The retro-futuristic Victorian setting that characterizes the steampunk style is the primed to inspire creative and unique tattoo designs. The sci-fi art style involved in all things steampunk related is incredibly detailed and vivid, making for exquisite works of art that anyone engrossed in the romantic retro-Victorian era can appreciate and find appealing.
Steampunk was born from the scientific romance novels of the 19th century by famous writers of the time, such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley. The term first appeared in the 1980s, drawing inspiration for the cyberpunk genre that was being popularized around the same time too. Over the past 30+ years the steampunk science fiction subgenre has steadily grown in popularity, particularly for the gear-based retro-futuristic art it inspires.
As characterized by many of the steampunk designs featured in the gallery below, mixing traditional symbols like the eye and heart with a steampunk theme can make for some incredibly unique and creative one-of-a-kind tattoos. The theme gives tattoo designs a very eclectic feel, representing multiple interests and facets of one’s personality all at once.
Steampunk tattoo designs can also create fascinating illusions, transforming human body parts into mechanized prosthetics that’s sure to stun many passersby as you go about your daily routine. The full arm sleeve design featured below is a perfect example of what can be accomplished with the steampunk aesthetic.
Are you looking for a tattoo that represents your love of all things science fiction? Have a passion for all things steampunk? Take a look at the gallery below for your next tattoo design inspiration. Steampunk tattoos are a great way to show off your creative spirit and varied interests. Your local tattoo artist might even personally thank you for the unique design challenge involved in creating a one-of-a-kind steampunk design too.
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