15 Striking Van Gogh Tattoos

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Vibrant. Moving. Bold. Dramatic. It's Vincent van Gogh's artwork!

Vincent van Gogh's artwork is known the world over and heralded as an integral predecessor to what 20th century art would be. An individual tormented by frustration, mental illness, drink and incoherence van Gogh's life came to an abrupt end at the age of 37, although by then he had already created an incredible 2100 pieces of art!!! Yes, most people remember van Gogh as the artist who cut off his own ear! But he was also the artist that defined an artistic movement and paved the way for the birth of modern art!

Though I'm guessing you're asking what does van Gogh have to do with tattoos??...

Quite simply his artwork makes amazing ink! The unique style, colours and subjects provide an awesome foundation for a great tattoo. Of course it takes unbelievable skill to replicate the artwork of one of history's greatest artists but when pulled off the resulting ink is something else... truly awesome!!! Here's fifteen van Gogh tattoos that prove it.

The Starry Night was painted by van Gogh in 1889! Artist Alicia Quinby certainly captures its magic

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh! Tattoo by Alicia Quinby
The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh! Tattoo by Alicia Quinby

Not one for a backpiece? Then how about a Starry Night sleeve like this one by Timothy B Boor

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. Sleeve done by Timothy B Boor
The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. Sleeve done by Timothy B Boor

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You could even have your own personal take on the Starry Night. This ink was done by Bill at Spider Bite

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. Tattoo by Bill at Spider Bite
The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. Tattoo by Bill at Spider Bite

van Gogh painted the Starry Night while in his asylum room at Saint Remy de Provence. He admitted himself after the removal of his ear!

Van Gogh's Starry Night. Tattoo artist unknown
Van Gogh's Starry Night. Tattoo artist unknown

New York City meets Starry Night! Awesome tattoo!!

New York City meets Starry Night by Van Gogh. Artist unknown
New York City meets Starry Night by Van Gogh. Artist unknown

Sean Carey at Golden Spiral Tattoo did this incredible piece. What a way to make it his own!

Tattoo by Sean Carey
Tattoo by Sean Carey

Throughout his life van Gogh painted dozens of self-portraits. This one is done by Keith Groves

Van Gogh portrait by Keith Groves
Van Gogh portrait by Keith Groves

The final self-portraits van Gogh painted show his head from the left, the side which did not have the mutilated ear

Van Gogh portrait, aritst unknwon
Van Gogh portrait, aritst unknwon

Great piece by John 'the Dutchman'

Tattoo by John 'the Dutchman'
Tattoo by John 'the Dutchman'

Completed in July 1890 the 'Wheatfield with Crows' was one of van Gogh's final paintings. Chris Walkin nails it in this piece!!

Van Gogh's 'Wheatfield with Crows'. Tattoo by Chris Walkin
Van Gogh's 'Wheatfield with Crows'. Tattoo by Chris Walkin

The Mulberry Tree was painted by van Gogh in October 1889. Here it is by Andres at Espanol Ink

Van Gogh's "Mulburry Tree", tattoo by Andres (Espanol Ink)
Van Gogh's "Mulburry Tree", tattoo by Andres (Espanol Ink)

Perhaps one of van Gogh's more dramatic pieces 'Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette' was painted around winter 1885-86. Artist Angela Leaf recreates it perfectly!!

Tatttoo by Angela Leaf
Tatttoo by Angela Leaf

Brilliant sleeve combining two of van Gogh's best works!!

Van Gogh sleeve, artist unknown
Van Gogh sleeve, artist unknown

Here's a van Gogh painting we've all seen before. The sunflower series is arguably his most famous. Certainly looks good on skin!

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Aritst unknwon

Now we've seen how good van Gogh's art looks in ink why not go get one yourself. Better yet make it your own like this Batman Starry Night piece!

Batman feauturing Van Gogh's Starry Night, artist unknown
Batman feauturing Van Gogh's Starry Night, artist unknown

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@Robert Davies

Tattoodo Staff Writer and tattoo enthusiast. Lover of all things traditional and blackwork!

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