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Stunning Diptych Tattoos Form Landscapes Across the Backs of Legs

Tattoo artist Houston Patton crafts intricate landscape scenes that span the back of his client's legs. Working under the name Thieves of Tower, he collaborates with artist Dagny Fox who oversees his creative direction and helps make these unique projects happen. Their artistic style references Medieval woodcuts and engravings, and with it, they intend on taking us “back to a time of darkened beauty.”

Each tattoo utilizes bold lines and solid black shapes to depict sailing ships, rays of light, and baroque-style towers whose spires extend into the clouds. There's no color or shading in the eye-catching works of art, and Houston focuses instead on elegant mark-making and fantastic placement on the body. The designs, one on each leg, form a diptych as the person stands with their feet together. They produce a beautiful, sprawling story that creatively stretches over calves and thighs, requiring both legs to work together to get the full impact of the artists' vision.

Thieves of Tower create equally beautiful tattoos on other body parts, too.

Thieves of Tower: Website | Instagram
via [Design You Trust]

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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