san francisco tattoos


Ben Volt is based out of San Francisco, at Scholar Tattoo. He does blackwork in a way that has been described as modern and unique. Despite the heavy lines and strict geometry of his work, it is dynamic, the contrast between the precision of his work and the curves of the human body leaving a surreal impression on the viewer, as though the ink is hovering over the body. 

Some of Ben Volt’s work reminds one of Art Deco, and some of it reminds the nineties children among us of Samurai Jack and its distinctive animation style. Whatever the association, the work is compelling. Its hard to look away.


“Are you sure you want to do that?”
“What were you wanting?”
Hold on to your heart from Do Me A Favour
“Is that all?”
“Alright, I don’t have very pretty handwriting”
That’s okay, I already have this *shows districts tattoo*
“Whats that?”
The Districts, they opened for you guys in Seattle
“Ignore that H”
*struggles with writing*
“Okay, there you go love”

Also, dunno if she’s on tumblr, but huge props to the girl who took these photos of us

Gold mandala

 Derek Herberth 

23rd St at Valencia in San Francisco, Ca

Mural by SF Bay Area tattoo artist outside Oldtown Tattoo in the SF Mission District. The color scheme is in keeping with the black and gold theme of the parlor and is in addition to the exiting mural next to their doorway. This is Derek’s first mural and what a beauty.