22 Classical Art Tattoos Any Art Lover Would Love and Appreciate

The amount of creativity in tattoos is awe-inspiring. There are tattoos for nearly everybody, even sister tattoos to make a sisterly bond even stronger. Tattoos are about expressing yourself and if you love art and appreciate it, art tattoos inspired by famous works of art is a match made in heaven.

Even if you already have a tattoo design in mind, you’ll be inspired by how classic art can transform it. The following 22 people found ways to incorporate their favorite paintings into classical art tattoos they can call their own.

1) “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Hokusai.

Instagram / @daanroukens

The Great Wave off Kanagawa tattoo that is as colorful as the original.

 

2) “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci

Instagram / @mr.k_tattoo

A Mona Lisa tattoo doesn’t need to look exactly like the painting to look terrific. This modern take on the original looks great.

 

3) Tattoo inspired by The Starry Night and Fight Club

22 Classical Art Tattoos - Tattoo inspired by The Starry Night and Fight Club.

Instagram / @serkandemirboga

A creative mashup tattoo featuring The Starry Night and the ending scene of the movie “Fight Club.”

 

4) Popular works by Leonardo da Vinci

22 Classical Art Tattoos - Popular works by Leonardo da Vinci.

Instagram / @oozy_tattoo

This is one of my favorites and the black and grey tones brings a whole new dimension to these infamous paintings.

 

5) “Water Serpents I” by Gustav Klimt

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "Water Serpents I" by Gustav Klimt.

Instagram / @alexeybuzunov

A modern take on this Water Serpents tattoo makes the colors dance with the added contrast of a dark triangle.

 

6) Frida Kahlo

22 Classical Art Tattoos - Frida Kahlo.

Instagram / @fredao_oliveira

A fabulous black and grey Frida Kahlo tattoo that is full of interesting geometric shapes.

 

7) “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli.

Instagram / @oozy_tattoo

Everything about this Birth of Venus is impressive and the shading is unbelievable.

 

8) “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso.

Okan Uckun

I don’t know what to say. These Guernica tattoos are simply breathtaking.

 

9) “The Elephants” by Salvador Dali

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "The Elephants" by Salvador Dali.

Instagram / @bonbonbizarre

The amount of detail in this Elephants tattoo is impressive and the black and grey ink brings a certain elegance.

10) “Impression, Sunrise” by Claude Monet

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "Impression, Sunrise" by Claude Monet.

Instagram / @luca fedato

This “Impression, Sunset” tattoo is so impressive it actually looks like an oil painting instead of a tattoo. Simply amazing!

 

11) “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo.

Instagram / @phelliperodriguess

An awesome Creation of Adam tattoo that proves this painting can be just as impressive without color.

 

12) “Water Serpents I” and “Water Serpents II” by Gustav Klimt

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "Water Serpents I" and "Water Serpents II" by Gustav Klimt.

Instagram / @amandawachob

A Water Serpents tattoo that requires the full back to truly give it justice. The colors are jaw-dropping and I can’t imagine how long it must have taken to create this masterpiece.

 

13) “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh.

Instagram / @tattooinspirink

A creative tattoo with flowers blooming out of a heart and features elements of The Starry Night.

 

14) “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo.

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Another great example of geometric shapes blended with a classic in this Creation of Adam tattoo.

 

15) “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Hokusai.

Instagram / @oozy_tattoo

Another great The Great Wave off Kanagawa tattoo that showcases amazing detail and tone.

 

16) “Le Chat” by Pablo Picasso

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "Le Chat" by Pablo Picasso.

Instagram / @ladybird_tattoos

This Le Chat tattoo is a beautiful replica of the original painting and a great choice for cat AND art lover’s.

 

17) “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt.

Instagram / @rit.kit.tattoo

The Kiss tattoo featuring an impressive amount of detail and impressive use of colors.

 

18) “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh.

Instagram / @thinkbeforeuink

A Starry Night tattoo that foregoes color and looks just as magnificent as the painting.

19) Tattoo inspired by Jackson Pollock

22 Classical Art Tattoos - Tattoo inspired by Jackson Pollock.

Instagram / @anton senkou

Artist Jackson Pollock was recognized for his unique style of drip painting and this tattoo is the perfect tribute.

 

20) “Primrose” by Alphonse Mucha

The human body is the perfect canvas for this stunning recreation of “Primrose” and this tattoo is beyond beautiful.

 

21) “The Times of the Day” by Alphonse Mucha

22 Classical Art Tattoos - "The Times of the Day" by Alphonse Mucha.

Instagram / @evakrbdk

A beautiful replica of the original in this Times of the Day tattoo.

 

22) “Nola Girl with Umbrella” by Banksy

An awesome recreation of Banksy’s work on this Nola Girl with Umbrella tattoo.

The amount of work and detail in these impressive art tattoos required an equally impressive tattoo artist. Please share these classic art tattoos with your friends and family.

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