Skilled in animal depictions and with a penchant for pops of color, tattooist Joanna Świrska creates distinctive inked illustrations of the earth’s living things. Each of the Poland-based artist’s characteristically colorful animal tattoos exhibits her exquisite and versatile approach to body art.
Impressively, Świrska’s tattoo animals are rendered in a wide range of styles. Some, like her whimsical watercolor tattoos, showcase an attention to detail through delicate lines and meticulously stippled shading. Many of these depictions feature portraits of majestic wildlife, including a giraffe, peacock, fox, and koala. Other portrayals offer a more graphic-based approach, culminating in a collection of illustrative works seemingly straight from a storybook. For these pieces, Świrska tends to turn to expressive and absurd felines for her inspiration.
While cats and other creatures compose the majority of Świrska’s inked oeuvre, she also dabbles in other iconography. Dreamy portraits, striking scenes of nature, and fascinating surreal figures are also featured in her portfolio, which you can find on Instagram. No matter the style or subject matter, though, each and every one of Świrska’s creations has one thing in common: a creative use of color!