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Hand-Painted Tights Create the Illusion of Striking Tattoos Inked on Your Legs

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Many of us admire tattoos, but not everyone wants to take the plunge and get one permanently inked on their body. Luckily, there are alternatives that allow you to sport faux body art without lifelong commitment. TATUL is a “tattoo tights” shop that features hand-painted motifs over nude-colored stockings. When worn, all that’s seen is the design—creating the illusion that your bare skin suddenly has some fantastic new ink.

Silvana Ilieva, the brainchild behind TATUL, calls her painting method a “modern interpretation of ancient Asian techniques.” By taking this approach, the design's colors are softer and warmer, plus they are stronger and more durable. This way, subjects like flowers, trees, and cats will retain their shape and detailing, outfit after outfit.

TATUL currently sells a variety of socks and tights through Etsy.

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via [So Super Awesome]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. 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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