Which Bali tattoo artists make the best portrait tattoos?

“Best” can mean a lot of things. When describing tattooed portraits, ones which are the most recognizable, most attractive or most realistic (or all of those things) will likely be considered the bests.

How To: Choose a Tattoo Artist for a Realistic Portrait

To figure out which Bali tattoo artist you might fancy most for portraits, look at tattoos of celebrities.

Here’s why:

Marilyn Monroe tattoo by Jeff Woa Bali 2019
  1. If a tattooed portrait of a massively famous person is any good, you should immediately recognize who it is.

Marilyn Monroe tattoo by Jeff Woa |Pererenan, Bali 2019

Could a tattoo be so realistic and perfect that it stuns you? This color tattoo of basketball hall-of-famer Michael Jordan on a man’s shin might do that to you.

It was awarded ‘Best of Day 2’ at Bali Tattoo Expo 2019.

Tattoo Artist: Lolit Made
Studio: Bali Tattoo Art Gallery

  1. When a celebrity portrait is easy to recognize, so are any imperfections.

    If you’re very familiar with a certain face or figure, then it’s obvious if the nose is too big or the eyes are too small or the colors are odd. Maybe you’ll see that there’s just something not quite right about it, even if you can’t pinpoint what part exactly could be better.
  1. If the art is really good, it should invoke the same emotional response from you as would a photograph or encounter with that person.

    Are you happy to see them? Turned on? Inspired to turn on their music or watch a movie they’re in? You should be.
Best for Portraits
Ypu can also browse our directory of Bali tattoo studios and artists for only those tagged as top choices for portraits here.

If you’re interested in getting a portrait tattoo (of a celebrity or someone else) because you know who you’d like to have, although haven’t yet decided what the design would be, then you’ll benefit from browsing tattoos of celebrities in several different tattoo styles from photorealistic to caricature portraits.

Celebrity Portraits Tupac Michael Jackson Tattoo by Inked Up Tattoo Parlour - Kuta, Bali
Lower leg tattoo featuring busts of musical stars Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur | Inked Up Tattoo Parlour – Kuta, Bali

Celebrity Portrait Tattoos

Jesus, Good 2Pac Tattoos & More from Bali

Tattoos of Musicians

Musicians, movie stars (and actors in character) and athletes seem to be the most popular subjects of celebrity tattoo portraits that we see in Bali.

Tattoos of Rappers

American rappers seem to be the most popular subject for portrait tattoos in Bali.

American rappers Ice Cube, Easy-E and Tupac | Tattooed by “Some Ink Tattoo” at Apache Tattoo Studio Bali

The meaning of a portrait tattoo is often admiration and #RESPECT.

We think each solo artist deserves a dedicated tattoo gallery on our blog. What you see here is just an introduction to our growing photo archives of rapper tattoos done in Bali.

Tattoos of Tupac

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Tattoos of Lil Wayne

Tattoos of Ice Cube

No, he doesn’t melt in Bali. He looks good.

Tattoos of Wiz Khalifa

Tiny tattoo of his highness with purple dreads from award-winning portrait artist Lolit Made of BTAG | Kuta, Bali, 26 May 2019

Tattoos of The Game

portrait tattoo the game - public enemy ink kuta bali
Portrait of The Game – Public Enemy Ink

Tattoos of Athletes

Fictional Characters and Caricatures

Tattoo portraits that exaggerate facial features like cartoons help with recognition and adds personality to the artwork.

Batman’s Joker Tattoos

Color Portrait Tattoos 

Full color designs are suited to modern celebs, athletes and action heroes who are most easily identified by their signature style, team colors or kick-ass costume.

Sabian Ink Bali

Sabian Ink opened in Kuta, Bali in 2017 headed by tattoo artist/studio co-founder Ata Ink from Palu whose color tattoos received recognition within the local community and at tattoo expos abroad rocket-launching the studio to the top of its game. 

Celebrity Portraits by Bali Tattoo Artist Ebie Scrow

This color tattoo portrait collection was made by Ebie Scrow at Goldfinger Tattoo Studio in Bali, Indonesia over a course of years (prior to 2017).

Black and Grey Portraits 

A realistic grayscale portrait is the preferred style for a tattoo of an early Hollywood star.

Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe


Jesus Tattoos

Black and grey portraiture not only brings to mind iconic 1950’s imagery, but is also suited to basically any era before color photography and TV. We’ll put Roman Catholic, Classic Art and Greek Mythology in a separate blog post.


Tattoos of Historic Figures

Last update: 12 November 2018.

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