Tattoos have transitioned from being a taboo form of art to something that people of all ages wear on their bodies. As the visual styles grow beyond the traditional sailor tattoos, they now encompass elements of fine art with designs influenced by watercolor painting and abstract imagery. There is a seemingly endless pool of tattoo inspiration available! But what if you want body art that’s on the simpler side?
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Tattoos offer an artistic way to pay homage to life’s passions. For the staff of the New York Public Library (NYPL), literature is their life—and they have the body art to prove it. A recent blog post on the NYPL website features a selection of staff members’ tattoos that celebrate their favorite books, inspiring authors, and even now-defunct card catalogs. Each design is as different as their positions within the library.
Today, traditional Japanese motifs, designs, and stylistic sensibilities remain popular sources of inspiration behind many contemporary tattoos.
Tattooing has been around since ancient times, and though many trends in the art of permanent ink have come and...
If you’re contemplating getting inked, choosing the right permanent artwork for your body can be a little daunting. If you’re put off by garish tattoo designs, something simple and elegant might be the right choice for you. Whether you want to pay homage to your favorite city with a simple skyline, or celebrate your love of nature with delicate petals and leaves, it’s hard to go wrong with a minimalist tattoo.
The stigma behind body art is quickly disappearing and making creative tattoos a norm rather than an anomaly.
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Tattooist Eva Karabudak (better known as Eva Krbdk) takes the phrase “body art” to a whole new level. For years, the talented creative has inked famous paintings onto her clients and infused a bit of art history into their everyday lives—for the rest of their lives. The small yet detailed pieces showcase some of the most defining works in Western art history, from Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night to Edvard Munch’s The Scream.
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