Turkish artist Eva Krbdk has been dominating the tiny tattoo scene for quite some time now, but up until recently, it’s been a bit hard to come by one of her tiny creations, that is unless you flew halfway across the world. Thankfully, if you live in New York, you now have access to Krbdk’s work on a daily basis, as she’s officially a full time, resident artist at Bang Bang in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Known to her legions of fans as the queen of surrealist micro-scenes, Krbdk’s work is a bit like clicking through the cardboard reels of a View Master, transporting you to different worlds with a simple press of a button, or in this case, the pulse of a needle.
Predominantly circular in nature, her tiny works often feature landscapes or idyllic scenery, most of which lack any distinct border, and seem to float atop the skin, creating the illusion that perhaps the piece has been painted on with acrylics instead of tattooed. Painterly and precise, her tattoos often call on movie scenes, famous paintings, and the occasional surreal image as inspiration.
But the real beauty in Krbdk’s work is her firm belief that all details are created equal. Regardless of whether she’s working on the rubber sole of Clementine Kruczynski’s boot, or the iconic cracks on the ice in Montauk, Krbdk creates entire scenes that transport the viewer to a specific time and place, bringing a curious sense of longing to return to a fictional place with it.
Small in stature but monumental in detail and emotion, Krbdk’s work is everything we love about tiny tattoos, and we’re so thrilled to hear she’s finally come stateside. Krbdk’s scenery might be fictional, but the depth of emotion she ingrains in her work is anything but.