Sven Rayen creates gorgeous black and grey tattoos using only a single needle. This meticulous approach to tattooing requires an astounding amount of diligence and rigor on the behalf of the artist, and the exquisiteness of his tattoos illustrates just how much of a perfectionist he is. Here is a small array of his delicate and sometimes eclectic body art.
One of the most fascinating facets of Rayen's single-needle approach to tattooing is the level of detail that he is able to put into his illustrations using such a small delivery device. It's comparable to drawing realistic masterpieces using only a mechanical pencil. When looking at his black and grey portraits of animals and people, for example, you'd be hard-pressed to even be able to tell that they were executed with only one needle. The fact that they are so intricate is a testament to the attention to detail that he puts into each piece. When working with such a small caliber, every single little spec or line matters significantly, and the flawlessness of his work speaks to his skill as a tattooist.
The best part of some of Rayen's fine-lined work is how estranging it can be. Some of his illustrations are incredibly surreal. We particularly enjoy the weirdness of the uprooted crystalline landscape and the geometric heart pierced with arrows. Some of these pieces, on the other hand, are just straight-up eccentric, like the upper-back piece of Noah's ark or that old-timey illustration of a phonograph. We don't know why anyone would want a standalone broom in large-scale across their ribs, but if you're going to get a similarly odd tattoo, his single-needle style is perfect for depicting such offbeat imagery in a pristine as well as intriguing fashion.
If you want to see more of Rayen's bizarre as well as exquisite work, follow this line over to his Instagram. He tattoos out of Studio Palermo in Antwerp, Belgium, if you want some of his strange yet beautiful single-needle work of your own.