Simple, Ingenious, and Amusing: Blackwork Tattoos by Ilya Brezinski

tattoo of a cat walking the tightrope

Tattoo artist Ilya Brezinski creates polished blackwork drawings that just happen to be on the skin. The tightly-rendered pictures—often single subject—interact with the body in a playful way: a collar bone becomes a guide for a tightrope while half of a bicycle wheel is made wholly complete because it’s placed on a rounded pectoral muscle. Though Brezinski’s tattoos are simple in execution, their visual ingenuity is conceptually compelling and at times, very amusing.

Hook tattoo across skin by ilya brezinski bicycle tattoo over chest leaf tattoo by ilya brezinski
tattoos on legs by ilya brezinski bird with its beak tied shut on arm dog wearing a clear mask by ilya brezinski tattoos on arms by ilya brezinski double blimp on chest by ilya brezinski
Images © Ilya Brezinski
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May 27, 2016 Body Art Tattoos