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Shadow-Filled Serenity and Terror: Art & Tattoos by Suhwan Bak

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - creepy drawing notebook

Suhwan Bak is a Seoul-based artist telling his “goth-gloomy” tales on paper and skin. In a style that brings to mind Tim Burton’s lanky-limbed characters and the ghoulish terrors of Edo-Period ukiyo-e, his world is anything but ordinary; cadaver-faced women linger alone, dressed in black and partially obscured with shadows and chaotic fine lines that seem to reflect an internal darkness (or madness). Elsewhere, faces cluster like hellish hydras, merging with furniture and grotesque insects in body-horror asymmetries. There is a serenity and delicate beauty that emanates from his work, however; no matter what strange or mutant state his creations exist in, they always seem to be at peace, emanating the type of courage that only comes from a long familiarity with darkness. Follow Suhwan Bak on Instagram.

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - creepy ghost

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - sword swallow

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - ghost face

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - triple sword

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - face flower

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - face cluster

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - witch girl

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - face house

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - bird creature

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - spider

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - flower

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - butterfly

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - ghost girl

Suhwan Bak - Goth Gloomy tattoo - creepy figure

Images © Suhwan Bak