The 10 Best Tattoo Artists in Toronto

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The 10 Best Tattoo Artists in Toronto

Due to a widely multi-cultural make up, Toronto is a mixing pot of design, lifestyle, and customs. It’s taste for tattoos and art is no different. This makes the task of building a list for this city virtually unjust.

Starting off the discussion, you can find excellent reviews of the Toronto scene, shops, and tattoo artists on BlogTO and ViewTheVibe. Below that, you can find our Instagram focused reviews.

Like our other lists, this is arranged in no particular order. Without further adieu, here is a look at the best tattoo artists in Toronto:

Franz StefanikThe Okey Doke Tattoo Shop

If we had to describe Franz’ style,  we would call it “clean, and bold”. Franz’ traditional work is unmistakable. If you’ve been exposed to it, it will likely burn a void in your brain that few trad-artists can fill. Read our review on The Okey Doke Tattoo Shop right here.

Tristen ZhengChronic Ink

Tristen owns one of the most impressive freehand styles Toronto has ever witnessed. Chronic Ink prides themselves on Asian black and grey, and Asian colour tattooing. If you’re looking for this style of work – make sure Chronic Ink is your first stop. Read our profile on Chronic Ink right here.

Alex SnelgroveThe Okey Doke Tattoo Shop

Alex is talented to say the least. She has the ability to excel in a wide range of styles from traditional tattooing to the most intricate types of linework. It was tough to choose a showcase image for Alex, because we did not want to give off a one direction perception of her style. Take a browse through her Instagram, and look at what this wonderful woman has to offer.

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Peter Belej TCB Tattoo Parlour

Peter rocks. An avid student of the traditional game, Peter is not afraid to venture into the likes of new and uncharted styles. Walking around the storied Queen West borough, it’s hard not to run into individuals adorning some of Peters ink. No matter what style you’re looking for – rest confident that Pete can get the job done. Read our profile on TCB Tattoo Parlour right here.

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Cory Ferguson – Good Point Tattoos

To be fair: Cory is not one of the best tattoo artists in Toronto, he’s one of the best tattoo artists in the world. Cory works out of Oakville, Ontario – not Toronto – but we don’t have an Oakville article slated anytime soon, so we felt he definitely deserved inclusion. Cory’s style is a unique combination of geometry, Polynesian inspiration, pointillism, and in his own words “tattoos that are flattering to the body” Cory’s not looking to “tug at your heart strings“, rather “mess with your eyes”. A tough man to book an appointment with, consider yourself lucky if you’ve been or are soon to be tattooed by the man. Read our Good Point Tattoos shop profile right here.

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Andres MerrilTCB Tattoo Parlour

It’s becoming common place for these sorts of lists to contain multiple names from the same shop. In our opinion, it’s for good reason. Tattoo shops pride themselves on the art, and artists that pass through their doors each and every day. TCB is no different, and Andres (the shops Owner) holds the keys to some very hallowed ground. He’s also a super rad dude, if you’re ever in the area – don’t be afraid to stop in and say hi, he’d be happy to talk shop with you.

Seunghyun Jo/ Potter – Forever Young Ink

Seunghyun Jo/Potter absolutely destroys the realism and portrait game. There are only a handful of people in the world we would recommend for this style, let alone within Toronto. Seunghyun Jo/Potter is gradually gaining deserved notoriety for his work, travelling the world and tattooing celebrities and athletes alike. If this is the style you’re looking for – we suggest you look no further.

Kyle HollingdrakeThe Okey Doke Tattoo Shop

Tattooing since 2001, Kyle is a staple in the Torontoscene. Working conventions, and guest spots across the continent – you’ll have to try your best to catch him on his Toronto time. When he his at home, you can find him working on his favourite designs of Tigers, Dragons, Wizards, and Buxom Ladies, etc, etc. Oh, and he also has a wicked blog you should check out.

Travis Greenough – Closed Casket Tattoos

Another artist from the outskirts of Toronto (Ajax, Ontario) . Travis hails from his own shop, Closed Casket. Here, he is the proud owner of one of the sickest forms of realistic illustration the province has to offer.

Bryndon Shepherd – True Grit Tattoos

Bryndon is the third artist we’re featuring from just outside of Toronto (Burlington, Ontario), deal with it. Bryndon is an up and comer that has been meriting some serious attention of late. He’s being constantly featured in Blackworkers, Darkartists, and accounts of the like. Specializing almost exclusively in blackwork and pointillism, Bryndon has a killer minimalist style unmatched by any in the city.

 

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We encourage you to send us submissions for any tattoo shops we may have missed, we would be happy to grow this list.

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