Alican Gorgu (AKA PigmentNinja) is a Turkish tattoo artist who transforms his clients into walking photo albums. Using old family photos for guidance, the Istanbul-based artist tattoos people with whatever childhood memories they want to be immortalized on their bodies using his own distinct style, which he refers to as "Retro Minimal."

"I majored in photography at college," he wrote on Bored Panda. "I could only stand the profession my diploma enabled me to do for three months. I was a shop assistant at the first tattoo studio where I worked for three years. But I also needed to earn a living. I was either going to get a 9-5 or dedicate myself to tattoo designs and execution.

"I made a connection between my college degree and what I wanted to do. I drew the poster shots of a lot of movies I liked – which got a lot of traction – and managed to transfer them onto people’s skins. I improved on my original tattoo ideas and started working with souvenir photos people took. It’s an indescribable feeling to tattoo the awkward family photos taken in different parts of the world at different times. For example, I have tattooed a family portrait taken in Mexico in the ‘60s as well as one of a family in the US in the ‘80s. I work with small spaces and minimize details, keeping the essentials, to transfer these memories on to the skin."

Check out some of his best family tattoos works below, and don't forget to vote for your favorite. You can also find Alican on Instagram, where he has almost 40k followers.

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#PugLife 1 year ago

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Some facial features would be good.

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Raynee Furlet 1 year ago

I like these

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Krista Leary 1 year ago

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WTF...Mickey Mouse gets eye but the kids don't?

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Krista Leary 1 year ago

"And this is a tattoo representation of that time little Mary got eaten by a shark".

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Etienne Pisano 1 year ago

Further up, angry, as usual, "La Linea" by Osvaldo Cavandoli, great italian cartoonist !!

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Krista Leary 1 year ago

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A little shading for her friend of color maybe?

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Diana Damin 1 year ago

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Oddly, the tattoo bears semblence to 2 of the many faceless refugee women escaping the war with their babies.

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Mary Launer 1 year ago

Ahh, what are eyes doing on those faces?!

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

I like the touch of the raindrops in the picture!

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Richard Nelson 1 year ago

is that a mario mushroom??

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

It's beautiful!

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

This is so cute!

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Blue Hippo 1 year ago

I know this tree...it's got a hint of the 80's. Eeeeeeeee😂

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Krista Leary 1 year ago

That 'stache

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Krista Leary 1 year ago

okay - this one is kinda cute but only because it has a doggo in it.

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blugeagua 1 year ago

The girl on the left has blonde hair though.

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

This needs more upvotes!

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Chasity Arden 1 year ago

Congratulations Harry Potter!

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Leta Rivas 1 year ago

I want this artist's information

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