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Steph Hanlon’s Painterly Tattoos Are Fine Art for Your Skin

Friday 05.02.2014 , Posted by
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Seattle tattoo artist Steph Hanlon is making art for your skin. Her eclectic mix of styles range from contemporary, to modern and classic, creating pieces that can appear to be everything from a brushed on watercolor to a fine pen illustration. It’s quite a combination, but that’s the way she likes it. [Read more...]

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Shopped Tattoos: Celebrities Covered in Imagined Ink

Tuesday 03.04.2014 , Posted by
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Although perceptions are changing, there are still many people who respond to your ache for a tattoo with “You’ll never get a job” or “no one will ever take you seriously!”

Just tell that to the beautiful, powerful people in tattoo artist Cheynne Randall’s series Shopped Tattoos, like a royally purple-haired Kate Middleton.

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Eat, Paint, Love: Fat Tats By Monica Ramos

Wednesday 11.27.2013 , Posted by

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Artist Monica Ramos serves up a full-bodied perspective on eating through her unique subject of study: food tattoos. The Brooklyn-based illustrator, whose Fat Tats series was recently featured in Art Intersections: Asian-Latino Pop-Up Museum presented by the Smithsonian, eloquently captures the passion, politics, and perils of consumption in the flesh. [Read more...]

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

Tuesday 11.12.2013 , Posted by

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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! [Read more...]

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Awesomely Nerdy Tattoos, Drawn by Science

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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Tattoos are an incredible, and indelible, way to make a statement. Sometimes that’s simply that you love parties and dolphins (like, a lot!!)… and other times it is a confession of how much you love science (my ♥ ≥ ∞). In 2007 Carl Zimmer, science writer for Discover Magazine, the New York Times and author of 6 books asked a question on his blog: “Are Scientists Hiding Tattoos of Their Science?” The answer has been overwhelmingly “yes!” [Read more...]

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26 3-D Tattoos That Will Blow Your Mind

Sunday 08.11.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more...]

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Ladies: Think Your New Sparrow Tattoo is Rebellious? Yeah, it was in 1928.

Friday 08.02.2013 , Posted by

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Yeah, tattoos are pretty cool, but are they still rebellious? Unless you go full out and get a facial tat, there aren’t many designs that will shock the general public… maybe not even your grandma. That’s because even her generation was inking up, with a few badass women getting tattooed as early as the late 1800s. Seriously, check out Emma de Burgh! She traveled America and Europe showing off her exceptional Last Supper back piece. [Read more...]

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

Tuesday 05.07.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more...]

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Tattoos in Technicolor: Classics Remixed in Poland

Tuesday 02.19.2013 , Posted by

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Take classic tattoo art, mix it together with a rainbow of color and some modern abstract design… and if you’re lucky you might come out with the work of Polish tattoo artist Marcin Aleksander Surowiec. His works channel many of the classic linear skin art forms, yet twist them into something completely original: his characters get geometric patterns in the place of their face; rainbows of color are overlaid on print-like forms; and then there are his completely original designs. [Read more...]

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What if Classic Movie Stars had Tattoos?

Wednesday 01.16.2013 , Posted by

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In our current era, the idea that tattoos are wild, rebellious or even counter culture is quickly becoming passé. Your friends have them, respected celebrities have them, maybe even your grandma has them; but what if they had been more common in the past? Jason Hill asked that question and brought it to reality by creating a series of classic movie divas fully inked. [Read more...]

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