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 1 year ago

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

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Cip IESAN 1 year ago

Irish panda?

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Isabella 1 year ago

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

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Jazlyn J. 1 year ago

this reminds me of "The Little Prince"

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Diane Cutler 1 year ago

If I were to ever get a tat, this would be it.

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mocochang 1 year ago

omg I love this one

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Like this one too !

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Pamela 1 year ago

Find you a man who can give you that many planets

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Liliana V 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

This is really pretty!! :0

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BoredBirgit 1 year ago

Sloths are awesome!

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Aahzmandus Pervect 1 year ago

Cute.

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Ok Ha-Neul 1 year ago

i love behind the ear tattoos idk why

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Flinkie 1 year ago

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

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Nigel Rodgers 1 year ago

Lift tail to detach arm

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Flinkie 1 year ago

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

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Flinkie 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

Omg this is soo cute I need it!!!

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Flinkie 1 year ago

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

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Flinkie 1 year ago

Cool :0

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Flinkie 1 year ago

This one's amazing!

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Flinkie 1 year ago

This needs more upvotes! Really cute

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Flinkie 1 year ago

This one truly expresses freedom. I just love it.

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Laura Zaini 1 year ago

love this

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Flinkie 1 year ago

Bored panda. X3

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Birchy Cat 1 year ago

Life

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Jörg Zingler 1 year ago

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

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Hamlets twin 1 year ago

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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Jean Van Eeden 1 year ago

Love it!!

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Aidan Pite 1 year ago

D'awww...

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Flinkie 1 year ago

Reminds me of UP. Great work!!

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Neha Jawale-Bhorge 1 year ago

Lovely

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Amanda Harker 1 year ago

OMG the pain!! That area hurts a lot!!

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Marri 1 year ago

So pretty!

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BoredBirgit 1 year ago

Miep miep!

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Cherie O 1 year ago

Is that a corgi? In a Gryffindor scarf?? I love it!

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BoredBirgit 1 year ago

Very cute cats.

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Beth Arriaga 1 year ago

The Tao of Pooh!

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Hamlets twin 1 year ago

"Close the window Fluffy! you're letting the planets get in"

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MichelleFernung 1 year ago

This is adorable...me and my kitty years ago in my childhood...made me smile

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Angelina Wilkins 1 year ago

My fave.

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Lore B 1 year ago

His nipple is another distant planet

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Celestial Lynx 1 year ago

Dancing with the stars...

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Tracey Martens 1 year ago

Fiona?

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Arlene engel 1 year ago

Nice

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nazan fidan 1 year ago

it is a turkish thing, we oscillate a basket from balcony for grocery things instead of going down ourselves:):) thats why other people dont understand this actually:)

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Lale Toker 1 year ago

This is my favorite..

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BoredBirgit 1 year ago

Whoa. Great idea.

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Amanda Harker 1 year ago

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Again with drawing a line along someone.

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Laura Zaini 1 year ago

aww

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