40 Tattoos Inspired By Engravings And Etchings
Have you already see one of those tattoos inspired by old engravings and etchings ?
Close to linework and dotwork, they are making mysterious and elegant statement tattoos. Often esoteric or coldly scientific, engraving and etching tattoos are inspired by old religious and scientific books, illustrations from classic children’s literature but also tarot cards. Mostly made of outlines (and thus, painful!) they are very intricate.
You may just enjoy the dark vintage style or may be a little more curious about their origins. Want to see some bizarre yet beautiful tattoos ? Skip the text below. But if you are craving for some history of art, that one is for you…
Ever wondered how art lovers and young artists could access the work of the masters before internet ? With engravings and etchings. This artistic technique allowed to reproduce and distribute the greatest paintings, at a time when photography didn’t exist and travelling wasn’t so easy. Art, but also sciences, education and of course, religion. A real tool to open minds and give inspiration.
But, what is it ? Engraving is a process similar to those of an ink stamp. The artist is making a sketch and then carve it into an hard material, wood, stone or steel. Then, he inks it and presses it on a sheet of paper to make a print. The method can be done again and again, generating thousands of prints. Prints are also called engravings, just like the process.
Depending on the material engraved and the way of engraving (engravings are made with a graver and etchings with some acid), the designs would vary in style and complexity. Woodcuts are more dark, with simple bold lines, while steel and stone engravings would have lines of different thickness and shades. Let’s quote some of the most famous engravers : Albrecht Dürer, Gustave Doré, Rembrandt, Francisco de Goya, Jacques Callot and Hokusai. Contemporary artists still use the technique, and many tattoo artists are fascinated by it, for example, Maud Dardeau, Brucius and Ottorino d’Ambra.
But enough explanations, let’s enjoy a collection of 40 fascinating tattoos inspired by old engravings and etchings…