Traditional Chinese Ink Wash Translated into Tattoos by Chen Jie

painting style, asian, flower tattoo on back, blackwork

Chen Jie creates delicate “paintings” on skin. Here, the tattoo machine acts like a brush dipped in black ink, and Jie translates the subtly of this ancient artistic tradition. Her style, with its splashes of pigment, represents a modern form of ink wash paintings that adopts Western techniques. It’s fitting for the tattooing field, which is consistently innovating, refining, and fusing different styles and approaches.

red flowers, painting style tattoo, sleeve

painterly tattoo on wrist, beautiful

watercolor style whale tattoo on shoulder

bird tattoo, asian style, ink wash, chinese

leg tattoo, flower, painterly

flowers on back, blackwork tattoo

circle tattoo, chinese ink wash style, brushstroke

asian flowers, back tattoo. watercolor

koi fishes, tattoo on shoulder

Images © Chen Jie.