Whimsical Tattoos Look Like They’re Straight Out of a Children’s Storybook

Cute Tattoos by Ayhan Karadag

Having always experimented with artistic materials since he was a child, Istanbul-based artist Ayhan Karadağ has finally found his calling—tattooing. He inks colorful, cute tattoos that look like fantastical storybook illustrations. Each permanent ink drawing allows wearers to celebrate the magic of childlike imagination.

“While making art, I realized that a person's body is the most valuable material and that I want to make people happy when they look at my work on their bodies,” says Karadağ. “I don't think there's anything more gratifying than carrying the fairytale design that one imagines on his body all his life.” From cute characters to motifs from nature, each custom-designed, minimalist tattoo is inked on the skin using delicate lines and vibrant colors.

Karadağ is particularly fond of rendering nature-inspired designs, such as animals, trees, and botanicals—but almost always with a surreal twist. “In my work, I love to tell the fairytale stories which happen in our dreams, intertwined with nature and animals,” reveals the talented tattoo artist. “I'm passionate about nature and animals because I believe that the more dependent we are on nature, the more free we are as individuals.”

Check out some of Karadağ’s fairytale tattoos below and find more from his portfolio on Instagram.

Tattoo artist Ayhan Karadağ's permanent ink drawings celebrate the magic of childhood.

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Each drawing is inked on the wearer's skin in delicate lines and vibrant colors.

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Many designs look like they're straight out of a fairytale.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature images by Ayhan Karadağ.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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