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The Delicate Watercolor Tattoos of Mara Koekoek

The Delicate Watercolor Tattoos of Mara Koekoek
Tattoo Artists1 min Read

Dutch tattoo artist Mara Koekoek has a soft touch when it comes to her tattoos.

With Koekoek's abstract sketch style, most of her pieces do not have the usual, complete outline of traditional tattoos. The black linework is applied sparingly, as Koekoek only adds structure to the tattoos where necessary, to enable us to identify the key elements of the subject matter. 

While the black ink acts as the pen in the illustrative style, the color inks literally represent the ink used in actual watercolor paintings, or the ink within markers. There's no coloring within the lines here, and that's precisely what creates action and movement in a static piece of permanent art.

Pen and ink watercolor avocado by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #avocado #MaraKoekoek

Pen and ink watercolor avocado by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #avocado #MaraKoekoek

It's impressive that such a harsh instrument like a tattoo machine, with electricity and needles, can create such soft and smooth ink on the skin. These tattoos serve as such a beautiful example of Mara Koekoek's delicate touch and artistic expression.  

A trip to the Netherlands is in order if you love Koekoek's work as much as I do! 

Abstract watercolor fish tattoo by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #fish #MaraKoekoek
Thick brushstroke watercolor antelope by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #brushstroke #antelope #MaraKoekoek
Delicate watercolor poppy tattoo covering mastectomy scars. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #flower #poppy #mastectomy #MaraKoekoek
Abstract watercolor hummingbird by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #MaraKoekoek #bird #hummingbird
Sketch watercolor swan tattoo by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #MaraKoekoek #bird #swan #sketch
Sketch style abstract heart tattoo by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #MaraKoekoek #sketch #heart
Brother and sister watercolor mushroom tattoos by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #MaraKoekoek #mushroom
Sketch style watercolor flamingo tattoo by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #MaraKoekoek #bird #flamingo
Abstract watercolor two-faced cat by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #MaraKoekoek #cat
Watercolor galloping horse tattoo by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #MaraKoekoek #horse
Pen and ink sketch style jellyfish tattoo by Mara Koekoek. #penandink #abstract #watercolor #MaraKoekoek #jellyfish

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Stacie Mayer
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