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Epic Mythology-Inspired Blackwork of Lesya Kovalchuk

Epic Mythology-Inspired Blackwork of Lesya Kovalchuk
Tattoo Artists1 min Read

Lesya Kovalchuk is retelling the legends and adventures of mythical figures through glorious blackwork tattoos.

You'd think that Lesya Kovalchuk is reclaiming the glory of Greece with her blackwork tattoos that are heavy with Greek mythology and folkloric beasts. But to be honest, she's only picking up pieces of the decay and turning them into glorious works of art that are brimming with splendor and ferocity.

The girl with the dragon tattoo. Pictured, Lesya Kovalchuk. Dragon tattoo by Sasha Mashiuk. (Photo by Dmitriy Mel.) #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #dragon #SashaMashiuk

The girl with the dragon tattoo. Pictured, Lesya Kovalchuk. Dragon tattoo by Sasha Mashiuk. (Photo by Dmitriy Mel.) #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #dragon #SashaMashiuk

If there's anything else Russian blackworker Lesya Kovalchuk loves more than her cigarettes and literature, it's tattooing. She's been bringing things to life with skin as her canvas, illustrating notable figures in Greek mythology and literature. Most of her works also depict beasts and beings straight out of folklore and myths. You'll see a medley of legendary illustrations: griffins and chimeras looking terrifyingly majestic, Charon, the ferryman of Hades, sending souls to the underworld, and even Ganesh, the elephant god.

Cosmic statue tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #greek #statue #cosmic #faceless #trippy #space #galaxy
Nemean Lion and the Minotaur's labyrinth tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #greek #labyrinth #lion

Even her digital designs reflect her fascination with myth and fantasy — all of which are anything but bland. The Russian artist's style is focused on an engraving-inspired blackwork that's characterized by lithograph-like illustrations and woodcut designs.

Wooden dolls tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #woodendoll #wood #figure #manikin #doll
Overlay hot air balloon tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #hotairballoon #overlay #sea
Angels and demons tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #angel #demon #war #fight #fallenangel
Unicorn tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #unicorn #fantasy #fabulous #folklore #myth #horse #horn
Dragon tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #dragon #beast #creature #fantasy #tale #epic
Pegasus tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #pegasus #horse #greek #fantasy
Chimera tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #fantasy #beast #creature #chimera
Griffin tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #griffin #beast #fantasy
Mermaid tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #mermaid #fantasy #folklore #seahorse #underwater
Charon (ferryman of Hades) tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #hades #ferryman #greek
Dante Alighieri and the Raven tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #mythology #gustavedore #dantealighieri #raven #dantesinferno #book #literature
Ganesh tattoo by Lesya Kovalchuk. #LesyaKovalchuk #blackwork #ganesh #history #hindu #elephant #religious

All images via Instagram.


Xavier
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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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