The popularity of tattoos has exploded in recent years. As an art form, tattooing has been around for hundreds of years, but it’s only in the last decade or so that it’s gained recognition as a legitimate form of self-expression and creative expression. It’s also become one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with over 6 million people getting inked each year in America alone.
Ziegler is known for his large, stylized tattoos of animals, with a wide range of coloring and themes. His use of color is particularly notable—the artist often uses deep purples, oranges, and yellows to highlight animal fur and feathers. The overall effect is stunningly beautiful; many of Ziegler’s tattoos look like they belong in an animated film, especially when he adds incredible detailing around each animal to produce highly complex drawings. Regardless of whether you want a huge piece or a small one placed somewhere discreet, Ziegler has experience working with all kinds of people.
Kat Von D
Tattoo artist Kat Von D is one of the best-known women in her industry, with a fan base that includes A-listers and musicians. She’s even had guest appearances on shows like South Park and LA Ink. In 2014, Forbes named her as one of their top 12 celebrities you should follow on Twitter.
Also known as the Hurt King, Nikko Hurtado is an artist who specializes in large-scale realistic tattoos. He got his first big break at only 18 years old, when he entered and won a competition hosted by Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction. Hurtado also won Best of West Coast at Tattoo Artist Magazine’s Night of The Living Tattoos event (where 30 international artists competed). In 2010, he became Vice President of The Macabre Ink Club (which was founded by Ed Hardy) and has worked with other famous tattooists such as Oliver Peck and Ami James. At present, he has a show called Ink Masters that airs on Spike TV where 12 different ink masters compete against each other to create impressive tattoos.
One of America’s greatest NASCAR drivers, Rutherford won three Sprint Cup Championships between 1963 and 1976, a year before he retired. In those three championships, Rutherford won 36 races. It was during his retirement that he went to be a NASCAR owner. He bought out fellow driver David Pearson in 1976 and it didn’t take long for him to win two more championships as an owner (in 1977 and 1979). Although no longer owning his own team, Rutherford is currently inducted into numerous NASCAR Halls of Fame for both his driving and ownership records.
With an extensive portfolio of work, Aaron Campbell is one of America’s top tattooists. He’s known for his delicate color work and sharp lines, but his style varies from piece to piece, depending on what exactly he’s working on. He’s a sought-after artist with enough talent to pursue multiple mediums—which he does often. When he’s not creating body art for clients, you can find him painting works of art using spray paint and stencil. His visual eye helps him create some amazing tattoos as well as other forms of artwork. He currently operates out of San Diego, California and is booked months ahead of time by serious collectors who know that it will be worth their wait!