For artist Allison Wilcoxen, nothing is as inspiring as her own “experiences exploring the untouched parts of our planet.” To celebrate the beauty and diversity of the earth’s flora and fauna, Wilcoxen has created Nature Tats, an Etsy shop that sells enchanting temporary tattoos.
Wilcoxen’s eclectic collection of temporary tattoos is inspired by a wide variety of natural wonders, including striking landscapes, gorgeous flowers and plants, majestic animals, fairytale-like mushrooms and rocks, and even out-of-this-world space scenes. Every aspect of nature speaks to Wilcoxen, who cites several sources as her muses. “When I find that place where moss has been left to grow, and where insects are living freely and fulfilling their purpose, I find inspiration,” she writes on her shop’s Etsy page. “The flow of my creativity depends on those moments and places. The shapes, sounds, colors, patterns, [are] endlessly intriguing to me.”
Much like the assortment of subject matter itself, the style of the Wilcoxen’s temporary tattoos varies from piece to piece. Some, like her full moon depiction, are realistic; others, like her geometrically-framed landscapes, are graphic; and many, like her animal illustrations, are reminiscent of a scene from a storybook. Additionally, some are big, and some are small. Some are rendered in black-and-white, while others are brightly colored. Nature Tats truly has a tattoo for everyone!
To create each piece, Wilcoxen first prepares a hand-drawn sketch. Once she is satisfied with her draft, she converts into a digital drawing, which is perfected and then printed. Clearly, she puts a tremendous amount of love and care into each of her creations, illustrating her belief that “the most important thing about the process is the experience and satisfaction of the person wearing the tattoo.”