Traditional Chinese Ink Wash Translated into Tattoos by Chen Jie

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Chen Jie creates delicate “paintings” on skin. Here, the tattoo machine acts like a brush dipped in black ink, and Jie translates the subtly of this ancient artistic tradition. Her style, with its splashes of pigment, represents a modern form of ink wash paintings that adopts Western techniques. It’s fitting for the tattooing field, which is consistently innovating, refining, and fusing different styles and approaches.

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Images © Chen Jie.
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