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 are 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” art tattoos by Hokusai
The Great Wave off Kanagawa tattoo that is as colorful as the original.
2) “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci
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) Art tattoos inspired by The Starry Night and Fight Club
A creative mashup tattoo featuring The Starry Night and the ending scene of the movie ‘Fight Club.'”
4) Popular works by Leonardo da Vinci
This is one of my favorites and the black and grey tones bring a whole new dimension to these infamous paintings.
5) “Water Serpents I” by Gustav Klimt
A modern take on this “Water Serpents” tattoo makes the colors dance with the added contrast of a dark triangle.
6) Frida Kahlo
A fabulous black and grey Frida Kahlo tattoo that is full of interesting geometric shapes.
7) “The Birth of Venus” art tattoos by Sandro Botticelli
Everything about this Birth of Venus is impressive and the shading is unbelievable.
8) “Guernica” art tattoos by Pablo Picasso
I don’t know what to say. These “Guernica” tattoos are simply breathtaking.
9) “The Elephants” by Salvador Dali
The amount of detail in this “Elephants” tattoo is impressive and the black and grey ink brings a certain elegance.
10) “Impression, Sunrise” art tattoos by Claude Monet
11) “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo
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” art tattoos by Gustav Klimt
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
A creative tattoo with flowers blooming out of a heart and features elements of The Starry Night.
14) “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo
Another great example of geometric shapes blended with a classic in this Creation of Adam tattoo.
15) “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai
Another great The Great Wave off Kanagawa tattoo that showcases amazing detail and tone.
16) “Le Chat” by Pablo Picasso
This “Le Chat” tattoo is a beautiful replica of the original painting and a great choice for cat AND art lovers.
17) “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt
The Kiss tattoo featuring an impressive amount of detail and impressive use of colors.
18) “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh
A Starry Night tattoo that foregoes color and looks just as magnificent as the painting.
19) Art tattoos inspired by Jackson Pollock
Artist Jackson Pollock was recognized for his unique style of drip painting and this tattoo is a 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
A beautiful replica of the original in this Times of the Day tattoo.
22) “Nola Girl with Umbrella” by Banksy
Awesome recreation of Banksy’s work on this Nola Girl with Umbrella tattoo.