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Shape-Shifting Blackwork Tattoos by Matteo Nangeroni

Matteo Nangeroni combines portraiture with a surreal compositional elements to produce tattoos that are simultaneously elegant and strange. The blackwork body art—with influences of cubism, comics, and geometry—features shape-shifting, two-faced characters and creatures that raise more questions than they answer. As two seemingly disparate parts connect to each other, we’re left wondering what their relation […]

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Continuous Line Tattoos in Constant Motion by Stan Bree

According to Stan Bree’s tattoos, we’re all just a collection of simple shapes and lines. The Mexico City-based artist creates complex figures using a series of lines that effortlessly and continuously flow into one another. As a result, conventional portraits feel like they’re in motion that could twist and take a new form at any […]

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Blackwork Tattoos by Brazilian Artist FredĂŁo Oliveira

Elements of fantasy and geometry are incorporated in the blackwork tattoos of FredĂŁo Oliveira. Strikingly-detailed portraits grace his client’s bodies, commanding attention with a realistic style that’s framed by decorative shapes and bold lines. Together, they evoke the feel of a technical ink drawing that you’d see on the pages of an enthralling comic book […]

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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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Mysticism Etched on Skin by Phil Tworavens

Tattoo artist Phil Tworavens etches ink inspired by mysticism, philosophy, and esoteric beliefs. Using finely lined blackwork as a vessel, he expresses subjects and sentiments that are as rich as they are varied. Tworavens’ tattoos include scientific sketches as well as fusions between man and nature, heaven and earth. Ultimately, the tattoos prize knowledge that’s […]

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10 Artists Using Dotwork to Create Meticulous Tattoos

The dotwork style of tattooing has a rich history that goes well beyond contemporary culture and is deeply embedded in ancient societies. There’s evidence that the Egyptians used simple stippling to adorn blue faience figurines known as “Brides of the Dead.” The tattooed objects featured geometric patterns that ran in horizontal bands across the figure’s […]

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Masterfully Drafted Tattoos by OOZY Add Twist to Famous Art

South Korean tattoo studio OOZY utilizes exquisitely-etched lines to create body art that demonstrates a mastery of classic draftsmanship. Small hatches and thin precise marks are featured in tattoos of animals, portraiture, and art itself. Some of OOZY’s most impressive works are interpretations of famous paintings, like a series of chest tattoos of iconic Da Vinci […]

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Naturalistic Tattoos Resemble Vintage Etchings

Artist Pony Reinhardt transports us to the woods with her naturalistic tattoos. The monochromatic line drawings feature animals, flowers, and even fungi, stitched together in sprawling scenes that highlight the Earth’s beauty. Their detailed style showcases all of the outdoors, from meticulously-etched veins in leaves to roughly-textured bird beaks to the grain of wood on […]

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Meticulously Stippled Ornamental Tattoos by Jessica Kinzer

Jessica Kinzer has only been tattooing since 2014, but she’s produced stunning body art in that time. She adorns her clients with monochromatic baroque designs that feature stylized flowers and elegant flourishes. To shade these sprawling pieces, she pricks the skin with countless tiny dots and creates a stippled effect. Kinzer’s works are inspired by more than […]

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Lines and Dots: The Blackwork of Tattooer Okan Uckun

Having read various online news reports about “Turkey Ban[ning] Tattoos, Body Piercings and Dyed Hair in Schools,” one has to ask Turkish native and tattooer Okan Uckun if the industry has actually improved? He tells me that in the last three years it has gotten better. With artists completing their college degrees—understanding history and the […]