Semi-Abstract Line Sketch Style Animal Tattoos By Darwin Toucourt

Xavier in Tattoo Artists

Pay tribute to your favorite critter in the wild with French tattoo artist, Darwin Toucourt's semi-abstract line sketch style tattoos.

Cat tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Cat tattoo by Darwin Toucourt

Since the dawn of time, we've been tattooing one another with animal tattoos because why on earth not. Many would go for ‘the more realistic, the better’ approach on their animal tattoos to capture their favourite friend from the animal kingdom perfectly. But if you're not ready to commit massive, coloured pieces for your spirit animal, then you may turn to Darwin's less elaborate yet simply designs.

Rennes-based tattoo artist Darwin Toucourt's works range from simple sacred geometry, solid bi-colored tattoos, large scale minimalism, and a bit of pointillism. But it was his animal tattoos in a simple, striking sketch style that really caught our attention. It's a great way to wear your love for your pets on your sleeve without looking like a total crazy cat lady. Okay, maybe a little.

Hummingbird tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Hummingbird tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Bull tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Bull tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Bear tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Bear tattoo by Darwin Toucourt

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A clever way to incorporate two monochrome tattoos in one.

Bat tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Bat tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Bear tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Bear tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Eagle/owl tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Eagle/owl tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Elephant tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Elephant tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Boar tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Boar tattoo by Darwin Toucourt

To avoid being bland—a difficult task in semi-abstract pieces like his—Darwin uses different strokes in his sketch style tattoos.

Deer tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Deer tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Fox tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Fox tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Flamingo tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Flamingo tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Stork tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Stork tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Leg sleeve tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Leg sleeve tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Leg sleeve tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Leg sleeve tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Arm tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Arm tattoo by Darwin Toucourt

Darwin also does the sketch work on sleeves. They turned out great.

Dragonfly tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Dragonfly tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Fox tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Fox tattoo by Darwin Toucourt

Darwin chooses how thick he goes with his lines to suit the subject. He went lighter with this one.

Tyrannosaurus rex tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Tyrannosaurus rex tattoo by Darwin Toucourt

And he can go aggro with tattoos like this one of a freaking dinosaur.

Whale tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Whale tattoo by Darwin Toucourt

Whilst he chose to go bold with imposing creatures like the big blue whale.

Bat tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Bat tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Bird perched on a branch tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Bird perched on a branch tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Raven tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Raven tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Moose tattoo by Darwin Toucourt
Moose tattoo by Darwin Toucourt

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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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