Who is Nikko Hurtado?


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Nikko Hurtado is a well-known tattoo artist who specializes in creating colored, lifelike portraits. He is the owner of Black Anchor, a tattoo studio based in Hesperia, Calif.

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Nikko Hurtado was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California. His love for art began as a child when he started drawing cartoon characters for fun. At the age of 16, he began taking art classes at the Art Center of Pasadena in California. He took these classes with his close friend Mike DeMasi, who is also a well-known tattoo artist. The two took classes together for several years until Hurtado stopped to work a construction job. After a few years of working in the construction industry, DeMasi gave him an opportunity to work as a tattoo apprentice. Although he did not have much experience, Hurtado accepted the opportunity.

Hurtado became popular in the tattoo industry after creating a color portrait of Batman for a client. The tattoo received lots of attention and dramatically enhanced Hurtado's reputation as a portrait artist. He is considered one of the top color-portrait tattoo artists in the world. He has appeared on multiple television shows and has tattooed multiple celebrities, including Kat Von D, Fred Durst, Cheryl Cole and Jesse James.

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