Best Tattoo Artist

Gold Winner Lydia K., Gem Tattoo Co.

Silver Winner Helena Darling, HFX Tattoo

Bronze Winner Amber Thorpe, Adept Tattoos

Getting something permanently inked on your body can be a choice hastily made or painstakingly deliberated over. It doesn’t matter really—in the words of Philly’s scuzz rockers The Tough Shits, a tattoo is just a cool picture you have on your body until you’re dead. In either case, you’ll want a professional on the job. Lydia K. is just that. Owner of Gem Tattoo Co., Lydia’s unique and precise style has won your vote again. But the key to success in the tattoo world is versatility. “I like doing anything from portraits to geometric to traditional,” says Lydia. “I try to be versatile.”

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