Many tattoos are put on with less than a second thought… others go through months or years of planning and involve a storied narrative. This tattoo is one of the latter. After Boston based designer Kirk Wallace’s dad passed away earlier this year he fulfilled a promise that is truly touching, creating a tattoo design carefully crafted around the memory of his dad – the very person who taught him the art of drawing. [Read more...]
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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. [Read more...]
Whenever I see an interesting tattoo, I love to ask the person to share with me the meaning behind it. In doing this, I’ve heard some truly fascinating stories and some that are more like: “I don’t know, my friend was getting a tattoo so I just picked out something on the wall.” If you have a tattoo with a meaningful story behind it, are thinking about getting one but can’t decide what, or just like hearing about other peoples’ tattoos, then we’ve found the perfect Tumblr for you! Pen & Ink was created by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton as a place for those with body art to share the stories behind it. It features each person’s name and occupation, a fun sketch of each tattoo diagraming where it is on the body, and, of course, the reasoning for it.
Drawing pretty girls has been done for thousands of years. The Egyptians lavishly decorated the walls of Queen Nefertari’s tomb — which was the largest and most spectacular in the Valley of the Queens — in honor of her beauty. The Greeks went to war over the beauty of Helen of Troy, and the Romans practically invented wine fueled orgies. But, you know who else knows about beautiful women? Rik Lee, an illustrator and artist living in Melbourne, Australia. His illustrations of pretty girls with wondering eyes, tattooed features, flipped up hood caps, the color pink, and a general air of melancholia — leave you desperate and yearning for more. [Read more...]
Love them or hate them, want them or regret them, tattoos have been decorating the human form for ages. In fact, the oldest tattoos on record (found on preserved mummies) date back to 3300BC. The wise Johnny Depp once said “my body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.” For this week’s We Love Friday post, we wanted to share some of our favorite tattoos on Instagram. If you have any tattoos, we would love for you to comment below and share with us the story behind them.
One of the greatest things about design is that people are constantly coming up with new and creative ways to solve problems, display information or convey a message in a better way. Paul Marcinkowski (AKA Kaplon) is the designer behind this tattoo infographic which he made for a class project at the Academy Of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland. While poorly made infographics have been called the ‘plague’ of the internet, it’s great to see an artist sink their teeth into the medium and create something truly original. [Read more...]
A new wireless electronic tattoo is so flexible and thin it can easily be applied to the skin—and just as easily removed. The system could be used for monitoring heart, muscle, and brain activity. It also could have applications for chemical and biological sensing, wound treatment, and even computer gaming. [Read more...]
Over the past decade the art of the tattoo has continued to expand, adding new designs further and further from the traditional body art of the past. Amanda Wachob is a New York based artist who’s pushing that limit further than we’ve ever seen, taking work normally reserved for the canvas and placing it boldly on the body. Her painterly works blur the line between fine art and body art, placing vibrant paint like brush strokes on her clients. Currently working with Daredevil Tattoo in New York, you can see more of her creations including quick fading ‘Conceptual Tattoos’ at amandawachobtattoo.com. [Read more...]
No Sailor Jerry or unicorns here, the tattoo designs of Peter Aurisch have a distinctly designer look to them; so incredibly different than the standard ink on the street. His work melds both modern and reinterpreted classic themes, often combining intricate line drawing with carefully chosen overlapping layers of bold color. See more of his work (or book an appointment!) at peteraurisch.com. [Read more...]