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Tattoo Artist Covers Bodies with Sacred Geometry and Mythological Animals

Jaya Suartika makes the body a canvas for his fragmented mythologies, animals, and patterns.
23 February 2016, 6:50pm

Outlined Thomas' first tattoo today. More to come with it. Done at @xolavant

A photo posted by Jaya Suartika (@jayaism) on Jan 23, 2016 at 1:40am PST

Jaya Suartika is an Australian tattoo artist who adorns his patrons in geometric patterns, animals, and fragmented mythological images that deftly challenge the assumption that nobody ever uses geometry beyond junior high school math. Using strong black lines and high contrast, Suartika's meticulous attention to detail emerges in his figures and his shading. "I’m a big fan of shape, form and dedication to precision," Suartika tells This Is Radelaide, and it's evident in his bold inkings. Combining both 'classic' and Balinese tattoo styles, Suartika brings both a sense of tradition to the progressive Adelaide tattoo scene, and a modernity to his age-old shapes and forms.

Check out some of Jaya Suartika's work below:

Kitty for Jess. Done at @xolavant

A photo posted by Jaya Suartika (@jayaism) on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:09pm PST

Chipping away at the back of Amelia's leg. The front is full and healed.. TBC..

A photo posted by Jaya Suartika (@jayaism) on Jan 28, 2016 at 11:54pm PST

Top is healed and bottom two are fresh. Thanks, Lorraine. Done at @xolavant

A photo posted by Jaya Suartika (@jayaism) on Jan 27, 2016 at 2:51am PST

For @yeahdope done at @xolavant

A photo posted by Jaya Suartika (@jayaism) on Jan 8, 2016 at 12:48am PST

For Megan. Done at @xolavant

A photo posted by Jaya Suartika (@jayaism) on Dec 17, 2015 at 2:33am PST

Follow Jaya Suartika on Instagram and on his website for more.

**A version of this article originally appeared on The Creators Project Mexico. **

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