Devils And Women: Honest AF Tattoo-Worthy Illustrations By Polly Nor
London-based illustrator Polly Nor is making waves with her frank and true-to-life feminist illustrations, inspiring many tattoos from fans.
The 21st century is full of outspoken modern artists who are ready to speak through their art works the battle cries of their generation.
Among them is a feisty freelance illustrator named Polly Norton who goes by Polly Nor. Since graduating in 2011, Polly has been making a name for herself by accepting commission works for clients like Bloomsbury Publishing, Dazed Digital, and Complex Magazine. Since then, she earned reputation as a modern female artist known for her dark, relatable, and downright honest illustrations that paint a picture of the life of a 21st century girl dealing with untold everyday scenarios.
She currently has 132k followers on Instagram of mostly women who love Polly's unabashed works which they can all relate to. These illustrations are heavily laden with devil imagery which, according to Polly, represent the ‘darker side of her characters.’ Inspired by posts, memes, selfies, and seemingly mundane things from a typical girl's ramblings on the internet, Polly creates artworks that feature women with realistic flabs, women being comfortable in their skin, and women embracing their inner devils.
“Through this very warped representation of sex and relationships, young girls are being taught that they are submissive, sexual objects for men to leer over, use and control, and led to believe that their value lies wholly in how sexy they are,” Polly told Cool Hunting.
Polly continued, “But then, to make things even more confusing, our society also teaches females that being too sexual is shameful and vulgar. We should look available, but not too easy; we should be flirty, but not too forward; we should have sex, but not with too many people and so on. I'm interested in discussing and reacting to these conflicting pressures from a female perspective for a young female audience.” You may read the rest of the interview here.
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Because of her message, women continue to identify with Polly's works and even went far as to tattoo some of her illustrations on their skin. Flattered and at the same time puzzled, Polly Nor shared the tattoos by captioning them with things like “#thatsnevercomingoffbbz” and “@milkavelli616 just made another bad life decision and tatted my devil on his real life skin 🌹Proud🌹.”
Tattooing may not be something Polly has so far considered but her works definitely reminded me of Ricardo Cavolo, an incredible illustrator who inspired some solid tattoos based on his original works. You may check his works out here:
See the rest of Polly's works here.