When thinking about fine art we often focus too much of our attention on oil paintings. Not that there is anything wrong with them, but there is such an exciting and diverse world out there. One oft overlooked medium is the art of engraving.
Japanese Irezumi was directly influenced by ukiyo-e, the art of creating prints from woodblock carvings, so the connection between the two art forms is strong. The engraving tattoos that we are going to look at here are a little bit different though, these are most inspired by the kind of engravings that you would see in the illustrations of classic children's books and tarot cards.
In order to replicate these engravings on a person's skin, tattooists often work with only black ink and rely on stippling and dotwork to give their designs depth. The result is a timeless tattoo that feels classic immediately upon leaving the tattoo parlor.
If you are looking to get an engraving tattoo of your own, be sure to check out the Instagrams of the artists above and book an appointment.