Best Tattoo Artist - 2011
So you're about to get tattooed. Maybe you want to cover up that faded tribal armband from the mid-'90s, or you've convinced your mom the two of you should get matching ladybug tattoos on your toes. Who do you imagine will be gripping the tattoo gun? Maybe a Paul Booth type sporting Satanic tattoos. Or an old biker dude with a bandana around his head and a beard that would make Billy Gibbons jealous. Or how about this: a mom raising her young kids in Mankato while traveling to conventions around the globe as one of the top tattoo artists in the United States. Megan Hoogland, who until recently was moonlighting at Minneapolis shops and now works exclusively out of her own place, Mecca Tattoo, in historic downtown Mankato, has made a name for herself internationally and is one of the most sought-after artists in the area, a master in both color and black-and-gray tattooing with a specialty in portrait tattooing and reproduction work. Displaying a professionalism often not seen in other shops, she makes it clear she's no hack. Whether you're looking for a simple ladybug or an extensive and lifelike back piece, you can trust your skin to Hoogland.