As 2019 ends, W highlights a number of tattoo artists to follow on Instagram.
From barely existing stick-and-pokes to elaborate and polychrome designs Instagram is an infinite source of inspiration for your first, second – and maybe even twentieth – tattoo. And there are a lot of tattoo artists to follow.
With a collection of works by famous personalities, distinguished names and creatives who also act as fashion illustrators, the minutes in a world of soft, intricate roses can melt away geometric patterns or any motif that Cara Delevingne has in them Week in their collection. However, beyond the contributions are the constantly growing ideas, hours of refinement and unbeatable examples of craftsmanship.
Here 10 of our most popular tattoo artists describe their work, inspiration and process in their own words.
“My style is minimal linework in contrasting colors – usually red and black. I try to focus on certain topics, such as nature and the human body, especially the female form. I will also draw and tattoo everything that I find attractive or visually interesting – even lifeless objects. "
“My work is complicated, delicately sharp and powerful. My tattoo style helps people who are looking for a meaningful piece of art but don't want a huge tattoo. You want to express yourself small. It’s all about interpretation and that’s what it’s about. I pour my soul into every tattoo I do. “
“I always grew up with visual art, mainly painting. About six years ago, I fell in love with the aesthetics of hand-made tattoos. I like the way they look like a drawing on the skin. Placement is as important to my work as design; The body is the ultimate canvas. I find inspiration for my religious and folk art designs. I see the holiness and divinity in the natural world around me, and my designs embody this through halos and rays of light. I also find inspiration in jewelry, since many of my designs have an ornamental character. I consider it permanent body art. “
“I used to be a fashion illustrator, which can be seen in my work. Then I did a tattoo apprenticeship in 2014 and have been doing it ever since. As a Latina woman, I work very hard to show different variations of trans bodies, heavy bodies, women with skin color and women with disabilities. For me it is important that this representation is really romantic. “
"I go with" The Witchdoctor "because I heal my clients physically and mentally by converting their energy into a long-lived piece. Growing up in the Swedish countryside with animals and nature, along with my African roots the Congo has inspired my work enormously. My art is very bold and colorful; some describe it as magical or whimsical because I use stars and glitter with flowers and animals. My style goes well with cover-ups and larger pieces. I use my product – BodyMark by BIC – as a freehand stencil to design directly on my customer. ”
“In close cooperation with customers and what they want to represent, I can create custom pieces that symbolically and stylistically relate to traditional tattoos as well as alchemy and mysticism, printing techniques, folk art and antiques. Decoration and ornamentation. ”
“My tattoos focus on animals, plants and people. I would consider my artwork to be illustrative using minimal lines and shades. It's feminine and delicate, but in a way that catches the eye. Regarding my business, I try to focus on providing my services to people with color, especially the black community. I want to make sure that my online presence changes the way my audience perceives the stigma of white privilege in the tattoo industry. “
"Simple, light-hearted and delicate, my tattoos are thoughtful embellishments that evoke a feeling of familiarity and celebrate the feeling of being at home in your own body."
"My style is soft, fine and detailed – at least that's my goal!" I like it when my shades and the final look of my tattoos are flawless. I don't like tattoos with a rough look because I really love making tattoos look like they belong to the body they are on, as if they were always there. I like my parts to look smooth and sharp and I don't like rushing. I get inspiration from everything around me, especially nature, animals, art galleries and architecture. Inspiration can come from anywhere and anything I love, including photography, romance, and literature. It is always a good idea to have a small sketchbook at hand if you are a creative type! ”
“I want to do tattoos the way I did graffiti: wild, free and against the rules. I want to convey a feeling of freedom that is much more important than doing something beautiful or perfect. "