With A Few Minimal Details, This Artist Turns Personal Photographs Into Long-Lasting Tattoos

Tattooing memories, one photo at a time.

Alican Gorgu was either going to get a 9-to-5 job or follow his dreams to become a tattoo artist. Spoiler alert: he went with the latter.

Now, Gorgu shares his tattoo work on his popular Instagram account, Pigment Ninja, which has garnered more than 19,000 followers. In a simplistic style, Gorgu transforms photographs into minimalistic works of art, allowing one's memories to be tattooed onto their bodies forever. He tells A Plus in an email that he's often inspired by movies, too. 



"It's an indescribable feeling to tattoo photographs 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," he writes on Bored Panda. He adds that he works with small spaces and reduces the tattoo's details so only the essential features remain. 

For example, in the below portrait, Gorgu omits the characters' faces, but the heart of the photograph remains: 

Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu
Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu

When asked what it is about tattoos that he finds particularly beautiful, Gorgu tells A Plus:

"People can freely exhibit the things [that] they love. That's awesome!"

Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu
Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu

Check out some of Gorgu's work below and follow him on Instagram for more.

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Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu
Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu

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Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu

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Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu
Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu


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Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu
Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu

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Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu
Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu

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Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu

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Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu
Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu

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Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu
Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu

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Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu
Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu

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Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu
Photo courtesy of Alican Gorgu


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