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.
Maslov started her career as a freelance illustrator, but naturally progressed onto tattooing after she started receiving more and more commissions. She now works at Heretic Tattoo in Fitzroy, Australia, where she has a constant stream of clients who want her beautifully detailed drawings permanently inked onto their bodies. From florals, skulls, and figures of mythology to insects, birds, and sea creatures, each delicate work showcases Maslov’s mind-blowing talent.
If you’re in Melbourne, you can admire Maslov’s illustrations up-close during her first solo show at Beinart Gallery from November 30 to December 22, 2019. In the meantime, scroll down to see some of the artist’s beautiful illustrations and tattoos (and you can find even more from her portfolio on Instagram).