Tattoos Fuse Fine Art with Polygons by Renan Batista

woman with cat, Full back tattoo by Renan Batista

Renan Batista produces colorful tattooed portraits of animals and people. Working in a neo-traditional style, the Berlin-based creative is influenced by fine art painting techniques as well as polygonal shapes. His images are shaded to appear three-dimensional—Batista cites Paulo Frade as a teacher—and are also fractured by small, thinly-outlined flattened forms. Together, these approaches are a fresh way to depict tattoos subjects we’ve seen before.

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Images © Renan Batista
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