Lately, social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest have been flooded with a renaissance of unique tattoo art. Many young people today enjoy the self-expression of adding art to their own skin, even when it’s in temporary form. Such is the case for artist Randa Haddadin, who has taken her romantic painting style to a reusable canvas—her body.
Based in Dubai, Haddadin’s art explores emotions, people, and dance. Recently, the artist has transferred her expressive technique to a series of body art illustrations. “It started a few years back as a spontaneous gesture without overthinking or much preparation—where all you need is a pen and, well, a leg or arm or back,” says Haddadin. “One canvas with so many temporary possibilities. A moment in time that’s not meant to last, but kept as a memory.” Fortunately, each drawing Haddadin makes on her legs or arms is documented on her Instagram before it disappears. Among her works are portraits, dancing figures, architecture, and botanical motifs.
“It’s a therapeutic process for me, where I don’t need to worry about the end result—keeping it, preserving it, or selling it. Instead, I can focus on the process of creating and enjoy the spontaneous strokes. The comfort of its temporariness gives me more room to be braver with my lines, unlike a permanent tattoo or a sealed oil painting,” explains Haddadin.
You can follow Haddadin on Instagram to keep up to date with her latest body art creations.