Simple And Cool; Fineline Tattoos And Blackwork Are On The Rise
Anka Lavriv – Who’s the co-owner of “Black Iris Tattoo” in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is known for her precise blackwork.
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Lavriv started to tattoo on and off when she was only 15 years old. When she was 18, she moved to the Big Apple and learned to tattoo professionally, which she has been doing for five years now.
Although, Lavriv doesn’t consider her style as “blackwork” but more so as “illustrative style,” most people refer to it as such, or linework, since Lavriv only uses black ink.
The young artist draws her inspiration for her artwork from different places or people. Like her business partner.
“John O’Hara is a huge inspiration to me and I feel very lucky to work alongside such talented tattooer,” Lavriv says. “Also, there are so many incredible tattoo and fine artists working in Brooklyn alone who I find inspiring, it would be too long of a list.
As an artist herself, Lavriv has many other artists inspire and influence her style.
“I’ve always been influenced by lithography, etchings, iconography,” Lavriv says. “Art nouveau is a big influence. I think Aubrey Beardsley and Takato Yamamoto are two
artists who come to mind right away.”
Lavriv doesn’t think that “black- or fine line work” is something to be considered as “trendy,” such as a piece of clothing or a hairstyle, but more so an era that never really vanished.
“I’d say it’s been around long enough to move way beyond being a trend,” she says. “I think blackwork done well is absolutely striking and timeless.”
Like many artists, Lavriv uses her Instagram to promote her work.
“I don’t even have a website,” Lavriv says. “It’s such an incredible free resource and platform for artists.”
Advertisement Photo by @anka.tattoo Anka Lavriv – Who’s the co-owner of “Black Iris Tattoo” in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is known for her precise blackwork. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Lavriv started to tattoo on and off when […]