Female tattoo artists you should be following on Instagram because they can turn your skin into a masterpiece

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Female tattoo artists you should be following on Instagram because they can turn your skin into a masterpiece

Great ink from great gals

Back in the olden days, tattooed women used to be more than a little taboo. People objectified them so much that they were shown in Victorian freakshows, and Maud Wagner, widely regarded as the first professional female tattoo artist (in the US at least) made her career work around a life spent in Vaudeville and the Circus.

Luckily things are different now, so you don’t have to go to the circus to look at the amazing work these women do.

Alex Strangler

Based in Northern LA, Alex works out of her own private studio ($300 minimum) and is usually booked up to three months in advance. She refuses to tattoo people’s faces, necks, men’s feet, genitals and fingers.

First tattoo for Amber ? #fusionink

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#ronswanson on Brit ??

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??? #fusionink

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Millie Rawicz

Known to most as Mildred, Millie is based in Melbourne and specialises in custom drawn dotwork and illustrative blackwork tattooing.

Hands are tied #oddmildred #oxfordink #hands # #dotwork #tattoo #rope

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Grace Neutral 

Currently based at Old Habits Tattoos in Haggerston, Grace, who has her eyeballs tattooed, tongue split and facial scarification, also hosts VICE’s new series Needles and Pins, which focuses on different styles of body modification.

More progress today on Hannah ❤ #handpoke

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#sasspotsally ? photo by @wojtasik_photography

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#handpoke @oldhabitstattoo

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Keely Rutherford

Based at Jolie Rouge Tattoo in London, Keely has been tattooing for seven years and is known for her over the top kawaii colourful style.

#nationalpizzaday ?????

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Abbie Williams

Custom artist Abbie works at Lost Time in Peterborough. Her books are currently closed, but while you wait you can buy pocket mirrors with her designs on them. Handy.

Finished lining the lower half last week can't wait for our next appointment! (So many lines!)

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The finished piece! ????? made at @blindtigertattoo this week ?

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Cassandra Frances

Cassandra Frances was a full time tattoo artist for many years, but in 2016 took a break to focus on her illustration work. While you wait for her to returning to tattooing you can look at that work here.

Tattoo by Cassandra Frances @cassandra_frances

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Angelique Houtkamp

Adapted lovers from my flash on Roderick. Thanks! @salonserpenttattooparlour

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Facelpalm for Pär. Thanks! @salonserpenttattooparlour Merry Christmas possums ?

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First one for Natalie. Thanks so much! @salonserpenttattoo

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Angelique is based in Amsterdam where she works at Salon Serpent Tattoo. She’s also just finished a harrowing six months of chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma and is now back to work full time, which is pretty amazing.

Danielle Rose

Danielle Rose is based in Scotland where she works at Sanctuary Tattoo. She also paints her sad gypsy ladies on canvas as well as skin.

Thanks so much Spencer! @sanctuarytattoodundee for bookings email [email protected] ?

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Spidora, done today while guesting at @redhotandbluetattoo thanks Rachel! #daniellerose #daniellerosetattoo #tattoo

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Kelly McGrath

Unfortunately Kelly’s books are now closed due to the popularity of her dayglo cutesy work. You can’t DM or email her right now, but if you’re in North Carolina she works at a small private studio there. You can also still appreciate her Instagram in the mean time.

Another ditch from yesterday, with her moms handwriting. Thanks Mel, so great meeting you! ?

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Jawbreaker! Thanks Sierra ?

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Thank you Alisha! ?

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Jessica V

Jess moved from NYC to London and has been tattooing since 2005. She is big into Anime and loves tattooing cute and spooky themes.

Melissa Contreras

Melissa, AKA axelhoney, says her mission is “to inspire YOU to live a JOYFUL life filled with beauty, love and imagination.  She is currently apprenticing as a tattoo artist in Venice, CA to work to further share her creative vision and fulfill her purpose.

Thank you, always, @preciousbuffalo you are my favorite alien ✨???✨

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Booking for February: [email protected] ? let's make it happen!

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No. Really. I'm fine. ? @_balm_ gets me. ? #balmapparel

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Hannah Pixie Snowdon

A tattooer and creator based in Sheffield, Hannah is engaged to Oli Sykes, lead singer in the band Bring Me The Horizon. More importantly, her work is amazing and she also has a worldwide charity project coming soon.

Stretch it outtttttttttt ? all day #errday just like codis

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Emily Malice

Emily works at Parliament tattoos in North London. She also has her own knickers, which is pretty cool.

Abby Drielsma

Based in Melbourne, Abby’s art focuses mainly on blackwork, lines and dots.

Thanks Christine, I love tattooing you! ❤️

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Finished today on @vladsavinphotography

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Dig your own grave and save

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Julim Rosa

Originally from Argentina, Julim travels around to work and is currently based in Berlin. She started tattooing after buying her first DIY machine in 2008 before attending Central Saint Martins in London.

From flash. Thanks Baptiste. Done at @unikat_berlin

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