Site Information


12 Most Badass Female Tattoo Artists

Posted on

There are some pretty amazing female artists that made a name for themselves. And we’re here to talk about them, to honor them. The industry is now beginning to highlight some super badass female emerging and existing tattoo artists and damn do they ever kick serious ass in all aspects of their craft. Their experience, the methods they use, and their own unique and personal style, which they so beautifully infuse into their work, all play a part in what makes them the best of the best. They come from all parts of the world and many walks of life and their backgrounds and internal inspiration drive them to success within their practice.

A fine piece of art, especially one that will hold a permanent spot on your body is worth travelling across the globe for. The female tattoo artists, from across the world, we’re about to introduce you to, make up some of the best female tattoo artists around. Some of the artists may be familiar while others, you’ve likely never heard of and will be wondering why after you read all about them and see their incredible signature work!

Famous Female Tattoo Artists

We’ve created our list of the most badass famous female tattoo artists by curating the artists who have created the largest impact and impression on their audience. Fame doesn’t always come on the big screen; in the world of social media, fame often comes by effectively highlighting your brand and promoting it in the most authentic way you can. Without further ado, we’ll share our list, in no particular order, of the most highly successful and recognized female tattoo artists from all over the world.

Stick around for the last few or you’ll miss out on some of the best!

Kat Von D

First up on our list, and very well known, is one of the most badass famous female tattoo artists around. Kat is known not only for her work as a tattoo artist, but she is also a musician, TV personality, model, and entrepreneur. Extremely popular with celebrities like Lady Gaga and Dave Navaro, you can find Kat sharing her passion at the studio she owns, High Voltage Tattoos.

Location: Hollywood, California, USA 

Specialization: Fine Line Designs, Portraits

Instagram:  @thekatvond

Angelique Houtkamp

Here’s an example of an incredible artist who is using her passion in art towards philanthropy. As the owner and operator at Salon Serpent Tattoo, Angelique often works with breast cancer survivors, creating realistic nipple reconstruction for her clients.

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Specialization: Neo Tradition, Colourful, Caricatures

Instagram:  @angeliquehoutkamp

Laura Juan

From first glance, you wouldn’t necessarily peg Laura Juan as a tattoo artist let alone a badass one but you’d be surprised how insanely good her designs are! Laura came out on top as one of the favorites at the London Tattoo Convention and has grown a massive following for the surreal quality designs she comes up with.

Location: Madrid, Spain 

Specialization: Semi-realistic, Hyper-realism, Dramatic, Colourful

Instagram:  @laurajuan_art

Alex Strangler

This gorgeous artist brings a soft aspect to her cartoonish designs which are largely inspired by pop culture (i.e Disney, Simpsons etc.) In an industry that is normally dominated by intense imagery, Alex brings forward a fun and playful side to her designs.

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA 

Specialization: Neo-traditional, Cartoonish, Colourful, Bright, Bold, Playful, Slight 80’s edge.

Instagram:  @alexstrangler

Kate Mackay Gill

This one is for all you ladies in the UK. Have your eyes set on the likes of Teresa Sharpe, the iconic season 2 winner of Best Ink, but you have no plans of flying over to the USA for an appointment. We’ve found a UK based artist who is just as badass.

Location: Brighton, UK 

Specialization: Dark Neo-Traditional, Texturing & Colours, Ornate Designs, Animal/Nature based

Instagram: @kate_selkie

Clare Clarity

For all the Aussies out there or anyone planning a trip out, you’ll want to check the work of Clare Clarity! If you’ve ever thought about painting your pooch permanently to you, she’s the expert.

Location: Melbourne, Australia 

Specialization: Neo-traditional, Pet Portraits, Bold Colours, Smooth Fades, Dark Lines

Instagram: @clareclarity

Stephanie Tamez

With an impressive resume when it comes to experience within the industry, Stephanie is one of the, if not the most badass of the female tattoo artists on our list. You can find her working out of Saved Tattoo Studios where she inks many celebrity clients like Slayer and The Undertaker.

Location: New York, USA 

Specialization: Theme-based Fonts & Lettering, Typography

Instagram: @stephanietamez

Hannah Aitchison

Having made several TV appearances, this talented artist is able to shine her personality onto the tattoos she creates for her clients. Years of experience coupled with insane passion for her industry are only a few of the reasons why Hannah Aichison is so amazing!

Location: Pittsburg, USA 

Specialization: New School Style, Bold Images, Colourful

Instagram: @badmissh

Hannah Pixie Snowdon

Originally from the UK and currently travelling across the world, she may not be so easy to track down but if you do it’ll be worth it! What makes this gal so awesome is that she draws her inspiration from a more energetic and spiritual source. Take a look at her work and the messages she puts out to the universe, throughout her online presence on IG, and you’ll see what we mean. Not only an incredible female tattoo artist, this women is also a spiritual goddess.

Location: Traveling the World 

Specialization: Floral Designs, Geometric Patterns, Dot Work

Instagram: @hannahpixiesnow

Anka Lavriv

Co-owner of Black Iris Tattoo, Anka Lavriv is well known for her intricate black and white tattoo designs and her ability to blend this intricacy with a touch of whimsical. It is clear to see, when looking at her work, that inspiration flows her.

Location: New York, USA 

Specialization: Fine Lines, Stippling, Delicate Designs, Focused Detail


Ryan Ashley Malarkey

Last but definitely not least on your list of the most badass famous female tattoo artists is Ryan Ashley Malarkey. With an insanely large following on IG, this gal is a serious artist. She is the co-owner of The Strange And Unusual Oddities Parlor and also the co-host of Ink Master Angels on the Paramount Network. One of the most impressive aspects about Ryan is that she is one of the rare artists who is able to freehand a tattoo! If you’re looking for a unique design, crafted with care and precision, Ryan is your gal!

Location: Pennsylvania, USA 

Specialization: Realistic, Intricate Designs, Faux Bead & Lacework

Instagram: @ryanashleymalarkey

Liz Cook

Wondering which famous female tattoo artist is the top of them all, well, here’s a strong contender. With her own line of tattoo inks, she works from her home studio designing and creating badass tattoos that are so life-like you’d think you could reach out and touch them. Many would describe Liz’s style as vibrant and realistic.

Location: Texas, USA 

Specialization: Photo-realism, Neo-Trad, Portraits, Roses

Instagram: @lizcooktattoo

For some unique  tattoo inspired jewelry, be sure to check out the shop! Thank you!

Add Even More Sass to Your Tattoo Style

Tattoos have quickly become a unique and beautiful way to show the world a piece of who you are. They started getting more popular, allowing people to express themselves in beautiful designs, different looks, and permanent style. A tattoo, whether you have one or an entire sleeve, can give hints of your personality before you even [...]

Read More »

St. Patrick's Day Sale - 8 Must-Have Controse Charms That Will Bring You Good Fortune

St. Patrick's Day is a celebrated holiday in honor of the patron saint of Ireland going back to the 17th century. The modern-day festivities of the holiday finds individuals partying it up all night while clad in their finest green outfits complete with shamrock accessories. With this in mind, we've compiled a list of jewelry for you to consider for [...]

Read More »

10 Best Valentine's Day Gift Ideas By Controse 2017

1. Infiniti Love Anchor NecklaceKeep your loved ones eternally grounded with the Infiniti Love Anchor necklace. Made of stainless steel and adorned with one Swarovski crystal, the Infiniti Love Anchor hangs off a stainless steel link necklace so that you can display your endless devotion to L-O-V-E. 2. Infinity Hearts with Rose Love Necklace Show that special someone [...]

Read More »

Top 10 Best Holiday Gift Items By Controse

With the holiday season upon us, we're sure you must be racking your brains wondering what gifts to buy for those loved ones with a penchant for unique items and a style all their own. Well, Controse is here to help. We spent many late nights in our offices while chugging down lots of eggnog in order to find [...]

Read More »

Let's Hear it for Dads!

Fatherly Advice: where would we be without their wise, funny, practical guidance?Their words have the power to shape the very people that we become. Their words comfort us, reminding us that we are loved unconditionally, that we can, in fact, go home again and sometimes that’s all we need to know. Some are men of few words and [...]

Read More »

50% Off - Memorial Day Sale all Wings and Cross Items

1. Angel Wings and Cross A soft look that does not hide your edgy side. This necklace offers timeless symbols in a powerful and raw steel setting.Reg. $48  Sale $23.99 2. Angelique - Couple Wings Necklace It was once said, We are each of us angels with only one wing and we can only fly by embracing one [...]

Read More »

Cinco De Mayo – What, Who, Why and How - History, Party Menu, and Don’ts

Not a Celebration of Independence Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the fifth of May and it is not a celebration of Mexico’s Independence (which took place on September 16 th 50 years prior to the Battle of Puebla). It’s a celebration of Mexico’s victory in the battle at Puebla on May 5th, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican war. This battle was a [...]

Read More »

10 Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas By Controse, Free Shipping!

Is your mother sentimental? Is mom edgy? Is mom spiritual? Is mom a rebel? Is she trendy, romantic or classic? Or is mom just plain cool? We have the perfect gift. Being a mother is an important and satisfying role. Mothers do so much for their families expecting nothing in return. Moms cook, clean, shop, do laundry, check homework, got [...]

Read More »


“April is the cruelest month . . .” begins the first line of The Waste Land, the signature modernist poem by T. S. Eliot. The poem reads:APRIL is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain Winter kept us warm, [...]

Read More »