Ahmet Cambaz had a late start in the tattooing game, but has already proved himself as a formidable ink artist. After 7 years of doing cartoon work for an Istanbul-based magazine, a tattoo equipment set gifted to him in 2013 by his wife caused a shift in his creative vision, and his true craft began to shine through.

Simple, yet sublime, the designs Cambaz produces have a distinctly modern feel, yet also remind us of the whimsical storybooks we used to read as children. "My tattoos are micro style, geometric, and direct," he told Vice Creators. "We are living in a complicated age. That's why I prefer to create minimalist lines in my pieces... Everything is now needing to become simpler." What the tattoos forgo in colour and convention, they make up for in quiet, understated beauty.

Enjoy some of this Turkish tattoo extraordinaire's finest work below, and tell us which ones you would book a flight to Istanbul to have inked on your skin for life.

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Lillian Chesak
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's real people; cats DO run the universe. All hail over new feline overlords!

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Isabella
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it would have been better for the elephant if his trunk was above water level. :)

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Pamela
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Find you a man who can give you that many planets

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Liliana V
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would want this to remind me that we are a part of something much bigger... I totally love this one. <3

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Flinkie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the dots you added on the trees and around the place, it really gives of texture!

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Flinkie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder how it'll look when the hair grows back :0

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Flinkie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This has to be one of my favourites! It's really tiny and cute, and the colors on it are fascinating!

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Flinkie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really love the flow of the flowers on this! :0 really creative!!

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Flinkie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This needs more upvotes! Really cute

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Flinkie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one truly expresses freedom. I just love it.

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Hamlets twin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this! I am curious now. What would happen if you you threw a paper airplane in space? I have this image of the plane just hanging in the same place and the astronaut spinning around in a small circle :)

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