Gone are the days when tattoos were seen only on the body of rock stars and gangsters or criminals. Today it has become a style icon and everyone is seen getting one or more tattoos on the body. They have come to the mainstream with time.
To get a creative attractive tattoo one needs a professional tattoo artist who can work wonders on the part of your body you are getting tattooed. They work like a painter on the canvas of human body. Due to their amazing work, the fees of some of them are really high and they get what they offer. So with these let’s take a look at the top 10 highest paid tattoo artists all around the world in 2018. They have been listed based on their rate per hour for tattooing.
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10. Mike Rubendall
Mike Rubendall has set his fee as $130 per hour. After working for many years for Adorned, Mike Rubendall opened a tattoo shop of his own and due to his amazing work, he starts getting a lot of customers. For his work, he got featured in the TLC series named as “Tattoo Wars. Mikes favorites tattoos are of Japanese origin and he favors making them the most which are inspired by the cultures of East. This is the reason why he can be seen doing a lot of koi fishes. Even cherry blossoms are also in his tattoos. He prefers making horror and neo-traditional tattoos. Generally, those mixed with Eastern art with demons and ghouls are his favorites. If you are looking to get a tattoo from Mike you need to book him in one year advance owing to his popularity.
9. Bob Tyrrell
With $155 per hour Bob gets 9th rank in our list. Bob Tyrrell has his awesome work tattooing the body is well known all over the world. Owing to his popularity he gets $150 per hour, the rate he has fixed. His tattoos are full of works of art that look realistic and amuse people. They look just like an animated object. The clarity he gave in his black and gray portrays are worth pondering upon. Being in the business of tattooing since the age of 34, undoubtedly he has a lot of things in store. It won’t be a wonder if his rate gets elevated in the coming time.
8. Dave Tedder
$155 is what Dave set his charge for tattooing for every hour. Dave Tedder belongs to South Carolina and there he worked as a piercer. In a country where the piercing is considered illegal and a taboo he still made his journey so far as a piercer and then a tattoo artist. He later shifted to Florida to get educated himself about tattooing professionally and taking up his art as a career. When Holden Ritchison mentored him he didn’t leave any stone unturned to prove himself as a tattoo artist and eventually started working in Bulldog tattoo. After few years both Dave Tedder and Holden Ritchison joined Babylon tattoo and left Bulldog tattoo. At Babylon tattoo, he got the opportunity to learn from Novi Filopovich and John Coiro, the well-known personalities in the field.
7. Brandon Bond
Brandon charges $210 for every hour from his clients. With the rate per hour as $210, Brandon Bond holds the 7th place in our top ten highest paid list. He has worked hard and dedicated himself to become one of the most successful tattoo artists in the world. His shops in Atlanta ‘All or Nothing Tattoo’ and ‘Anti Art Elite’ have gained much popularity in the country. Apart from his shops he also holds a company that from where you can get tattoo-related products. From books to movies, clothes to arts you name them and Bond has them. One may get anything required to get educated about the tattoo art from the Bond’s company. With a minimum charge as $200, Bond works fast and give the result in about two hours, making him get $400 in every session.
6. Stephanie Tamez
Stephanie with the rate $210 per hour is number 6 in our list. Stephanie Tamez before getting into the business of tattooing got herself trained in graphic designing. Later she got shifted into the business of being a tattoo artist. She works at the New York. The shop called Adorned is where she has specialised herself in typography. She also keeps on mixing different fonts and designs and make people fan of her work. Stephanie Tamez is praised for maintaining a good relation with her customers by telling her the aftercare and side effects of getting tattooed. She also counsels them telling how a particular tattoo would look after a certain period of time.
5. Kat von D
As set by Kat the charges to get tattooed by her are $210 + per hour. Kat von D is the person who gives her appearance in the famous “Miami Ink” with Ami James for complete four seasons. She had a High Voltage Tattoo shop in Los Angeles after the two got fallen out. As for today her shop has become the subject of the show called “LA Ink” and has managed to grab the attention from all around the world. Kat von D with her amazing work is ought to have a net worth of $5 Million. Although the rate is $210, still it may vary as per the tattoo’s size. She is one of the most significant tattoo artists all around the world.
4. Paul Booth
With the rate of $310 per hour, Paul holds number four position. Paul Booth is famous for a heavy metal and industrial designs. Apart from that, you can also get impressive progressive or gothic rock and roll band designs as well. He is one of the top notch tattoo artists in the world so far with asking $300 per hour for his work. He prefers to make realistic horror and gothic tattoos and they are indeed a treat to get in the body from Paul. Because of his awesome work in the field he got featured in channels like CNBC, Discovery Network, and TLC. For getting a tattoo from him you need to book in advance for two years. The heavy demand of him in the industry has made him super busy.
3. Anil Gupta
Anil has set $455 his fee for every hour from his clients. Anil is well known for his tribal inspired designs of tattoos and abstract pieces. He is so accurate in his work that once when he copied a cover of the 1974 album by the Grateful Dead entitled “Skeletons from the Closet” he got recognized by a lot of people. He can amazingly do Celtic knotwork and this is the reason why he is amongst highest paid tattoo artist in the world. Celebrities like John McEnroe, Christian Slater and Rosie O’ Donnell are his permanent client and used to visit him whenever they want to get them a tattoo. If you want an appointment from Anil Gupta, you have to make an advance booking in 6 months.
2. Ami James
Ami James has set his fees as $510 for every hour and therefore is listed 2nd on our top ten list. His shop Love Hate Social Club at London has gained much popularity among the tattoo lovers. Getting tattooed in just 15 years of age he began his interest in the field since his teens. This made him got trained in a shop called Tattoos by Lou. Later he opened a tattoo shop Love Hate Tattoos in Miami which later get turned into a social club in different parts of the world. After his tattoo shop, he also gets into the business of clothing and owned a company called DeVille. It is been reported that he has the net worth of $5.1 million.
1. Scott Campbell
One of the highest paid amongst all is Scott with his charges set as $1,100 for the first hour and then $200 for every succeeding hour. His main customers include Marc Jacobs, Josh Hartnett, and the late Heath Ledger which made him get popularity on a large scale. He is perfect in doing classic designs like sailing ships and anchors. Since he is preoccupied in many other endeavors as well, so he does his tattooing work only on weekends.
These are some of those tattoo artists who have made the world get astounded by their artistic work. No wonder with so many well known and popular clients by their side they have been paid really high for their work. So if you are thinking to get tattooed by popular artists then look out for your pocket first.