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Come to the Darkside with This Incredible Tattooed British Painter

Come to the Darkside with This Incredible Tattooed British Painter
Lifestyle2 min Read

Martin Darkside creates stunning dark art featuring tattooed ladies and horror fantasy oil paintings

British painter Martin Darkside works out of a studio in Bradford in an old school he went to as a kid and what now is his creative sanctuary. The building is old and full of creepy winding corridors, discarded pieces of furniture and junk that give the place an eerie feeling, a perfect place to create dark art.

Martin at his studio in Bradford, England. Photo by Sarah Calavera at Martin's studio. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford

Martin at his studio in Bradford, England. Photo by Sarah Calavera at Martin's studio. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford

Martin's work is surreal, inspired by fantasy horror and tattoo art. His tattooed pin up girls are simply stunning and the paintings themselves go from small highly detailed pieces to huge canvases that take up half a room. 

Where did the inspiration first come from when you began the tattooed pin up girl paintings?

Beautiful Koi fish inspired tattoo on this Day of the Dead girl. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #diadelosmuertos #koi
Stunning skull and roses tattoo on the Day of the Dead girl. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #skull #roses #diadelosmuertos
Awesome punk girl with attitudePainting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #filigree

Did you go for a particular tattoo style when doing the pin up paintings?

Love the matching skull hairpiece with the tattoos. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #skeleton #skull #roses
Gorgeous corseted babe with some killer spider and skull ink. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #skull #spidr
Beautiful geisha with full japanese koi sleeve. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #japanese #geisha #koi
Love the shading on this piece such detail in the expression. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #deerskull

How do you start forming compositions before painting to canvas?

CLose up on this babe's Nosferatu tattoo. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #Nosferatu
Exquisite expression in this ouija inspired painting. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #ouijaboard
This death head moth and skull would make a killer tattoo design. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #deathheadmoth #skull
Love this tiger tattoo on the geisha. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #tiger #japanese
Fancy a backpiece like this? Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford
Detail shot of thi piece with stunning eyes. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford
Beautiful skull and filigree design. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #skull #filigree

What themes have you covered in your work?

As above so below. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford
Amazing colorwork in this small piece. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford

What has been your favourite theme to work with so far?

This painting is so strong with the folds of the fabric in her dress. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford
A pinup Silent Hill nurse tribute Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #SilentHill #nurse
This in itself could be a great inspiration for a neo traditional ladyhead tattoo. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford

Do you have particular artists that influence your work?

A tribute to a horror icon "Leatherface". Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #leatherface #TexasChainsawMassacre
Incredible detail in this werewolf. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford #werewolf
A tribute to Dracula. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford
Beautiful dark surrealism. Painting by Martin Darkside. #MartinDarkside #prettypieceofflesh #darkart #tattoedartist #UKpainter #pinupgirls #horror #oilpainting #bradford

What is the next step for Martin Darkside?

If you fancy picking up a pretty piece of flesh original artwork to adorn your home, you can find Martin Darkside's work here on his Instagram and Facebook page.


Sarah Calavera
Written bySarah Calavera

Skull obsessed tattoo fanatic, writer for Tattoodo, voice actor and visual artist who loves metal and headbanging. Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Tool, horror & the macabre.

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