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TATTOOED LEATHER | Everything Has Beauty


| 2014 | Tattooed Leather Art |


| The Design |

The art is 55cm x 34cm and inked onto a piece of nude veg tan leather (around 3mm thickness)

The leather is ethically sourced & purchased from a British Leather Supplier. The leather originates from a small town in Spain, where they are conscious about environmentally friendly methods of tanning hides.

The design features organic & geometric shapes and patterns.


| The Design | Evolution

I started with the symbolism first. I wanted to add in a YANTRA ‘creation’ symbol. A yantra is formed by nine interlocking triangles that surround and radiate out from the central (bindu) point.

I created a geometric mandala, to sit alongside this. Mandala means circle in sanskrit. Monks created the symbols over 2500 years ago as part of their traditional spiritual training, and is still used as a focus for meditation today. Carl Yung recognised the usefulness of creating mandalas as part of his psychological explorations and described them as ‘a representation of the unconscious self’.

The title became ‘Everything has beauty’ when the snakes, animal skulls were added in and the idea of death and resurrection followed on from there ….

Hummingbirds are a symbol of death and resurrection. It loses a significant amount of heat during the night to conserve energy ,so that it appears to be dead if found at night. Once the sun is up, the heat of the sunshine revives it. The honeysuckle family of plants are favourites of the hummingbirds

The serpent is a symbol of regeneration, reincarnation and healing. I created mine with scales that changed direction forming into layered scale like petals


| The process |

Here’s a look at how it was created and the labour intensive process I use to create the work. The art was completed over a 3 week period.

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The image is painstakingly traced onto leather, so that the faint depressions can be followed with the tattoo machine.



Desk Shot - Staining and conditioning the leather, to the required colour and feel.

Desk Shot - Getting the pattern ono tracing paper.



The design is traced onto the leather.

This is so that the design remains as symmetrical as possible.

This takes quite a few hours to complete!

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The outline is inked with one needle. At this point it is a very fine line.

To get the line as crisp as possible, I may need to go over the line several times!

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Detail is built up over several days or weeks.

The detail may need to be inked in several layers of Black ink so that the Black is strong and defined.

I may have to go over a line 4 or 5 times, before i am happy with it.

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After Tattooing - In order to bring out the lines and create subtle depth in the leather I then tool all the lines with a modeller.

I raise or depress the shapes and lines (Within sections of the design).

The depressed sections take on a darker colour, you can see this in the bottom section of the design, around the horned shapes

Sections of the design are raised above the surface by a technique called repousse. This is mainly seen in the rams skulls.

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The whole design can take weeks to complete, due to the level of fine detail



Below are some shots of the final design. It just needs to be framed in one of our hand made reclaimed wood frames



‘ Everything has beauty ’ by Punctured Artefact



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The art may be angled , cropped or watermarked for copyright reasons, please do not use the art. 


Head over to the leather area of the website to find out more


Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog.

Inky Love






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