Moscow's Den Yakovlev
03:33 PM
den yakovlev2.jpgThe November issue of Skin & Ink magazine has Traveling Mick's coverage of the Moscow Tattoo Convention, which is a great read but also includes photos of some exciting tattoo work being done in Russia. A number of backpieces that particularly grabbed my attention in the article were done by 28-year-old artist Den Yakovlev, whose work is shown here.

See more in his online portfolio of exceptional photorealism in color and black & gray.

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den yakovlev3.jpgPS: That same issue of Skin & Ink has the second part of my column on blackwork tattooing. Check it out.

Those are AMAZING. seriously. makes me almost wish my back was totally free....hahah. almost.

amazing art work, but i always worry how that kind of stuff will age

He's not shy about tattooing neo-nazis, though. Aside from that excellent work, almost unbelievable realism.

That is some amazing stuff for sho, but I am with peteD3, I, too, am curious as to how tattoos like these age... my initial thoughts are that it won't age well, regardless of how much SPF 1000+ you slather on it.

yeah...the 7th color photo does look like a Nazi killing someone...

I wonder what that's all about, anyone know?

...correction...black and grey photo....

Not a fan of this stuff, all frosting and no cake. In ten years it'll be one large blur of black pigment.

N E X T !

All frosting an no cake! I love it!!!

Happy you guys mentioned the longevity of the tattoo. There's a lot of debate surrounding it.

The same discourse surrounded dotwork tattooing -particularly in Europe -- when it became quite popular and as we've seen with longstanding work from people like Xed Le Head -- it has aged beautifully.

I can't say I've seen many of these "painterly" tattoos that have been around for say, over ten years. Has anyone?

Thank you for getting rid of that stupid article on Kingdom of Tar. Jeeezis christ that group is beyond horrible.

The techniques, inks, etc. to make this kind of work haven't been around that long, when compared to tattooing overall. That's part of why i am so skeptical about artists that do it. Do they really know if it will last? or are they just exploiting their customers to find out?
i think some great artists will have the heart and determination to figure it out and do it right, while the vast majority will ride the bandwagon to get rich off of abusing the flesh of others.

PS: death to nazis, and their collaborators.

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