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Minimalist Tattoos by Lee Stewart Mimic the Graceful Flow of Ink

Lee Stewart mimics the graceful, flowing lines of a brushstroke in her minimalist body art. Riding a fine line between tattoos and Japanese sumi-ink paintings, she conveys elegant, sweeping marks in seemingly one motion. At times, this abstract imagery celebrates a love of painting, while in other instances, the powerful strokes define animals, birds, and […]

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Winter’s Requiem: New Works by Laura Makabresku

Stillness and winter’s chill permeate the newest works of Polish photographer Laura Makabresku. Describing her photos as “screenshots from beautiful but cruel fairy tales,” she often includes animals as symbols of transition and death. There is a sense of beauty, romance, and darkness that weave together to enrapture the imagination. From the woman embracing a […]

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Dissected Splendor: Nunzio Paci’s Visionary Anatomy Paintings

Nunzio Paci is an Italian artist who paints aged human bodies caught between evisceration and rebirth. He is interested in mutation and our relationship with nature. Recalling the anatomy illustrations of the Italian Renaissance, Paci reinvests an age-old admiration of the body’s structures with a figurative exploration of mortality and the spirit; as veins and […]

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Tales of Love and Despair: Photography by Elena Helfrecht

Note: Contains nudity. The work of German photographer Elena Helfrecht is like emotional alchemy, combining dark symbols to unearth visions of beauty and despair. Inspired by the folklore and forest landscapes of Bavaria, her photos often include sylvan imagery, the moon, nude bodies, shadowed rooms, and the co-relation between life and death, dreams and awakening. […]

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10 Best Illustrators of 2015

Illustration encompasses many areas of our visual culture. It’s the picture on your coffee cup and a clever advertisement you see while going to work. Illustration is in books, magazines, and accompanies articles online. With so much illustration in the world, there’s a lot of mediocre images out there. But, the cream rises to the […]

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9 Illustrated Products That Delight and Surprise

Whenever we buy things, we’re making choices: about our mood, priorities, and how we want the outside world to see us. Illustrated products are a great way to express one’s unique voice. Here are 9 products that have elements of illusion and surprise to them. Their clever-yet-functional designs infuse playfulness into the everyday. The imagery and […]

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3D Insects and Giant Birds: The Graffiti Art of Mantra

“Graffiti is my background, my family, my culture,” states Mantra, a French graffiti writer who travels across Europe spray-painting creatures of the earth on walls. “I’m sensitive to nature, all little whispers and cries you can find in it. Colors, mimetism, complexity, the phenomenal capacities of adaption, evolution and the fascinating impartiality are all just […]

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The Amazing Body Art of Shannon Holt

Turning toward the vast diversity of Florida’s flora and fauna for inspiration for her latest enterprise, body artist Shannon Holt has created a masterpiece. Everything from alligators to deer are painted meticulously onto models, achieving a high degree of contrast, light and shading. Artwork © Shannon Holt Via Daily Mail

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The Photorealist Tattoos of Paolo Murtas

Currently living and working in the island of Sardinia in Italy, Paolo Murtas has tattooed a beautiful assortment of birds and movie scenes on his clients. Cinematic examples include the slow-mo scene of Marla Singer smoking a cig in “Fight Club,” Raoul Duke’s crazy-eye look in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (in a crazy ass […]

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Tattoos Inspired by Nature, Myths, and Fine Art

From Greco-Roman, Germanic, Chinese mythology to Shakespeare’s and Poe’s writings, the Raven has been mentioned with symbolism in various cultures and works of art. You can see the bird attentively sitting on a human skull in Timothy Boor’s tattoo shown above. This American tattooer, owner of The Bohemian Tattoo Club, has done dramatic-themed body art […]