Kirsten Holliday: Inking Gardens On Skin
Vegans, florists, gardening hobbyists, anthophiles, art nouveau fans, and old souls alike are going to swoon like crazy.
Not all tattoos have to look “badass” and imposing to stand out. Kirsten’s works definitely didn’t need to; they’re already lovely as they are.
Heavily influenced with art nouveau, the style reflects in her beautiful yet laid-back, floral tattoos. That’s what people keep coming back for; Kirsten’s flowers and everything else with leaves that creep and wither.
The tattoos have a very vintage feel to them, as if they belong in the old apron you love seeing so much—which your grandma used to wear whenever she whips up her winning pies.
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With flower power and the light, storybook feel of her tattoos, Kirsten nails it with every design she “paints” on her clients' skin. The one above, for example, is supposed to be an ode to Harry Potter's wise headmaster, Dumbledore.
They’re also very delicate-looking. It’s as if you can smell the flowers wrapped carefully around the client’s skin.
Many admire Kirsten’s lovely mix of impeccable linework and relaxed hues.
Kirsten tattoos at Wonderland Tattoos in Portland, Oregon with tattoo artists like Alice Carrier and Alice Kendall—tattoo machine-wielding ladies that are just as skilled as Kirsten. They make up a great tattoo team, operating in a shop where flowers bloom and sparrows sing—in ink, at least.
This particular piece, I believe, is one of her finest works. The placement is wonderful.
We're not too surprised that Kirsten's books are almost always closed—it may take months to book an appointment with her. But I suppose the wait is going to be so worth it.