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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 […]

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Welcome to Faunwood: Enchanting Beasts by Miranda Zimmerman

Miranda Zimmerman, working under the title Faunwood, is a freelance artist currently based in the Pacific Northwest. With a bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary Biology, a graduate certificate in Science Illustration, and experience working on paleontological reconstruction in Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, it is clear she has a vested interest in the transformations and […]

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Fusions of Body and Myth: Art by Stephanie Inagaki

Stephanie Inagaki is a Southern California–based fine artist and metalsmith. Her charcoal drawings are dark, poetic fusions of self and myth, drawing especially from Japanese folklore. The female subjects—which are often representations of herself—merge with crows and supernatural monsters, their bodies transmuting into uncanny hybrids inscribed with ageless mythologies. A particular emphasis is placed on […]

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Strange Things Are Happening: Drawings by James Lipnickas

James Lipnickas is an artist living in the woods of New England who draws the “strange and unusual.” He finds inspiration in his wandering mind, envisioning absurd events that could occur in ordinary situations. His black-and-white images are set in rural environments, where cabins and lone wanderers are beset by tentacled, multi-dimensional beasts that seem […]