A Japanese cat plays a stringed instrument in this Oriental tattoo by Hide Ichibay

Hide Ichibay: When a Perfectionist becomes a Tattoo Artist

Hide Ichibay creates line-perfect tattoos in an Oriental style, drawing inspiration from classical Japanese paintings and illustrations. Like many traditional Oriental art works, Ichibay’s tattoos contain a wide range of textures. Some areas contain bold, flat colors while other areas are textured with intricate patterns.What is impressive about the patterned areas of Ichibay’s tattoos is […]

Tattoo Time-Lapse Video: Wicked Sun Melting

Tattoo Time-Lapse Video: Wicked Sun Melting

This tattoo time-lapse video shows a tattoo from start to finish. The idea and design were offered to Pooch at Altered State Tattoo shop in Lake worth, Florida, by his client. Pooch made the design his own, giving this unique take on a classic subject his own style. The smiling sun is a classic tattoo design […]

White tattoo ink really makes this tattoo of a cat sleeping stand out from the skin

Inspiration and Ideas for Cat Tattoos

Cat tattoos can symbolize many things or simply be a fun body art design. The meaning of a cat tattoo often depends on which culture the tattoo owner belongs to. In some cultures, cats are considered mystical, able to travel between the worlds of the living and the dead. In other cultures, cats are considered […]

Jukan Tattoos Abstract Watercolor Awesomeness

Jukan Tattoos Abstract Watercolor Awesomeness

Jukan is a German tattoo artist who currently works at the Stilbruch Tattoo shop in Berlin, Germany. Jukan’s body art works are intriguingly abstract and yet they contain symbolic forms that are recognizable in the real world. Human hearts, animals, hourglasses and houses are all recognizable symbols that appear in Jukan’s tattoo designs. By representing […]

A fearsomely comic bear is the subject for this colorful abstract watercolor tattoo by Sven Groenewald

Scratchy Watercolor Tattoo Selection by Sven Groenewald

Groenewald’s tattoo style in reminiscent of Peter Aurisch’s body art works. This abstract, pencil and paint style of tattoo art is becoming very popular in Germany, especially in Berlin. Artists working in this style frequently create custom tattoos for their clients which means that the majority of these tattoos are unique to their owner. Unlike […]

A pixie character symbolizes childhood, innocence and imagination in this artistic tattoo by Ivana Belakova

Ivana Belakova Tattoos Paintings onto Skin

Slovakian tattoo artist Ivana Belakova got her first tattoo at the tender age of 16 in the back room of a pub. According to the artist, “It was so exciting, especially because I was under age at the time, and we didn’t really have any tattoo shops in Slovakia.  I was hiding it from my […]

A medieval fantasy jester gets an evil grin in this black and white tattoo by Robert Litcan

Photo Realistic Fantasy Tattoos by Robert Litcan

Robert Litcan is a tattoo artist based in Kilkenny, Ireland. Although Litcan produces tattoos in both color and black and white, the designs featured in this gallery are from his black ink collection. Robert Litcan ofen creates tattoo designs of mythological and fantasy characters like phoenix birds, fairies and dragons. Litcan has an eye for […]

Tattoo artist Jesse Smith paints a rabbit war in a new school art style

Awesome Tattoo Paintings by New School Artist Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith is an American tattoo artist who gained notoriety for his bright, bold new school tattoo designs. With a history in graffiti art, Jesse Smith’s style approaches the realm of cartoon tattoos with a perspective that is uniquely his own. Smith is very aware of people around him and the behaviors and attitudes exhibited […]

This stylish sunflower tattoo uses subdued colors but still apears fun and friendly

Stunning Sunflower Tattoos symbolize Happiness

The sunflower is one of the most recognizable sunflowers because its bright yellow shape is often depicted in children’s books and illustrations. This large, bright flower is a favorite decoration for household items because of its cheerful nature, and the same symbolism that makes it popular in the home is making it popular as a […]

A lion, mandala and impossible object illusions combine in this pointillism tattoo by Gregorio Marangoni

Animals, Illusions and Dot work Tattoos by Gregorio Marangoni

Gregorio Marangoni is a tattoo artist based in São Paulo, Brazil. Working only in black tattoo ink, Marangoni creates tattoos that have intricate details and lots of texture. To create the textures and details, Marangoni uses a combination of line work and dot work, using smooth lines to create and then shading and texturing the […]