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Best Tattoo Artist for First-Timers 

Jason McAfee at Temple Tattoo

Paying a complete stranger to brand something permanent into your skin via a giant needle is terrifying enough. The last thing you need is an artist who fails to properly walk you through the process — or, worse yet, some smug, be-sleeved tat veteran looking down his nose at you for not being covered in ink already. Enter Temple Tattoo's Jason McAfee, who is, yes, a be-sleeved tat veteran, but who is also about the furthest thing from smug you can imagine — just an experienced, friendly artist with the calmness of a yoga teacher, the steady hand of a surgeon, and, perhaps most importantly, the patience of a kindergarten teacher, ever willing to humor stupid questions and last-minute panic attacks. That needle may never stop being a little scary, but the person wielding it doesn't have to be.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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