Spring is right around the corner, mere days away. Apologies if you’re living in the southern hemisphere and find yourself on the wrong end of this seasonal transition, but for those of us north of the equator, we’re on the brink of warmer weather — a near end in sight to the winter doldrums.
What else is is synonymous with spring if not flowers, and what else are flowers good for (you know, besides inevitably watering eyes and runny noses) besides being the perfect tattoo subject? A foolproof stand alone piece as well as an ideal accent, flowers are the most versatile of subjects, and whether they’re traditional, illustrative, or surreal we love them all the same — although there are a few advantages to each style.
Flora is synonymous with waves of color so eye catching it’s hard to capture it perfectly, but no style does it better than traditional. Artist Dani Queipo is known for his incredibly pigmented floral work that captures gradients so well it’s nearly heartbreaking. A master of color theory, the magic in Queipo’s work is its ability to harmonize color, offsetting rich, ocean blues with autumnal yellows to create a balance that rivals mother nature.
There’s a bit of magic in watching a sea of flowers blow in the winds of early spring, watching the tall grass ebb and flow with each gust. Artist Rit Kit of Kyiv, Ukraine, perfectly captures the movement of wildflowers in her pressed designs. Kit’s unique understanding of the way plants move combined with her expert placement ensures that while her buds might not be living, they at least look the part.
Of course, as we all know from our childhood days of plucking the petals off of daisies, flowers are incredibly frail, which isn’t necessarily the most easily translatable thing when it comes to tattoos. Somehow, Seoul artist Zihee makes it look effortless with her seemingly tissue paper thin petals that look as if they’re almost translucent. Creating a unique sense of light and depth by playing with color gradients, Zihee’s flowers possess a stunning frailty. Look at them the wrong way, and you might accidentally lose a petal.
Spring draws closer with each passing day, and as the sun begins to set a bit later and later, and the green buds start appearing on the trees in SoHo, we feel tiny pangs of frustration urging it to just hurry up and get here already. So until then, we’ll just stare longingly at floral work.