Many tattoo artists choose to create sprawling works of art on the body. Franky Yang does things differently and contains her designs inside rectangular frames. The Beijing-based artist specializes in ethereal tattoos inspired by nature, architecture, and traditional Chinese paintings.
Placed along the inside of someone's arm or leg, these fascinating pieces offer a small window into a beautiful sight. By enclosing grand landscapes, luscious plants, and graceful animals inside the borderless shapes, she emphasizes the portal-like effect of the design. A glimpse into one of these inked illustrations can take you to a rocky mountainside, a sunset by the ocean, or a peaceful farm, to name just a few of the destinations.
“My inspiration comes not only from ancient Chinese paintings but also from ancient costume accessories and architectural elements. I want to show the traditional Chinese culture to everyone who loves it through tattoos,” Yang explains on her website. And while the constraints of the rectangular panel play a large role in the allure of her designs, she does allow a couple of elements in her tattoos to “break free” from the invisible border to make the narrative more alive.