Tattoo Artists You Really Should Get to Know: Watson Atkinson

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Explore the world of mystic tattoos with Watson Atkinson.

Tom Couture Photography
Tom Couture Photography
Tom Couture Photography
Tom Couture Photography

Specializing in Illuminated Transformation, Watson have had years of experience under his belt. With a wide range of interests, from traditional arts to performance to photography, this man is a force to be reckoned with.

Watson Atkinson tattooing
Watson Atkinson tattooing

You can usually find him at Twine Street in Portland, Maine.

He describes in the Twine Street website his tattooing style, which he has developed over time (over twenty years of experience), consists of 'esoteric alchemy; sacred geometry; crop-circles; figurative neo-classical; ornamental victorian; decorative art nouveau; and ethnic/folk traditions world wide'.

Tom Couture Photography
Tom Couture Photography

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Watson Atkinson is a man of vision. He currently holds a project entitled, 'Illuminated Transformation Series'.

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Atkinson clearly states in his website:

DON’T GO TO WATSON FOR A TATTOO.

GO TO WATSON WHEN YOU START THINKING YOU HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER. WHEN YOU START THINKING YOU CAN TRUST YOUR THOUGHTS, OR ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU START HAVING FIRM BELIEFS.

GO TO WATSON WHEN YOU FORGET WHAT YOU REALLY ARE. TIME AFTER TIME, YOU WILL FORGET. GO TO WATSON BECAUSE YOU NEED TO RAMBLE, IF ONLY FOR A SHORT WHILE. YOU NEED TO SIT ON THE FLOOR OF A VAN THAT’S BEEN CONVERTED INTO A CABIN IN THE WOODS, SURROUNDED BY CANDLES AND POETRY SCRAWLED ON SCRAPS OF PAPER TAPED TO GLASS AND METAL, DRIVING ACROSS THE CASCO BAY BRIDGE IN A RAINSTORM, BECAUSE FUCK, FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES DON’T STOP WITH TATTOOING, AMEN AND HALLELUJAH.

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by Watson Atkinson

If you think not only your skin, but your mind and soul is ready for a tattoo that transcends your inner consciousness, Atkinson is the man for you. You and him might just meet minds and you might be that willing canvass in search of 'illuminated expression of self transformation' he's looking for.

Finger and ear tattoos
Finger and ear tattoos
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charcoal-on-skin effect
charcoal-on-skin effect

Watson has also mastered the charcoal-on-skin effect on tattooing. This gives his works a very raw aura.

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Watson is also among the few who has practiced the art of white ink and its mastery.

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A detailed look of his Victorian torso on a client.

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sleeve
sleeve
sleeve
sleeve
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by Watson Atkinson
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sleeve
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by Watson Atkinson
by Watson Atkinson
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by Watson Atkinson

Some from Watson's impressive collection of sleeves.

Follow his personal journey as an artist on Instagram. Check out his website, also!

(Literally crying right now because my body lusts for a Watson Atkinson piece.)

Xavier

@Xavier

When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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