There was a time when tattoos were limited to musicians and criminals. However, as they say, the only thing that remains constant is change, tattoos are now acceptable in the mainstream world. Everyone from actors, officers and artists sport tattoos.
The work of a tattoo artist is like a painter with the little difference that they use the human body as their canvas. Tattoo artists make good money and the popular ones can charge several times over on hourly basis. Tattoo shops that have been featured on television shows have boosted the work of artists to a level that they are among the top.
List of top 10 richest tattoo artists in the world in 2017.
10. Mike Rubendall – $125 Per Hour
Mike Rubendall owns his own tattoo shop and has been featured in TLC show “Tattoo wars”. his influence is stirred by Japanese culture.To get his dates, you need to be ready to book one year in advance.
Celebrity Clients: Damon Dash and Evan Rachel Wood.
Specialisation: Japanese, horror, neo-traditional.
9. Bob Tyrrell – $150 Per Hour
Bob Tyrrell is famous for his realistic portraits and art. The tattoos are lifelike and give an animated look. He works in dim lights and realistic dark pictures. Although he started his tattooing career pretty late but with amazing work and high appreciation from his customer he is currently one of the famous artists.
Specialisation: Truthful grey and black designs, Superior portrayal
8. Dave Tedder – $150+ Per Hour
He started his career as a piercer from South Carolina. To learn art, he later moved to Florida where started his tattoo art under the guidance of Holden Ritchison. His work rose to fame when he joined Babylon Tattoo.
Specialisation: Traditional designs and
7. Brandon Bond – $200 Per Hour
Brandon Bond is one of the most published and most successful tattoo creators in the world. Based in Atlanta, he owns few tattoo shops in the area and also owns Stranglehold, a company that offers tattoo related items such as movies, expressions and books. He was voted the Artist Of the Year in 2005 and 2006 in South Florida and North Carolina Tattoo Convention.
Specialisation: creative tattooing and customer design
6. Stephanie Tamez – $200 Per Hour
Stephanie Tamez hails from San Antonio, Texas and she is an incredible tattoo artist. She started her career in tattoos from San Francisco where she started working in a private studio before moving to Saved Tattoos studio in New York. She also teaches the design course in Visual Art School. She is well famous for being the powerhouse of Saved Tattoo studio in New York.
Celebrity clients: Slayer, The Undertaker
Specialisation: Theme based, Typography and Lettering and fonts
5. Kat von D – $200+ Per Hour
Everyone remember Kat Von D from four seasons of Miami Ink with Ami James. Post falling out with Miami Ink, she opened her own studio High Voltage Tattoos in LA. She is also a musician, model and an entrepreneur. She is also engaged in launching makeup line for Sephora and also an international nothing line.
Celebrity Clients: Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Dave Navaro and Rihanna
Specialisation: fine-line black designs, grey style, real life portraits
4. Paul Booth – $300 Per Hour
Paul Booth is a big name in the heavy metal, Rock n Roll and Gothic music scene. He is known for his freehand work and meticulous detailing of designs. Paul has also appeared in many tv shows on Discovery Network, CNN, TLC and CNBC.
Celebrity Clients: Slipknot, Pantera and Sepultura
Specialisation: Gothic and Realistic horror images on grayscale
3. Anil Gupta – $450 Per Hour
Anil Gupta is the master of accurate representation of artwork. He is known for his amazing ability to replicate the paintings of Da Vinci and Salvador Dali. Interested candidates need to book session almost six months in advance. His work is well elaborated and flawless to the originals.
Celebrity List: Christian Slater, Rosie O’Donnel and John McEnroe
Specialisation: Tribal-inspired tattoos and realistic portraits
2. Ami James – $500 Per Hour
He is the man behind TLC’s two most favourite shows Miami Ink and NY Ink. The celebrity tattoo artist started his career at the age of 15 and since then there has been no looking back. His shop Love Hate Tattoos in Miami is one of the successfully operating business of James.
Celebrity list: Jesse Hughes, Lloyd Banks and pro surfer Sunny Garcia
Specialisation: Traditional Japanese designs, custom designs
1. Scott Campbell – $1,000 for First Hour per $200 Every Succeeding
That is right! Your first session with Scott Campbell INS less than $1000 per hour. In 2005, he started his own shop known as Saved Tattoo in New York where he attended his first celebrity client Heath Ledger.
Celebrity list: Marc Jacobs, Orlando Bloom, Robert Downey Jr.
Specialisation : Antique ornementation and Typography
All the above-mentioned tattoo artists are famous as well as consistent in their style of business. They all come with pre-advance booking for their much in demand work. Due to 100% occupancy throughout the year, they make a good amount of money.