Jay Freestyle's No Sketch Tattoos
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Jay Freestyle tattoo.jpgJay Freestyle tattoo 2.jpgThere's a certain level of trust in an artist one must have to simply walk into a shop and say, "Do whatever you want?" and not even see a sketch beforehand. Yet, that's what so many of doing when they come to Dermadonna Custom Tattoo in Amsterdam to get work by Jay Freestyle, a 29-year-old South Africa-born tattoo artist who creates his designs while in the process of tattooing.

According to the Daily Mail, "the final artwork is a great surprise to the client," but his style of tattooing is what is normally expected. Jay describes his style as follows:  

Most describe my style as watercolor, and it definitely holds elements of such, but personally it is more. [...] I prefer to combine various styles, such as geometrical shapes and pointillism, while at the same time mixing realism with abstract, but at the end it all depends on the client.
I found the article on Jay's work through Demetra Molina and Eddie Molina of Hand of Fate Tattoo. Eddie worked as a guest artist at Dermadonna and watched Jay work firsthand. Here's what he said:

He's a young guy, very cool and laid back. Some of the stuff I saw him doing while I was there were some blue roses on a guys chest that looked like they were leaking watercolor splatters all over the place kinda abstract but visual enough that there's no doubt about what your looking at. He also does some crazy Graff stuff that looks like a bunch of parallel lines overlapping and twisting in 3D. Worked with him at Rosana DermaDonna's shop in Amsterdam -- a great shop and a great guest artist shop for international talent to visit.
See more of Jay's work on his site and on Facebook.

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