Comic Tattoos

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On Tattoofilter, โ€œComicโ€ refers to any tattoo adapted from (or resembling the aesthetic of) panel art from comic books, graphic novels, pulp and/or manga.

Illustrative panels predate the printed word. Modern comics and graphic novels, however, can be traced to roughly the mid-19th century in Japan, Europe and America. Their proliferation is credited to the new and improved printing press, which allowed for easier and more cost-effective circulation.

The use of comics as entertainment and a form of social criticism boomed after WWI in the west and after WWII in the east. Recurring characters, serials and anthologies arose, as did a global mass market for collecting and trading associated memorabilia.

Comics, graphic novels and manga have no single aesthetic, as theyโ€™re entirely dependent on the point of view and unique style of the illustrator(s). Tattoos depicting comics can be recognized, though, as emotionally expressive and often dramatic excerpts of a larger narrative. Common themes and subjects include heroism, victimization, science fiction and superhuman beings, sexual fantasies, war, dystopian and post-apocalyptic conflicts, and imaginary or alternate realities, just to name a few.

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