Being a tattooer these days means more than just creating beautiful art, the industry has entered into a new age of branding and marketing. Today tattooers are some of the world's leading entrepreneurs and many have created multi-million dollar empires. Take a look at 5 of the top tattoo artist entrepreneurs in the gallery below and let us know your thoughts on this topic in the comments section on Facebook.
Kat Von D
Kat Von D has one of the most successful and profitable brands of any tattoo artist in history. Not only was she able to make a name for herself in the industry as an artist, but she created a hugely successful makeup line called Kat Von D Beauty. Seriously, is there anything that Kat can't do?
Known for tattooing major celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Kendall Jenner, Dr. Woo has become one of the leading artist entrepreneurs in the industry. So far, he's worked with major brands like Converse, Sacai and Nyden—proving that his artistry and brand power spans over multiple mediums.
When it comes to building an empire, no one has made a mark on the industry quite like Bang Bang. Bang Bang singlehandedly revolutionized the concept of a tattoo shop and currently manages two of the most profitable shops in the world. Additionally, he's a published author and is soon launching his own brand of aftercare.
Regarded as the father of color realism, Nikko Hurtado is by far one of the most respected and sought after tattoo artists in the industry. He's launched his own academy of workshops for tattoo artists and he's also created tattoo products that are sold around the world.
Tattooer to the stars Scott Campbell is known both in the tattoo and visual arts industries respectively. He's presented art shows around the world, in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, London and Moscow.