Esther Garcia, a tattoo artist, puts a decorative touch on her customers’ arms and legs. Her style has developed throughout her 20-year career including parts of the blackout movement with bright blossoms, flying animals, and beautiful designs that appear to float on skin. This method was originally conceived as a solution for cover-up tattoos in which she paints over a prior artwork that someone wants to conceal. The solid black ink helps to calm down the previous tattoo’s visual disarray and make room for a new image. It’s gotten so popular that it’s no longer only for cover-ups; clients now want it on their natural skin as well.
Garcia is influenced by the 17th-century Dutch flower painting tradition. Her blooms have a genuine feel to them evoking the same lushness and brightness against a dark background. Against the deep black ink, the reds and pinks sparkle like a beacon of light signaling a new beginning—especially for individuals who had been living with undesired body art.
She’s working on projects that aren’t body art after two decades of tattooing and operating her Butterfat workshop in Chicago. Flower Thieves a textile and commercial design collaboration with freelance artist and illustrator Kyle Letendre is one of the projects currently in the works. To view more of Garcia’s tattoos, scroll down and follow her on Instagram.
Esther Garcia blends rich blackout tattooing with bright floras’ and flying animals in her piece.
Originally, the method was devised as a way to conceal tattoos.