A rose truly is a rose when it comes to Rit Kit’s body art. She’s made such a name for herself by creating tattoos that look exactly like the flowers and other plant life that they’re based on that it’s now the majority of the work she currently does. Interestingly, she uses plants themselves to create the stencils for her tattoos, and her artistic equivalent of a green thumb shows in lifelike quality of her work.
“I’m a nature lover, so most of my sketches are related to flora, but the more I drew, the more I wanted something fresh and native, to feel the plants without any steps in between,” Rit Kit told Illusion. “We don’t know the definitive look when we start, just the colors, the mood and basic shape. It’s my favorite way to make tattoos, and I think the most natural. They’re like botanical fingerprints on the bodies of other brave nature lovers.”
The process behind Rit Kit’s flora tattoos is perhaps their most alluring facet. She creates these pieces by dipping plants in ink and using them to create stencils directly on her clients’ bodies, bypassing the step of designing an image of a flower or leaf and just letting the already beautiful vegetation speak for itself. Once the imprints are transferred, she then uses her eye for realism to fill in the details, bringing the foliage back to life on her clients’ skin.
Due to the method she uses to make these floral tattoos, Rit Kit’s work closely resembles botanical illustration. In this vein , each of her pieces has the aesthetic of watercolor and they accurately capture the forms and details of plant species.
Everything from lovely blossoms to pesky weeds have sprouted up out of the fertile soil of her body of work. She’s illustrated plants as common as clover, the fronds of ferns, fallen leaves, and even exotic strains of flowers like strelitzia.
To see more of Rit Kit’s realistic depictions of plant life, take a stroll through her greenhouse of an Instagram. She is based in Kiev, Ukraine and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, but her floral clones are in high demand, so you might have to wait a while before getting a flower from her.