I’ll admit it, I’m a tattoo virgin – but if I was going to get inked, I’d want my first date to be with Sasha Unisex. Her painterly tattoos are colorful and filled with imaginatively hued animal life that convey a load of emotion. When I say painterly I mean it too – before putting her work on skin, she does a precise watercolor of her design, getting all the details right before making it permanent. [Read more...]
Inspired by antique prints, wildlife, music, imaginary worlds, and Slavic mythology, Polish tattoo artist Kamil Czapiga has a brilliant talent for creating depth with just black ink. He uses pointillist techniques to give dimension to his designs and has a unique personal flair. Working in the city of Katowice, Poland, the richness of his black ink in some areas seems almost impossible. [Read more...]
Think getting the name of your current love on your arm is a big commitment? Nope. Just a little coverup and that romance is history. But how about these ‘all in one’ tattoos we’re beginning to see crop up around the web. The often large-scale designs cover at least two bodies, and in many cases require all individuals to stand arm in arm to show the complete design. Now that’s a commitment! [Read more...]
Stippling is a technique mostly associated with fine-tipped pens and a careful hand, but tattoo artist Kenji Alucky from Hokkaido, Japan is using the form on skin. His exquisite pieces are filled with geometric forms, both natural and mathematical, and most are created using his signature method employing fine dots. [Read more...]
Looking for inspiration for your next ink investment? Look no further than this amazing collection of 3d tattoo art! On Visual News, we’ve brought you numerous examples of 3d anamorphic illustrations on notebooks, sidewalks, and paper, but now we’re happy to present the same techniques applied to human skin! With ink, there is no erasing, and the level of skill that each of these tattoo artists has reached to make their art pop off the skin, is unbelievable. [Read more...]
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.