If you've ever dreamed about getting a tiny, subtle floral tattoo, this fabulous work by Esther Garcia will make you say: "Yep, forget a tiny one, I want the whole sleeve instead." The Chicago-based tattoo artist paints the bodies of clients with the most intricate combinations of floral designs. Sweet peas, garden roses, peonies, and every other kind of flower you can imagine emerge from contrasting black backgrounds, accompanied by butterflies and birds. Even though her tattoos are just pure art in their essence, Garcia admits she first started doing them as a solution for cover-ups as black backgrounds perfectly obscure older and no longer wanted tattoos in the most beautiful way.

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Nicole Gonzalez
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3 months ago

absolutely gorgeous!!

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Garcia is mostly self-taught and has been working as a tattoo artist for the last twenty years. She says that floral tattoos on a black background is what she's mostly known for and were first created as a solution for cover-ups. Despite that, they are a complete trend on their own now. Her creations were inspired by the tradition of Dutch flower painting from the 17th century.

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Panda Penguin 🐼🐧
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3 months ago

i love the bird!!

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"I exclusively offer my own projects for people to choose from. The primary benefit is that I get to work with clients who are very comfortable with my process. Even if they are not experienced tattoo collectors, they have done their research and are happy to put themselves in my hands," she said.

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Karin Morris
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3 months ago

I LOVE this, but I am wondering what it looks like in 5 years

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"It's an honor and a joy to work like this and it's great to show up for work and know we're both so excited to be there. I used to feel so much pressure to 'mind-read' to some degree, to please the client - this method seems to sidestep that entirely, so I can rest easier and do my work in a more relaxed frame of mind."

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Not a petal or leaf out of place.

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After two decades of working in her Butterfat studio in Chicago, Garcia is now moving on to off-body projects as well and is collaborating with artist and illustrator Kyle Letendre on a textile and commercial design project called Flower Thieves.

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Nicole Gonzalez
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3 months ago

These are all so lovely!

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She is also working on a traveling workshop series, trying to educate and inspire young artists to have their own unique style and create sustainable businesses. She usually shares information regarding her projects on her website and on Instagram, so be sure to follow her to keep updated!

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EA
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3 months ago

This is my favourite. Love the details at the ankle!

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Celeste Smelko
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3 months ago

Beautiful. My favirite of all. Simple yet detailed. Clean. Only wish I knew the story or meaning behind this awesome piece of body art

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Panda Penguin 🐼🐧
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3 months ago

so detailed!

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Panda Penguin 🐼🐧
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3 months ago

just lovley

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So_Long_And_Thanks_For_All_The_Fish
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3 months ago

Amazing how simple geometric patterns can be really beautiful!

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K. Kerry Kozak
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3 months ago

Your work is just wonderful.............I'm wondering who Ashley Wright is who makes all the negative comments - only the weak need to be cruel.

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Arturo Mazzuera
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3 months ago

Beautiful art but...is like wearing the same shirt for the rest of your life!!!

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Tsunami_the seawing
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3 months ago

Lovely

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago (edited)

The depth of of the black and the pomegranates (a personal fav) are so beautiful. I'd love to see the other side with the bird.

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Kenna Jaques
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3 months ago

Why be mean? It's so easy to be unkind when hiding behind a key board. It's not funny, it just shows you as a bully. Bullies are universally disliked. Pull your head out of your ass

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Peony and moth? Beautiful.

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

All the birds, and are those persimmons? I love a man went for this, not to offend anyone by assuming gender, of course. So beautiful.

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So_Long_And_Thanks_For_All_The_Fish
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2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! The colours in the pigeon match the leaves and flowers making it even better

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So_Long_And_Thanks_For_All_The_Fish
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3 months ago

I love how detailed it is at the bottom and then gets simpler and ends with an elegant grass/leaf

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So_Long_And_Thanks_For_All_The_Fish
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3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! 😍

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L McN
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3 months ago

some of the finer details in the black seem lost here, was it picked at during healing? or was this done purposely to simulate a cloth?

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Cheryl Wilcox
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3 months ago

I keep trying to tell if the lighter parts are skin or if all is color...

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So_Long_And_Thanks_For_All_The_Fish
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3 months ago

The yellow stands out against the black really well, creating a really elegant effect

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So_Long_And_Thanks_For_All_The_Fish
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3 months ago

I love these all but this is my favourite one

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Shelley Texley
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3 months ago

Holy shit! I competed on the firsts one I saw it was stunning then to roll through the rest!!! Please sign me up I am in awe

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