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Inspiring Tattoo Art by Erin Burge


arm tattoo of goldfishKoi Goldfish Sleeve

Today we are featuring the work of tattoo artist Erin Burge. Looking through her online portfolio, I see many examples of an artist who enjoys both the sheer celebration of colour, and a practiced realistic drawer.


painting of the quill of an arrow and splashes of colorHeaded in the Right Direction, acrylic and graphite on wood panel

Erin’s paintings are often partly abstracted, and many use of splattered, paint and large, loose brushstrokes. These abstractions, overtop of graphite figure drawings or combined with landscapes painted with a refined hand, create an interesting sense of collage within a single work.


abstract wave painting with blue and gold paintWave, acrylic on wood panel

Bright colours and realistic portraiture come together in Erin’s inspiring tattoo art. Originally based out of Kelowna, BC, and now moving to Tofino on Vancouver Island in BC, Erin specializes in realistic and portrait-style tattoos. I find her colour tattoos particularly spectacular, with a great sense of movement and an awareness of the body as canvas.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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