Graphic Tattoos

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Russian
Zlata Kolomoyskaya · Goldy Zdone
room Manhattan American
109
Tattoos
98
likes
55
followers
Graphic
Illustrative
+1

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Turkish
Baris Yesilbasdone
room Brooklyn American · Istanbul Turkish
91
Tattoos
96
likes
39
followers
Sketch Work
Graphic
+1

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South african
Jay Freestyledone
room Amsterdam Dutch
98
Tattoos
73
likes
45
followers
Watercolor
Abstract
+2

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French
Marlène Le Cidredone
room Paris French
17
Tattoos
8
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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Spanish
Abel Mirandadone
room Barcelona Spanish
30
Tattoos
13
likes
31
followers
Graphic
Geometric

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Turkish
Alican Görgüdone
room Istanbul Turkish
99
Tattoos
172
likes
87
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+3

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Greek
Dimos Karagiannis · Thrashdone
room Thessaloniki Greek
13
Tattoos
1
like
7
followers
Graphic
Abstract
+1

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Turkish
Tansel Darkodone
room Istanbul Turkish
25
Tattoos
13
likes
8
followers
Graphic

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Polish
Ola pejczi Oleszkiewiczdone
room Warsaw Polish
1
Tattoos
2
likes
4
followers
Line Art
Illustrative
+3

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Turkish
Mentat Gamzedone
room Istanbul Turkish
52
Tattoos
206
likes
104
followers
Illustrative
Graphic
+1

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Brazilian
Fernando & Priscila · La Bottega dell'Artedone
room Goiânia Brazilian
35
Tattoos
41
likes
32
followers
Graphic
Sketch Work

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Turkish
Tayfun Bezgindone
room Istanbul Turkish
37
Tattoos
63
likes
39
followers
Graphic

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French
Xoïl · Loïc Lavenudone
room Lausanne Swiss
100
Tattoos
121
likes
47
followers
Graphic
Abstract
+1

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Slovenian
Sašo Dudičdone
room Bled Slovenian
34
Tattoos
27
likes
13
followers
Graphic

Contact

British
Emma Bundonisdone
room London British
59
Tattoos
97
likes
59
followers
Black and grey
Graphic
+3

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German
Jessica Kinzer · Svartvitdone
room Hamburg German
17
Tattoos
6
likes
1
follower
Illustrative
Graphic
+1

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British
Mowglidone
room London British
110
Tattoos
217
likes
134
followers
Graphic

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Austrian
Corina Weikl · Trudylinesdone
room Manhattan American
44
Tattoos
98
likes
54
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+2

Contact

description

Graphic style tattoos can go from a reinvention of reality to the purest abstraction, from color to black, to childhood and street influences to watercolor and pop art. Graphic style tattoos mix photos, shapes and typography to communicate a specific and unambiguous message.

Graphic tattoos use the principles of graphic design. They can be simple or complex, and can vary in style or tone. However, they always mix images with typographical elements (or symbols representing typography) to express a clear statement, whether commercial, political, educational or cultural. Within tattooing, this can also mean the depiction of a specific story or quote, as requested by the client.

Depending on how broadly or narrowly “graphic design” is defined, many art movements can be classified within it. Some camps choose to separate design from “art,” however, arguing that any message commissioned by someone other than the artist -- whether a corporation, social group, religious order, or another person -- is fundamentally different than that of an artist expressing their own thoughts, emotions and experiences. However, given the history of fine art commissioned by religious sects and wealthy benefactors, that can also be viewed as an invalid argument. Tattoo Filter takes no formal stance in the Art vs. Design debate, but must recognize the controversy here.

The foundations of graphic design are rooted in religious books of antiquity, where calligraphy intermingled with detailed illustrations in Confucian, Muslim, Egyptian, Hindu and Christian texts. It can be argued that pictographs and hieroglyphics of prehistoric cultures were the first examples of graphic design, as the paintings were forms of communication.

Modern examples of graphic design can be found in branding, advertisements, infographics, political propaganda, maps / charts / data visualization, and the like. Taking many forms, the common thread is the intention to communicate something objective, rather than being interpretive or subjective.

Colloquially, in contemporary tattoo culture, “graphic” is sometimes used to reference anything created with a digital program, such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. However, the same results can often be achieved with analog tools, as well, so this is not the proper way to categorize the design.

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