Dark and Dramatic Tattoos by Johnny Gloom

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Grief is a recurring theme in Johnny Gloom’s artwork. Her heroines in heavy black convey the weight of human suffering, often crying or collapsing into the arms of death. Some smoke in solitude, apathetic or guarded. Others dramatically surrender to the pain of heartbreak.

Johnny looks into her own darkest feelings when drafting a design. “I’m very sensitive to my own emotions,” she explains. “Love, Hate, Violence, Passion… Love is the burden of humanity, everyone recognizes it.”

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Morgan is a New York-based curator of contemporary tattoo art. She is Founder and Editor of the digital gallery tattrx.com, works as a freelance tattoo writer and an agent for modern artists. Follow the author @ Instagram , Twitter, Facebook and view more articles.

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