Female Portrait Tattoos

The female portrait/gypsy tattoo trend is still running strong! There are lots of different takes on this tattoo style floating around the internet. Tumblr is an excellent resource for this type of thing, but instagram is quickly catching up.

by matt_gtp (instagram)

by matt_gtp (instagram)

The traditional style of this line work in the hair brings out the multicolored leaves in the rose. I like that she has tattoos (tattoos within tattoos)! The blending for the simple makeup on her face is well done and really draws your eye to her thoughtful expression.

by Rachel Jamie Baldwin at Modern Body Art Birmingham England.  (via fyeahtattoos on tumblr)

by Rachel Jamie Baldwin at Modern Body Art Birmingham England. (via fyeahtattoos on tumblr)

Loving the colors and style of this tattoo, very different from what I’ve been seeing so far. The wide-eyes and bright pinks and purples make this tattoo really pop. Very fun, like the composition with the blue clouds surrounding her. Her expression and the details draw your eyes up the piece.

by dansmithism (instagram)

by dansmithism (instagram)

Medusa tattoos are becoming more popular, and each artist has a different version of what she should look like. The greyscale version above is more severe, with a barbed wire necklace and live snakes writhing from her head. With black and white tattoos, it’s all about the shading; thanks to the expert job on this one, each snack and accessory is easy visible, from scales to the third eye earring to the rose.

by Chris Bailey

by Chris Bailey

At first I thought this was a Medusa tattoo as well, but I think it’s a gypsy of the sea. The pearls and tentacles entwine with her flowing hair, each with colors that complement the other. Most tattoos that I’ve seen use solid colors for the hair, but in this one they’re varied a bit and shaded more carefully. I like how her lips match her eyes.

by Alex Lazarini

by Alex Lazarini

The style of the gypsy above is more realistic. Even though this tattoo isn’t finished yet it’s looking great so far! The jewels and feathers in particular are very pretty. The soft fade of the blue in the feathers is very nice, makes them look bright. I can’t wait to see how the snack is colored! This design is another that is very well composed, balancing a lot of different elements in the piece.

by J.D. Kittell at Ocala Tattoo in Ocala, Florida (via fyeahtattoos on tumblr)

by J.D. Kittell at Ocala Tattoo in Ocala, Florida (via fyeahtattoos on tumblr)

Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple; the above tattoo does just that. The rose and feather frame this girl’s head and show off her makeup and hair. The blush is echoed in the rose and background, while the feather color is echoed in her eye makeup. This design is very unified and lovely.

With so many options and styles for portrait tattoos, I can’t see their popularity dying out any time soon. If you want one but are unsure of what to get, research your local shops and talk to an artist! They’ll help you come up with something awesome and unique that fits you perfectly.

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Tattoos: Flowers, Wolves and an Octopus Hat

I spent the week nursing my poor back after the painting marathon I put it through last week. I was sore for a few days, from my lower back to my neck. Note to self: look at ergonomic alternatives for the studio! Later in the week, I carefully continued working away on the models painting as well as a new watercolor project inspired by music and color wheels. Really looking forward to showing that one off, soon!

I couldn’t make up my mind about an artist to write about today, so instead we’ll look at some really nice tattoos that have made their way to my news feeds. Which reminds me, I never did a proper post about my new tattoo. I’ll have to remedy that soon…

by Steffan at black shamrock tattoo parlor in Bakersfield, CA

by Steffan at black shamrock tattoo parlor in Bakersfield, CA

Lotus tattoos always catch my attention; before February I looked to other lotus tattoos for inspiration on creating my own.  It’s great seeing different artist’s take on them. They come in a huge variety of colors and have many different meanings. I really like the way the petals unfold in the flower above; the colors are very selective and minimal, giving it an airy presence. The glowing blue really makes the pinks pop.

by Tim Senecal at Off the Map in Easthampton, MA

by Tim Senecal at Off the Map in Easthampton, MA

Quite a detailed cover-up! Rich colors always attract me to a tattoo design regardless of the subject matter. The solid block colors in the flowers on her feet are balanced out by the swirling blue/yellow clouds in the background. I’d like to see if this foot-sleeve goes any further up. This would be fun to show off in the nice weather (with plenty of sunscreen, of course).

by Dane smith of artistic skin design in Indianapolis

by Dane smith of artistic skin design in Indianapolis

The double-eye motif is one I see frequently in tattoos, in both animals and people, but have yet to understand. It can be  jarring to look at; your brain sees the two sets of eyes and becomes confused because they’re not what your brain expected. The fur is flowing, textured and colored carefully. There are several other repeating bits of fur that mimic the eyes and cause a weird effect, almost like the tattoo is moving on the skin. This looks like it would be a great arm piece and would work well in a sleeve.

by Ivan Rivas, Art & Soul Tattoo, El Paso TX

by Ivan Rivas, Art & Soul Tattoo, El Paso TX

Foo dogs!  Thick outlines and bold colors really bring this character to life. The combination of blues and purples give a mythical feeling to this design, the varying line-weight giving it depth. Folklore and legend provide amazing subjects for art, illustration and tattoos. Painting my foo dog tables was so much fun that I’m starting to consider repeating it.

by Sean Rhodes at Right Coast Tattoo Parlor in Fenwick Island, Delaware

by Sean Rhodes at Right Coast Tattoo Parlor in Fenwick Island, Delaware

This is a great twist on the gypsy-style of tattooing that has been so popular lately. Not only is the girl’s hair rendered beautifully in sea-green, but the octopus is fantastic! All the tentacles and their shadows would’ve taken forever to do; I would find myself easily getting lost in a design like this, so I’d really have to take my time with it. She looks like a mistress of the ocean. The selective color palette of oranges, greens, and pinks really unifies the design. Bravo to the artist here, very impressive work! I wonder how many sittings this one took?

Going to try not painting myself onto the couch this weekend. Cheers, and happy father’s day to all the dads out there! My father has been a huge inspiration to me, both through music and art. He’s played acoustic guitar ever since I can remember and took up oil painting while I was in middle school. Having so much creativity around has had an obvious influence on me, shaping me into what I am today, a lover of both music and art of all kinds. Thanks Dad! 😀