Any informed opinions based on experience, yours or others, of the best tattoo artist out there? Not shop, as there is likely a range of quality within each shop, but the top single artist out there. I'm from Regina, but would be willing to travel a bit if it's worth it. Also would be willing to wait a bit if the artist is booked up.
I'm thinking about getting something in gray-scale, about 4-5 hours worth, emphasis on realism (creativity to add to the design a welcome bonus). I've been watching some of the tattoo shows out there (ex. Inkmaster), and though far from an expert or valid critic of tattoos, I am a bit hesitant about not getting exactly what I want in a slightly larger piece (I have several 1-hour jobs).
Ps. any tips on other online forums or methods (ex. tattoo conventions, etc.?) to learn more about the top artist(s) out there would also be appreciated. Also, please don't criticize any artists or shops, I just want opinions on who the best is out there.