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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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High Precision Realism: Interview with Tattooist Denis “Tidan” Torikashvili

Hailing from South Russia, specifically Rostov-on-Don, Denis “Tidan” Torikashvili began his tattooing career in 1997. That’s 23 years ago when there was barely an industry, acceptance, and fair working conditions. Tidan has had many setbacks and restarts, from moving and working in Moscow to London—the latter getting a big break at NR Studio in 2017. […]

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Kavan the Kid Interview: Art Saved His Life

American photographer Kavan the Kid has expressed his disquiet emotions in the surrealist imagery that he produces. Fears, anxiety, depression are aspects unfolded in his visuals, and he talks openly about these personal struggles in this interview. He has collaborated with Human Code to create a candle with his artwork, to be sold online and […]

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Blinged-Color Photography by Steve Brown

Featured in 2016 for his digital piece merging “Star Wars” and “The Last Supper,” UK photographer works under high-pressure environments for brands, publishing houses and television networks. To name a few: Dark Arts Publishing, Sony, and BBC. None of the pictures here reflect the latter, however, Brown has also focused heavily on portrait photography of […]

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Alien Nation: Photography by Ekaterina Belinskaya

The award-winning (Russian-born, living in Los Angeles) photographer Ekaterina Belinskaya launched “Alien Nation” on Halloween—featuring alienesque demons, female-fetale robots and other bizarre characters wearing neon props and surrounded in black lighting. “Dark, beautiful and mysterious” is how she describes the images shot from her camera, the majority taken for the fashion industry and magazines such […]

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Nothing to See: Photography by Tim Tadder

“Nothing to See” is one of Tim Tadder’s latest photographic series where he works with model Jeane Turner to embrace her alopecia and raise awareness for others; his imagery is also a reflection of his frustration and anxiety of the current sociopolitical landscape in the United States. Strongly using red, white, and blue pigments to represent […]

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Scarred For Life: The Digital Work of Tom Flanagan

Featured here is Tom Flanagan’s self-portrait shots of various titles from “Scarred for Life” to “Innocence Lost,” which explores his emotions/turmoils with life and coming of age. The photos digitally edited with cigarette-like-burns or bodies splitting open like ripe bananas show a darker side to the artist’s portfolio and career start; currently he works in […]

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Grace and Survival: The Beautiful Photography of Marta Syrko

Well-known for her fine art, fashion and beauty imagery, Marta Syrko began working professionally as a photographer at the age of 16. Gorgeous lighting, motion, and colors are traits in her refined work. Often using a Canon 5d Mark IV, she states that “it is necessary to create a high quality picture, but it’s not […]

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Graffiti Bombed Faces: Tattoos by Mashkow

Looking at the portfolio of Russia’s Mashkow is like a flashback to 90s graffiti in New York City. Instead of walls and subways being bombed, it is his tattoo designs of female faces. They’re composed in an emotional and beautiful way—colors, textures, lettering … showing distinctly how skillful Mashkow is. And for the veracity of […]

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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 […]