Phil Hatchet-Yau is a tattoo artist worth following, immediately. His traditional work is seriously top-notch, and the way he crafts the content of his tattoos is unique. Hatchet-Yau manages to tell a story with every tattoo. His work is firmly rooted in the traditional style, with his own sense of flair and panache.
Hatchet-Yau is also working at the historical Tahiti Felix's Master Tattoo in San Diego, California. Established in 1949 by "Tahiti Felix" Lynch, the shop has existed within the same four blocks near the docks in West Hobart for the last 60 years.
Hatchet-Yau's work is classic with its solid, consistent line work and shading techniques. But his color fades are a whole 'nother story. His tattoos are vibrant, his color choices complement his subjects.
There's also something somewhat uncanny with Hatchet-Yau's work. The same eye peeks out at us from various objects and animals, and his creature's eyes and human's eyes all contain the same forlorn gleam.
All of the objects in Hatchet-Yau's work have a excellent primary and secondary light source as well. We can see how the pearls in his tattoos gleam brightly, but also have a reflective quality, giving his work a sense of depth. The baubles and refractive surfaces in his traditional tattoos are eye-catching, and literally illuminating.