Floral designs may be a perpetually popular request in tattoo studios across the globe, but that doesn’t mean that all botanical body art is alike. As evident in this illustrated list of some of the best floral tattoo artists, flower-y depictions come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles.
Some artists simply put a color-inspired spin on the traditional tattoo approach. Zihee Tattoo and Five Cats Tattoo House‘s Luqui, for example, compose pieces with bright tones that boldly and beautifully stand out against the skin. Vlada Shevchenko and Jessica Svartvit, contrarily, employ an entirely black palette. Other tattooists, including Pis Saro, Lindsay Asselstine, and Eva Krbdk, seek inspiration outside the body art realm and create pieces inspired by watercolor paintings, line drawings, and even cross-stitch embroidery!
See striking selections of work by some of the best floral tattoo artists below:
Though she dabbles in all sorts of subject matter, Seoul-based artist Zihee Tattoo specializes in flower-inspired ink. Characterized by bright blocks of color, a stylized aesthetic, and a lack of black lines, Zihee’s pieces are both elegant and eye-catching.
Evocative of the fanciful fluidity of watercolor paintings, Crimean artist Pis Saro designs and creates delicate flower tattoos. Each of her whimsical works of art features softly blended colors inspired by real-life nature. “The mood of my art changes with the seasons,” Saro told Illusion Magazine. ”I grow flowers and watch them attentively, looking at each fractal detail in petals and leaves. They’re not as simple as they seem!”
Like many tattooists, Kiev-based Vlada Shevchenko has a penchant for flowers. Unlike most floral tattoo artists, however, Shevchenko works exclusively in black ink. The stark outlines and bold shading evident in each piece are offset by intricate details that add a delicate touch to the otherwise strong designs.
Though Turkish tattoo artist Eva Krbdk works in an eclectic range of styles, her pieces inspired by cross-stitch embroidery are among her most memorable. Composed of a grid-like collection of small “stitches,” each piece puts a modern—and permanent—spin on an age-old craft.