Would You Let Someone Tattoo You… Freehand? Tattoos With No Previous Sketches or Stencils

There are many tattoo techniques in the world, but a unique one is developing at the hands of an Amsterdam-based artist appropriately named Jay Freestyle. It’s being tattooed entirely by freehand – where the client’s new ink is totally dependent on what Jay creates on the spot. His method is unique, and while the idea of unplanned permanence would leave many uncomfortable, his clients are sure to be happy with his highly skilled artwork. The finished pieces come out beautifully and each one is uniquely original.

Watercolor Painting Style Tattoos by Petra Hlaváčková

The transparency of watercolor paint seems as though it would be a difficult look to achieve with ink on human skin, but Petra Hlaváčková is proving this is not the case. The tattoo artist, based in Prague, Czech Republic, contrasts bold sketched outlines with seemingly sheer pastel colors. She achieves looks that seem like they could only work on paper, like colors that appear to be spreading out as they soak into the skin.

Sasha Unisex Will Make You Want All of Her Colorful Tattoos

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.

Seriously Saturated: Black Ink Tattoos by Kamil Czapiga

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.

That’s a Commitment! Tattoos That Need More Than One Body to be Complete

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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!

Fantastic Tattoos Made from Dots. Kenji Alucky, Japan’s Traveling Artist, Hits New York.

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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.

26 3-D Tattoos That Will Blow Your Mind

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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.

The Story of a Designer’s Tattoo in Memory of Dad

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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.