Hello all you people who know things about tattoos and tattoo artists,

I'm thinking of getting a tattoo. By which I mean, I want one really badly but am also quite particular about aesthetic things. So while I might love the one in my mind, I'm nervous about finding a tattoo artist who can do what I want.

I want a nature tattoo. Think #3, #23, and #27 from this Buzzfeed list in terms of style. Realistic black/white/grey with some gradated color (purple) in parts. Finely detailed. I don't like the more typical tattoo look with flat areas of color and thick lines. They can be absolutely beautiful on other people, but it's just not for me.

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Any artist suggestions? The DC area would be my first choice, but I could get to NYC if I really fell in love with someone's work. And I go to school close to Columbus, OH, so that could also be possible. It seems like everyone whose work I love lives in eastern Europe!

P.S. Why do so many artists have poorly formatted online portfolios?