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Overlay Tattoos: An Update from Pablo Puentes

Pablo Puentes’ “double up” tattoos (as he labels them) became viral in 2016—see our past post here. Since then the Canadian artist continues to work on superimposed designs that are frequently requested by his clients. Female beauties and beasts are crawling and clawing away in recurring themes; he merges “people with animals, reverting humanity back […]

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Magical Frogs and Kitties: Tattoos by Joanna Swirska

Joanna Ĺšwirska, aka DĹĽo Lama, focuses her colorful tattoo portfolio on nature with a psychedelic twist. The detailed portraits of birds, mushrooms, and moths come alive with splashes of neon hues. Her style, which is a mixture of realism and abstraction, began to develop over three years ago. While in art school, Ĺšwirska first designed tattoos […]

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Delicate Nature Tattoos that Empower by Emily Kaul

Inspired by “the gorgeous and glorious natural world,” Portland-based Emily Kaul became interested in tattooing once she got some ink for her herself. It was during this initial session that “she fully experienced the immense power that this art form could embody.” Kaul later got licensed and created a tattoo studio where her clients could […]

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Tattoos by Mowgli are Tiny Microcosms on Skin

Mowgli wants his tattoos to perplex you. “Nothing should make sense,” he says. “You should break the rules and break the norms and surpass expectation.” This is evident throughout his work. Inspired by portraiture, geometry, nature, and science, he can’t focus on just one interest. His tattoos are a fusion of those fields—realistic-style faces overlap […]

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Nature Illustrations that Venture “Into the Woods” and Beyond

In Stephen Sondheim’s critically-acclaimed musical Into the Woods, characters from several iconic fairy tales are intertwined as they each venture into the one place they’re all unsure of—the dark woods. This is the place where Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (from “Jack and the Beanstalk”) and others have to leave their comfort zones and […]

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A Modern Audubon: Naturalistic Tattoos by Kirsten Holliday

Kirsten Holliday is the John James Audubon of the tattooing world. Focusing almost exclusively on florals and birds, the realistically rendered, naturalistic imagery sprawls across her clients’ bodies. They’re like flipping through the pages of one of his books, “The Birds of America,” as the portraits of creatures showcase how they interact in their natural […]

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Live Leaf Tattoos by Rit Kit

“I’m a nature lover, so most of my sketches are related to flora,” Ukrainian tattooer Rit Kit explains. “But the more I drew, the more I wanted something fresh and native, to feel the plants without any steps in between.” Searching for a more organic design process, she started dipping live leaves in tattoo stencil […]

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The Sound of Silence: Photography by Tyler Rayburn

American photographer Tyler Rayburn sees the beauty of isolation; disconnecting oneself from urban life for hours to reflect, introspect and see beyond. He takes singular portraits of himself and models placed in front of breathtaking canyons and endless sea cliffs—it is his way of documenting his travels and stories. He almost died in one shoot, […]

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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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Scientific Illustration Tattoos

Scientific illustration originated thousands of years ago as a visual aid for medical texts. Centuries before cameras, these artists crafted perfect renderings of plants, animals, anatomy, equations, conceptual and hypothetical processes. And now, this ancient tradition lives on, in a flourishing new tattoo trend. Possibly as a reaction to the influx of abstract art in the market, people around the world now seek concrete subject matter, […]