Floral designs may be a perpetually popular request in tattoo studios across the globe, but that doesn’t mean that all botanical body art is alike. As evident in this illustrated list of some of the best floral tattoo artists, flower-y depictions come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles.
Some artists simply put a color-inspired spin on the traditional tattoo approach. Zihee Tattoo and Five Cats Tattoo House‘s Luqui, for example, compose pieces with bright tones that boldly and beautifully stand out against the skin. Vlada Shevchenko and Jessica Svartvit, contrarily, employ an entirely black palette. Other tattooists, including Pis Saro, Lindsay Asselstine, and Eva Krbdk, seek inspiration outside the body art realm and create pieces inspired by watercolor paintings, line drawings, and even cross-stitch embroidery!
See striking selections of work by some of the best floral tattoo artists below:
Though she dabbles in all sorts of subject matter, Seoul-based artist Zihee Tattoo specializes in flower-inspired ink. Characterized by bright blocks of color, a stylized aesthetic, and a lack of black lines, Zihee’s pieces are both elegant and eye-catching.
Evocative of the fanciful fluidity of watercolor paintings, Crimean artist Pis Saro designs and creates delicate flower tattoos. Each of her whimsical works of art features softly blended colors inspired by real-life nature. “The mood of my art changes with the seasons,” Saro told Illusion Magazine. ”I grow flowers and watch them attentively, looking at each fractal detail in petals and leaves. They’re not as simple as they seem!”
Like many tattooists, Kiev-based Vlada Shevchenko has a penchant for flowers. Unlike most floral tattoo artists, however, Shevchenko works exclusively in black ink. The stark outlines and bold shading evident in each piece are offset by intricate details that add a delicate touch to the otherwise strong designs.
Though Turkish tattoo artist Eva Krbdk works in an eclectic range of styles, her pieces inspired by cross-stitch embroidery are among her most memorable. Composed of a grid-like collection of small “stitches,” each piece puts a modern—and permanent—spin on an age-old craft.
Mini Lau, a tattoo artist who calls Hong Kong home, creates light and airy works of art. Each dainty floral drawing is rendered in candy-colored tones characteristic of the Korean style, a genre renowned for its tiny tattoos featuring pastel-like shading.
Ukrainian artist Aleksandra Katsan is known for her illustrative, watercolor tattoos. Rendered in bright colors—namely, spring-like shades of pink and green—offset by splashes and splatters of black pigment, her flowery pieces appear to”pop” from the skin.
Toronto-based tattoo artist Lindsay Asselstine (also known as Lindsay April) specializes in pencil-like portrayals of flowers and foliage. Small in scale and highly minimalist, each sketch-inspired depiction is made up of elegantly traced fine lines—an aesthetic unsurprisingly influenced by Asselstine’s background in traditional studio art.
Like many floral tattoo artists, Korean creative Hongdam has embraced the watercolor trend. Relatively realistic in design, his ethereal works of art exquisitely capture the fragile nature of blooms and blossoms.
The mandala-inspired, pointillist portfolio of German artist Jessica Svartvit showcases her unique approach to the traditional floral motif. Tiny dots comprise each creation, which often feature lotuses and other flowers with numerous petals, and black ink is Svartvit’s preferred pigment of choice.
The floral tattoos of Silo showcase the Korean artist’s interest in illustrating arrangements of flowers. With a warm color palette evocative of the sky at dusk, the lush and luminous works of art adorn the skin without overpowering it. Similarly, Silo forgoes any obvious outlines and employs a minimal amount of dark ink in order to capture the delicate nature of flowers.
Inspired by botanical illustrations, the floral tattoos of Oregonian artist Alice Carrier use thick outlining and dark colors to boldly decorate the skin. Each verdant creation features ample shading and intricate line-work, showcasing both the artist’s knowledge of plant-life and exquisite attention to detail.
Luqui of Five Cats Tattoo House
Luqui, one of the artists behind the Buenos Aires-based studio Five Cats Tattoo House, designs and renders dreamy floral pieces. Featuring minimal lines and beautifully blended color, each flowery tattoo evokes the soft color and ethereal aesthetic of a pastel drawing.
The floral tattoos of Chicago-based artist David Allen are more than just body art—they’re a celebration of overcome obstacles and an ode to new life. Though Allen is often commissioned for standard tattoos, his most meaningful pieces are those that camouflage scars and help survivors—typically, those who have fought breast cancer— heal.
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