September 27, 2019

Tattoo Artist Creates Gothic Nature-Inspired Tattoos That Look Like Old Lithographs

When Melbourne-based artist Annita Maslov isn’t illustrating, she’s in her tattoo studio translating her intricate pen and ink drawings into body art. With a focus on historical, gothic, and nature-inspired motifs, she renders each monochrome design in black ink, dot by dot, resulting in incredible works that look just like old lithographs etched onto the skin.

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September 5, 2019

These Flower Tattoos with Black Backgrounds Turn Limbs into Elegant Works of Art

Tattoo artist Esther Garcia adds an ornamental touch to her clients’ arms and legs. Over the course of her 20-year career, she has evolved her style to combine elements of the blackout trend with colorful blooms, winged creatures, and decorative motifs that seemingly float on skin. The idea for this approach was originally a solution for coverup tattoos, in which she inks over a previous design that someone wants hidden.

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August 9, 2019

Color-Changing Tattoos May Change the Way We Monitor Health Issues

Monitoring your health may get a lot easier thanks to technology being developed by a team of researchers in Germany. As detailed in a recently published article, scientists have developed tattoos that change color according to the body’s levels of glucose and albumin or its pH. This would allow patients with illnesses like diabetes or kidney disease to keep track of their health without having to take constant blood samples.

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July 30, 2019

Irezumi: Exploring the Ancient Techniques and Evolution of Traditional Japanese Tattoos

Today, traditional Japanese motifs, designs, and stylistic sensibilities remain popular sources of inspiration behind many contemporary tattoos. Often, many ink artists opt to combine the old with the new to create pieces that range from playful prints and patterns to delicate works of art. Regardless of specific style, these Japanese-inspired tattoos have one thing in common: roots in Irezumi, or traditional Japanese tattooing.

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