The best way to find a tattoo artist that excels in portraiture is to use a search engine to search for artists within a preferred city, such as "portrait tattoo NYC" or "portrait tattoo San Francisco." This helps narrow the search results to include articles and personal portfolios of celebrated tattoo artists in a specific region.
Review websites such as Yelp are also useful for narrowing the search to a specific region or tattoo parlor. Online tattoo magazines such as Inked and Tattoo City profile artists that are known for portraits, and publish competition results that include awards in portrait tattooing. Community websites, like Pinterest, generate a large amount of portrait tattoo images, many of which include the name of the artist and a link to his or her website for reference. Nikko Hurtado and Tom Renshaw are two artists famous for their tattoo portraiture, and both tour major cities and events rather than tattooing in one location. Following these artists on social media is one way to find out if they are coming to a preferred region to tattoo. If the internet is not a viable option for searching, try visiting local tattoo parlors and asking to see the portrait pieces in their portfolios.