What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?




Jay Freestyle

©Jay Freestyle

“Give me a piece of your skin, & I’ll give you a piece of my soul.” -Jay Freestyle

Freehand tattoo artist, Jay Freestyle, was born to conservative Chinese parents in Johannesburg, South Africa. The absence of a creative scene in his hometown inspired him to move to Amsterdam at 19. He’s been making an international name for himself ever since.

©Jay Freestyle

©Jay Freestyle

He describes his style as watercolor, but in reality, it’s evident that he incorporates many of the styles he’s absorbed over the years. Like so many truly gifted people, he’s entirely self taught, which probably has a lot to do with the unpredictable turns his works take. He makes up his designs as he goes along, a process that certainly won’t suit everyone. That’s a big, fat leap of faith on the part of both the artist and the canvas.

“Not everyone wants my style. Usually from the first couple of minutes of talking to someone, I can see if they want ‘my style’ or if they want me to do something realistic or traditional.”

According to his website, he comes to New York often and does guest artist spots in a few high-profile tattoo shops. I’m really tempted. I don’t want anything with a face, but I would love one of his abstract pieces.

Hope you enjoy his work as much as I do.

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©Jay Freestyle

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©Jay Freestyle

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©Jay Freestyle

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©Jay Freestyle

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©Jay Freestyle


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “Freestyling

  1. That’s some gorgeous work.

    I have a few tattoos, mostly illustrations. Kelly Doty is one of my favorite artists — along with her immense talent, she has an unusual sense of humor that comes through in her work.

    I’d love a watercolor tattoo — I just don’t have room. Gotta keep some skin blank for the office job. 🙂


  2. This is so cool! I would trust him with my body as his canvas. I shared this on Facebook. One of my brothers and one of my sisters have great tattoos. I got my first in 1995. It was a simple black tattoo on my calf. The reason I got it was I was going to have a surgery that I only had a 50% chance of recovery and I was not going to be buried without having a tattoo. Silly, huh? I got my second tat for my birthday in 1999, a scorpion just above my left breast. I have a great design for my next one but I need to find an artist I trust.

    Great OBT for today!
    Ta Ta for now, Cathy Milne


  3. The black tattoo was an inverted black triangle.


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    • How kind of you to say! Thank you! I did not hire anyone. I started with my banner picture, then played with different themes until I found one that looked right. The design was more dumb luck than anything else. I do pay a lot of attention to the layout of my posts. It took me a little while to find the right balance between big- and small-screen-friendly format. Now it’s pretty much all formulaic. Posting has gotten much quicker since I figured out photo sized and positions.

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