As they swing between fear and boredom, people are turning to hand-poked tattoos for a creative (and cool-looking) distraction from their day-to-day realities.
Venetian lace and Victorian jewelry inspire the works of Marco Manzo and Francesca Boni.
Tattooist Ahmet Cambaz plays with perspective using simple black lines.
Montreal-based David Côté’s surreal tattoos are colorful and crisp.
Brutal Black describes its ritualistic approach to the needle as a "big fuck you" to soulless corporate tattoo culture.
They would be creepy, if they weren’t so lovely.
An old lady wants a tattoo of her house but the tattooist says noooooooo in this comic by Marlene Krause.
A book of paintings by Robert Ryan challenge the boundaries between the ancient and modern worlds.
"I hate that it's called a tramp stamp," and other things tattoo artists won't normally tell you.
The ink of South Korea’s Zihwa is feminine—with a purpose.