Years ago I remember slogging through tattoo shop websites, trying to find new artists and scoping out slow-loading portfolio pages from a PC that nearly whirred itself to death on more than one occasion.
These days, expanding my tattoo aesthetic comes with no such technical burdens. So without further ado, my current five fave tattoo Instagrams:
Lorena Morato / @ninmesarra
Golden Times Atelier, Cologne, Germany
Bold, mystical, and illustrative, I was a massive fan of Lorena’s neotraditional pieces long before I was lucky enough to snag one at last year’s London Tattoo Convention. Lorena’s pieces are mostly custom though sometimes she posts some magical wanna-dos and flash that you can snag if her books are closed.
Sophia Baughan / @sophiabaughan
If you’re after some delicate botanical work that looks straight from a naturalist’s plate (think fig. 73), Sophia Baughan is ya gal. Black and grey florals, juicy colored tangerines, a splay of California poppies – scrolling through this Insta always leaves me in the mood for blue skies, fresh air, and a long hike.
Astrid Elisabeth / @astrid.elisabeth
Distinctly different from the first two entries, one of my friends introduced me to Astrid’s work when I was living in the Bay Area. Fluid yet crisp, Astrid’s linework and unique contemporary style make her posts a constant feast for the eyes on my feed. And unrelated – her Insta stories are also often the highlight of my day.
Ballsy / @ballsytattooer
Factotum, Norwich, UK
Ballsy has bold graphics down PAT and I can’t get enough of it – my oranges and blossoms are from Ballsy’s flash and get complimented on the regular. If you’re after something with an updated traditional look that’s not quite as illustrative as neotraditional, look no further than Norwich.
Morgan Egan / @morganhabe
Classic Tattoo, San Marcos, Texas
You just have to see Morgan’s folk style tattoos to believe them. From the color schemes to the intricate pattern work to the fact that they’d look right at home on your grandma’s sofa – and I mean that in the BEST possible way – Morgan’s work is not to be missed.