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Delicate Tattoos Tell Fantastical Stories Through Intricate Circular Vignettes

Turkish tattooist Eva Krdbk is known for creating beautifully unconventional body art. Last year, we marveled at her cross-stitch style tattoos for their fusion of ink with a craft that’s typically created with thread. Since then, she’s continued to refine her tattooing style and recently delved into storytelling through tiny, intricately-detailed vignettes.

The inked pieces are only a few inches in diameter, but they speak volumes through their varied—and often fantastical—subject matter. Each tattoo is contained within a circle, giving us a moment’s glimpse into someone’s world. They’re handled with a delicate approach that recalls vintage children’s storybooks, and many of her inkings feature the kind of tales you’d see in these texts—characters who take a journey through uncharted lands. Volcanoes erupt, staircases lead into the sky, and doors open into secret gardens. Like the pages of a good picture book, Krdbrk’s tattoos infuse a sense of dreamlike wonder into our everyday lives.

Eva Krbdk: Website | Instagram
via [This Isn't Happiness]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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