Surrealist Tattoos

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Michele Volpi 路 mfoxdone
room Bologna
191
Tattoos
216
likes
68
followers
Contemporary
Line Art
+5

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eXomorphdone
room Berlin
5
Tattoos
3
likes
1
follower
Abstract
Geometric
+7

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Hey.Nortedone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
2
likes
2
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Blackwork
Line Art
+9

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Shindadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
2
likes
3
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+5

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Benny Tattooerdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
3
likes
1
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Neo Japanese
Japanese 路 Irezumi
+13

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Subliquidadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
9
likes
6
followers
Engravings
Blackwork
+7

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Pepo Errandodone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
4
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+10

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Tyler ATDdone
room Whistler
15
Tattoos
14
likes
5
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Black and grey
Illustrative
+4

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Charlotte Chadeaudone
room Marseille
9
Tattoos
5
likes
15
followers
Watercolor
Realism
+2

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Leah Caldieridone
room Turners Falls 馃嚭馃嚫
59
Tattoos
0
likes
9
followers
Dotwork
Surrealism
+6

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Aleksy Marcin贸wdone
room Magdeburg
117
Tattoos
129
likes
46
followers
Surrealism
Contemporary
+1

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David C么t茅done
room Montreal
413
Tattoos
629
likes
159
followers
Surrealism
Abstract
+2

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Andrew Marsh 路 Little Andydone
room Redditch
156
Tattoos
164
likes
48
followers
Surrealism
Abstract
+2

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Andr茅s Acostadone
room Austin
152
Tattoos
69
likes
47
followers
Realism
Surrealism

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Lo茂c LeBeufdone
room Geneva 馃嚚馃嚟 路 Carouge
202
Tattoos
322
likes
95
followers
Blackwork
Engravings
+1

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Joanna 艢wirska 路 D偶o Lamadone
room Wroclaw
91
Tattoos
94
likes
26
followers
Contemporary
Illustrative
+2

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Otto D'ambradone
room London
18
Tattoos
21
likes
19
followers
Engravings
Surrealism

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Geary Morrilldone
room Richmond 馃嚭馃嚫 路 Ferndale
47
Tattoos
34
likes
25
followers
Neotraditional
Surrealism
+2

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description

Surrealism style consists of exaggerated and imaginary images, mashed up styles, and fantastical creations that couldn't actually exist in real life, but look like they could.

Surrealism combines dreams with reality, following some but not all of the real world laws or physics. Surrealists often put realistic characters in illogical or impossible circumstances.

Following the first World War in Europe and America, artists and modern psychologists began to study 鈥渟hell shock鈥 and PTSD, where mass trauma triggered many people to simultaneously experience reality in a different way from their peers. This shift in philosophy resulted in a more widespread acceptance of a person鈥檚 cognitive dissonance with reality.

In this way, Surrealism is regarded as a social and cultural revolution, pushing for the human imagination to have the right to alter what is 鈥渢rue鈥 or 鈥渞eal.鈥

Politically, early Surrealists were split between Marxist and anarchist ideologies. Manifestos by rivaling Surrealists emerged during this time, touting the philosophical necessity of abandoning reason when confronting reality. Communists, such as Surrealist leader Andre Breton of France, tended to take the collective experience of the proletariat and represent it in a way that rejected bourgeois ideals. Anarchists, on the other hand, advocated for complete chaos, not prioritizing any one group鈥檚 assertion of reality.

The Golden Age of Surrealism immediately preceded WWII, with artists like Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp entering the movement. During this time, the creative focus was largely on the experience of the individual鈥檚 psychological inner world. New developments in photography also allowed for new conversations about how to physically represent 鈥渞eality.鈥

WWII and Post-War periods returned to a strong presence of global politics in surrealist art. Some Golden Age Surrealists also abandoned the movement and joined other contemporary art movements. As a result, there was a lot of aesthetic and conceptual overlap between Post-War Surrealism and Cubism or Expressionism.

Contemporary Surrealist tattooers sometimes adapt from masters, but also often keep the aesthetic traditions alive with their own voices and original works of art.

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