Street Art-Inspired Tatoos

Xavier in Tattoo Ideas

You can call the way of tattooing as a graffiti to the body. Like tattoos, street art doesn't fit in everyone's aesthetics.

What's vandalism to one, is a piece of art to another. And taking the art from the streets to the skin is a great way to expand art from the confinements of the urban settings. If you're going to vandalize your temple anyway, why not stir things up a bit and take that Blek le Rat down in a canvass that only death can demolish.

Some cool StreetArt
Some cool #StreetArt

Street art and tattoos have a lot in common. Aside from being the object of displeasure among the artistically ignorant, they are both forms of public art. Both are also against what is usually considered as norm and yet, they're going strong and riding the waves of whatever the hands of their makers can dream of. The world of art is only as big as the artists's mind, body and soul.

Sheffield Street Art
Sheffield Street Art

While tattooing has been climbing rapidly onto the mainstream terrain, the same cannot be said with street art. Although both has seen some radical metamorphosis in the present day, due to the rocky nature of street art, there are still many who get arrested each year compared to all the losers who can afford tattoo guns and think they can do without proper training.

sticker graffiti art in NYC
sticker graffiti art in NYC

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I admit that I've dipped my fingers in street art now and then, out of curiosity. I've done my bit of stickerbombing and installation art and I have to say that it's a nice deviation from the usual pen and paper and ink. Street art makes you feel a whole new different thing in a wider perspective because it gives you the unofficial access of the world as your playground.

by Banksy
by Banksy

And as for legalities, it's difficult to say for now because the Copyright Act regarding street art is still in debate. But the rule of thumb with art and basically, a no-brainer is you don't take credit from some thing you didn't fu**ing do. If you're a tattoo artist recreating a street art into tattoo, it should be already given that you mention the artist your client took inspiration from. Not every street artist is Banksy, whose art these days almost needs no introduction in the community.

We are showing love to street art through these dope tattoos.

Let's start with the basics: paint cans.

by prisma of Buenos Aires, Argentina
by prisma of Buenos Aires, Argentina
by richiecustomink
by richiecustomink
by Greg Dorman
by Greg Dorman
by pullthepinout
by pullthepinout
by mgibsontattoo
by mgibsontattoo
by Andrew John Smith
by Andrew John Smith
by Simon Lester
by Simon Lester
by rab of Earl of Pigment Tattoo
by rab of Earl of Pigment Tattoo
by spendlotattoo
by spendlotattoo
by suscitotattoo
by suscitotattoo
by Sean Marsh
by Sean Marsh
by Oliver John Christopher Sims
by Oliver John Christopher Sims

The scenes depicting the life and nights of a street artist.

by Andrew John Smith
by Andrew John Smith
by Andrew John Smith
by Andrew John Smith
by Andrew John Smith
by Andrew John Smith
by Milo Alfring
by Milo Alfring
by Wendel Sena EPerro
by Wendel Sena EPerro

Check out these handstyles

by Gene Parmisan
by Gene Parmisan
Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.
by Troy Slater
by Troy Slater
by Miguel of Zebra Tattoo & Body Piercing
by Miguel of Zebra Tattoo & Body Piercing
by rattymatty
by rattymatty
by Max Councill
by Max Councill
A KKADE | Schwarzmaler original, tattooed by Stigma One
A KKADE | Schwarzmaler original, tattooed by Stigma One

And these gorgeous calligraffiti

by spider of Showroom Tattoo
by spider of Showroom Tattoo
by Sini Ariell
by Sini Ariell
by rew_lokazo
by rew_lokazo

Straight from the walls of the cities

A Bansky original, tattooed by Sandro Secchin Simão
A Bansky original, tattooed by Sandro Secchin Simão

Showcasing street art's finest

A Banksy original, tattooed by Poby
A Banksy original, tattooed by Poby
An alecmonopoly original, tattooed by Al Garcia
An alecmonopoly original, tattooed by Al Garcia
Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
A Banksy original, tattooed by John Mcdermott
A Banksy original, tattooed by John Mcdermott
A Banksy original, tattooed by Brycen Sullivan
A Banksy original, tattooed by Brycen Sullivan
by Simon Diamant Silfverberg
by Simon Diamant Silfverberg
A GATS original
A GATS original
by Ryan "The Scientist" Smith
by Ryan "The Scientist" Smith

Custom street art-inspired pieces

by Victor Herrero
by Victor Herrero
done at Giahi Tattoo & Piercing
done at Giahi Tattoo & Piercing
Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.

Almost as if they're straight out of the street of the hoods

Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.
by Szejn Szejnowski
by Szejn Szejnowski
by Chris Libby
by Chris Libby
by Max Councill
by Max Councill
by Reg Spoonman
by Reg Spoonman
by penshopren
by penshopren
by Blake Blame
by Blake Blame
by Gene Parmisan
by Gene Parmisan
by kiddo Ink at Ase One Tattoo Shop
by kiddo Ink at Ase One Tattoo Shop
by StacIE Becker
by StacIE Becker
by Fritz of Gulf Coast Pro Tattoo in Panama City
by Fritz of Gulf Coast Pro Tattoo in Panama City
by KingNews of Pachuco Tattoo in Sta Maria, CA
by KingNews of Pachuco Tattoo in Sta Maria, CA

Mamma Mia.

And don't forget these sleeves!

by Matt Stevens
by Matt Stevens
by Michael Barch.
by Michael Barch.
by Michael Barch.
by Michael Barch.
by Michael Barch.
by Michael Barch.
by Szejn Szejnowski
by Szejn Szejnowski
by Szejn Szejnowski
by Szejn Szejnowski
by Daniel Fernández
by Daniel Fernández
by Mr.oger
by Mr.oger
by Jack Douglas
by Jack Douglas

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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