These two-tone tattoos by Russian artist Evgeny Mel are sublime.
There’s something about the bringing together of just two colours (in this case, black and turquoise) that allows a tattooed image to be captured in a truly unique way.
And it’s not just about small pieces for this tattooist, either. As well as intricate, detailed and ‘mini’ artworks, his two-colour speciality is often translated onto huge areas of the body, like the full sleeve tattoo below.
You can represent just about any concept or image with a style as cool as this, but personally I love Evgeny Mel’s nature pieces. In leaves and landscapes, the splashes of light and dark blue can capture shadows, depths and the contrasting tones of our often surreal natural world.
Explore more of this artist’s work on Instagram @evgenymel