Delicate Nature-Inspired Tattoos are Perfectly Placed on the Wearer’s Body

Fine-Line Tattoos by Zihwa

South Korean tattoo artist Le jardin de Zihwa, known simply as Zihwa, creates delicate drawings on the skin. Opting for soft black shading and thin lines produced with a single needle, her style favors subtlety with soft shading and realistic rendering. The aesthetic is fitting for her nature-inspired subject matter; the blooming florals, slithering snakes, and coy foxes recall technical drawings you might see in a textbook. Zihwa's compositions, however, makes the potentially modest drawings seem magical, and they feel like part of a fairy tale on etched skin.

Zihwa was originally trained as a graphic designer and began her tattooing career several years ago. The designer's training is evident in the placement of her tattoos, and her illustrations often wrap around parts of the body in a deliberate way—like they were always meant there. In one tattoo, a snake trails down the middle of a client's chest while another design showcases how flowers and birds are a perfect fit on the side of the neck as they settle just underneath the ear.

Since gaining fame as a tattooer, Zihwa has started to create products based on her drawings. The likes of hand mirrors, pouches, and temporary tattoos are now available in her online shop.

Artist Le jardin de Zihwa creates fine-line tattoos inspired by the delicate beauty of nature.

Line Tattoos by Zihwa Delicate Nature Inspired Tattoos by Zihwa

The soft drawings are perfectly placed on the skin—they look as though they were always meant to be on the wearer.

Blackwork Tattoos Blackwork Tattoos Blackwork Tattoos by Zihwa Blackwork Tattoo by Zihwa Nature-Inspired Tattoos Line Tattoos by Zihwa Blackwork Tattoos by Zihwa Fine-Line Tattoos Line Tattoos by Zihwa Blackwork Tattoos Delicate Nature Inspired Tattoos by Zihwa Delicate Nature Inspired Tattoos by Zihwa Delicate Nature Inspired Tattoos by Zihwa Blackwork Tattoos by Zihwa Delicate Nature Inspired Tattoos by Zihwa

Le jardin de Zihwa: Website | Instagram | Facebook
h/t: [So Super Awesome]

All images via Zihwa.

Related Articles:

20+ Creative Ear Tattoos That Are More Fun Than Wearing Earrings

40+ Creative Tattoo Ideas to Inspire Your Next Bit of Body Art

20+ Creative Collar Bone Tattoos with Statement-Making Style That’s Above the Rest

35+ Flower Tattoos Celebrating the Vibrant Varieties of Beautiful Botanicals

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.
Become a
My Modern Met Member
As a member, you'll join us in our effort to support the arts.
Become a Member
Explore member benefits

Sponsored Content