Once again we were very happy to have Dmitri Babakhin
from "Bang Bang Custom Tattoo" in St. Petersburg, Russia visiting Skin&Bone
Through my years of travel I've met and befriended many traditional Polynesian artists from Samoa, Tahiti, Hawaií and New Zealand. Dmitry Babakhin is "Not" one of these :-) Dmitri comes from St Petersburg Russia... which is as far away from French Polynesia as you can get. Despite this "handicap" Dmitri had a burning desire to specialize in the Polynesian style. As the Polynesian style has blossomed over the years, Dmitry has been at the forefront... and by specializing where there are no others, Dmitry has acquired more experience at large scale Polynesian tattooing than most native tattooists have. So if you have ever wanted a Polynesian tattoo but couldn't afford the ticket to Tahiti, here is your chance to get something from a Master and Ambassador of this style.
The Mad Russian
Continuation of an older piece
Continuation of a sleeve
One shot half sleeve
Dmitry was averaging a half sleeve every working day while at Skin&Bone
fast and beautiful
Another happy client
Start of a Marquasien leg sleeve around a sun by another tattooist.
It pays to go to someone specializing in ther style
Three of our Polynesian guest artists at once... Dmitry, Jean Michel and Mike from 2013
Dmitry at work...
And the finished product.