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Tattoos for Trade with @m_i_s_o_

To see more of Stanislava’s work, follow @m_i_s_o_ on Instagram.

For Stanislava Pinchuk (@m_i_s_o_), an artist in Melbourne, the delicate tattoos she draws for friends are creative exchanges. Their stories inspire her work, and in place of payment, her friends give her things they’ve made, whether art, furniture, jewelry or even dinner.

“I see it as artwork my friends carry with them,” she says. “It’s very intimate, and charging for it seemed strange, so I’ve traded since day one.”

Stanislava tells the story of each tattoo and trade on Instagram: twin wildflowers traded for whiskey, a map of a family traded for a drawing, a galaxy traded for a photograph. Alongside these stories, she shares pictures of her work and studio with the creative community she’s built. “The collaborators and contacts I’ve made from Instagram are incredible,” she says. "I’ve been in touch with so many people I look up to because of it.”

Unknown - Captain Constantine, 1870

Prince or Captain Constantine was, according to legend, forcibly tattooed by Burmese or Chinese tattoo artists.  The tattoos “consisted of 388 symmetrically arranged and closely interwoven images that covered his entire body, including his face, eyelids, ears, and penis. The designs, according to his publicity, consisted of crowned sphinxes, dragons, serpents, monkeys, elephants, leopards, tigers, lions, panthers, gazelles, cats, crocodiles, lizards, eagles, storks, swans, peacocks, owls, fishes, salamanders, men and women, fruit, leaves, and flowers. Most of them were quite small but exceptionally exact in their detail.”

shelbontheitguy asked:

Do you have any info on the artist who did those water color tattoos?

Here are some of them:

Amanda Wachob (Brooklyn, NY)

Koray Karagozler (Antalya, Turkey)

David Allen (Chicago, Illinois)

Niko Inko (Perpignan, France)

Ondrej “Ondrash” Konupcik (Znojmo, Czech Republic)

Aleksandra Katsan (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Klaim (Franconville, Ile-De-France, France)

Phil Lambert (Salt Lake City, UT)

Petra Hlavackova (Prague, Czech Republic)

Trevor “Rove” Jameus (Calgary, AB, Canada)
The Coolest Tattoo Artists In The World

French tattoo artist Loïc Lavenu, also known by the nickname Xoïl, has a very distinctive Photoshop collage aesthetic. The results are always surreal, sprawling, and highly experimental.

Peter Aurisch is incredibly skilled at creating many visual art styles, be it watercolor, cubism, or precisely shaded pencil drawings.

Ondrash in Znojmo, Czec

Ondrash is practically becoming a household name due to the raging popularity of the watercolor tattoos he specializes in.h Republic

Mariusz Trubisz in Wroclaw, Poland

Mariusz has a flair for shading and creating incredibly vibrant tattoos that are practically neon.

Madame Chän in Berlin, Germany

Madame Chän does a few different styles, but my favorite ones are the dreamy, chimerical tattoos she specializes in.

Marcin Aleksander Surowiec in Warsaw, Poland

Marcin uses incredibly vibrant inks to achieve his brand of highly vivid surrealist tattoos

Kenji Alucky from Hokkaido, Japan

Kenji is known for a dotting technique called stippling. His tattoos employ geometric and tribal motifs, and beg to be inspected up close.

David Hale in Athens, Ga

Working out of his own Love Hawk studios, David’s ornamental artwork is tinged with a folk-art spirit. 


Ien Levin in Kiev, Ukraine

Ien works solely in black ink. His extremely intricate drawing style has a macabre yet whimsical feel.



Amanda Wachob does the impossible with tattoo ink — her pieces look so impeccably close to real paintings.


Chaim Machlev in Berlin, Germany

Known in the tattoo world as Dots to Lines, Chaim Machlev creates stark black-ink geometric tattoos that are both intricate and pristine.


Expanded Eye profile for #ValentinesDay: 
Free thinking illustration and tattoo duo
inspired by life, the universe and beyond. 

Thonon-les-Bains, France    
Instagram @expandedeye    
Twitter @expanded_eye    

Having someone other than your tattoo artist design your tattoo

Let me add this to the ask as well, because I just saw that someone added that they will design your tattoo/design tattoos.  The whole point of looking through a tattoo artist’s portfolios is to find the artist that you trust to design and do your tattoo.  By all means, bring in pictures that inspire your tattoo, but expect that the tattoo artist will tweak it and change it to to fit the human body.  The body is a curved canvas, and will not portray exactly the same thing that is on the paper.  There are things/designs that look beautiful on paper but will look like shit on your body.  Your tattoo artist should know what will work and what will not.

Don’t waste your money on creating a middleman that doesn’t need to be there.  

As a side note: picking things off of flash at a reputable shop is also awesome.  


cy-n-caro profile for #ValentinesDay:
Traveling tattooing lovers, in Berlin & on the road.

Berlin, Germany / Traveling   


Circus performer Maud Wagner began her career as an aerialist and contortionist. She met tattoo artist Gus Wagner at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, where he billed himself as “the most artistically marked up man in America”. The two married several years later, and she learned how to give traditional “hand poked” tattoos as his apprentice. Through these lessons, she became one of the first known female tattoo artists in the United States.