Graphic Tattoos

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Russian
Zlata Kolomoyskaya · Goldy Zdone
room Manhattan American
181
Tattoos
120
likes
62
followers
Graphic
Illustrative
+1

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Turkish
Baris Yesilbasdone
room Brooklyn American · Istanbul Turkish
99
Tattoos
103
likes
41
followers
Sketch Work
Graphic
+1

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Ukrainian
Liubov Sorokadone
room Kiev Ukrainian
7
Tattoos
7
likes
1
follower
Graphic
Contemporary
+2

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South african
Jay Freestyledone
room Amsterdam Dutch
99
Tattoos
74
likes
46
followers
Watercolor
Abstract
+2

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Polish
Ola Oleszkiewicz · Pejczidone
room Warsaw Polish
2
Tattoos
3
likes
5
followers
Line Art
Illustrative
+3

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Spanish
Abel Mirandadone
room Barcelona Spanish · Brussels Belgian · Tourcoing French · Albuquerque American · West New York American · Zürich Swiss · London British · Los Angeles American · Venice Italian · Luxembourg City Luxembourger · Milan Italian · Naples Italian
31
Tattoos
13
likes
32
followers
Graphic
Geometric
+1

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French
Marlène Le Cidredone
room Paris French
17
Tattoos
9
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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Turkish
Alican Görgüdone
room Istanbul Turkish
99
Tattoos
174
likes
87
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+3

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Greek
Dimos Karagiannis · Thrashdone
room Thessaloniki Greek
13
Tattoos
1
like
7
followers
Graphic
Abstract
+1

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Turkish
Tansel Darkodone
room Istanbul Turkish
25
Tattoos
14
likes
8
followers
Graphic

Contact

Turkish
Mentat Gamzedone
room Istanbul Turkish
52
Tattoos
211
likes
106
followers
Illustrative
Graphic
+1

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Hongkongese
Olivia Wongdone
room Hong Kong
47
Tattoos
84
likes
49
followers
Illustrative
Graphic
+3

Contact

British
Mowglidone
room London British
112
Tattoos
218
likes
135
followers
Graphic

Contact

Mexican
Nancy Jehagidone
room Mexico City Mexican
15
Tattoos
11
likes
14
followers
Dotwork
Graphic
+2

Contact

Brazilian
Fernando & Priscila · La Bottega dell'Artedone
room Goiânia Brazilian
42
Tattoos
50
likes
32
followers
Graphic
Sketch Work

Contact

French
Xoïl · Loïc Lavenudone
room Lausanne Swiss
108
Tattoos
122
likes
47
followers
Graphic
Abstract
+1

Contact

Chinese
Kaiyu Huang · Normal Carreydone
room New York City American
26
Tattoos
88
likes
63
followers
Graphic
Realism

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Russian
Vlad Tokmenindone
room Moscow Russian
46
Tattoos
79
likes
32
followers
Graphic
Realism

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description

Graphic style tattoos can go from a reinvention of reality to the purest abstraction, from color to black, to childhood and street influences to watercolor and pop art. Graphic style tattoos mix photos, shapes and typography to communicate a specific and unambiguous message.

Graphic tattoos use the principles of graphic design. They can be simple or complex, and can vary in style or tone. However, they always mix images with typographical elements (or symbols representing typography) to express a clear statement, whether commercial, political, educational or cultural. Within tattooing, this can also mean the depiction of a specific story or quote, as requested by the client.

Depending on how broadly or narrowly “graphic design” is defined, many art movements can be classified within it. Some camps choose to separate design from “art,” however, arguing that any message commissioned by someone other than the artist -- whether a corporation, social group, religious order, or another person -- is fundamentally different than that of an artist expressing their own thoughts, emotions and experiences. However, given the history of fine art commissioned by religious sects and wealthy benefactors, that can also be viewed as an invalid argument. Tattoo Filter takes no formal stance in the Art vs. Design debate, but must recognize the controversy here.

The foundations of graphic design are rooted in religious books of antiquity, where calligraphy intermingled with detailed illustrations in Confucian, Muslim, Egyptian, Hindu and Christian texts. It can be argued that pictographs and hieroglyphics of prehistoric cultures were the first examples of graphic design, as the paintings were forms of communication.

Modern examples of graphic design can be found in branding, advertisements, infographics, political propaganda, maps / charts / data visualization, and the like. Taking many forms, the common thread is the intention to communicate something objective, rather than being interpretive or subjective.

Colloquially, in contemporary tattoo culture, “graphic” is sometimes used to reference anything created with a digital program, such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. However, the same results can often be achieved with analog tools, as well, so this is not the proper way to categorize the design.

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