Tattoo Art. Literally.


If I were asked what things interest me the most, I would have to say art, video games, and tattoos, so you can probably imagine that I’m always extra-interested when I see those things overlap. I’ve seen video games featuring art and I’ve seen tattoos featuring video games (a Zelda tribute tattoo may or may not be in my 5-year plan) , but have I seen tattoos that can truly be called works of art? I’ve only really seen great art tattoos in the real world on the streets, but anyone can get a closer look at some art tattoos with these revolutionary new tools called “the Internet” and “Google.” Long gone are the days when tattoos were limited to generic images of hearts and anchors, because today tattoos are being taken to a new extreme. Tattoo artists can take any image a client wants and forever embed it into skin, and in some cases skin can be treated like a famous painter’s canvas. Check out some people who wear their love for art on their sleeve:

Art Tattoos: Art That Gets Under Your Skin

Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night by Amanda Wachob of Brooklyn, NY


Art Tattoos: Art That Gets Under Your Skin

Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man by by Matt Lambdin of Iron Clad Tattoos, Troy, MI


Art Tattoos: Art That Gets Under Your Skin

Claude Monet’s Impression Sunrise by Sarah of Oni Tattoo, Salt Lake City, UT


Art Tattoos: Art That Gets Under Your Skin

Mucha Art Nouveau tattoo by Lacie Frain of Phoenix Tattoo Studio, Raleigh, NC


Art Tattoos: Art That Gets Under Your Skin
Katsushika Hokusai’s Great Wave Off Kanagawa-inspired tattoo by Shawn Nutting of Chronic Tattoo, Elyria, OH


Art Tattoos: Art That Gets Under Your Skin

Francisco Goya’s The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters by Stephanie Brown of Butterfat Studios, Chicago, IL

Great stuff, am I right? Pretty much blows every tribal tattoo you’ve ever seen out of the water (as if that would be remotely difficult). Did I give you any ideas for some new ink? Because if you’re anything like me, you’re probably itching to go out and get something amazing needled into your skin after scrolling through this post. As always, let me know what you think in the comments below!


Art Tattoos: Art That Gets Under Your Skin

About The Author

Shannon Kelly is a human being who exists on planet Earth. Outside of studying Art History at Boston University, Shannon occasionally strings words into sentences--usually about art--for the Artsnapper blog. She enjoys going to museums, cursing, and being the most pretentious person to ever come out of upstate New York.

13 Responses

  1. cherisse

    Lovely blog. I saw your comment on the other tattoo article. “I fell slightly robbed”.
    I like both. Have a lovely day.

    • Shannon Kelly

      Thanks a lot! I was afraid the Buzzfeed community was gonna jump on me for thinking I had an original idea or something, glad to know you can appreciate both points of view :) You have a lovely day yourself!

  2. John B

    I agree with Cherisse, I saw your comment and decided to check out your side of things. Awesome article.

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