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The Hybridized Style of Coen Mitchell's Animal Portraits

Coen Mitchell has invented his own unique style of ornamental tattoo that he calls "mosaic flow," and it's perfect for tattoos of critters.

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We're all living in a wonderful age of hybrid art, in which artists are mixing different genres and mediums in order to create truly avant-garde work. This method of combining is a tried and true art form (see: the entire Surrealist movement), and its translation onto skin is just as glorious.

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The shine that Coen Mitchell detailed in this emperor monkey's eyes gives it a sagely look. avantgarde animals CoenMitchell emperormonkey mosaicflow flow hybrid mosaic ornamental traditional
The shine that Coen Mitchell detailed in this emperor monkey's eyes gives it a sagely look. #avantgarde #animals #CoenMitchell #emperormonkey #mosaicflow #flow #hybrid #mosaic #ornamental #traditional

Take Coen Mitchell's envelope-pushing work. He has combined elements from several disciplines of tattooing — traditional and ornamental among them — using various techniques in order to create what he has dubbed as "mosaic flows." The aesthetic of the resulting style is exquisite to say the least, and we at Tattoodo have decided to showcase it for you in the form of Mitchell's animal portraits, because, let's be honest, critters are just the best.

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The natural complexity of butterfly and moth wings are ideal for Coen Mitchell's nuanced style. avantgarde animals CoenMitchell eyes flow hybrid mosaic mosaicflow moth ornamental traditional realism
The natural complexity of butterfly and moth wings are ideal for Coen Mitchell's nuanced style. #avantgarde #animals #CoenMitchell #eyes #flow #hybrid #mosaic #mosaicflow #moth #ornamental #traditional #realism
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Mitchell uses the term mosaic flow to describe his tattoos because of their recombinant nature. It's amazing how he brings together such a wide array of approaches to tattooing to create this vibrant ornamentation that collectively makes more definable images like these zoological busts.  

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The way that Coen Mitchell uses just the right amount of color highlights, as seen in this giraffe, to offset his ornate work. avantgarde animals CoenMitchell flow Giraffe hybrid mosaic mosaicflow ornamental traditional
The way that Coen Mitchell uses just the right amount of color highlights, as seen in this giraffe, to offset his ornate work. #avantgarde #animals #CoenMitchell #flow #Giraffe #hybrid #mosaic #mosaicflow #ornamental #traditional

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This panda by Coen Mitchell is as cute as the one that sneezes in that viral video. avantgarde animals CoenMitchell flow hybrid mosaic ornamental panda traditional
This panda by Coen Mitchell is as cute as the one that sneezes in that viral video. #avantgarde #animals #CoenMitchell #flow #hybrid #mosaic #ornamental #panda #traditional
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The ornate never looked so fierce. The eyes on this tiger by Mitchell are utterly mezmorizing. avantgarde animals CoenMitchell flow hybrid mosaic ornamental tiger traditional sexytattoo
The ornate never looked so fierce. The eyes on this tiger by Mitchell are utterly mezmorizing. #avantgarde #animals #CoenMitchell #flow #hybrid #mosaic #ornamental #tiger #traditional #sexytattoo

It's astonishing how many techniques are packed into each of these tattoos. Mitchell incorporates bold line work, subtle shading, complex patterning, slight stippling, and a touch of color to accentuate every piece. This versatile approach to tattooing makes his work stand out in an auteur manner. His mosaic flows are truly one of a kind.

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This is probably what Mufasa looks like in heaven. Coen Mitchell's jungle cats are king. avantgarde animals CoenMitchell flow hybrid lion mosaic mosaicflow ornamental traditional
This is probably what Mufasa looks like in heaven. Coen Mitchell's jungle cats are king. #avantgarde #animals #CoenMitchell #flow #hybrid #lion #mosaic #mosaicflow #ornamental #traditional
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This person wears their tattoo by Coen Mitchell with pride. The gem on the lion's forehead is spectacular, and the white accenting is fantanstic. avantgarde animals CoenMitchell flow hybrid lion mosaic mosaicflow ornamental traditional
This person wears their tattoo by Coen Mitchell with pride. The gem on the lion's forehead is spectacular, and the white accenting is fantanstic. #avantgarde #animals #CoenMitchell #flow #hybrid #lion #mosaic #mosaicflow #ornamental #traditional
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Apparently this Doberman by Coen Mitchell likes to jump the fence a little too often. avantgarde animals CoenMitchell doberman flow funny hybrid mosaic mosaicflow ornamental sexpositive traditional
Apparently this Doberman by Coen Mitchell likes to jump the fence a little too often. #avantgarde #animals #CoenMitchell #doberman #flow #funny #hybrid #mosaic #mosaicflow #ornamental #sexpositive #traditional

If you liked touring this menagerie of ornate tattoos, you can see more of them on Mitchell's website. He's also on Instagram. If you want a tattoo from this genre-blurring artist, visit his shop in Auckland, NZ, and get your very own faithful animal companion for life.

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Originally from Oklahoma. BA in literary studies from The New School. MFA in creative writing from New Mexico State University. English teacher, published poet, and writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games.

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