Top 10 Australian Black and Grey Realism Tattoo Artists

Welcome to the dark side of Australian tattooing…



It’s not just all about the sun, sand and surf down here in Australia – today, things are about to get dark.

Australia is a big country and there are hundreds of artists, but often the battle is finding the right person for you. If you’re a fan of black and grey realism tattoos, then these incredible tattooers can bring your ideas to life.


Benjamin Laukis – The Black Mark Tattoo Studio, Victoria.

Benjamin Laukis might just be one the most recognized Australian tattooers. He has a huge online following as people can’t help but admire his realistic tattoos of animals, skulls, and portraits.


Harley Kirkwood – Old Faithful Tattoo Studio, New South Wales.

Love and death are common themes in Harley Kirkwood’s tattoos, with imagery ranging from family portraits to grisly realistic horror scenes.

You can view more of his work here.


Levi Barnett – Empire Collective, Victoria.

Levi Barnett creates high contrast black and grey tattoos which just pop right off the skin. View more of his work here.


Jimi MayLittle Tokyo Temple of Art, New South Wales.

Jimi May is known for his large, scenic tattoos with a soft and almost painterly look to them.


Teneile Napoli – Garage Ink Tattoo Studio, Queensland.

This list wouldn’t be complete without the Queen of Australian black and grey tattooing. View more of Teneile Napoli’s work here.


Ben ThomasThe Black Mark Tattoo Studio, Victoria.

Ben Thomas creates rich black and smooth grey tattoos of sculptures, statues, skulls, and realistic portraits.

View more of Ben’s black and grey realism tattoos here.


Insamnia (aka Sam Nugent) – Oculus Tattoo, Victoria.

Insamnia will introduce you to the dark side of tattooing with his creepy imagery which you see more of here.


Miss Kimberley – Garage Ink Tattoo Studio, Queensland.

Miss Kimberley’s tattoo portfolio is packed full of black and grey sleeves, beautiful women, animals, and flowers.

Take a look at more of her work here.


Joe Metrix – Victims of Ink, Victoria.

Joe Metrix produces soft and smooth black and grey tattoos, from small one-off pieces to sleeves. You can see more of his work here.


Beau Parkman – Victims of Ink, Victoria.

Beau Parkman generally produces smaller black and grey pieces, but of a wide array of imagery. This tattoo of a lady smoking happens to be one of my favorites.

If you love it too, check out more of his tattoos here.



Originally published October 2016 for Tattoodo –