Surrealist Tattoos

Gallery of surrealist tattoos that can be filtered by subject, body part and size.

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Tattoo artists

Italian
Michele Volpi · mfoxdone
room Bologna Italian
128
Tattoos
166
likes
58
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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French
Charlotte Chadeaudone
room Marseille French
9
Tattoos
5
likes
14
followers
Watercolor
Realism
+2

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American
Leah Caldieridone
room Turners Falls American
59
Tattoos
0
likes
9
followers
Dotwork
Surrealism
+6

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Polish
Joanna Świrska · Dżo Lamadone
room Wroclaw Polish
83
Tattoos
79
likes
21
followers
Contemporary
Illustrative
+2

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Spanish
Mariñe Perezdone
room Bilbao Spanish
23
Tattoos
20
likes
16
followers
Illustrative
Surrealism
+1

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Venezuelan
Andrés Acostadone
room Austin American
146
Tattoos
64
likes
42
followers
Realism
Surrealism

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British
Andrew Marsh · Little Andydone
room Redditch British
140
Tattoos
160
likes
47
followers
Surrealism
Abstract
+2

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David Côtédone
room Montreal
406
Tattoos
569
likes
154
followers
Surrealism
Abstract
+2

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Swiss
Loïc LeBeufdone
room Geneva Swiss · Carouge Swiss
172
Tattoos
297
likes
87
followers
Blackwork
Engravings
+1

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American
Mike Coledone
room Los Angeles American
22
Tattoos
9
likes
15
followers
Geometric
Op Art
+2

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Ukrainian
Eugene Nedelko · Dusty Pastdone
room Kiev Ukrainian
35
Tattoos
46
likes
24
followers
Contemporary
Surrealism

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Polish
Aleksy Marcinówdone
room Magdeburg German
100
Tattoos
117
likes
44
followers
Surrealism
Contemporary
+1

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American
Geary Morrilldone
room Richmond American · Ferndale American
38
Tattoos
34
likes
24
followers
Neotraditional
Surrealism
+2

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Polish
Patryk Hiltondone
room Bydgoszcz Polish
68
Tattoos
120
likes
36
followers
Illustrative
Contemporary
+2

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Italian
Michele Servadiodone
room London British
44
Tattoos
42
likes
20
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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Italian
Otto D'ambradone
room London British
14
Tattoos
19
likes
16
followers
Engravings
Surrealism

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British
Alex Young · Odisydone
room London British
24
Tattoos
22
likes
32
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

Contact

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 “shell shock” 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’s 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 “true” or “real.”

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’s 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’s psychological inner world. New developments in photography also allowed for new conversations about how to physically represent “reality.”

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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