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Single Needle Tattoos

Somewhere between a bold statement and “barely there,” the single needle technique is broadening the realm of possibility for micro tattoos. Whether hand poked or machine-powered, fine lines allow for more complexity in a smaller space. This can eliminate room for error, so it’s a task for only the steadiest of hands. But when it’s done well, the […]

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Etching-Style Tattoos and Drawings by Thieves of Tower (Castlebasas)

The name Thieves of Tower will likely whisk our minds into the world of Tolkien or Robin Hood. It is the name of a studio founded by tattooer Houston Patton and creative director Dagny Fox. One inks and one directs—they work well together and you can see how much through their impressive portfolio of woodcut […]

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Calligraphy Tattoos by Sadhu Le Serbe

The fact that he was already a calligrapher was an advantage for his transition to becoming a tattooer years ago, not only doing amazing scripts on paper, but also on human skin. I’m talking about Sadhu (aka Le Serbe) who has had past experience working as a letter artist, painter and graphic designer; currently working […]

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Cisco’s Tattoos from 2014

Cisco’s blackwork is much stronger than his full-colored tattoos. The way he boldly outlines and shades with linear hatching and dots, there’s an old-school illustration quality to it. Some of his visuals take you on a journey to the golden age of Circus—with the knife juggler and lots of animals. One noteworthy tattoo is his […]

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Blackwork by Guy Le Tattooer

Guy Le Tatooer is a second generation tattooist who has been living in Toulouse for 30 years. He prefers inking in black because it ages better on the skin. From line pattern tattoos based on traditional Indian art (Mehndi) to other themes and compositions, his work has symbolism and a strong spiritual connection. Inspired by […]