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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
Camila Rocha is an internationally recognized Brazilian fine artist who’s also been representing her work via tattoos for over twelve years. In Brazil, she learned Japanese millenary silk-painting with Sensei Kaoru Ito, but she’s been living in LA for past three years working with Kat Von D at High Voltage Tattoo. Her art is so classy, amazing and addictive.
No doubt these tattoos will soon belong to the ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ backwater of tribal tramp stamps and obscene Kanji. Whatever the case, at least they don’t occupy too much real estate.
Isn’t it amazing how sometimes you have an idea, and then find out that someone living half the world shares the exact same idea? I’ve been mildly obsessed with the idea of tantoos (temporary tattoos from suntanning) for the longest time, so it tickles me a little to know that London-based artist-designer Dariusz Boron recently put up a funding campaign on Indiegogo for SunTanToos. If funded, the project would allow people to make their tantoo design online for a painless tattoo session with the sun. Alas, only $20 of the $8,000 goal has been raised to date, with over 50 days to go. Well, you know what to do if you’ve been thinking about tantoos too.
Every child either wants to be a Disney princess or be with one (maybe even both). Artist Tim Shumate appeals to the latter with his Tattooed Princesses’ series: a collection of Disney favourites transformed into pinup bombshells. And if sci-fi is more your thing, he’s also done a smouldering Princess Leia just for you.
Simon Watts is loosening the uptight world of the tattoo. With a nod to the doodle and the works of Alberto Giacometti, these designs are for those tired of cliche and looking for a new one. You’ll find this wandering gypsy of a tattooist in Los Angeles.
Some of Amanda Wachob’s tattoos are more traditional than others, but they’re all rooted in high art, with some of her work mimicking paint strokes to create abstract pieces that very much play on the notion of the human body being a canvas.