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Artist Combines Naturalism with Geometry to Create Beautifully Surreal Tattoos

Istanbul-based artist Okan Ukun composes stunning tattoos using minimal amounts of lines and ink. The subtle, monochromatic body art combines bold geometric shapes with naturalistic subjects such as insects, trees, and animals, which use a stipple technique to give them a three-dimensional look. Together, the flat and realistic styles create surreal tattoos whose imagery leaves them open for artistic interpretation.

Ukun's unique tattoos are the result of his meticulous process. He's inspired by many things besides body art–like posters, notes, locations, logos, and graphics–so he asks his clients to provide him a variety of these images to use as working reference. Ukun also tailors his designs to the specific person and requests their body measurements. From these, he prepares three designs, and the client chooses the one they want as a tattoo.

If you're curious about the meanings of his work, Ukun keeps a updated blog where he details the stories behind the tattoos he creates.

Okan Ukun: Website | Instagram
via [Fubiz]

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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