This week’s MotD theme: Dotty for Dots
Hokkaido, Japan tattoo artist, Kenji Alucky, designed and inked this beautiful example of his style of ink art: stippling (painting/drawing with dots). He exquisitely created the various shades of “gray” for the center mandala using a variety of dot groupings; for a lighter shade, he used less dots, for a darker shade, he used a lot more dots.
I love how when you look more closely at this stunning mandala, you see how Kenji used groupings of smaller dots to make the larger dots for the outer mandala design. And how interesting that he essentially created a mandala within a mandala; one where you barely notice the dots, and the other where it’s all about the dots!
In their essence, all tattoos are in fact stippled, created by the tattoo gun that vibrates up and down with lightning quickness. What makes Alucky’s tattoos unique then is the purposeful slowing of this process. Unlike a normal tattoo that would use fine dots to solidly fill an area, Alucky’s technique requires that he slow down and carefully plan the spacing of each dot to create cleanly transitioning gradients and well defined shapes.
Inspiration for Today
Kenji’s mandala reminds us that sometimes it serves us well to slow down, to patiently and carefully plan out our next step, giving us the chance to breathe and process what we’re doing more clearly.
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