Canadian Professor Transforms His Skin With 2,500-Year-Old Scythian-Inspired Tattoos


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Getting inked isn’t a new thing. In the BP exhibition “Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia”, you will find skin preserved with ancient tattoos. Dave Mazierski, a medical illustrator and biomedical communications professor from Toronto has made it his mission in life to cover his body in the same tattoos that are found on a 2,500-year-old mummy from a Bronze Age Scythian tribe. Continue reading »

Artist Turns Your Most Nostalgic Childhood Pics Into Stylish Tattoos So You Always Have Them On Your Skin

Alican Gorgu (AKA PigmentNinja) is a Turkish tattooist who transforms his clients into walking photo albums. Using old photographs for guidance, the Istanbul-based artist tattoos people with whatever chilhood memories they want immortalized on their bodies using his own distinct style, which he refers to as “Retro Minimal”. Continue reading »

Former Cartoonist Creates Cute Animal Tattoos To Show You A Life On The Wild Side

Ahmet Cambaz lives and works in Galata, Istanbul. He creates some of the most awesome and unique animal tattoos I’ve seen so far. He shows a great example how tattoos can be done in different styles and techniques. Majority of his tattoo art incorporates geometric shapes and stands out in a crowd. Continue reading »

Meet The Italian Artists Inking Museum-Worthy Tattoos

Tattoos may be more socially acceptable than they once were, but a nice sleeve hasn’t yet become a marker of taste and refinement quite like, say, a collection of art on your wall. Continue reading »

Artist Joanna Swirska Creates Superb Animalistic Tattoos

Wrocław-based tattoo artist Joanna Swirska inks carefully considered depictions of animals tinged with psychedelic splashes of color. Her most common subject is the humble feline which seems to make an appearance in nearly half of her works which run the gamut from graceful to fantastically absurd. Continue reading »

Incredible Portraits Of Maori Women With Their Tradition Chin Tattoos From The Early 20th Century

For New Zealand Maori women, the ‘moko kauae’, or traditional female chin tattoo, is considered a physical manifestation of their true identity. It is believed every Maori woman wears a moko on the inside, close to their heart; when they are ready, the tattoo artist simply brings it out to the surface. Continue reading »

These Botanical Temporary Tattoos Smell Just Like The Plants That Inspired Them

The Brooklyn-based company that specializes in designy temporary tattoos has teamed up with Jeannerot for the visuals and Agilex Fragrances for the aromas to create the Bouquet Garni Set, a collection of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme scented tattoos that look and smell just like the plants that inspired them. Continue reading »

These People Love ‘Friends’ So Much They’ve Got Tattoos Inspired By The Sitcom


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Fans of Friends are paying homage to their favorite sitcom by getting tributes to the show Tattoed onto themselves. Some have even gone the extra mile to get matching TV-related inkings with their pals. From the iconic logo to a homage to the Central Perk coffee shop, here are Friends-related tatts that will make you smile! Continue reading »

For Design Geeks: Old School Tattoos That Pay Tribute To Famous Typefaces

Based in São Paulo, Brazil, designer Will Jr. has created a series of temporary tattoos that feature well-known typefaces, including Helvetica, Garamond and Futura. Inspired by old school tattoo artworks, each of these designs consist of a single letter that is surrounded by decorative elements like floral motifs—the name of the typeface is spelled out on a banner placed across the letter. For instance, the Raleway tattoo features the letter ‘C’, while the Playfair one is built around the letter ‘D’. Continue reading »

Tiny, Super Minimalist Tattoos That Are Subtle But Striking

If you like the idea of getting a tattoo, but do not want a design that is too conspicuous, these tiny and minimalist tattoos may be exactly what you are looking for. Here’s a collection of such subtle but eye-catching tattoos by the tattoo artist Jonathan Valena to inspire you. Continue reading »

Surreal Animal Hybrid Tattoos Look Like Quirky Sketchbook Drawings

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Italian-born, London-based illustrator and tattoo artist Otto D’Ambra is known for his avant-garde style, which primarily depicts hybrid animals combined with illustrations seemingly plucked from Boardwalk Empire. D’Ambra is a multi-faceted artist, who began his career as a set designer and evolved over time into body art and etching. In 2012, he opened The White Elephant Studio in London as a creative base for artists. Continue reading »

Photographer Steven Burton Photoshops Out Ex-Gang Members Tattoos

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For his latest project “Skin Deep”, photographer Steven Burton captured powerful portraits of heavily tattooed ex-gang members and digitally removed their tattooes using Photoshop. Continue reading »

Breathtaking Minimalist Tattoos By A Korean Artist

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When it comes to tattoos, sometimes it’s just better to keep things simple. Continue reading »

Minimalist Tattoos By Irina Irchey And Eugenia Vorobej Beautifully Blends Geometry With Nature

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Russia-based artists Irina Irchey and Eugenia Vorobej from “Mama Budet Rugat” studio creates beautiful minimal tattoos. Using their delicate touch, girls duo blends together the graceful figures of nature and geometry, resulting in unique tattoos. Sometimes the artists even infuses the thinly-lined tattoos with vibrant colors which makes them look something like watercolor paintings. Continue reading »

This Artist Has Made Temporary Face And Body Tattoos Of Twitter And Instagram Profiles

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“Face Post” is the artist John Yuyi’s three-part series and a nod to social media via her aforementioned, now-signature transfer stickers. The stickers are reminiscent of the superhero tattoos you’d get in those packets of “cigarette” sweets, applied with a modest dunk of water but maintained the staying power of super-glue ­– it’s this use of familiar objects in a witty way that gives her work its relatability. Continue reading »

Simple, Ingenious, And Amusing: Blackwork Tattoos By Ilya Brezinsk

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Tattoo artist Ilya Brezinski creates polished blackwork drawings that just happen to be on the skin. The tightly-rendered pictures—often single subject—interact with the body in a playful way: a collar bone becomes a guide for a tightrope while half of a bicycle wheel is made wholly complete because it’s placed on a rounded pectoral muscle. Though Brezinski’s tattoos are simple in execution, their visual ingenuity is conceptually compelling and at times, very amusing. Continue reading »

Ethereal Nature Tattoos Inspired By Changing Seasons

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Crimean tattoo artist Pis Saro creates beautiful tattoos inspired by nature. Her style is somewhat peaceful and edgy at the same time, while the tattoos, which are created for both men and women, have so much detail and color that they could even be mistaken for real plants! Continue reading »

Beautiful Minimalist Tattoos Inspired By Popular Disney Films

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The effect of a Disney film lasts long after the movie ends. Merchandise, fan art and fan fiction all exist out of a pure love for these stories, and these minimalistic tattoos are no different. Featuring symbols from Peter Pan, The Aristocats, and Lion King among others, these designs are an understated way to pay a tribute to these eternal tales. Continue reading »

Geometrical Tattoos By Jasper Andres Beautifully Fuse Geometry With Nature

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New Zealand-based tattooist Jasper Andres creates beautiful minimal tattoos. Using his delicate touch, Jasper blends together the graceful figures of nature and geometry, resulting in unique tattoos. Sometimes the artist even infuses the thinly-lined tattoos with vibrant colors which makes them look something like watercolor paintings. Continue reading »

Andrey Lukovnikov’s Double Exposure Tattoos Inspired By The Digital Era

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One thing that Andrey Lukovnikov’s colorful tattoos might remind you of are clipping masks from Adobe Photoshop. The combination of bold, busy imagery with a crisp edge mimics digital imagery—as if these bugs, birds, and feathers are concealing a larger part of an overall picture. And if you watch some of Lukonikov’s videos, it’s clear that this type of media influences his body art. Entire sketches and paintings are created on the computer. Although it’s a challenge to replicate this precise pixelation on something soft as the skin, Lukovnikov achieves the clean outlines that for which digital work is known. Continue reading »

Cool Minimalist Geometric Tattoos By Roxx

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With a career spanning three decades, tattoo artist Roxx has transitioned from Japanese, bio-mechanical and other graphic styles before settling into her current minimalist geometric tattoos and tribal blackwork. One look her portfolio on Instagram and it comes as no surprise that this owner of San Francisco-based 2Spirit Tattoo studio is at the top of the ink world. Continue reading »

Bold Japanese Tattoos That Looks Like Full Body Suits

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Gakkin‘s dramatic tattoo style is so heavy and dense, it almost looks like his customers are wearing body suite! Drawing on the traditional Japanese style while paying tribute to the art of Irezumi, Gakkin’s tattoos are a bold statement in black and white. Continue reading »

Minimalist Single Line Tattoos By Iranian-German Artist

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German-Iranian tattoo artist Mo Ganji is back, creating more simple images with a strong impact. Continue reading »

Beautiful Live Leaf Tattoos By Rit Kit

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“I’m a nature lover, so most of my sketches are related to flora,” Ukrainian tattooer Rit Kit explains. “But the more I drew, the more I wanted something fresh and native, to feel the plants without any steps in between.” Continue reading »

Blackout Tattoos Are A Bold New Trend Popping Up Around The World

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“Blackout” tattoos have recently gained attention online as an extreme way to cover up old tattoos. The technique requires an incredible amount of patience and dedication. The technique gained notice recently when artist Chester Lee of Oracle Tattoo shop in Singapore posted a photo of an intense black out piece featuring a delicate, scalloped edge. Continue reading »