Striking Blackwork and Alternative Traditional Tattoos By Matt Cooley

Rain City tattooer Matt Cooley plays with blackwork and traditional style tattoos by blending his trippy touch and humor in them.

Xavier10 months ago in Tattoo Artists

If you ever find yourself in Manchester, here's somebody you ought to visit — you gotta keep his open booking dates in mind, though, they're getting pretty full! Matt Cooley is a tattoo artist of Rain City Tattoo Collective just along Chapel St. Matt has been tattooing for ten years, with influences like Amelie Fontaine and Joan Cornelia. His style ranges from blackwork to traditional with a twist often featuring popular singers like Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, cult films, and according to him, ‘mandalas, pulp fiction, and more weird shit.’

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Alkaline Trio lyrics. #AlkalineTrio #lyrics #music #Cooley #MattCooley #traditional
Alkaline Trio lyrics. #AlkalineTrio #lyrics #music #Cooley #MattCooley #traditional

Matt keeps his linework as bold and simple as possible, making it up with the color and uncanny design. They're electric. It's beautiful how he can make something so moderate and so interesting at the same time. They also have some kind of retro, dark comedy feel to them.

Aside from his musician and loveless-inspired tattoos, I'm also loving his original flashes. They always seem as if they're taken straight out of an 80's cult film.

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Cosmic lava lamp. #Cooley #MattCooley #trippy #galaxy #lavalamp
Cosmic lava lamp. #Cooley #MattCooley #trippy #galaxy #lavalamp
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Devil in a mug tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #devil #traditional #mug
Devil in a mug tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #devil #traditional #mug
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The Smiths song, blackwork tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #blackwork #thesmiths #Morrissey
The Smiths song, blackwork tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #blackwork #thesmiths #Morrissey
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Blackwork tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #blackwork #rose
Blackwork tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #blackwork #rose
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Panther tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #traditional #panther
Panther tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #traditional #panther
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Trippy coffee cup tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #smoke #cigarette #trippy #coffee
Trippy coffee cup tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #smoke #cigarette #trippy #coffee
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Trippy Jimi Hendrix tattoo. #JimiHendrix #trippy #Cooley #MattCooley
Trippy Jimi Hendrix tattoo. #JimiHendrix #trippy #Cooley #MattCooley
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Apple core tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #blackwork #apple #heart#davidbowie
Apple core tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #blackwork #apple #heart#davidbowie
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David Bowie tribute tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #traditional #bowie #davidbowie
David Bowie tribute tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #traditional #bowie #davidbowie
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Gumball machine gag tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #traditional #funny
Gumball machine gag tattoo. #Cooley #MattCooley #traditional #funny
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Watchmen tattoo by Matt Cooley. #MattCooley #watchmen
Watchmen tattoo by Matt Cooley. #MattCooley #watchmen
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Pulp Fiction tattoo by Matt Cooley. #MattCooley #blackwork #pulpfiction
Pulp Fiction tattoo by Matt Cooley. #MattCooley #blackwork #pulpfiction
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Heart tattoo by Matt Cooley. #MattCooley #heart
Heart tattoo by Matt Cooley. #MattCooley #heart
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Face dagger tattoo by Matt Cooley. #MattCooley #dagger #face
Face dagger tattoo by Matt Cooley. #MattCooley #dagger #face
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Blackwork tattoo by Matt Cooley. #MattCooley #blackwork #lovers #couple
Blackwork tattoo by Matt Cooley. #MattCooley #blackwork #lovers #couple

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