We're going to pull you into the wickedly ravishing Dark Trash Realism style of Anrijs Straume. A dark, tasty treat.
Anrijs Straume is a Latvian-born tattoo artist who is currently based in Liverpool. He started out with an informal tattooing apprenticeship in Latvia for a few years before moving to the UK to further his tattoo career. Throughout his years of practice, he began developing a distinct style, characterised by atmospheric horror elements and the macabre.
Personally, I list Anrijs Straume as one of the artists I look up to the most in the contemporary tattoo scene. He possesses the ability to take inspiration from something or someone and make it his own.
The evident scratches, forehead markings, and signs of decay are rarely ever missing from an Anrijs Straume piece. They're the details that gives them the edge that's truly his.
Straume is also known for his distinct lettering, something people keep coming back to him for. It's this gothic font spliced with an urban graffiti type, outlined with thin markings.
Straume lists horror artist Paul Acker as one of his biggest tattoo career influences.
People go to him to Straume-ify popular icons like Mary Poppins, Albert Einstein, and various actors and musicians.
Especially loved this Queen Elizabeth II piece!
Anrijs currently tattoos at Bold as Brass Tattoo in Liverpool, UK.