Through the Fire and the Flame

This biblical sleeve by Jackie Rabbit is meant to be a representation of the biblical Armageddon.  Here’s how she described it.

Its a juxtaposition between the peace and love of God and violent destruction promised by the Bible.

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Orchids in the Wind

It’s time for another piece of art from the masters of Hong Kong’s Tattoo Temple.  This orchid by Wang really highlights the paintbrush style that he specializes in.  What’s really cool is if you look close, you can see that he added what looks like pollen in the wind on the top of her shoulder, giving the tattoo an even greater sense of movement.

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No Ordinary Blossom

One glace is all it’ll take for you to know where this tattoo came from, and I’m not talking about the red watermark in the top right corner.  Joey Pang‘s style is all over this piece, with the branches created out of abstract brush strokes, and the flowers so lifelike you’d think they were real, or at the very least painted on with a calligraphy brush.

Saint Hubert’s stag

In Chapter 4 of The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, the Baron, while pondering the image of St. Hubert’s Stag after a hunt, he encounters a stag of his own.  As it was the end of the day, the Baron found himself without any ammunition, so he loaded his musket with cherry pits and shot the deer in the head.  It survived the shot and ran away.  A year later, while hunting in the same woods, Baron Munchausen finds himself again face to face with a stag, only this one had a cherry tree growing out of its forehead.  Of course this time he shot it dead, and supposedly the cherry sauce he served with the venison was the finest he’d ever tasted.

Now I’m sure that isn’t what Michael Kozlenko was going for with this tattoo, but it reminded me of the story.

Michael works at Kipod Tattoo in Tel Aviv.