Ever wondered what tattoos look like when you’re old?

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 18 April 2014

Getting a tattoo is a lifelong commitment (like marriage, but lasts longer.) That’s why before getting inked, people ask themselves the question: ‘What would it look like when I’m old?’ (also like marriage.) Reddit user ‘clevknife’ answers this question with photos he recently uploaded of tattooed senior citizens.

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This Batman sleeve tattoo took 40 hours and a lot of justice to make

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 19 March 2014

Watch out, crime. Justice and vengeance comes in the form of a really cool bicep. British artist Ian Hopkins tattooed panels from classic Batman comics onto a subject’s entire arm. The full-colour tattoo features characters like the Dark Knight himself, Robin, Catwoman, Penguin, The Joker, and the Riddler. It took Hopkins around 40 hours of work to finish the entire thing, but was entirely worth it as he won the ‘Best Large Colour’ award at the Titanic Ink Tattoo Convention in Southampton, UK.

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Whiskey bottles that have rad tattoos

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 13 February 2014

Some whiskey bottles just got some rad tats, what’s your excuse? To celebrate their period of origin – the late 19th century, a time when tattoos were becoming popular – J&B partnered up with tattoo artist Sebastien Mathieu of Le Sphinx in creating these 25 limited edition tattooed bottles of J&B blended scotch whiskey.

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Awesome tattoos made from dots by Kenji Alucky

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 15 October 2013

If you want to get a tattoo that’s really unique, here’s some tips. Try to avoid stars, or cheesy quotes, or your soon-to-be-ex’s face. Or you can get a tattoo from Kenji Alucky from Hokkaido, Japan. He employs an art technique called stippling, the creation of a pattern by using various shades of small dots. […]

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Alice in Wonderland body ink

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Wednesday 18 September 2013

Alice in Wonderland has been inspiring people for decades, so it’s no wonder that the classic artwork illustrations by Sir John Tenniel have been inspiringly adapted for the ink-hungry. Well pulled off.

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Portland based tattoo artist Aron Dubois

Conrad Crespin Reader Find

By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Thursday 12 September 2013

Aron Dubois is an artist I found out about through Breeze Block Gallery. He was a part of a group show there in the summer of 2012. The paintings he submitted for the show were outstanding, but what he is really known for is tattoos. Looking at his past work, you can see why.

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Eye-popping scarification art on a back

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 30 July 2013

When it comes to admiring body art, we admire our fair share of ink, but we also love looking at scars. We just saw some impressive work of London’s Divine Canvas, which apparently took two sessions to complete. It looks like a lot of pain and healing was involved, but also looks like it’s all […]

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Photographs of magnificent tattoos on Russian criminals by Sergei Vasiliev

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 19 June 2013

The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive documents Russian criminals’ tattoos and their coded meanings — and includes tattoo drawings by prison guard Danzig Baldaev and photographs by Sergei Vasiliev. This set of photographs by Vasiliev were taken in between 1989 and 1993 in prisons and reform settlements across Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Tagil, Perm and St Petersburg. Reading […]

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Heavily tattooed ladies from bygone eras

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Wednesday 29 May 2013

Self-taught artist Ramon Maiden — who describes himself as a “wanderlust king, ink maniac and dandy delinquent based in Barcelona” and sees the tattoo as a form of artistic expression — works with ink, watercolor and markers to stipple out fantastic works that has him inking vintage illustrations of women, whether these be of Vargas […]

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Splendid! Tattoos on people who love science

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 19 March 2013

We stumbled across this fascinating project by science writer Carl Zimmer, who, in 2007, wondered on his blog if scientists were hiding tattoos of their science and got his answer from many of them — and yes they were. Science Ink basically is a pictorial trove of Zimmer’s favorite tattoos of science that span disciplines […]

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Vibrant and colourful artwork by Michael Kortez

Didu Losso Contributor

By Didu Losso in New Art on Saturday 2 March 2013

Los Angeles artist and tattooist Michael Kortez has been displaying his work publicly since the age of 8 at various galleries throughout California, New York, and as far as Mexico. This includes group shows such as Laluzapalooza 2013 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery and two collaborations with Dogtown’s skate icon Tony Alva at Exhibit […]

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Tattoo-ed covers of Penguin books

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 27 December 2012

Penguin Books recently embarked on a collaboration with tattoo artists to ink the covers of six Brit novels. We especially dig the one by Lynn Akura of Magnum Opus Tattoo, who reworked Zadie Smith’s White Teeth to startling effect.

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New book of illustrations by Matt Kerley

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By Matt Kerley in New Illustration on Friday 7 December 2012

I am a Brooklyn-based tattooer and illustrator. This is the second book that I have put out of 100 illustrations. This, and the previous book, can be purchased at Big Cartel.

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Tattoos and illustrations by Jean-Luc Navette

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By Caitlin Sullivan in New Illustration on Thursday 1 November 2012

There’s something about Jean-Luc Navette’s work that is timeless. His black-and white 2D illustrations are balanced with intricate, tangible textures, and he has a way of retro-izing everything: his images make even recognizable modern characters into 1800′s versions perhaps imaginable in a Roald Dahl story. Through all his work, both tattoos and paper-based, his style holds a feeling of originality – no matter how many mustached men and skeletons he draws.

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Tattoos by Aron Dubois

Conrad Crespin Reader Find

By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Friday 19 October 2012

Aron Dubois is an artist I found out about through Breeze Block Gallery. He was a part of a group show there in the summer of 2012. The paintings he submitted for the show were outstanding but what he is really known for is his tattoos. Looking at his past work, I can see why.

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