Dr Lakra

Born 1972
Hometown Mexico City, Mexico
Lives and Works Oaxaca, Mexico

Dr Lakra Gallery Art

Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico
Kate MacGarry, London, England

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Mexican-born Dr Lakra (Jerónimo López Ramí­rez) is a renowned tattoo artist based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Under his pseudonym, loosely translating as "Dr Delinquent," he draws over vintage printed materials and found objects rather than skin, manipulating images of pin-up girls, 1940s Mexican businessmen, luchadores, and Japanese sumo wrestlers. His gallery installations are cabinets of curiosities featuring intricate wall paintings of beautiful women, indigenous statues and deities, collages crafted from vintage magazines penned and inked by the artist, human-like insect heads encased in vitrines, dolls that have been transformed into gang members, and images of pin-up girls with full tattoo sleeves. Using traditional tattoo iconography as well as a free hand drawing style, Dr Lakra brings energy to every page, canvas, or object that he floods with paint and ink.

Dr Lakra was the subject of a solo exhibition eat the Drawing Center in New York, which followed a show of his work at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2010. He has exhibited widely throughout Mexico, the United States, and Europe at venues such as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca, Mexico; Tate Modern, London, England; Matthew Marks Gallery in New York, NY; Galerie Chantel Crousel in Paris, France; and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York, NY.

Click here to read more about Dr. Lakra's entrancing tattoo art.

Works Available for Purchase



Kurimanzutto's Guide to the Best of Mexico City
The Secret Alter Egos of the Art World
8 Mexico City-Based Emerging Artists You Need to Know


a treasure trove of fine art from the world's most renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. We offer exclusive works you can't find anywhere else.


through exclusive content featuring art news, collecting guides, and interviews with artists, dealers, collectors, curators and influencers.


authentic artworks from across the globe. Collecting with us means you're helping to sustain creative culture and supporting organizations that are making the world a better place.


with our art advisors for buying advice or to help you find the art that's perfect for you. We have the resources to find works that suit your needs.


Artspace offers you authentic, exclusive works from world-renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Collecting with us helps support creative culture while bringing you art news, interviews and access to global art resources.