I’ve got a couple of pieces from Sonja to share with you today. Sonja’s distinctive dotwork style consistently results in amazing artwork. Up until now we’ve mostly seen her art in geometric form. Well to start things off here’s something a little more organic.
I seriously could look at Sonja‘s works for hours. Her geometric stippling tattoos are consistently phenomenal, both in technique and design. What I like most about this particular design is that it maintains it’s proportions across the entire piece, adjusting to the various curves and shapes of the leg.
Sonja from Punktum Tattoo in Germany has taken stippling to new levels with her geometric designs. But she isn’t just limited to playing with math. Using designs that evoke the image of a mandala, combined with symbols such as the Om, her works go beyond the technical and into the spiritual.
This is an open letter to Sonja from Punktum Tattoo.
Dearest Sonja, I don’t know what kind of deal you have made with the spirits of this world, but somehow they have graced you with the ability to see beyond the random. You can make order out of chaos, defying every law of the natural world. Your mad genius continually spawns works so breathtaking that whoever is lucky enough to have you grace their body with a tattoo must have to pay you with a piece of their soul. You peer beyond the borders of this world, bringing us visions of beauty, and for that we thank you.
When it comes to geometric dot-work, the first name that comes to mind is Sonja from Punktum Tattoo. She has the ability to turn simple dots into a masterpiece of negative space and intricate patterns.
This almost shell like design was sent into the tribal and blackwork gallery.
When it comes to dotwork tattoos, Sonja from Punktum Tattoo in Germany is one of the finest artists working today.
Take this Om/Swastika piece she did recently. The blending of the lines with the subtle shading of the dots creates an impressive illusion of depth in lower half of the piece.
You can check out the full sized image in the religious and mythological tattoo gallery.
Whenever Sonja sends in one of her new dotwork creations, I always take a moment to pause. Her work is consistently beautiful, and she’s easily a master of the dotwork style. This recent tattoo not only evokes the image of wings, but also elements of a seashell, as well as classic Greek sculpture.
You can find more work by Sonja in the tribal and blackwork gallery.
Even though the real Thanksgiving was last month, it is the big day in the States, with the football, the parades, and the food. Oh yes. The food. Now whether you’re eating turkey, turducken, turturkeykey, tofurkey, or some other variation, if you’re sitting down with loved ones for a feast you can pretty much expect a food coma later on today. Of course the holiday isn’t just about food. It’s an interesting holiday as it means so many different things to many different people. To some it is viewed in the traditional sense, with the celebration of the harvest, and the coming of winter. To others it is a day much like Remembrance day where thanks is given to the women and men who dedicate their lives to protecting others. And for some, it’s a day to enjoy with family and loved ones. No matter what your reasons for celebrating today are, enjoy yourselves, and if you are out partying late into the evening, remember to be responsible.
Now I tried to find some kind of Thanksgiving related tattoo, but unfortunately turkey tattoos aren’t as popular as one would believe. In all seriousness, BME is thankful for all of its wonderful members who continue to submit their photographs, stories, and videos to share with the community.
So what are you thankful for today?
The art of a sand manadala is tied deeply to Buddhist spiritual beliefs. As you can see in the video above, the time and dedication required to create a mandala takes years of study. Each grain of sand is delicately placed to form a detailed image created in a geometrical design. After taking a look at the following image sent in by Punktum, I immediately thought of the sand mandala. (Click the picture to see the full sized image)
With the design being so geometrical and comprised of mainly dotwork, you can easily see where the comparison comes from. The art of tattooing is no so dissimilar from the process involved in creating a sand mandala. Yes one is a strictly religious and spiritual practice, but they both employ the usage of a fine material to create something larger. While the monks use grains of sand, the tattoo artist uses small needles. In both cases the smallest details matter, as each line and color must be placed in a specific location to create the overall design. It was really difficult to select just one image of Punktum’s so here’s a second one, just to give you an idea of how detailed these designs are.
If you have some time, please check out the tribal and blackwork tattoo gallery today, you won’t be disappointed with what you find.