Tattoo Artist Magazine

I have been making contact with other female tattoo artists. And before you groan, like, “Oh geez… Not another feminist rant… boo!” Give this a chance because I think you might be at the very least slightly impressed or inspired by more than one of these women, I sure am! Please bare in mind the truth that there was a time when it was far more rare to see a woman tattoo artist who could lay down a solid tattoo. These days we are luckier than those who came before us and paved the way. Plus, there have always been terrible male artists also, but they never got that much attention anyway. So the focus seems to have been harder on the ladies. Attitudes toward the sexes are ever-changing... So I have included pictures with the permission of every artist in the list. Some of these ladies I was unable to reach in time or just plain couldn’t get a hold of. I included their names because you should know who they are anyway! This list is comprised of ladies who have been tattooing for a long time and some only for a short time. They were picked because they are under-represented and amazingly talented and I happen to know them or their work. Some of them contributed a lot to the art or craft of tattooing. Some are just beginning to, but either way I think they should be recognized. On a personal level, it is only recently that I began taking an interest in female artists in particular. I never cared either way before but I’m wiser now and I think it is true that the ladies often get over-looked by the greater tattoo community. Even though their clients and local community remain loyal. I am not sure why that is, but I think it’s about time that we include the ladies in the club…Let's make it a co-ed club. So here they are in no particular order: Megan Hoogland “My new shop Mecca Tattoo has been open since Feb. 2011 in Mankato... I've been tattooing 16 yrs this Dec. I am in love with black and grey, but consider myself equally good at color. I can also reproduce anything as well if not better than a copy machine...” Mecca Tattoo 418 S. Front Street Mankato, MN USA 507.720.0040 Deb Yarian Eagle River Tattoo 11127 Old Eagle River Rd Eagle River, Alaska 99577 Jen Carmean "I am the owner of Monarch Tattoo in Newfoundland, New Jersey. I can be reached there most days (973) 697-0032. I also can be contacted at this e-mail ( or via Facebook: I also have the shop's webpage: I have been tattooing for 17 years as of this fall. I love tattooing in all styles but I'm extra fond of Japanese themes, pin-ups and large-scale floral work. I have a soft spot for black and grey too." Monarch Tattoo 2915 State Rt. 23 South Newfoundland, NJ 07422 Nikki Lugo "I have been tattooing since 2003, about 8 1/2 years. I’m from Queens, NY. Did my first tattoos in a shop in Chinatown, Manhattan at Sacred Tattoo. I then worked at a few shops around N.J. and N.Y. before settling into Tattoo Paradise here in Washington, D.C. I love traditional American style tattooing... Tattoos that are easy to read and that are built to last!"

Tattoo Paradise 2444 18th St NW Washington, DC 20009

Katie Sellergren Mt. Idy Tattoo 103 Main St. Montrose, IA 52639 319-463-7600 Virginia Elwood “I've been tattooing at New York Adorned in Manhattan for the past 4 years and have been greatly inspired and influenced by everyone there. The past couple of years, I've been able to loosen up a bit and not take tattooing so seriously. My realistic portraits have given way to a more illustrative style that I think will hold up on the skin for longer... And with that pressure gone I certainly have more fun tattooing them! Working with people like Dan Santoro, Damien Ross, Brian Randolf, Stephanie Tamez and Katja Ramirez (to name only a few), taught me to capture the spirit of a tattoo instead of struggling to make everything perfect. My focus has shifted to a more traditional style of tattooing..." Stacy Ann Gards “I work at Five Star Tattoo, Fremantle, Western Australia. I have been tattooing for 7 years. Work I like to do is Traditional and I enjoy painting ladies” Five Star Tattoo 8 Manning Arcade  121 High Street Fremantle 08 9431 7888 Megan Fernandez Panama City Beach, FL (850)258-0401 Katie Davis Years Tattooing: Roughly 9 Salvation Tattoo 819 W Cary St Richmond VA 23220 Phone 804 643 3779 E-mail Jessica Swaffer “I have been tattooing 6 1/2 years. I work at Third Eye Tattoo in Melbourne, Australia. Or find me on Facebook!” Third Eye Tattoo 700 Nicholson St Fitzroy North VIC 3068 Melbourne, Australia Email Us: Phone (03) 9486 1333 Marina Inoue “I've been tattooing for 4 years, currently working at Classic Tattoo in Richmond, VA. I mostly focus on American Traditional and black and grey.”
Love - N - Hate Tattoos 2302 SH 121 #150 Lewisville, TX Dawn Cooke In case you don’t know who I am... Owner of Depot Town Tattoo Ypsilanti, MI. Tattooing 11 years Neo-Traditional American/Japanese color tattoos. I’m not scared of anything! Here are some more amazingly talented ladies you should know:
  • Diane Mansfield
  • Annette Larue
  • Valerie Vargas
  • Jill Bonny
  • Christina Garcia
  • Arianna Settembrino
  • Cindy Leal
  • Jacci Grasham
  • Katja Ramirez
  • Debbie Lenz
  • Tamara Santibanez
  • Elizabeth Dibois
  • Stacy Hill
  • Karen Rose
  • Calamity Jane
  • Cindy Stroemple
  • Stephanie Tamez
If you know any other great artists not mentioned here, either male or female, feel free to post their names and share the information!

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