Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls, Rik Lee!

Xavier in Tattoo Artists

We're back with another insanely talented artist Rik Lee whose existence you should be aware of.

You may or may not have come across his works in your feed. And we assure you, if he's not on your news feed, then he should damn well be.

tattoo artist Rik Lee @rikleeillustration / Instagram
tattoo artist Rik Lee @rikleeillustration / Instagram

Meet Rik Lee, your new favourite artist. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia and now residing in Bali, Indonesia. He draws a lot of lovely ladies in his edgy signature style. Rik's works are heavily influenced with traditional tattoo art. Not only do they look something that belongs on skin than paper, but his drawings themselves are tattooed. The details are incredible.

Drawing by Rik Lee
Drawing by Rik Lee
Awesome drawing by Rik Lee
Awesome drawing by Rik Lee
Tattooed woman drawing
Tattooed woman drawing

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You might recognize the many tattooed women often featured in his works somewhere.

The End, tattooed girl drawing by Rik Lee
The End, tattooed girl drawing by Rik Lee

They are far from the typical 'pin-up girls' we would expect from something influenced by traditional American style. In fact, they emanate different vibes I can only describe as fierce and daring.

Beautiful girl drawing
Beautiful girl drawing
Stormy weather, sexy girl
Stormy weather, sexy girl
Beautiful tattooed lady
Beautiful tattooed lady

One may notice how Rik's ladies have very striking eyes. Aside from the tattoo art and the bold lines, they're what intrigued me with his works.

Creative drawing
Creative drawing

We're speculating that he gets most of his inspiration from his gorgeous wife!

Vengeance
Vengeance

Rik's style is what some would describe as ‘graphic art, lowbrow art, fashion illustration, portraiture, animé, tattoo art, etc,’ according to him. Rik himself isn't certain of what exactly is his style called either but he's going to leave it at that for now and keep making room for artistic improvements, exploring other mediums and styles, keeping busy.

Drawing by Rik Lee
Drawing by Rik Lee

“Honestly, I struggle with defining my art in words. My art is just... my art. It's a style that i've been developing for a long time and I assume will continue to evolve. As soon as I try to categorise it I get confused looks, and as soon as I try to describe it, I look confused. I find it easier to show someone my work and let them call it what they want.” –Rik Lee to Tattoodo

Drawing in the process
Drawing in the process

Like many artists, it's always been art for Rik as well. He took up graphic design for college, though halfway through his fourth year, the calling of art and illustration was too strong that he knew right then and there that they're what he really wants to do. Not long after that, he began freelancing for art and fashion magazines, staying hopeful through it all.

Creative lettering drawing
Creative lettering drawing
Awesome drawings
Awesome drawings
Bird tattoo design with roses
Bird tattoo design with roses

His Instagram account is filled with beautiful pencil sketches and marker scribblings that are too good to be considered doodles. Aside from pencils and markers, Rik uses watercolours, ink, pastels, crayons, paint, or cut paper. Otherwise, he would go digital.

Wolves will tear us apart
Wolves will tear us apart
Fuck it, Lets drive to Alaska
Fuck it, Lets drive to Alaska
Awesome owl drawing
Awesome owl drawing
Skull composition drawing
Skull composition drawing

Though he may probably not be hitting the tattoo machines soon, we still wish he would!

City girl drawing
City girl drawing

Rik shares some of the biggest influences on his art including ‘Art Nouveau and 1930's fashion illustration to 1990's iconic, skateboard and punk rock art to traditional American tattoos.’ He's the type of guy who finds inspiration in the things around him, parts of his daily life.

Tattooed legs drawing
Tattooed legs drawing

This won't be complete without the tattoo talk. What fascinated the young Rik Lee about tattoos, which led him to create tasty pieces of art heavily influenced with tattoos? Like some of us, he started young. Back then, he used to tag along to his friend's older brothers' band gigs. That's when he was first exposed to tattoos, which got him curious. It wasn't until the bass player of the band got a tattoo apprenticeship that Rik soon got himself his very first tattoo.

Tattoo by Carl dela Riva
Tattoo by Carl dela Riva

That's why it doesn't surprise us that people have been getting his art actually tattooed on them. They're meant to be there.

T-Shirt design by Rik Lee
T-Shirt design by Rik Lee
Arm bands
Arm bands
Tattooed nails
Tattooed nails
Watches with tattoo design
Watches with tattoo design

In the near future, Rik and a friend will be working on some large scale canvasses. He and his wife, who works in fashion design and production, will also be collaborating for a clothing collection. Travel is also in the cards for Rik this year, with Japan and possibly, Israel on his map.

Owl tattoo design
Owl tattoo design

Follow him on Instagram now!

Rik Lee is also on Tumblr and Facebook.

Check out his online shop here.

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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