Andrey Lukovnikov's Brilliant Silhouettes

Andrey Lukovnikov's Brilliant Silhouettes

Take a good long look, this artist's work is not always what it seems to be.

There are quite a few tattooists doing interesting things with silhouettes in the contemporary scene, but no one's doing it quite like Andrey Lukonvikov. His work is quite ingenious in that it uses the outline of numerous shapes, objects, and creatures to contain all sorts of vivid and realistic imagery. He is capable of squeezing entire landscapes into the limited space of these relatively small profiles. Intriguingly the silhouettes often compliment the iconography that they embody in ways that often complicate the meaning of each piece.

Lukovnikov's skill as a tattooist shines in these silhouettes. Since none of them are rendered with a solid, monochromatic outline, working around the boundaries of these tattoos requires an immense amount of skill and precision. You can see his incredible level of control in how each one of their edges is straight as a board yet composed of various colors. Aside from their formal perfection, the subject matter inside each of these is also rendered in an immaculate fashion. Many of the pieces are so realistic that it's like peering at nature itself through cutouts of animals, letters, and other shapes. 

The variety of imagery that Lukovnikov incorporates into his silhouettes is wonderfully diverse. Here there are a number of depictions of all sorts of flora — including roses, peonies, and chrysanthemums — a few gruesome skulls, and more. 

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If you're interested in getting a vibrant silhouette by Lukonikov, he works at Redberry Tattoo Studio in Wrocław, Poland, and if you want to check out more of his amazing work, pay a visit to his Instagram.

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