Mystics and Muses – Incredibly Detailed Fine-Art-Like Tattoo Portraits of Magical Ladies

Tasmanian tattoo artist Hannah Flowers is inspired by Art Deco, Art Nouveau styles, and Vargas’ lush portraits of 1940’s pin-up girls. She also references the artwork of J.C. Leyendecker, Konstantin Makovsky, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and Luis Ricardo Falero as inspiration for her pieces. Flowers’ magical ladies range from bohemian muses to fierce Femme Fatales. The artist often incorporates animals or inanimate objects (candles, perfume bottles, lampshades) and balances opalescent faces with jewel-toned color. Flowers is currently settled and working in London but also, she tattoos at a variety of shops in the U.K. and travels often to do guest spots in other countries. Follow Hannah Flowers on Instagram where you can find more gorgeous tattoo artwork and posts about her travel dates and guest spots.

They are mystics, muses, deities, goddesses, women from a time and place of no beginning or end, draped with a veil of mystery and endowed with a power that will enthrall you forever.

Luxurious jewel tones, pearlescent glows, and hues of velvet romanticism grasp at your gaze and make it impossible to look away.

Hannah Flowers’ work is painterly, a piece of fine art framed only by the boundaries of your skin, and her lavish imagination

“I grew up in a family of artists; my dad is a painter and printmaker, my uncle illustrates children’s books and grandma is a dress maker, so it was pretty inevitable for me to start drawing when I was young.”

“I mainly studied painting, life drawing and art history at University. I started the degree with hopes of improving my technical skills, but sadly found the teachers only cared about what the art “said” and had no interest in what it looked like or in teaching the skills needed to create something technically sound – top marks to the people putting a scribble on a page and explaining it well.”

“I dropped out of the degree with a couple of months to go and started an apprenticeship at a fairly rough studio. I managed to stick out a year there before being offered a job at a new studio, Ink Slave, where I happily stayed for 5 years before moving to London.”

“Neither place had a hands on approach to teaching so I learned mainly by watching and by getting tattooed myself.”

“I think my aesthetic has changed over the years mainly because I’m slowly learning different tricks to get my ideas onto paper, or skin, better.”

“I still have a long way to go, and I often feel really disheartened looking at my own work because it’s still such a long way from where I’m aiming for, but if I look at my work from a few years back I can see definite improvement which makes the struggle worthwhile.”

“I try not to limit myself to one particular style, but incorporate aspects from an array of styles into each piece.”

“I’m lucky that the majority of my clients give me a lot of freedom with the designs. For people who are happy to give me complete freedom I still often ask what kind of mood they would like to convey, and I enjoy making something based off one describing word like ethereal, evil, sweet, sassy or sad.”

“I like to try and get a feel for the type of person I’m tattooing and make something I think would suit them.”

“I feel that by being a very quiet, soft spoken girl I often get mistaken for weak or someone easy to take advantage of, which I’m not, so I do particularly enjoy depicting femme fatales and self-assured women because I’m not the best at getting that across with words.”

via [tattoodo]