My name is Yoni Zilber. I was born in Israel and began tattooing in Tel Aviv in 1997. Since then, I have tattooed from London to Miami, Thailand, Stockholm, Berlin, Amsterdam, Spain, Indonesia, Paris and New York. From 2002 to 2018, I was working at New York Adorned and currently have a chair at Five Points Tattoo. I also own and operate Watermark Studio, a private studio in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. I have worked and continue to specialize in a number of artistic styles. 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. 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 traditional and contemporary painter Pema Rinzin. After several encounters, Rinzin, whose work adorns walls in the Dalai Lama’s temple in India as well as the Rubin Museum in New York , agreed to take me on as his apprentice. 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.