Unlike clothing, which can be swapped with changing trends and seasons, a tattoo is emblazoned on its wearer for life. Though it might not be for all of us, it is hard not to appreciate the commitment a body art fan has — be it a full-color sleeve or just a hint of ink, and even more so in a city where skin is front and center, all year long. Miami loves its ink: We happen to be the most tattooed city in the US, with a staggering 24 parlors per 100,000 people. That means there's a lot of options...and a lot of duds to sift through when looking for that perfect piece.
So in order to get the low-down on Who's Who of Miami Ink, we went, well, straight to Mr. Miami Ink himself, Ami James. Not only did he garner Miami heaps of national attention, but his show was so popular, it inspired two spin-offs, one following James to New York. A session at his Love Hate Studio is one of the most sought-after appointments, not only in the city, but in the U.S. of A.. So lucky for us, Ami James handpicked his five favorite South Florida artists and explained why he loved each of his choices, and also gave us crucial tips meant for the tattoo-curious.
Check out to see who made Ami James' Tattoo Artists To Know list, plus find out the surprising lesson we learned about Miami tattooing.
Photo: Courtesy of Ami James
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