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Vintage Ink: From the Printing Press to Your Skin

Friday 07.27.2012 , Posted by

Ien Levin, a tattoo artist from the Ukraine, brings art to peoples skin which looks to have jumped from the printed literary and newsprint pages of the past… but with a twist. Drawing from Victorian and Edwardian themes, Levin puts his skill with the needle to work replicating a style which harkens back to snake oil advertisements and fantasy illustrations from the days of yore.

Simplistic and captivating, Levin’s work has a darker symbolism to it. Pentagrams, skulls and tetrahedrons add to the mystery of the dark powers that Levin draws inspiration from. The linear details and clear black ink make distinct and visually stimulating tattoos; a fact which has built a strong demand for his work.

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Levin’s unique style continues to grab the attention of customers looking to get inked, and they can be sure his vintage style will continue to be hauntingly beautiful and fashionable for years to come.

To see more, see Ien Levin’s Flickr or his Facebook page.


Shawn Saleme

Written by Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 45 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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  1. isn’t that main tattoo actually the artwork of Dan Hillier?
    still nice work though

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