As tattoos continue to permeate cultures, tattooists are innovating their designs and techniques like never before. Sydney-based artist Jonny Hall is using ultraviolet light to add a blue glow to his realistic body art. He’s dubbed the approach UVealism—a clever portmanteau of UV (ultraviolet) and realism. The unique UV ink enhances elements of the tattoo to make it come to life when under a blacklight.
Body art is a way for people to express their own personal style.
As the leaves begin to change color and the sweet scent of pumpkin spice lattes fills the air, it's made...
Brooklyn-based tattoo artist Barry Flowers creates body art that blooms forever. Inspired by the natural beauty of flora, he draws delicate illustrations of flowers, leaves, and butterflies across the expanse of people's skin. Rather than use color, Flowers chooses to render his sprawling designs in a minimalist, monochromatic palette. As a result, he allows his precise linework to shine.
When people commit to a tattoo, they usually expect to have just one image permanently inked on their skin.
Many tattoo artists choose to create sprawling works of art on the body.
Vibrant yet delicate, watercolor tattoos decorate the skin with permanent paintings. Korean tattoo artist Eunyu specializes in this niche of body art, creating an array of tiny masterpieces inspired by flowers, fruits, and animals. Despite their diminutive size, each of these tattoos stands out for its ethereal appearance. Instead of relying on thick, black lines and bold colors, Eunyu's watercolor style depends on a pastel-colored palette and subtle rendering of forms.
Getting a tattoo can be a daunting endeavor.
If you look at the work of Eva Karabudak, aka Eva Krbdk, it is easy to mistake her delicate designs...
When is a sticker not a sticker? When it’s a tattoo! Tattoo artist Clayton Dias will make you do a double-take with his holographic-inspired designs. He creates body art that has the metallic shimmer of a real sticker, complete with the vertical highlights and rainbow array of colors as it captures the light. Sometimes, it appears as though the tattoo is peeling from the skin which only adds to the amazing illusions within Dias’ work.
If you were born in the ‘80s or ‘90s, collecting stickers was probably a big part of your childhood.
Today, traditional Japanese motifs, designs, and stylistic sensibilities remain popular sources of inspiration behind many contemporary tattoos.