Mirko Sata, a tattoo artist from Milan, creates monochrome serpentine tats that seem to slither around his clients’ hands, arms, and legs.
Using only black and white ink, Sata twists and turns the snake designs around each other, forming an intricate coil. The contrast in colours give balance and harmony to the composition – at times even appearing like the yin and yang symbol.
In an interview with Illusion, Sata explained that his fascination with the reptiles started in his sleep.
“The snake is a subject recurring in my dreams,” he said. “I have always been fascinated by esotericism, but for me [the snake’s] usual aesthetic is too dark. That’s why I started to introduce white ink. I also wanted to propose a new look, a similar feeling to scarification, but more clean.”
And while white ink has its critics in the tattoo community, Sata said he is more than satisfied with his work:
“It’s true, white has a bad reputation. I looked for alternative ways, and finally found the right brand of ink. After some testing, I have achieved the results I wanted to achieve.”
See more of Mirko Sata and his work over on Instagram.