16 gorgeous tattoos inspired by classical art that you never knew you needed until now

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

6Pablo Picasso

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

14Alphonse Mucha

15Barking Dog, Keith Haring

16Jackson Pollock

These are all so great, we just can’t pick a favorite. BRB, we’re trying to figure out how to get them all!

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