Surrealist Tattoos

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Michele Volpi 路 mfoxdone
room Bologna
169
Tattoos
182
likes
59
followers
Contemporary
Line Art
+5

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Tyler ATDdone
room Whistler
15
Tattoos
13
likes
4
followers
Black and grey
Illustrative
+4

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Charlotte Chadeaudone
room Marseille
9
Tattoos
5
likes
14
followers
Watercolor
Realism
+2

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

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Lo茂c LeBeufdone
room Geneva 馃嚚馃嚟 路 Carouge
200
Tattoos
302
likes
88
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Blackwork
Engravings
+1

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Joanna 艢wirska 路 D偶o Lamadone
room Wroclaw
88
Tattoos
87
likes
24
followers
Contemporary
Illustrative
+2

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Otto D'ambradone
room London
18
Tattoos
19
likes
17
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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Dusty Pastdone
room Kiev 馃嚭馃嚘
38
Tattoos
47
likes
24
followers
Contemporary
Surrealism

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Mari帽e Perezdone
room Bilbao 馃嚜馃嚫
24
Tattoos
25
likes
17
followers
Illustrative
Surrealism
+1

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David C么t茅done
room Montreal
410
Tattoos
587
likes
156
followers
Surrealism
Abstract
+2

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Andr茅s Acostadone
room Austin
150
Tattoos
64
likes
42
followers
Realism
Surrealism

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Andrew Marsh 路 Little Andydone
room Redditch
140
Tattoos
162
likes
47
followers
Surrealism
Abstract
+2

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Mike Coledone
room Los Angeles 馃嚭馃嚫
22
Tattoos
10
likes
15
followers
Geometric
Op Art
+2

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Aleksy Marcin贸wdone
room Magdeburg
100
Tattoos
127
likes
45
followers
Surrealism
Contemporary
+1

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Patryk Hiltondone
room Bydgoszcz
68
Tattoos
121
likes
37
followers
Illustrative
Contemporary
+2

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Michele Servadiodone
room London 馃嚞馃嚙
44
Tattoos
42
likes
20
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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Alex Young 路 Odisydone
room London 馃嚞馃嚙
24
Tattoos
23
likes
33
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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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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