We didn’t choose the tattoo life; the tattoo life chose us. We could spend hours talking about why we love tattoos, from the edgy dream come true cartoon-style pieces to the more delicate blackwork designs — we want ’em all. And right now we’re obsessing over these beautiful classic art-inspired pieces. The incredible artists on this list have inked new life into some of the most iconic works of art ever created.
Great works of art are timeless and transcendent. Paintings like da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s Starry Night are permanently embedded into our memories because their cultural significance and beauty are inspiring to us all. As tattoos grow increasingly popular, many art lovers are using their bodies as canvases to display their favorite museum-worthy pieces.
1Starry Night, Van Gogh
2The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo
3Frida Kahlo #artbae
4Leonardo da Vinci
5Water Serpents, Gustav Klimt
7The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai
8Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci
9Le Chat, Pablo Picasso
10Van Gogh inspired
11Dance, Henri Matisse
12Birthday, Marc Chagall
13Judith and the Head of Holofernes, Gustav Klimt
15Barking Dog, Keith Haring
These are all so great, we just can’t pick a favorite. BRB, we’re trying to figure out how to get them all!