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Beautiful Tattoos Look Like Sketches Inspired by Geometric Symbols and Old Engravings

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The graphic, abstract work of London tattoo artist Mowgli is instantly recognizable. By using seemingly scientific symbols, with delicate linework and dotting, and mixing it with figurative sketches, he's carved a unique path for himself in the tattoo world.

Mowgli works out of the Through My Third Eye studio in London, where his appointment book gets filled quickly. His mixture of sacred symbols, geometry, old engravings, and abstraction come together for tattoos that are at once complex, yet completely legible.

“Nothing should make sense,” the artist declares. “You should break the rules and break the norms and surpass expectation.” This philosophy is clearly evident in his work, which moves smoothly across different aesthetics. Rather than be pigeonholed into one stylistic genre, he has carved his own path, creating a style this is wholly his own.

Mowgli is a London-based tattoo artist whose abstract style combines sacred symbols, geometric shapes, and old engravings into unique contemporary tattoos.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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