The Ornate Geometric Blackwork Of Jay Suartika
Convert to Jayaism with Australian-based tattoo artist, Jaya Suartika and his esoteric, Balinese-inspired blackwork tattoos.
Jaya Suartika's Balinese roots played a big part in his art career. His tattoos are all etched with the hints of the culture he grew up in and the art he first opened his eyes to. With every pattern and every embellishment Suartika fashions into his blackwork pieces, his roots are reflected into the depth of ink and with every dot in his carefully crafted details.
‘A lot of my childhood surroundings were spent in Bali, where there is art everywhere you look,’ Jaya told This Is Radelaide.
In general, Suartika's works lean towards geometric blackwork and neo-primitivism. He also peppers his works with a lot of pointillism, giving the details of his works a little more dimension and grayscale shade.
While he considers Adelaide, Australia as his home base, Suartika is quite the wanderlust—having guest spotted all around Europe, New Zealand, and some parts of the US. ‘Being able to tattoo in a new city exposes you to the culture on a different level as it would just being a tourist. You get to function as a person in that particular society,’ he shared.
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Suartika finds inspiration in the Cubist movement and primitive tribal artworks and lists tattooer Thomas Hooper—who is known for his splendid sacred geometric works—as one of his biggest influences in tattooing. ‘Hooper really made me realize the possibilities that can potentially exist within tattoo,’ he said.
‘I get lost in tattooing,’ he told This Is Radelaide. ‘I love the history of it and I love the possibilities of it. I like experimenting and always trying new things.’
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