I've been getting the itch again to get a new tattoo. This time I want to get a stack of books on my upper arm. I always do loads of research before I choose a tattoo artist, checking out their website and facebook pages. I'm really happy with the one I got last year, but I like seeing what different artists can do, so I've been looking around Ireland to see who is doing good work. If you are planning on getting a tattoo don't just listen to peoples recommendations, I had people recommended and when I looked at their work it was awful. Pick the artist that suits what you are going to get, there is no point going to a tribal expert when what you want is a portrait tattoo.
The three tattoos above are by artist Robert Witczuk, who is originally Polish but traveled to Ireland after getting a Masters in Fine Art. He now works in Tat24You in Co.Meath. I'm in love with the converse runner one, and would love it in red!
Marcin Soski is also Polish, he works in Zulu Tattoo in Dublin. I was blown away by his drawing work, and then when I saw the colour work on the Bacchus piece above I decided to email the shop. It turns out that they would like an face to face chat rather that go over the details via email, which is a bit frustrating as they are in Dublin.
Norbert Halasz is Hungarian but he is currently working in Dublin Ink, it was my friend Donna who recommended that I check them out, she had heard very good things.
As impressed as I am with all the amazing artists that i found working in Ireland I'm still gutted that I probably can't afford to go to Berlin to get a piece done by Peter Aurisch, I love the texture and comparative simplicity of his work. Maybe down the line when I'm rich I'll head over. I even tried emailing him a couple of times to get an idea of costs but i got no reply.
I've also been drooling over the work of Xoil, but he is based in France. You can see that the style of the last two artists is totally different from anything else that I've shown. I can't seem to find anyone based here working in that loose collage style. If you know of anyone or have suggestions please leave them in the comments below.