Renowned Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Lisa Orth has “no interest in repeating or echoing past artwork,” explaining that her artistic motivation “lies in having [her] work progress and evolve.” Her signature style, rendered in flawless black linework, depicts mythical nautical and landscape scenes. Often tattooing half sleeves, she tends to use negative space to suggest a sun or a moon. Other common motifs include trees and mountains, as well as swirling waves and skies, which look as though they could have been woodblock-printed straight onto the skin.
Tattoo art is not Orth’s only creative endeavour. She also has an impressive history working in Seattle’s Grunge scene in the ‘90s. Orth was the founding Art Director for Sub Pop Records where she designed early record covers for bands such as Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, as well as Nirvana—whose iconic logo she also designed. She then went on to launch her own record label—called Big Flaming Ego Records—and recorded numerous local bands. She has now settled in LA where she takes select appointments in her tattoo studio.