On our second post of our “Tattoo Styles, Trends and Artists” series, we will cover more styles – let’s start the fun!
Surrealism – Of all the tattoo styles, we reckon surrealism has got to be the most eccentric form of art, which may very well be the reason why it’s sometimes the most notable and extraordinary; The tattooer has to be extremely creativity in order to design and create an original, surrealistic, idea or image, and then skillfully bring that idea to life in the form of a tattoo.
Check out some of our favorite surrealism tattoos, as done by 2 creative artists – Lucas Reubelt & Pietro Sedda>>
Realism \ Photorealism, Hyperrealism & Portraits – Photorealism is a genre of art that encompasses painting, drawing and other graphic mediums, in which an artist studies a photograph and then attempts to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium, in our case – a tattoo; Hyperrealism is considered an advancement of photorealism by the methods used to create the resulting artwork (tattoo); Portrait tattoos are usually highly realistic images to forever remember the perfect picture of a loved one.
Here are a few talented artists >>
For more Hyperrealism tattoos click this link.
Dotwork – Dotwork tattoos are one of the most intricate styles. Complicated geometric images are created with nothing but dots. The tattoo artist must be very patient and very talented because he has to place every dot in the right place. Many dotwork artists have also abandoned the tattoo machine and are performing handpoked tattoos [source].
See some of our favorite dotwork tattoos and tattooers >>
Trash Polka – Trash Polka is a style of tattoo art that began at Buena Vista Tattoo Club in Würzburg, Germany by Simone Pfaff and Volko Merschky. The style resembles fine art collages in that in combines realistic images with smears, smudges, and kinetic designs that generate a discordant, chaotic look to the piece. Words are sometimes included. Trash Polka pieces are only done in red or black ink. According to Volko, this style is a combination of “realism and trash; the nature and the abstract; technology and humanity; past, present, and future; opposites that they are trying to urge into a creative dance to harmony and rhythm in tune with the body”[source].
It’s only fitting we will feature tattoos as done by the origins of this style – Buena Vista Tattoo Club >>
Bio-Mechanical [aka Bio-Organic] – This style of tattoos could be credited due to the popularity of Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie Alien, and from artist H.R. Giger’s Necronomicon series. Bio-Mechanical tattoos usually convey what the insides of a person would look like if they were a cyborg or a mixture of mechanical and human parts; Here are a few examples, as taken from the leading Bio-Mechanical tattoo artists >>
Lettering (Also note Typography\Caligraphy in our amazing art category) – Seemingly “easy” this form of tattooing is quite hard as it requires a lot of precision; Examples of fonts that fit tattoos could be found here.
For a more elaborate explanation, you can check out this post.
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