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Vibrant Tattoos Capture Carefree Fluidity of Watercolor Paintings

Tattoo artist Jason Adelinia adorns human skin with colorful creations that celebrate nature and wildlife. Completed in a watercolor-esque style, these permanent inkings resemble the spontaneous, carefree fluidity of work produced with a paint brush rather than a tattoo gun. Tigers, birds, butterflies, and sunflowers have this gorgeous, light-as-a-feather touch applied to them, as pigment seemingly drips from the body portraits and adds elements of abstraction to these otherwise realistic renderings.

To perfect this technique, Adelinia often creates a traditional portrait on watercolor paper before tattooing his clients. He shares these paintings on his Instagram, and has a select few available to purchase through his Big Cartel shop.

Jason Adelinia: Instagram | Big Cartel

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. 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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