We've been inking our bodies since the beginning of time. To mark your membership in a society, your trade, or your dedication to a subculture, tattoos are at once immensely personal and a message to the world about who you are and where you align yourself.
There are trends that fall in and out of inky fashion, from the Chinese symbols and blue dolphins of the late '90s to the infinity symbols of the 2000s, and the latest wave of tattoos to fill our Instagram feeds have a more minimalist leaning.
We've rounded up some of the best tattoo artists making marks with super-fine needles and stick 'n' poke, bringing flora and fauna, Matisse-inspired outlines, and subtle writing back to the parlour.
Click through if you're in need of some inspiration for your next piece.