Lace ink is a beautiful way to cover a body. Abstract, yet recognizable, it is infinitely malleable.
Several artists have ventured into white ink. This sleeve by Watson Adkinson is subtle and delicate, truly looking like it is a part of the wearer.
This white shoulder piece by Joby Cummings is bolder.
Xoil adds his modern style to a lace garter.
Fellow French artist, Dexeen, who has a similar style, creates stunning detail in this collar.
I leave you with this, which, sadly, is not real. It’s been posted everywhere as an example of a fantastic lace tattoo, and I hope someday, someone actually does this. According to the photographer: “it’s a tattoo pattern drawn on her back, the technique to map it with precision is half way between 3d modeling and photo editing…” He thinks it wouldn’t be possible to make this a real tattoo. I bet Dexeen could do it.
Aditya Ikranegara’s digital paintings, mostly of fantastical women, are expressive and rich in color
Splashes of red lead the eye, creating dynamic movement even when the subject is still.
Power thrums from his characters; they are beautiful, but dangerous.
And sometimes, delightfully spooky. See more of his work on his deviantArt page.
I’ve followed Alexander Jansson for a while now. His art is rich in color and texture, his edges mysterious, his stories delightful.
I especially love his imaginative landscapes built atop trees and bridges.
Those twirly trees are more than anchor–they live and interact with the beings they frame.
His sense of wistful whimsy makes me long to live in his worlds.
Steampunk is an aesthetic I appreciate, even if I don’t wear it myself. There is a gorgeous intricacy to it, as long as it isn’t someone just gluing some gears on. I originally went looking for steampunk bat tattoos, but found surprisingly few. Click on the picture above to see the rest of Jason Corbett’s Steampunk Forms of Flight.
Here’s a full-color piece by Charles Berger.
There is a fine line between Gothic and Steampunk, because they both nod to the same era, but to me, there must be something of the mechanical if it is to be Steampunk.
This pocket watch straddles the line, but I gave it a pass because it is, after all, a watch.
Finally, the pièce de résistance, also from Things2Die4, this bronzed mechanical bat sculpture. Want.