Savannah Colleen / Highlark



Savannah Colleen, with her geometric vision and confident line work, blends patterns and influences to create a genre of tattooing entirely her own. Her sense of composition is most obvious in her large- scale pieces. Weaving in and out of the given design, more masterpiece than ornament, they embody a full spectrum of gradients and shadows, marrying skin and ink in a way that’s polished and crisp, yet gritty in texture and allure.

A large portion of Savannah’s body of work is sprinkled with a good dose of far eastern mysticism, whether it be in content or accent. Her Mandalas, like mathematical equivalents of an undefined spirituality, emit a glow from behind their bold edges. Blessed with a steady hand, Savannah uses it well, subtly changing degrees of shadow to emphasise the vital component of each piece, and following the hidden intricacies of patterns. Her work channels an eastern quality, haunting and beautiful in its black and white americanism.

In a traditional sense, Savannah’s art is classic. I can’t quite put my finger on the reason why, but Savannah’s work is reminiscent, to me, of old Hollywood, displaying a particular grandeur and eloquence. The styling is heavily vintage, but modern in the way it toys with darkness.

Savannah’s artistic process, as shown on a leg piece in her portfolio, is a labour of love. Shown at different stages of progress, the leg piece culminates in two large butterflies on each thigh. That piece alone showcases the range of expertise and vision that goes into a work of such caliber. Savannah works out of The Tattoo Dojo in Atlanta, Georgia.

**One piece that caught my attention was a rendering of Elvis, an ideal portrait of southern charm and rock n’ roll smirk. I had originally thought it was Savannah’s work but it’s actually a piece done on her by Ink & Dagger owner Russ Abbott. Check out this piece and his work here!


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