Bicem Sinik might be Turkey’s Dr. Woo. This young female artist uses fine monochromatic lines to create geometric animals and other minimalist forms. The difference between Bicem Sinik and Dr. Woo is that Sinik sometimes uses subtle dots for basic shading, creating some depth in her images.


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But there are problems with this style of tattooing. Marie Terry of Tattoo Artist London writes, “With the rise of dotwork and linework, these discreet tattoos have become a kind of fashion, in spite of their potential short life as healing and time would make them less visible.”

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“I was born in Bursa-Turkey in 1984. I graduated from the art teacher and graphic design faculty,” Bicem Sinik, just back from a tattoo convention in Athens, told Bored Panda

“My whole family teaches art, including my mom, dad, and sister. They all wanted me to become a teacher but I rebelled against them”

“I left my hometown and moved to Istanbul”

“I worked as an art director at several advertisement agencies for 7 years”

“At the beginning I was really happy with my job, but after some fights over a silly brochure I lost faith in it”

“I hated being locked-up in a “cyber-world” office with computers. I’m happy not to feel that way anymore”

“In 2011 I met with Denizhan Ozkar. He is a great tattoo artist and he taught me how to tattoo. My first tattoo was drawn on a banana”

“I was really excited and nervous when I got to tattoo human flesh for the first time. I really realized how hard it was”

“In January of 2013 I quit my job and started to tattoo as a hobby; soon it became my career”

“Presently I work out of my home office studio and live with my 2 dogs. I only tattoo my own designs and I never do the same tattoo twice”

“Unfortunately, sometimes I find my drawings on the internet with some tattoo artists claiming that these are their own designs”

“Sometimes they’ve even tattooed my designs. This really makes me sad, because I believe that all of us should be unique”

“Because I am graphics design graduated, my drawings have become more minimal and geometric. People really like it”

“I’ve had people from Spain, Austria, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, Costa-Rica and Australia come to be tattooed, and more are coming every day. I want to thank them all for making me so happy”

“If I had told my family that I wanted to be a tattoo artist years ago, I am sure that they would have been against it. But now they support me and even show-off my drawings to their friends”

“I think becoming a tattoo artist is my best decision so far. I really love my job”

“It’s great to see people leaving my studio happy. They often send me thank you messages and invitations”

“My future plan is to travel more, to meet with new people, and continue my career in a foreign country”

Bored Panda would like to thank Bicem Sinik for taking the time to respond to our questions