Tattoos are an artistic way to express ourselves, and many people choose to turn their bodies into their personal art galleries. Younger generations consider them as pieces of their identities and get them for various reasons, to stand out from the crowd, to express their passions, for the art or as a memorial.
As tattoos keep growing in popularity, artists are becoming more innovative in terms of color, complexity, and scope of their designs. Many have been fascinated by the stunning flower tattoos with inky black backgrounds by Chicago-based tattoo artist Esther Garcia.
Her style combines blackout tattoos, that cover the skin with solid fields of black ink, with winged creatures, and colorful blooms.
Garcia has twenty years of experience, but she is “predominantly self-taught”.
According to her website:
“She brings a unique curiosity and rigorous investigative method to all artistic projects. Her tattoos are immediately recognizable not only by their natural and botanical imagery but also their organic body placement and unusual techniques.”
She started doing the black background tattoos as a solution for cover-ups at first, but they became so popular, that clients started requesting them on their untouched skin.
“I found it meditative and very enjoyable to make a smooth saturated surface where there was chaos before, but pretty soon I was looking for ways to make it a bit more ornamental.
I am very influenced by Dutch master paintings of lush florals and fruit, and I love the depth and richness that a dark background offers. It turns out to be a great way to evoke delicacy in a tattoo, and doesn’t need to involve cover-ups at all.”
Apart from tattoos, Garcia also works on a textile and commercial design collaboration with Chicago designer Kyle Letendre.
Moreover, her next move involves “traveling seminars to promote continued education among tattoo artists, encourage young artists to find their unique illustrative style, and cultivate a sustainable and healthy business practice.”