When you have a tattoo, you tell stories with your body. Through the ink on your body, you turn into a form of media.
If it comes to body art, you could say I’m a rookie. Because I’ve had my tattoo for just three months. And in that amount of time a lot of conversations have started because of the wavy ink on my arm. People have been asking why I did it, if the design means something or if it even fits how people perceive me. Even though I don’t feel like I have to explain myself all the time, it’s interesting to see that people with different perspectives ask about my tattoo. Nowadays, tattoos are more part of society. It shows for instance by how the most sweet-looking girls could rock a massive shoulder design. Or how body artists turn out to be Instagram-megastars and set the tone for our current lifestyle. And to that occassion, I’ve put together a list of my favourite artists.
Levi Febie (@dotwork108)
Starting with Dutch artist Levi Febie. He specialises in dotwork, a technique where a gathering of miniscule dots form a shape. It’s clean and sleek and above all, it creates volume and shade in a unique way. Levi’s dotwork in combination with his graphic designs result in amazing tattoos.
Hector Daniels (@hectordanielsnyc)
The usual studio has a pack of talented artists, each having a certain field of expertise. For example Bang Bang NYC, one of the best tattoo studios in the world according to some. Hector is on their team as a expert on calligraphy art. Being a writer, I do love a good word or phrase being written in ink. Especially when it’s written by Mr. Daniels.
Another renowned artist from New York City. JonBoy has had Zayn Malik, Kylie Jenner and Chloë Grace Moretz on his stool, which doesn’t surprise me. His micro designs are instantly popular because of the elegance and fine lines. And I think his handwriting (tatt-writing?) is divine.
Julim Rosa (@julimrosa)
I’ve seen Julim work in real life, since she worked at the tattoo parlour where I got mine. Her designs show hints of humor and who doesn’t love a good sense of humor? The tattoos are different, even a bit weird actually and that’s why I like her style.
And than another artist from Bang Bang. Do I need to explain myself with this one? It is obvious that Turan’s sense of detail is magical. The art comes to live the more you look at it. The design may not be micro, but his technique and use of fine lines sure are. Can I make an appointment, please?
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