10 Awesome Tattooers You Need to Know in Metro Phoenix

Sarratt's traditional and neotraditional is top-notch, and he's supporting a great cause whileh e's at it.
Sarratt's traditional and neotraditional is top-notch, and he's supporting a great cause whileh e's at it.
Courtesy of Mikey Sarratt

Phoenix is filled with highly skilled tattoo artists of all styles and backgrounds. From old-school Sailor Jerry designs to the newest of fine art tattooing, you can find just about anything you want — if you know where to look.

While we won’t tell you exactly whom you should go to for each tattoo, here are 10 awesome Phoenix tattooers that you’ll definitely want to check out.

Mikey Sarratt
Some tattooers create awesome art but suck as people. Some are great people who put out lackluster tattoos. High Noon Tattoo’s owner is an amazing artist, who has donated plenty of time and effort to help get the CP Force Foundation (helping kids with lifelong illnesses and disabilities create art) off of the ground. Plus, he’s one of the Valley’s top Star Wars tattooers, so if you need Boba Fett depicted as a bold and bright neotraditional tattoo, Sarratt should be your top choice. 4215 N. 16th St., Phoenix, @mikey_ratt

Tony Klett's worked at a couple of the top shops in Mesa, and his neotraditional tattoos are world-class.
Tony Klett's worked at a couple of the top shops in Mesa, and his neotraditional tattoos are world-class.
Courtesy of Craig Cummins

Tony Klett
If you’re looking for someone to do bold lines and bright colors, just head over to Mesa’s Urban Art Tattoo and ask for Tony. His neotraditional tattoos are world-class, but he’s also totally capable of busting out some top-notch old-school American traditional pieces if asked. Klett follows the “20-20 rule” where you should be able to identify the content of a tattoo from 20 feet away within 20 seconds, and he makes them look great at the same time. 340 W. University Dr., Mesa, @tek9ine

Josh Duffy is one of the Valley's top black and gray tattooers, no doubt about it.
Josh Duffy is one of the Valley's top black and gray tattooers, no doubt about it.
Courtesy of Craig Cummins

Josh Duffy
Oh, so you wanted some super skillful realistic black-and-gray tattoos? Josh Duffy’s got you covered. From skulls and demons to the most beautiful lady faces and roses, Duffy can make some seriously insane stuff with just a tattoo machine and some black ink. Before opening up Black Castle Art Co. in Peoria, Duffy cut his teeth in SoCal’s competitive tattooing scene. 9009 W. Lake Pleasant Pkwy., Peoria, @josh_duffy

Bubba Irwin might not have been dramatic enough for Spike TV, but his tattoos are still plenty good.
Bubba Irwin might not have been dramatic enough for Spike TV, but his tattoos are still plenty good.
Courtesy of Craig Cummins

Aaron “Bubba” Irwin
If you're a casual tattoo fan, Bubba Irwin may be one of the only Phoenix-based tattooers you’ll recognize. The Old Town Ink owner had a brief stint on Ink Master, but he’d rather be in his shop knocking out everything from black-and-gray portraits to the occasional color realism tattoo. Aside from everything else, he’s one of the few guys in the Valley who does consistently solid biomechanical tattoos. If you want to make a body part look robotic, he’s one of the few recommended options in the area. 7154 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale, @bubbaitattoos

Meg McNiel probably does the best old school traditional tattoos in the Valley.
Meg McNiel probably does the best old school traditional tattoos in the Valley.
Courtesy of Meg McNiel

Meg McNiel
Ever heard some ignorant dude say “women can’t tattoo” or something along those lines? You can rest assured he’s never seen Meg McNiel’s work. While plenty of other people are attempting to make tattooing more complicated than it really needs to be, McNiel keeps busy just churning out one impeccable old-school tattoo after another. For Sailor Jerry, Owen Jensen, or other designs that have been around the better part of a century, there’s no one better. Private Studio, @megmcniel


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