Sixteen-year-old Mikhaila Nokel from Brooklyn, is the creator of Cosmic Cuties, a series of cartoon style illustrations that spread self love and body confidence. Mikhaila is a body image activist who uses her drawings to help other girls who may be struggling with self esteem issues.
The Cosmic Cuties website describes the illustrated girl gang as:
Kickass space girls who fight sexism throughout the universe. They stand for feminism, body acceptance, and self love!
Follow @cosmic_cuties for more awesome babes.
Photographer Samantha Fortenberry has created a series of photographs titled Suds and Smiles to encapsulate the joy of bath time. The collection explores the relationship between people and objects with vibrant colours, kitsch accessories and humorous staging.
Samantha also introduces ideas of body positivity and gender equality, as she shoots both male and female nudes, all exuding a beautiful confidence.
This Is My Body is a series created by self-taught Paris born artist Mårwåne Pallas. The composed self portraits hauntingly explore physical anatomy and the damaging ways we manipulate the human body. The collection also looks at ideas of sexuality and physical status connected with the Bible.
In The Flesh
The Making of Eve
My Body is a Temple
This Is My Blood
Tony Booth who owns Dabs Tattoo in Southport UK created this incredible 3D geometric tattoo, which took multiple sessions over 18 months and was completed at Tattoo Tea Party a few weeks ago.
The futuristic layered piece won Tony Best Blackwork award at the convention in Manchester, since then the tattoo has gone viral, being shared by the likes of street artist Banksy. The intricate geometric pattern creates a layered effect, that some have found unnerving, while others have been impressed by the commitment to such an impressive piece.
Tim Walker creates beautiful photographs with extravagant staging and romantic motifs. His work has adorned the pages of Vogue for over ten years and The National Portrait Gallery homes a stunning collection. We’ve picked a few of our favourites from his online archive, which ones do you love?
Lily Cole, Northumberland, Italian Vogue, June 2005
Malgosia Bela, Essex, Harper’s Bazaar, October 2009
Laura McCone & Luke Field Wright, Suffolk, Italian Vogue, September 2010
Pastel Cats, Northumberland, Italian Vogue, November 2000
Lindsey Wixson, Northumberland, Italian Vogue, January 2012
London based Hattie Stewart is a ‘professional doodler’ who has created art for the likes of Adidas, Urban Outfitters and Pepsi. Her work features bright vivid colours, cheeky characters and fresh patterns. Hattie’s illustrations are both fun-loving and sarcastic, as she draws over magazine covers and celebrities.
Images from www.hattiestewart.com
Songbird Tattoo Studio has recently moved to Exeter’s High Street, becoming the most central shop in the Southern City.
This beautiful emporium is a custom shop, which is open to the public but maintains the ambiance of a private studio. A highly unique space with much to spark the imagination, the studio has an air of relaxation and friendliness about it.
Studio owner and tattooist Nic Smith works mainly in Mehndi, geometric pattern decorative styles, and also enjoys colour work. She’s inspired by patterns, fabrics and varied religious iconography. All of these things not only inform her work but have impacted on the shop’s interior.
Syluss focuses his attention on custom illustrative work and also excels at portraits and black & grey.
Ryan Ousley works primarily in a bold new school style, favouring bright colours.
Email email@example.com for booking and enquiries and follow Songbird Tattoo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for studio updates and more tattoos.
Have you seen the latest project focusing on tattoos? Photographer Niall Patterson has created a personal project to show the beauty in tattoos and those who wear them. He wants to move away from the stereotypes and negative social prejudices attached to tattoos and instead show the world how truly beautiful they can be. The project is called Beauty Is Not Only Ink Deep.
Each photograph in the collection displays a quote from the person in the picture, describing how they feel about their tattoos and what they mean to them.
Images from Beauty is not only ink deep.
Jade Tomlinson and Kev James are the creators of Expanded Eye – an artistic movement that encompasses and explores all aspects of life and the universe, from tattoos to street art. They create unique surreal tattoos inspired by the lives and stories of their clients. They want their clients to focus on what they want the tattoo to represent and leave the visual aesthetics to Jade and Kev.
Each and every unique tattoo we create is our visual interpretation of concepts and stories provided by the client, which hold significant meaning to the individual. We encompass as much personal detail as possible whileallowing each design to evolve organically into a contemporary piece of art, which we then transfer from paper to skin.
The pair are currently tattooing in Hackney, London and have spaces available, if you want to get tattooed by them email your idea and body placement to firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about their story at expanded-eye.
You can buy trashy temporary tattoos from Urban Outfitters, but why are they called Trashy? Is it merely the name of the brand or is the online store passing its judgement on certain tattoo designs?
The designs that are deemed as trashy include tribal, dolphins, anchors and barbed wire. These have all taken part in tattoo trends, each one gaining popular in different time periods and decades gone by.
But is Urban Outfitters simply stating that all tattoos are trashy?
What do you think?