It’s a real rarity to find an artist that is not just a master of one style, but all of them. Just to put it into context, you'd be hard-pressed to name even one artist that practices Irezumi, American traditional, dot work, and fine lined black and grey all on a regular basis. But that's exactly what Tyler Pawelzik of Black Casket Tattoo in Pennsylvania does. In fact, a quick scroll through his Instagram will fully confirm his status as a jack of all trades.
Although still relatively unknown, Pawelzik’s work has found a fan in recently crowned Ink Master, Ryan Ashley Malarkey. In fact, Pawelzik is the artist responsible for her crescent moon and jeweled garlands hanging from the left side of her face, he’s also a contributor to her chest piece. Unsurprisingly, his black and grey work is quite similar to that of Malarkey’s famed style.
While Pawelzik’s black and grey work is some of our favorite, we cannot forget his flash, which is unlike any of his many preferred styles of tattooing. Taking on more of a witchy aesthetic, his fine art and flash incorporates elements of the occult like mandibles and hamsas with extremely fine lined decorative markings. In an interview with First Friday Scranton, Pawelzik says that he prefers to keep his fine art vastly different from his style of tattooing. “I like to take my skills and put it into other crafts,” says Pawelzik. “If I paint something, it’s not anything like my tattoos. I want to do more with them and see what I’m capable of.”