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Watsun Atkinsun's Illuminated Transformations Series

Watsun Atkinsun's Illuminated Transformations Series
Tattoo Artists2 min Read

By creating imaginary bodysuits on photographs of beautiful people this tattoo artist envisions a more enlightened world.

What if we all lived in a utopia, where there was no societal strife and everyone was adorned with ornate bodysuits? Watsun Atkinsun gives shape to this idealized version of humanity in his Illuminated Transformations series. In this ongoing project that resembles work by other multimedia artists like Cheyenne Randall, Atkinsun alters photographs of men and women by illustrating blackwork designs all over them with pen and ink. In doing so, he creates an alternate reality in which extensive body art makes the world a more beautiful and spiritually stirring place.

An artistically enhanced photograph by Watsun Atkinsun (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun

An artistically enhanced photograph by Watsun Atkinsun (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun

Most of Atkinsun’s make-believe bodysuits are too avant-garde to ever take shape on collectors in our current cultural zeitgeist, but this is also what makes them visionary. They are representative of an enlightened future in which individuals can be more outwardly expressive of their beliefs. “Ultimately, the Illuminated Transformations series is a romantic vision for what tattooing could be in a more utopian society that celebrates ornamental arts of all kinds,” says Atkinsun. “I illustrate this beautiful possibility onto people's bodies to turn them into more stunning creatures.”

An illustrated photo from Watsun Atkinsun's Illuminated Transformation series (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun
One of the best pieces from Watsun Atkinsun's Illuminated Transformation series (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun
A beautiful girl with fiction tattoos all over her body by Watsun Atkinsun (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun
An imaginary bodysuit by Watsun Atkinsun (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun
The geometry on this illustrated photograph by Watsun Atkinsun is mind-blowing (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun
An awesome design transcribed onto a photograph by Watsun Atkinsun (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun
The designs in this piece by Watsun Atkinsun are phenomenal (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun
One of Watsun Atkinsun's amazing illustrations (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun
An astonishing make-believe bodysuit by Watsun Atkinsun (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun
An intriguing piece full of vectors by Watsun Atkinsun (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun
The mandalas in this piece by Watsun Atkinsun are mesmerizing (IG—watsunatkinsun). #blackwork #fineart #illustrations #IlluminatedTrasformations #multimedia #ornamental #WatsunAtkinsun

To see more of Atkinsun's imaginary masterpieces as well as some of his real-life body art, visit his Instagram and website, where you can also find the remainder of his Illuminated Transformations series. He works at Hollowed Ground Body Art Studio in Portland, ME and travels occasionally as well. He can be reached at trustwatson@gmail.com for consultations.


Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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