its neo-traditional style. His tattoos are distinguished by the intensity of the colors applied perfectly in the outline and detail in shadows.
9. Carlos “Sharky” Hernández: With a neo-traditional style, Carlos “Sharky” Hernandez is one of the founders of Tia Tijuana Tattoo. He learned this art independently and almost self-taught, refining his technique when tattooing in various studios. With eight years experience, Sharky has been invited to collaborate across the country.
10. Xochitl Herrera: A graduate of the Bachelor of Integral Design by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Xochitl Herrera combines tattoo with teaching art history and muralism. This combination of knowledge is reflected in the conceptualization of her tattoos. With Flackone is founder of Blackflag.
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