Stylish skull tattoos by Yann Black. Yann is an abstract tattoo artist whose designs fall primarily into the realm of avant garde. Avant garde art is defined by being innovative or experimental, by someone who considers themselves to be an artist, scientist and industrialist. Avant garde art often uses distorted shapes as an idea of a scene, rather than a representation of a scene.
Take the childish freedoms that come from coloring with crayons and the unique appeal of pen sketches or doodling and you get the refreshing originality of French tattoo artist Yann Travaille.
Yann’s style has created quite a new buzz in the last year in the world of Inking and it is easy to see why. While tattoo artists are a dime-a-dozen, what really makes one stand out from the rest is if there is either such a refinement to the craft that when the workmanship is viewed up close you know of only a handfull of artists capable of that quality or detail, or the style of that artist is so unique that their work can be instantly recognizable.
Yann’s style can certainly be put into that category. It has a rough, irregular quality, a filling method reminescent of crayon or colored pencil.
Yann is carving out a name for himself and it won’t be long before we see a legion of “hacks” out there trying to imitate him. He can either see that as flattery or as artistic violation.