Black illustrative tattoos can sometimes have an antiquated feel to them, similar to Victorian medical or field journals. Artist Rebecca DeWinter, a Londoner based out of Vancouver, Canada, is a master of black illustrative work.
Focusing on natural muses like plants, animals, and bones, DeWinter also has a proclivity for pagan-esque subjects, women dancing naked adorned with a pentagram, tiny hooded figures hand in hand with goat-footed demons in a ritual circle, and even a tribute to Baphomet, one of the oldest symbols of magic and enlightenment. Her work is beautiful, yet foreboding. Fine line work makes up the majority of her tattoos, with a heavy emphasis on reconnecting humans with nature. In a recent interview with the New York Times, DeWinter noted, "humanity’s removal from nature is terrifying. Adorning our bodies with natural tattoos seems to be a way of reconnecting with our habitat.”
You can see more of DeWinter’s work on her Instagram.