A tattoo is a life long (or sometimes even longer) commitment. With thousands of celebrated tattoo artists and distinct illustrative forms out there deciding what to get and tattooed and selecting an artist can be stressful. Most of the time the results are awesome, but without proper consideration beforehand you could end up with one of these misspelled monstrosities. A little research can go a long way when selecting an artist and be sure to pick someone who is well versed in your chosen tattoo's form, whether it be lettering, graphic, or photorealistic.

With that in mind, we've compiled a fresh list of tattooers you should know. Tattooing is now a broad medium, with a range of specialties, and knowing who offers what (and where) is invaluable when considering your first or next tattoo. So here are 50 Great Tattoo Artists You (Probably) Haven't Heard Of to help inform your decision.