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Tattoo Artist Turns People Into Walking Photo Albums With Retro Minimalist Style

  • By Asad Tipu
  • September 14, 2017
  • 3 minutes read

Alican Gorgu goes by Pigment Ninja.

He is a Turkish tattooist based in Istanbul, and he creates distinct, specialised and minimalist tattoos. Gorgu turns his clients into walking memories, with a kind of tapestry on their skin.

He has stated:

“I majored in photography at college. I could only stand the profession my diploma enabled me to do for 3 months. I was a shop assistant at the first tattoo studio where I worked for 3 years. But I also needed to earn a living. I was either going to get a 9-5 or dedicate myself to tattooing.

“I made a connection between my college degree and what I wanted to do. I drew the poster shots of a lot of movies I liked – which got a lot of traction – and managed to transfer them onto people’s skins. I improved on my original idea and started working with souvenir photos people took. It’s an indescribable feeling to tattoo photographs taken in different parts of the world at different times. For example, I have tattooed a family portrait taken in Mexico in the ‘60s as well as one of a family in the US in the ‘80s. I work with small spaces and minimize details, keeping the essentials, to transfer these memories on to the skin.”

For more information, follow his 80K Instagram account.

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