The black magic of black ink is that it’s a source of meditation for UK-based artist Tam Farrell, who visually fights addictive substances by replacing them with flowers and other beautiful objects. The Australia-born illustrator’s bold style, ideal for tattoos, helps her capture stray thoughts and share them with friends.
“I like to merge mismatched ideas together to create a quirky juxtaposition,” Farrell tells Creators. “My mind seems to be subconsciously fishing for inspiration all the time; in lyrics, conversations, jokes, dreams, London, home. Usually something pops into my head that I find amusing so I put it on paper.” A series called The Best Kind of Addiction applies this process to the substances used by those around her: cigarettes, booze, and McDonalds French fries. As a dietician, the final entry is personal.
Farrell is a self-taught artist who stopped drawing and studied nutrition after a high school teacher discouraged her from pursuing art. Now, she draws for her own satisfaction, selling her drawings on a humble Etsy store. Much of her work has to do with food, but she seems more indulgent than you’d expect from a trained nutritionist. Check out her simple, satisfying style below.