The 10 Best Fine Line Tattoo Artists in NYC

The tattoo world has evolved immensely over the past few decades. From the infinity tattoos of 2010 to the butterflies of 2020, we’re now seeing an explosion of minimal fine line tattoos taking over the tattoo scene. In contrast to neo-traditional and traditional American styles, with their heavy contours, shading, and bright colors, fine line tattoos are simple and graceful, yet complex. Characterized by single-needle strokes and extreme levels of detail, fine line tattoos portray minimalism while requiring incredible skill and technique, making it a particularly difficult style to master.

Since the thin lines stand out on their own, there’s no room for error as one crooked stroke will ruin the entire tattoo. The complexity of this style is also what makes it more expensive, ranging from $100 to more than $1000 dollars per piece. Lastly, fine line tattoos have opened up the tattoo world to a whole new group of people. People who are intimidated by the thought of a large, bold tattoo may find that the fine line style adheres to their aesthetic preferences. The fact that fine line tattoos are less “in your face” also makes this style a great option for a first tattoo.

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I have five fine line tattoos of my own and I often forget they’re even there due to how dainty they are. I got all five of my tattoos in New York by two different artists. When I was going through my research process it was difficult for me to find a comprehensive guide of artists encompassing where they were located, as well as their prices and aesthetics. So I took matters into my own hands. Here are 10 of the best fine line tattoo artists located in New York ranging in aesthetic, price, and location.

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01. JK Kim (@jk.tat)

Current owner of Ink & Water Tattoo NYC, JK Kim specializes in fine line single needle tattoos that range from calligraphy to larger more complex pieces. A lot of her designs are nature-inspired as various intricate flowers, plants, and fruits designs are featured on her Instagram page. However, whimsical designs such as sparkly cowboy boots and soup dumplings are also in her wheelhouse. JK’s deposit is $200 and pricing varies depending on the budget by rethinking the size, complexity, and position of the design. Additionally, she offers a free one-year touchup policy. JK is the artist I went to for my first two tattoos and my fourth tattoo. All three are calligraphy tattoos: two on my arms and the other one down the side of my spine. JK is extremely friendly, explains everything about the tattoo and the process, and wants to get to know each and every one of her clients.

Location: Ink & Water Tattoo NYC, 346 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

Price range: Varies

Specialty: Single needle calligraphy and nature-inspired tattoos 

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[Photo via Maison Mono]

02. Uno (@unotattoonyc)

Located at Maison Mono, Uno is a single-line tattoo specialist whose work focuses on continuous “one line” tattooing. Continuous “one line” tattooing is where the artist creates a design following just one line. The single line will overlap, but there will only be one continuous line that makes up the entire tattoo. This technique creates clean and sophisticated minimalist tattoos with intricate loops and shapes. Uno’s designs span from flowers and animals to complex faces and figures. Some of her designs also feature pops of color such as circles or abstract shapes underneath the single line design which is her unique touch to a minimalist tattoo. Uno charges a minimum of $400 with an opportunity of a flat rate depending on size, complexity, and location. I’m actually planning on getting a new tattoo from Uno very soon. 

Location: Maison Mono, 150 Barnyard St., Brooklyn, NY

Price range: $400 minimum 

Specialty: Single needle one-line tattooing 

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[Photo via HighLine Tattoo]

03. Loko (@loko_lines)

Loko is one of the three talented artists at HighLine Tattoo that specializes in fine line tattooing. His tattoos are minimal, dainty, and very small. Some of his tattoos are smaller than a quarter but can vary in size. Loko’s designs are heavily calligraphy-based however he also focuses on symbols, birds, flowers, and bugs such as butterflies and dragonflies. Some of his more simple tattoos are small lightning bolts, diamonds, hearts, numbers, and letters. Loko’s calligraphy work is beautifully elegant and sits perfectly on the client’s skin. Although some of his work can be less complex, they’re just as striking due to how elegantly positioned and thought out each letter and word is to the specific client. HighLine Tattoo charges a minimum of $350 but prices can vary depending on location, size, and design.

Location: HighLine Tattoo, 57 W 28th St

Price range: $350 minimum

Specialty: Minimal, single needle micro tattoos

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[Photo via The Ghost Kat]

04. Kate McDuffie (@theghostkat)

Kate, The Ghost Kat, is an artist working out of the art studio she created and runs. According to her website, not only does she specialize in fine line tattooing, she also has a passion for drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, and writing, having been an artist her whole life. She created The Ghost Kat in 2018 as “a place to combine many of her interests.” My third tattoo was done by Kate, a delicate yet intricate lemon on my arm, and during my appointment, she told me how she began tattooing and how she got to where she is today.

Kate started tattooing after completing an apprenticeship with a renowned artist and slowly started acquiring clients. She picked up tattooing really quickly and realized she had a natural talent for it. Once she felt ready, Kate opened up her private studio in NYC where she started building an extensive list of clients including actors Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline from the Netflix show Outer Banks. She specializes in single-needle calligraphy as well as hyper-detailed nature-related designs such as flowers, plants, trees, fruit, and animals which are featured on her Instagram. According to the price ranges on her website, Kate works with a minimum budget of $750. Kate also accepts custom designs and will work with you to design your dream tattoo. 

Location: The Ghost Kat, 319 Grand Street 

Price range: Minimum of $750 

Specialty: Delicate calligraphy and nature-inspired fine tattoos 

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[Photo via @cowgurl_bebop/Instagram]

05. Olivia Chou (@cowgurl_bepop)

Located at Macondo Brooklyn, an appointment-only private tattoo studio in Bushwick, NY, Olivia Chou is a New York University grad with true raw talent. Olivia never did an apprenticeship and went straight to tattooing once they realized tattooing was truly their passion. Their natural talent shines through their designs taking inspiration from paintings, illustrations, and prints by artists such as Willy Pogany, Salvador Dali, Imao Keinen Kacho, Sandro Botticelli, and many more.

It features the typical characteristics of fine line tattooing, thin lines, and immense detail. However, it varies in the way their strokes are applied resembling the touch of a pencil on paper or the stroke of an ink pen making their designs works of art in and of themselves. Olivia’s work is primarily inspired by nature through designs of animals, flowers, seashells, and fruit, but they also design unique portraiture and figures inspired by different artists. They work primarily in black and white but do feature color in a variety of flash and custom work. However, replicating other tattoo artists’ work isn’t something Olivia does because they value creative and artistic integrity. Price ranges from hourly beginning at $250.

Location: Macondo Brooklyn, 1027 Grand St, Brooklyn 

Price range: $250/hour, appointment minimum of $200

Specialty: Nature and art inspired fine line tattoos

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06. Ghinko (@ghinkos)

Ghinko is a fine line micro-realism tattoo artist that resides at Blindreason Tattoo. She has an amazing story and an intense passion and appreciation for art and tattooing that is deeply personal. According to an interview with Tattoo Filter, Ghinko used art as “an outlet to draw out her feelings” helping her through a difficult moment in her life. She first started by free handing drawings on her arms with a sharpie and creating meaningful art pieces which grew her Instagram following to 10k within a couple of years.

Through this growth, Ghinko was able to connect with people from all over the world and have deep and meaningful conversations by listening to their stories about depression, loss, love, and pain. She had fallen in love with creating pieces with meaning that resonate with people beyond the physical and aesthetic level. Ghinko states, “I love how all that meaning could be beautifully condensed in a minimal tattoo”. She specializes in micro-realism where she fits intricate levels of detail in small tattoos inspired by nature, sculptures, mythical creatures, and art. Her designs are mesmerizing to look at due to how complex they are while simultaneously being delicate and elegant. She works with both black and white and red ink and charges a minimum budget of $600 which is on the pricer end but is absolutely worth it. 

Location: Blindreason Tattoo, 258 Elizabeth St.

Price range: $600 minimum

Specialty: Micro-realism tattooing inspired by nature and art 

Photo via @coyote.eyes

07. Joe Redding (@coyote.eyes)

Joe Redding specializes in black, grey and fine line tattoos. His fine line tattoos are clean and sophisticated focusing mainly on single-line portraiture and figures including calligraphy, black and grey realism, and complex nature-related imagery. Redding currently works in a private studio, where his tattoo designs vary by the hour and based on size, placement and complexity. Message Redding on Instagram for more information on custom designs and studio availability.

Location: Private Studio (319 Grand Street) – Top floor of the old Ridley & Sons building 

Price range: Will vary depending on size, complexity, and placement

Specialty: Fine line and black and grey realism  

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08. Fan Wu  (@fantattoo531)

Located at the newly opened Ink Me Alley, owner and artist Fan Wu, originally from Shanghai, China has one of the most unique styles out there. According to an interview with Ink Ppl, Fan’s style is predominantly fine-line, blackwork of animal portraits, anime, and custom work. Watching anime and reading manga reminds Fan of her childhood and she finds inspiration from the anime world for her designs. She also loves doing cover-ups to bring life to an old tattoo or one the client doesn’t like anymore. Fan’s designs are intricate and detailed line work to mimic shading without intense use of black and white shadows. Her anime work looks like it comes straight from the screen or a comic book and it’s unlike any other type of design work I’ve seen.

Location: Ink Me Alley, 13 Grattan St Suite 101, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Price range: Varies

Specialty: Fine line animal, anime, and custom tattooing 

Photo via Bang Bang Tattoo

09. Mr.K (@mr.k_tatoo)

According to HypeBeast, Mr.K is a Parsons School of Design graphic design grad who went from graphic designer to fashion designer of his own line, K47, to then becoming a sought-after tattoo artist tattooing the stars. Based in New York at Bang Bang Tattoo, Mr.K is known worldwide for his black and gray fine line micro-tattooing. His clients span from Rita Ora to David Beck and Lewis Hamilton. Mr.K’s designs are heavily inspired by jewelry designs as well as sculptures, paintings, and medieval motifs. A lot of his work isn’t just one single tattoo but a collection of tattoos that make up a larger more complex composition that fits the client’s body and vision. Mr.K does a lot of decorative hand tattoos that embellish the top of the hand and fingers taking inspiration from what rings and bracelets add to someone’s everyday style. According to Bang Bang’s website, pricing depends on the artist but starts at $700. 

Location: Bang Bang Tattoo, 62 Grand Street

Price range: $700 minimum

Specialty: Black and gray fine line micro-tattooing

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[Photo via Tattoo4U NYC]

10. Chang (@tattoobychang)

Chang is a renowned fine line tattoo artist working out of Tattoo4U NYC. Chang is especially known for his floral designs and calligraphy, especially his ability to imitate handwriting clients bring to appointments, such as notes from friends, parents, and grandparents. This type of tattooing is especially meaningful to Chang’s clients, and prospective clients, due to the meaning tied to having a loved one’s hand-written note replicated exactly like the reference that was brought in. Chang’s attention to detail and his clean, sharp, and minimalist linework are what’s made him one of the most well-known fine line artists in the tattooing world.

Location: Tattoo4U NYC, 349 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Price range: Varies

Specialty: Calligraphy and floral-inspired fine line tattooing 

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