Whimsical and Vintage Illustrations Merge in Colorful Dotted Tattoos by Joanna Swirska

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February 24, 2022

Grace Ebert

All images © Joanna Swirska, shared with permission

Amid delicate black lines and dotted shading, Polish tattoo artist Joanna Swirska (previously) splashes of bright pigment inks. His works mix whimsical elements with elegant illustrations of flora and fauna, such as his signature ferns and detailed monsters colored with vibrant green gradients. Often covering the entire upper arm or calf, the tattoos are whimsical in both subject matter and style, depicting raccoons clad in orange hooded capes, birds perched on berry-strewn branches and cheerful cats riding retro cruisers.

Swirska, known as Dzo Lama, lives in the Karkonosze Mountains and works between Jelenia Gora and Wroclaw, where she directs Nasza Tattoo Shop. Her books are closed until July, but keep an eye out for future openings on her instagram. You can also pick up prints, mugs and other items featuring his characters pictured at Etsy.

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