Nikko Hurtado was born in the San Fernado Valley in 1981. Son of a Mexican welder and a homemaker. Nikko grew up in the high desert drawing cartoons and characters.
After a year of tattooing Nikko completed a tattoo that would change his career forever, a Batman color portrait. The portrait was entered in the Pomona Tattoo Portrait Contest and took home First Place. It would be one of many awards he continues to collect however that portrait put him on the map. The image went viral in the tattoo community and Nikko became known as the go-to artist for color portraits.
Nikko has been featured on numerous TV shows such as LA Ink, Tattoo Wars, Tori & Dean and Spike TV’s Ink Master. Nikko’s clients include Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Drake, Diddy, The Game, Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Brandon Boyd, Jose Pasillas, Wale, Andrew WK, Cheryl Cole, Carlos Boozer, Chris Cole, Guillermo Diaz, Jenna Jameson, Jeffree Star, Jesse James, JWOW and Kat Von D.
In 2017 Nikko opened a new studio located in the heart of Hollywood. Black Anchor Los Angeles on Melrose Avenue features top tattoo artists, hosts an array of art shows, and Black Anchor Academy workshops and seminars.
Nikko’s life is dedicated to tattooing, traveling the world and spending time with his family.
Discover more at www.nikkohurtado.com