Russell Van Schaick: Abstract Watercolor and Sketch Style Mix Tattoos

Xavier in Tattoo Artists

Florida-based tattoo artist Russell Van Schaick likes to mix it up with watercolor and sketch styles in his pop culture-themed tattoos.

The Little Mermaid, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
The Little Mermaid, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL

Watercolor style tattoos have been all the rage for quite a time now. Sketch style tattoos on the other hand is only beginning to emerge in terms of tattoo style. Not too many people seem to have been taken by it but drop it in a bowl and mix it with watercolor style and you get Russell Van Schaicks tattoos.

Gemini birds, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Gemini birds, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL

Inspired by the works of painter Agnes Cecile, Russell began a rhythm of painting of his own, with his own medium. Before sitting down with a client on a chair and a machine in his hand, Russell did a lot of studying to mimic a natural watercolor effect in his tattoos. He would observe the way the paint dissolves on paper and practiced the way he would achieve that effect. Then he began learning all the ways to blur and blend with his tattoo machine as he began painting on skin.

Jack Skellington, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Jack Skellington, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL

On top of that, Russell pairs his watercolor tattoos with subtle sketch style which makes his tattoos even more distinct and entirely his own. Though Russell himself likes to describe them as abstract. The Florida-based tattoo artist makes use of negative spaces, techniques, and colors to give his tattoos a more organic feel—as if they're the real thing (watercolor painting).

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“As an artist I feel I have developed a pretty cool abstract watercolor tattoo technique that I really enjoy doing,” he writes in his website.

Paper cranes, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Paper cranes, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Color smudges, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Color smudges, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL

Fun fact: Russell used to play bass for the metalcore band For All Those Sleeping.

Harry Potter, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Harry Potter, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Cheshire Cat, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Cheshire Cat, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Sugarskull cat, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Sugarskull cat, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Monsters Inc., Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Monsters Inc., Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Tiger, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Tiger, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Nightmare Before Christmas, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Nightmare Before Christmas, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Batman, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Batman, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Brushstrokes, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Brushstrokes, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Sketch, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Sketch, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
A Day to Remember, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
A Day to Remember, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Brave, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Brave, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Kingdom Hearts, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Kingdom Hearts, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Star Wars, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Star Wars, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Calvin and Hobbes, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Calvin and Hobbes, Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL

Russell currently tattoos at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. in Orlando, Florida.

Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL
Russell van Schaick - Orlando, FL

Follow Russell on Instagram.

Xavier

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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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