Would you let someone ink you permanently - FREEHAND? Mind-blowing tattoo designs improvised on the spot
The decision to get a tattoo is a hard one - and finding a design you like enough to keep forever is even tougher.
But people are now flocking to a tattoo artist who inks from his imagination there and then - no sketchpad in sight.
The astonishing methods of aptly-named tattooist Jay Freestyle, who is based in Amsterdam, results in stunning, soulful artworks, which last forever on the skin.
His ethereal inkings appear meticulously planned but Jay's floating shadows, thick and thin lines, accurate proportions and expert colour blending are a product of improvisation.
The South African tattoo artist, 29, makes his designs up as he goes along while he is working on his clients.
Inspired by traditional painting techniques such as watercolour and liquid ink, he brings in modern and graphic elements.
His motto reads: 'Give me a piece of your skin and I’ll give you a piece of my soul' which sums up his way of work.
People try to come to Jay with extremely detailed ideas, but after talking it through and hearing his extreme knowledge about aesthetics, placement, colouring, size and symbolism; almost all turn around and say: 'Go for it, I trust you blindly' - and he never disappoints.
He regularly tattoos first timers who feel no fear and fully trust in his respect and understanding of his clients' wishes.
Jay grew up in a conservative Chinese family in Johannesburg and emigrated to Amsterdam more than 10 years ago where he has been living and working ever since.
He's entirely self-taught and his techniques and style are unconventional.
The spontaneity of his tattoos is what makes every single one so unique. Breaking away from existing boundaries, the final artwork is always a great surprise to the client.
'Most describe my style as watercolor, and it definitely holds elements of such, but personally it is more,' says Jay.
'I prefer to combine various styles, such