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Dots and Lines with Chaim Machlev

Inside the Berlin-Based Tattoo Artists’ Intricate Designs
Posted by Gestalten—10/2017
Work by Chaim Machlev as seen in Forever More

For tattoo artist Chaim Machlev of DotsToLines, there's a peace in the abstract geometries: His ink curves and bends like Arabian calligraphy or complex fractals, breathing and sighing into the body’s natural musculature. There's a delicate balance as the lines stretch and ebb across the skin, and each design is customized, tailored to the tattooed after a number of consultations. Machlev’s pieces are large, spanning the full width of shoulder blades or scrawled across a side from neckline to hip bone. See more of his work in our new book Forever More, which travels far and wide to present a survey of the past, present, and future of tattoos. 

Work by Chaim Machlev as seen in Forever More
Work by Chaim Machlev as seen in Forever More
Work by Chaim Machlev as seen in Forever More
Work by Chaim Machlev as seen in Forever More

Images taken from Forever More