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Twisting Tradition: Myles Karr's Illustrative Style Defies Category

Twisting Tradition: Myles Karr's Illustrative Style Defies Category

Tattoo Artists3 min Read

Some artists slightly blur the boundaries of styles, Myles Karr smashes them together with force.

There are very few tattoo artists that have developed a style that is completely their own. Brooklyn’s Myles Karr is one of these artists. Briefly familiarize yourself with his work and you will be able to spot a Myles Karr piece for the rest of your life. I’ve been following his career closely since he threw a piece on the back of my leg a decade ago, and have watched in awe as Myles has perfected a grim sense of whimsy that seems to define his style alongside his endless creativity.

“I usually just describe it as kind of a twist on traditional imagery kind of through my own filter,” Karr says with a laugh. “I just try to draw what I think is right... which is generally wrong. And I just try to sell that.”

Karr reflects thoughtfully about the development of his style, “I think took a lot of influences from things outside of tattooing, and then by looking at things that were based in tattooing and based in fine art or illustration and then combining them I think I’ve been kind of able to apply different things and just make things work that have not necessarily been tried before. I definitely fail a lot, but I definitely try to push that envelope a little bit, try to bring new new style and imagery to something that has a long history of staying pretty much the same.”

While Karr definitely possesses a deep understanding of his craft’s past and its current state, I have a feeling that maybe he possesses a slight glint of knowledge of the future of tattooing, a world in which homage is paid to him and the style he has created. Or perhaps in some distant future, where the world is a dystopian, nuked-out wasteland, some of the creatures from Myles’ work roam the earth, psychically projecting their forms back in time to his subconscious.

A twisted monstrosity by Myles Karr (via IG -- myleskarr) #myleskarr #tiger

More of Myles Karr’s work and all of his contact information can be found at

Servo Jefferson
Written byServo Jefferson

servo is a writer based in the tri-state area, though he is unsure what the third state actually is. when not writing about tattoos, servo runs a small record label, goes on countless tours and adventures, and enjoys putting together Japanese model kits of robots. the texture of Styrofoam makes him want to vomit.

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