Polish tattoo artist Joanna Świrska ((previously) dots fur and inks with subtle gradients to create imaginative scenarios of backpacked kangaroos, bicycle cats, and whimsical masses of tangled flora and fauna. Working as the Dzo Lama, Świrska is known for her delicate illustrations that mix playful elements with the style of vintage botany renderings, particularly the bold black fern that recurs in her tattoos. Their ink-based pieces often cover an entire thigh or upper arm with precise lines and pockets of color.
Świrska tells Colossal that while her style is largely derived from nature, it also draws on the works of Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. “I like to combine colors that are not obvious and create new combinations. I approach the form the same way. I like contrasts like light-heavy, hard-delicate. A tattoo is an extension of our personality and we humans are multidimensional, ”she says.
Świrska is based in Wrocław and is currently in operation Nasza Tattoo Shop and is working to open another location in a mountainous enclave of Jelenia Góra. She sells prints, mugs, and stickers of her illustrations on Etsy, and you can track your trips and information about available bookings on Instagram.
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