Deep, rich shading; subtly nuanced dotwork; entrancing curves that breathe three-dimensional life into the designs; exquisite detail – these phrases define the flawless style of Kelly Violet, currently one of Europe’s most outstanding tattoo artists. For more than fifteen years, she has brought her unique vision to her art. Kelly
This feature Was taken from Renee Ruin Name: Sera Helen Age: 29 Location: Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand How did you get into the industry? Was it hard to find an apprenticeship? I started tattooing DIY in a warehouse in Melbourne shared with a bunch of artists and musicians. It
My fascination with body art began at an early age when I accidentally caught a glimpse of my grandfather’s well-hidden bicep tattoo. Aside from the elegant design — a Sassanid cataphract that had turned green from years of exposure to the elements — I was drawn to it because I
Some days I miss the hazy skies and suffocating heat of Los Angeles. But mostly I miss the thriving art community. One such artist was right under our noses when we lived in Santa Monica, Jose Araujo. Araujo tattoos at Midtown in L.A., but also does residences in SF, and I
Social media has turned me on to an overwhelming amount of amazing artwork, too much for me to catalog or keep track of in my feed. Specifically, I find myself with a vast number of tattoo artists I respect and admire, but I can’t seem to keep track of them.
Images of all kinds have the power to take your mind to all kinds of places. When I glare at the tattoos created by Sergei Titukh, my mind drifts into a nightmare state. His lines are fragile but full of the dark force that is alive inside of him. Sergei’s