Fine Artists Take On Tattoos: Rik Lee

katievidan in Stories

This week's featured artist on "Fine Artists Take On Tattoos" is an unbelievably talented illustrator, Rik Lee.

Last week, I started a weekly post about fine artists who choose to use tattooed subjects in their work. Since we love and appreciate all forms of art here at Tattoodo, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what's going on outside of the tattoo world- and how other artists from all different mediums are using it as inspiration.

illustration by Rik Lee (@rikleeillustration)
illustration by Rik Lee (@rikleeillustration)

Rik Lee is an extremely well-rounded artist, being not only an amazingly talented illustrator-but a clothing designer as well. Boasting "Island Life," the clothing from his line- Rik & Reg- is easy, breezy, tropical and fun. We're all for that. His illustrations, however, exude a different kind of edge that we just can't get enough of. Most of his subjects are bright, beautiful tattooed women (and some men, too.)

(@rikleeillustration)
(@rikleeillustration)

His illustrations, which he uses a variety of materials to create (pen, ink, colored pencils, markers, etc.) are, for lack of a better term- the epitome of eye candy. Literally sensory overload. From the gorgeous color palette, to the insane details, and unique settings to the dreamy subjects of varying aesthetics- his pieces are equal parts stunning and fun. Not to mention, in technical terms- pretty damn flawless. I mean, look at that hair up there. Goddamn.

(@rikleeillustration)
(@rikleeillustration)

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With each piece giving a nod to a certain genre, ethnicity or culture- every single one is unique and just as gorgeous as the next. And the best part, in our opinion? The tattoos!

(@rikleeillustration)
(@rikleeillustration)

From traditional American tattoos (like above) to beautiful mandalas, to a myriad of other classical styles of tattooing- Rik Lee pretty much covers all of the bases. And that's that shit we like.

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(@rikleeillustration)

You know what else is great about Rik Lee's killer work?! You can buy it all on his online store! And if you're into checking out his super fun, never-ending-summer clothing as well- you can see that here. And lastly, don't forget to follow him on Instagram at @rikleeillustration for constant updates on his latest works and other ventures. 
But I'll quit rambling now and let the art speak for itself- here are some of my favorite pieces by Rik Lee. Enjoy!

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illustration by Rik Lee (@rikleeillustration)
illustration by Rik Lee (@rikleeillustration)
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illustration by Rik Lee (@rikleeillustration)
illustration by Rik Lee (@rikleeillustration)
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katievidan

@katievidan

Southern girl living in NYC. Interests include fried chicken, heavy metal & sleeping. Tattoodo Social Media + Writer. @tattoodo

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