Valentina Ryabova is a self-taught tattoo artist from St. Petersburg, Russia. She tends to ink familiar designs , images that involve faces of loved ones, elaborate animal homages and decadent floral arrangements. The subjects of her tattoos are not what sets Ryabova apart though. One look at her work and it's easy to see that she has a unique grasp on hyperrealism, a mastery so intense that her inked imaginings often look like paintings or strangely saturated photographs. If Gustav Corbet's self-portraits mixed and matched with the erotic inklings of, say, Richard Prince, and somehow the beautiful hybrids ended up as tattoos, this might be the bizarrely beautiful result.
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