Bold & Beautiful Black Flowers by Kelly Violet

Bold & Beautiful Black Flowers by Kelly Violet

These floral tattoos are a lovely shade of midnight.

A ring of elegant poppies via Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
A ring of elegant poppies via Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
Exquisite black floral work by Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
Exquisite black floral work by Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
One of Kelly Violet's amazing black roses (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
One of Kelly Violet's amazing black roses (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
One of Kelly Violet's most impressive floral tattoos (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
One of Kelly Violet's most impressive floral tattoos (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
An incredible chrysanthemum via Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
An incredible chrysanthemum via Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
Kelly Violet's more surreal floral tattoos are heart-stopping (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
Kelly Violet's more surreal floral tattoos are heart-stopping (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
Kelly Violet's roses look wonderful when placed on hands (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
Kelly Violet's roses look wonderful when placed on hands (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
One of Kelly Violet's astounding chrysanthemums (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
One of Kelly Violet's astounding chrysanthemums (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
An excellent dark rose tattoo via Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
An excellent dark rose tattoo via Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
Kelly Violet's black flowers look great when placed on the nape (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
Kelly Violet's black flowers look great when placed on the nape (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
A brilliant black rose by Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
A brilliant black rose by Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
Kelly Violet at work in Parliament Tattoo (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
Kelly Violet at work in Parliament Tattoo (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
A gorgeous rose by Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet
A gorgeous rose by Kelly Violet (IG—kellyviolence). #blacktattoo #blackwork #flowers #kellyviolet

Kelly Violet describes her own work as "illustrative and detailed." She works almost solely in black ink, and her style's as exquisite as it is dark. While most people revel in the bright colors of flowers, she celebrates their incredibly intricate forms, using her skill at blackwork tattooing to accent the lovely shapes that flowers like chrysanthemums and roses take in the natural world.

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There's something so stunning to the level of contrast that she can create using only black. The difference in the level of saturation between the various parts of her flora, for instance, is quite dramatic to say the least. She completely blacks out the stems, making the heads of her flowers more pronounced through their carefully striated negative space. The way she so delicately uses lighter hatching and stippling to create such detailed contouring in the petals attests to her skill as a tattooist. 

If you want to see more of Violet's blackwork garden, take a stroll through her Instagram. She is one of the founding members and works out of Parliament Tattoo in London should you want one of her floral masterpieces for yourself. For more flowers, check out the top 250 best floral tattoos of the year!

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