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The Soft Pastel-Inspired Portrait Tattoos of Schwein

German-based tattoo artist Schwein aka Thomas Burchert brings the beautiful tones and effect of soft pastel into skin with these tattoos.

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Soft pastel is a beautiful traditional art medium that is well-loved for its luminous finish and soft undertones without the time it takes for other art medias like oil and watercolor to dry and take full effect. German tattoo artist Thomas Burchert, who goes by the artistic alias of Schwein, seemed to have taken inspiration from the delicate nature of soft pastels. His alternative pieces are a mash up of sketch style portraits, cubist color patterns, and lovely soft pastel tones.

Schwein's works are like the lovechild of fellow German tattoo artists, Anki Michler's dreamy portraits and Peter Aurisch's distinct, modern-art inspired style. The 33-year-old tattoo artist's portrait tattoos are rich with pigments, shadings, and random details that make up for stunning mash up-inspired pieces.

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