Monday, January 12, 2009

Living Art

Tattoos seem to be something that people either love or hate; as well as being slightly fascinated by. I love listening to people when they talk about their tattooing experiences or why they dislike them. At the age of 16 i was inked for the first time. I thought long and hard before taking the plunge. I currently have 2 pieces done and have been drawing/dismissing designs for a future piece. It is not a case of I'll regret having them done, as suggested by some people I've met. They are now an intrinsic part of my skin, along with freckles, scars and tiny stretchmarks.

There is an artist, Kore Flatmo whose work is of such high quality (in my opinion) that most tattoo work pales in comparison.

Kore Flatmo runs a tattooing studio called Plurabella and has been tattooing for over 15 years.Plurabella originated with one studio in Cincinatti, Ohio in 1999 and he opened another custom studio in Los Angeles recently. He also paints in his spare time.

If this is the year i get a third tattoo inked, I'd love to have a piece of work done by him. From an artistic point of view i am always in awe of a skilled tattooist. His work is a beautiful balance of colour and black and white. He has mastered the art of shading (sadly something not a lot of artists can do perfectly) and at times it reminds me of sfumato. He is capable of capturing the essence of a person- i love art that captures and emanates a subjects personality.

For better quality images of his work check out:

Plurabella Tattoo Studio


Anonymous said...

lovely work

Anonymous said...

Yikes, scary but kinda awesome.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure I left a comment here some days ago... did it disappear into the ether?

Green of Eye, Sharp of Claw said...

@NM: Nope it didn't disappear, i haven't logged into here for a few days,hence no comments appeared! I is being a lazy bum being distracted by cupcakes and walk around town!

@RP: Scary? :P
Really? I'm not sure i'd go the way of having most of my body covered but i love his style.

Anonymous said...


Green of Eye, Sharp of Claw said...

@NM: Yep cukecakes! :) I discovered this little place and am now slightly addicted!


If I ever get a tattoo it will be of a Koi fish over my left pec. Not one that looks like it's gasping for air (they all look like that), but one that looks mean enough to rip my left nipple off.

Just passing through... : )

Green of Eye, Sharp of Claw said...

@AB: I really like the idea / symbolism behind the koi. Thanks for stopping to comment!

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