Tattooing & Art by Yoni Zilber


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My name is Yoni Zilber. I was born in Israel and began tattooing in Tel Aviv in 1998. Since then, I have tattooed from London to Miami, Thailand, Stockholm, Berlin, Amsterdam, Spain, and New York. In 2002, I began working at New York Adorned and currently have a chair at  Brooklyn Adorned.

I have worked and continue to specialize in a number of artistic styles—Thai, art nouveau, and ornamentals. In recent years however, I have developed a deep admiration for Tibetan art. Its sensitive line expression, rich compositions, and simplicity lend themselves beautifully to the body.  But, to succeed in this style requires not only technical skill, but also a keen sense of proportion, an appreciation for symbolism and a respect for this tradition, which began nearly a millennium ago. For some time, I studied tirelessly on my own, but without a mentor I could only go so far.

In 2007, good fortune or fate brought me to a master of Tibetan art. While studying Tibetan paintings at the Rubin Museum, I met Pema Rinzin. After several encounters, Rinzin, an accomplished Tibetan Tangka painter and contemporary artist whose work adorns walls in the Dalai Lama’s temple in India as well as the Rubin Museum, agreed to take me on as his apprentice. I am now in the midst of my study under Rinzin—just the beginning of a long-term commitment to learn the intricacies of his ancient art.

I continue my lessons and bring this new knowledge and awareness to my tattooing. To my understanding, I am one of only a few tattoo artists in the world who specialize in the Tibetan style. Though I still enjoy and excel in a range of artistic genres, I have increasingly been focusing on translating the Tibetan style into tattoo. In each piece, whether it is a traditional Tibetan image or an original composition translated through the Tibetan style, I strive for beauty, flow and simplicity while remaining sensitive to my client’s needs and respectful of the tradition upon which I am drawing.


  1. Hello Yoni, I was wondering if you could possibly send me more pictures of the Hanuman tattoo you did. It is an amazing tattoo and I would love to see the full artwork of it!

    Thanks, Brian

    Comment by Brian Bishundat — April 12, 2011 @ 1:10 am | Reply

  2. hi Yoni,
    Your art is amazing!!! -i live in question to you.. are you also travel arround europe to do your tattooart -or do i have to show up in brooklyn if i wanna have a tattoo from you?

    thanks, Mike

    Comment by mike — September 13, 2011 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

  3. Wow! Beautiful work. Love, love love!!

    Comment by siobhan — November 1, 2011 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  4. Hi my name is Honey and I’m only fourteen but love your tattoo work! I hope to pursue a tattooing carreer and you’ve given me a ton of inspiration 😀 You’ve done some really amazing stuff 🙂 ❤

    Comment by Honey H — November 16, 2011 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  5. Do you ever go to Minneapolis or somewhere close to minnesota? I really would like to get a tat from you because of your expertise in Tibetan art! Please let me know otherwise how do I get on your schedule?

    Comment by Bao — June 28, 2012 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

    • please e mail me at
      i tried to e mail you , it didn`t went throw

      Comment by yonizilber — June 29, 2012 @ 8:48 am | Reply

    • hi , thank you!
      not sure yet , but i would love to come that way
      e mail me at
      for any info , thanks again

      Comment by yonizilber — July 11, 2012 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

      • Hello Yoni,
        Your work is extraordinary– awe-stricking! Although I must admit haven’t a word or concept to truly capture my appreciation for your work. Are you still in the NYC/NJ area? I would be enthralled at the chance to have you adorn my body. Thank you kindly! Namaste, Sarah

        Comment by Sarah Carson — August 13, 2012 @ 12:23 am

      • hi thank you !!!
        yes still in new york , e mail me at for more info , thanks again

        Comment by yonizilber — September 13, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

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