30+ Tattoos Inspired by the Majestic Beauty of Architecture

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We all know that good architecture has the ability to create connections to place, and this runs so deep that people are even getting architecturally inspired ink. From hyper-realistic tattoos of well-known buildings to line work that highlights specific architectural elements, architecture tattoo designs are becoming increasingly popular, and you don't have to be an architect to get one.

Whether it's to commemorate a place you lived or evoke the nostalgia of your favorite vacation, many of these tattoos relate to actual cityscapes. Others use familiar architectural lines and elements to create a fantasy space across their skin. Tattoo artists have also been known to ink individual construction elements—doors, stairs, windows—in unexpected places on the body.

Gothic architecture seems to be a popular choice, with its ornate windows and elaborate church spires as a recurring theme. But modernism isn't dead. For instance, Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Guggenheim Museum in New York has inspired several tattoos, showing how a single building can give a different vibe depending on the tattoo artist's style.

Check out these architecture themed tattoos and get inspired for your own ink.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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