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Sop’s Single-Needle Tattoos

Sop, a native of Seoul, has been tattooing since 2016 and has a private studio in the South Korean city. His delicate line-art technique depicts his inner kid with whimsical, flowing lines. Sop aspires to be as proficient with line drawing as the renowned French cartoonist Jean-Jacques SempĂ© (1932–2022), known for many children’s books. Using […]

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Girin’s Fine-Line Illustrative Body Art

32-year-old Girin studied animation and cartooning at Sejong University in Seoul and taught at an art academy for a while. Still, he was more intrigued by tattoo art and learning the craft. Self-taught and beginning a career in tattooing in 2017, Girin enjoys utilizing a three-needle liner to give a great deal of texture and depth […]

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The Line Drawing Tattoos of Joojoo

Joojoo often represents flora and fauna in her tattoos, which she conceptualizes on an iPad using the Procreate application by sketching until she finds the perfect fit for her clients. The artwork consists of line drawings with color accents that resemble crayon or paintbrush smudges. Her purpose is to create simple, organic line work. In […]

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Jio’s Tattoos Express the Joy and Pain of Life

Jio was born in Dzerzhinsk, Russia, and emigrated with her family to the South of Portugal, where she spent part of adolescence and eventually studied in Lisbon’s prestigious university (Faculdade de Bela-Artes da ULisboa). Even though she still has a strong connection to Portugal, that country did not give the opportunity she deserved to become […]

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2020 A’ Design Awards: Early Call for Entries

The “A’ Design Award” is not just for design entrants, it is also a competition welcoming artists, tattooists, illustrators, inventors and others. There are precisely 100 categories to participate in, take a look and send in your strongest project. You have a few weeks left to enter this prestigious competition — the final deadline is […]

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The Nude Tattoo Studies of L’oiseau

Last February L’oiseau attracted massive crowds at the Mondial du Tatouage in Paris. It isn’t a surprise that this native French man has impressed hundreds with his sharp drawing and painting skills that have been transitioned very well onto skin. Although L’oiseau regularly illustrates flowers and wildlife, what stands out is his figure-drawing-style tattoos—some are human […]

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Seungyea Park: Monsters are Everywhere

The art of Seungyea Park (aka, Spunky Zoe) is a meeting with “monstrousness”—that is, the product of our fear as it festers among us. Fear is necessary to social systems because it distinguishes the self from a monstrous Other—the enemy, the freak. “Monsters are everywhere,” Park writes, because we compulsively create them. To help herself […]

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Visceral Enigmas in the Art Work of Allison Sommers

“Pink viscera, heroic dogs, war detritus, barnacled crabs, and embedded nothings” are among the many curious images, both literal and metaphoric, that the Brooklyn-based art worker Allison Sommers uses to describe her creations. Across her portfolio, animals and human appendages unfurl and splatter into gleeful-grotesque jumbles of rot and metamorphosis, defying the confines of prescribed […]

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Nebula: Graphite Portraits by Thomas Cian

One of Thomas Cian’s recently launched art series is “Nebula,” which was on display at the Malaka Gallery in Milan, the native city of the artist. Working with graphite and water and mixing it up with different textured techniques on paper, his drawings are both experimental and expressive—see “Laura” and “Two Girls,” both strong examples […]

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

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 […]