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Art History Inspired Tattoos

While art is most definitely subjective, the beauty and cultural significance of the most amazing pieces of artwork ever made transcend the artists who created them

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Extraordinary artworks are timeless and inspire us every day. Their beauty and cultural significance are so great that many choose to honor them in ways one might not expect. As the popularity of tattoos grows worldwide, people are using their skin to honor art history. What could be cooler than using your skin to take your favorite piece of artwork with you everywhere?

For a tattooer, recreating a design that is not her own isn’t always as easy as you'd imagine. If the piece to be recreated is a world famous masterpiece that transcends the artist who created it, the tattoo artist has to live up to the original design, and this adds a great deal of pressure to the process.

As long as you find the right tattooer, choosing an artwork from one of the most important museums or art galleries around the world is a sure bet. And if your tattoo artist can add her own touch of creativity, it might even be better than the original.

Check out the collection of tattoos below based on some of the most famous works of art.

Sunflowers (1888) by Vincent van Gogh

L'Amour et Psyché, enfants (1890) by William Adolphe Bouguereau

David (1501-1504) by Michelangelo

The Scream (1893) by Edvard Munch

Guernica (1937) by Picasso

Bust of Neptune (1725–1727) by Lambert Sigisbert

The Kiss (197-1908) by Gustav Klimt

The Birth of Venus (1484–1486) by Sandro Botticelli

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Girl with a Pearl Earring (1655) by Johannes Vermeer

Dance (1910) by Henri Matisse

Praying Hands (1508) Albrecht Dürer

The Creation of Adam (1508-1552) by Michelangelo

In Voluptas Mors (1951) by Salvador Dalí & Philippe Halsman

La Décalcomanie (1966) by Rene Magritte

Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) by Andy Warhol

Rage, Flower Thrower (2005) by Banksy

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Life doesn't frighten me T-Rex (1993) by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Untitled (1987) by Keith Haring

Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow (1930) by Mondrian

The Starry Night (1989) by Vincent van Gogh

The Last Supper (1495-1498) by Leonardo da Vinci

The bride (1861) by Raffaele Monti

Judith and the Head of Holofernes (1901) by Gustav Klimt

Leda atomica (1949) by Salvador Dalí

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The Son of a Man (1964) by René Magritte

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1829-1832) by Hokusai

Mona Lisa (1503) by Leonardo Da Vinci

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí (1931)

The Moon and the Stars (1902) by Alfons Mucha

The lovers (1928) by René Magritte

Madonna Sixtina (1512) by Rafael Sanzio

Twilight or Dusk or Evening Mood (1882) by William Adolphe Bouguereau

Visit Tattoofilter's artwork tattoo gallery and don’t forget to save and share your favorites!

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