Tattoos are a whole art school of their own. For centuries, humanity has been tattooed for a variety of reasons. One thing is certain and certain, tattoos have a meaning and before getting a tattoo, you have to be well informed !
Art in the skin or a selection of the most artsy tattoos
Nowadays, tattooing is gaining more and more popularity. In fact, nearly 40% of millennials have at least one tattoo. If you also want to get a tattoo and you are looking for ideas, we invite you to discover our selection of tattoo designs inspired by art. But first, a little insight into the origins of tattoos in the world.
Mankind has known about tattoos for a long time. As of yet, there isn’t even much consensus on when the practice really started, where and why. Historical and archaeological evidence shows tattooing has been practiced around the world since ancient times.
James cook and tattoos
According to some sources it all started when British explorer James Cook discovered the art of Polynesian tattooing. He is credited with the introduction of the word “tattoo” into the Indo-European languages. To James Cook too, we owe our knowledge of typical Maori motifs. The latter inspire a large majority of contemporary tattoos today. The Maori, or Maori, tattoo is part of the tribal tattoo family. It takes its name from the Polynesian Maori tribe, one of the indigenous people living in Polynesia, New Zealand.
It is certain that tattoos date back thousands of years. In fact, we have strong evidence that tattooing is an ancient art, after the discovery of tattoos on the skin of a mummified body. Otzi ’Iceman was discovered in September 1991. His nickname comes from where he was found in the Otzal Alps. His body was naturally mummified and preserved, making him the oldest human mummy in Europe..
Otzi’s body has 61 tattoos spread over different locations, the majority of these ink drawings being located on his legs. Careful examination of the marks on the mummy indicates that soot or ashes from the fireplace were used to create the tattoos. Otzi’s story is just one of many. There is evidence of this from more than 49 different places around the world where mummies and tattooed remains have been found: Alaska, Mongolia, Greenland, Egypt, China, Sudan, Russia, Philippines and others. All these discoveries correspond to different periods of history.
Art inspired tattoo designs
There are many different tattoo designs available. Choosing a tattoo design that we like from this wide variety is not very difficult. You just need to have an idea of how, why and where you want to get a tattoo. The rest is simple. Above all, you have to answer the question why you want to get a tattoo. The permanent tattoo is a long term decision. There are of course ways to remove it, but these are additional costs. That’s why, we advise you to make a thoughtful decision.
Temporary tattoo or permanent tattoo ?
The answer to this question is… It’s up to you! If you are really not sure about your tattoo, then of course it is best to go for a temporary tattoo first. There are many different ways to do it: henna tattoo, pen tattoo, airbrush tattoo and others. We personally are big fans at INKBOX. If we don’t like a temporary tattoo, then simply opt for a small permanent tattoo..
INKBOX is the first tattoo, made from natural fruit ingredients, which lasts two weeks. It all started as a kickstarter project in 2015. Today the two co-founders and brothers, Tyler and Branden, offer a huge variety of tattoos on their online store. There are more and more tattoo designs on their site. Choosing one that meets our expectations is not so difficult. As the founders of this project say: the temporary tattoo is a bad temporary decision… But! It should also be noted that permanent black ink tattoos can also be removed if desired. In short, it’s all up to you, but before getting a tattoo, think carefully.
Classic tattoo or tattoo in colors ?
Choosing a tattoo in black or a tattoo in colors depends on your own taste, but not that. You should know that some colored inks are much harsher on the skin than conventional black ink. It all depends on your tattoo artist and what products he uses. Before choosing the tattoo studio, educate yourself well about the different qualities of tattoo inks and their effects on the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions and seek advice from your tattoo artist. It should also be noted that colored tattoos are more difficult to remove once done..
Some tattoo designs impress with their precision work. Yes, tattoos are a whole field of art. Drawing on the skin is much more difficult than drawing on paper. Nowadays, the art of tattooing has taken on new forms. More and more tattoo artists are presenting new tattoo designs that have taken hours, if not days, of precise work. Among our selection, you will find such tattoos, but also some minimalist models. He has something for everyone !
The wolf tattoo is one of the most popular tattoos right now. Maybe it owed to the Game of Thrones TV series? The wolf symbolizes strength, intelligence, but also friendship. It can be combined with other elements to create a tattoo with deep meaning. The wolf is also very present in Polynesian culture which makes it an ancient and modern tattoo model at the same time..
The couple tattoo is also very common and undoubtedly very romantic. Bet on rather simple models and avoid tattooing the name of your loved one because you never know … In short, everything depends on you and your sweetheart. It is true that getting tattooed together is really cute and even much stronger than marriage..
Many people decide to get a couple or friendship tattoo. The illuminated:
The bird symbolizes air and freedom. Depending on the species of bird, it changes its meaning. Getting a bird tattoo is an ideal decision for those who desire to have a sweet and mysterious tattoo. The bird tattoo is perfect as a shoulder, back, arm, wrist, and ankle tattoo. It is soft and delicate which makes it one of the perfect tattoos for women.
3D tattoos are also very common. Such a tattoo has more volume. Some models amaze with their originality. 3D Feather Tattoo Idea:
Designing your own tattoo design is cool.
Can’t decide on a tattoo design from the catalog? It does not matter ! Take a blank sheet of paper and a pen and draw the tattoo design you imagine. Even if you are not very good at drawing, your tattoo artist can help. This way you design your unique tattoo design. Some people opt for a small tattoo consisting of several elements. We really like the rose and girl face tattoo model in the photo below.
Another tattoo design that is often chosen by many people is that of the arrow. We can get a tattoo of a rainbow arrow, an arrow with a heart, a flower or any other element that we like. The arrow symbolizes determination, love at first sight and many other things.
This bunny tattoo is really funny, no ?
Cats are the most popular thing on the web. Everyone adores them and some people even get them tattooed. Cute !
The back is a fairly easy part of the body to tattoo. This is also the place where you can get large, intricate tattoos..
We love conceptual tattoo designs like the one in the photo below.
Color tattoos are more and more accessible. Their price is of course higher than that of black ink tattoos. They are also more difficult to remove, but it is not impossible.
Awesome tattoo template
Tattoo design inspired by art
Gorgeous elephant tattoo
Art in the skin.
A truly original model
Gorgeous contemporary art inspired tattoo
The dream catcher, often also referred to as the dreamcatcher, is a symbol from Native American culture. Rich in meanings, it is also often the subject of different tattoo designs. The dreamcatcher tattoo is said to protect against bad energies. Many people put it in their bedroom as a protector from bad dreams. You can get a tattoo of a small or a large dream catcher. There are models that combine it with other elements to strengthen its protective side.
We recently dedicated an article to the whale tattoo. The whale is the largest mammal on the plant. If you want to know more about its meaning and discover whale tattoo designs, we invite to consult our post here.
One of the places on the body where it hurts less when tattooing is your upper arm and forearm. It is also one of the most popular places to get a tattoo.
Small rose tattoo
Speaking of tattoos and art, it’s impossible not to share this Van Gogh arm tattoo with you. It was done with great precision and patience. The person wearing it must be a big fan of the Dutch painter.
The lighthouse is the symbol of protection, of hope, of calm after the storm, of material and psychological security, of our anchoring forces in life… It makes a superb tattoo on the arm and forearm, you do not do not find any ?
The tattoo design below was inspired by the famous painting The Birth of Venus by Italian painter Botticelli. It’s really precise and successful work. This painting is one of the most emblematic in the history of art.
Frida Kahlo is a famous Mexican artist who has inspired many women with her strong spirit and undeniable talent. It’s no wonder then that someone drew inspiration from her for her arm tattoo. Here again, we testify to a job precisely done which probably required a few hours of work..
Flower tattoos are a classic. Soft and fragrant, flowers not only come into our interiors as decoration, but settle on our bodies in the form of delicate tattoos. We have dedicated a post to the different flower tattoo designs and their meanings which you can check out here.
What is the relationship between art, tattooing and weapons? The tattoo model below …
The lotus tattoo is one of the hottest tattoos in recent times. This tattoo design represents awakening, renewal, purity and eloquence. Indeed, the flower tattoos are the models of the tattoos the most preferred by those who wish to have a small sweet tattoo..
Geometric tattoos are also very trendy lately. The wave tattoo template enclosed in a circle, pictured below, looks stunning. We love geometric tattoos for their clean and stylish side. And you ?
A serious tattoo or a fun tattoo ?
The tattoo designs inspired by famous paintings are very serious, we agree. But there are a lot of people who prefer to have something fun tattoos. We love this idea because this way your tattoo will always put you in a good mood! Finally, choose the tattoo design you like and embellish your body. It’s up to you to decide how, where and why. We also advise you to check the studio where you want to tattoo. It is important that it is clean and well maintained.