It might seem counterintuitive to think of a tattoo as delicate and soft in nature, but it’s hard to think of the incredibly dainty, fine lined masterpieces that have been coming out of Seoul, South Korea in any other way. Characterized by their wonderfully ornate beauty, micro-tattoos are some of the most impeccably detailed pieces we’ve seen, and artist Nando Tattoo is serving up some micro-masterpieces. Creating a mix of both color and black and grey pieces, Nando’s work focuses on flora and fauna, but their real talent lies in the preciseness of each tattoo.
Working out of Hannam Station in Seoul, Nando’s work deals heavily with minute details that come together to create a symphony of beauty. From the reflections of the trees on a pond to the smallest flower buds we’ve ever seen, Nando’s work is like pocket sized fine art you can carry around with you. Nando’s subjects tend to be a bit more whimsical, but even when tattooing a snake wrapped around a sword, there’s an incredible sense of fragility and lightness to it. Most times the details found in Nando's subjects are so tiny, one has to wonder if they were made using a magnifying glass, but regardless of whether the tattoo is in color or black and grey, Nando’s work is flawless throughout. Master of shading, impeccable use of color, and the precision of a well seasoned surgeon, they’re arguably one of the most talented up and comers in the realm of tiny tattoos.
If you happen to be in Seoul, definitely message Nando on Instagram. Remember, tattooing is still illegal in South Korea unless administered by a doctor, so remaining in contact with your tattoo artist leading up to your appointment is essential. You can see more of Nando’s work here.