All art is subjective. Where one person sees a blue canvas with a line going through it, another sees an insightful critique on postmodernism. This subjectivity heightens every art form and style, from abstract to altermodern, allowing for each thousand word picture to convey multiple messages that speak volumes to a variety of people. That’s why people all over the world appreciate art, and what better way is there to appreciate your favorite art style than to get a tattoo utilizing it?
We here at tattoo magazine tend to show galleries that learn more towards realistic imagery because most people like to get tattoos of their interests and passions, but the gallery below is dedicated to the abstract and uniquely artistic. From renditions of Van Gogh’s famous painting, “The Starry Night”, to unique abstract works, the tattoos below show their wearer’s love of traditional art while showing a tattoo artist’s classically trained abilities.
Anyone who says tattooing isn’t art clearly hasn’t seen any of these tattoos. They require a deft hand, intense concentration and artistic ability that rivals, if not surpasses, that of traditional artists. Some of the greatest tattoo artists in the world spend thousands upon thousands of hours practicing their art and perfecting their technique. They don’t get a second chance to erase and start again. They have one opportunity to perfectly encapsulate a client’s vision.
How anyone could call tattooing anything but art is mind-boggling.
If you have friends or family members who can’t seem to wrap their minds around the artistic capabilities of tattoo artists, send them here, to this article to see what artists around the world have created – or, in the Van Gogh picture’s case, recreated – in the name of traditional art. If they still won’t call tattooing an art form, then maybe they just don’t appreciate art at all, and that’s certainly not your fault.