The tattoo industry can definitely be an intimidating world for some, notorious for keeping its secrets locked tight and scaring away people who are afraid to put themselves out there. However, in 2019, it doesn’t have to be that way and plenty of YouTube vloggers are working their way to make tattooing more relatable, inviting, and simplified for their viewers around the world. They’re sharing their thoughts as people in the industry, whether they’re artists or collectors, and sharing it in a way that anyone can understand. And while some may say the inked ones are marked by the devil himself, by and large, getting the word out about tattooing is a good thing for the industry because it inspires more folks to get inked. We have a term for such people around our tattoo stained space and they’re called inkfluencers, ones who inspire everyday people to talk and think about tattooing. We need more!
So, whether you’re someone who isn’t old enough to get a tattoo, but curious about the industry or are planning on a full body suit—there’s a super cool tattoo godmother or godfather out there for you. Let us be your glowing guide through the growing tattoo community on YouTube. Peek at our pick of the top 10 Tattoo YouTube Channels you must follow: Take my tattooed hand and trudge on below.
There’s a lot of weird stuff regarding tattoos on the internet. Andrew Stortz takes a closer look, through an even weirder lens. His podcast is an interesting hybrid that mirrors the status of tattooing today. It’s so comedic that tattooers can definitely relate to and can also hopefully alleviate some of the stigma surrounding tattooing today.
Inked Magazine is the destination to find creative tattoo ideas, the best tattoo artists, phenomenal photos and videos of tattooed models and news on tattooed celebrities. Their YouTube Channel focuses on the tattoo sub-culture and lives of those who make being inked a form of lifestyle.
Killer Ink Tattoo is the leading supplier of top-notch tattoo equipment and supplies in Europe. If you are in need of inspiration, check their channel out to get your creative juices flowing. Some of the world’s best tattoo artists choose to work exclusively with their supreme tattoo supplies.
Your guide to enlightening information about pretty much everything, Vice also covers immersive, ground-breaking and often bizarre tattoo stories that have changed the way people think about tattoo culture. Browse the growing tattoo library and discover stories you never knew existed.
For tattooers, collectors, and the curious – TattooNOW has been producing and promoting world-class custom tattoos for many years now. They webcast full shows, interviews and webinars. If you are a tattoo artist looking to learn from respected artists but unable to travel to tattoo conventions, you should totally check out their webinars.
Anrijs Straume is a renowned tattoo artist and content creator. He creates videos specifically geared to tattooers—whether it is about being a tattoo machine, organizing your tattoo portfolio or healing tattoos. He’s also the spouse of fellow YouTuber and tattoo collector, Monami Frost.
Monami Frost is a well-known tattoo model, collector, and YouTuber. What makes her unique, beyond being inked all over, is that her husband has given her most of her ink. Monami is a good reference for what to expect as a heavily tattooed person. She lends plenty of advice to women when it comes to dealing with the repercussions of society.
Lily Lu is the builder and creator of Psyland 25, a magical modern temple of art, rituals and life. It’s a gallery, workspace and semi-home to tattoo artists from all over. Psyland is an ever growing place of insanity to create artistic projects and things beside the known. Lily Lu herself seems to have descended from a Tattoo planet of another time.
QCKND creates weekly tattoo videos that cover hundreds of unique topics for newbies and veterans to tattooing. She’s best known on YouTube for creating the tattoo tag, which has inspired hundreds of vloggers to talk about their ink and keep the conversation about tattoos flowing. QCKND is the relatable tour guide many of us needed when we were first starting off with tattoos.
SullenTV is a stunning living documentation of the tattoo and art community. Get up and close with some of the most talented tattoo artists from around the world. Their content is guaranteed to get under your skin in pleasurable ways and get you hooked onto the tattoo culture forevermore.
I know those with ink are still sometimes branded on the basis of some silly categorization. Stuff like a tattoo artist must be a member of some killer bike gang or if you have a not-so-discreet tattoo, there’s no chance of getting a good job, and blah blah. Precisely because of this kind of stereotyping, the community behind the ink is thriving. All in all, why play it safe, when you can be slightly shocking? Come on, baby. Let the drill of the tattoo machine color your world.
P.S. For the most concise and in-depth coverage of Indian tattooing, and for the best tattoo artist interviews, follow Tattoo Cultr on YouTube.