In recent years, tattoo trends have favored subtle, minimalist designs that appeal to people who want to get ink but don’t want something that will cover their entire body. These designs tend to be very small, so they’re not the first thing you notice when you look at someone, but rather a tiny detail you actually have to look for. They’re the kind of tattoo even the most traditional and conservative parents couldn’t object to.
But not everyone wants a small, “tasteful” tattoo tucked away behind their ear or on the inside of their wrist. Some people want big and bold designs that grab your attention and don’t let you look away. For some, the body is a canvas, and getting a big and technically complex tattoo on their body is the best way to adorn their body as well as celebrate the work of a really great artist. The more tattoos on their body and the more eye-catching the design, the better. If you’re looking for something like this, tattoo artist Kenji Alucky might just have what you need.
Kenji Alucky is a Japanese tattoo artist from the island of Hokkaido. But you probably won’t find him there because his studio, Black Ink Power, is constantly moving from one city to the next. Along with two other artists, Alucky travels the world creating awe-inspiring tattoos inspired by tribalism and ancient techniques from Japan and other cultures.
He only works with black ink and is known for doing dotwork and blackwork. Dotwork can be done with a machine or by hand, and it involves creating shapes and lines only using dots. In turn, blackwork is a style of tattooing that involves large designs painted in solid black. This style, in particular, is not for the faint of heart, and requires not only a lot patience and tolerance for pain, but also a certain attitude. Most people would find this style “too much,” not thinking about all the work that went into it and what a great work of art it is.
Fractals and geometric designs are also present in most of Alucky’s work. These two elements make sense because of how good they look when doing dotwork and blackwork. They are also having a big moment in the tattoo world because they remind us of ancient styles, which get more and more popular every day. Maybe it’s because they’re abstract and won’t age as much as a design that refers to the present day? Whatever the reason may be, there’s no denying they are striking and memorable works of art.
Of course, you might not want to get one of Alucky’s designs inked on your body forever (they really are bold), but that doesn’t mean you can’t look at them and appreciate them as you would a painting or a sculpture at a museum. The composition, the shapes, and all the work that goes into making one of these designs a part of your body is incredible.
You can check out more of the artist's work on his Instagram.