The Tiny Landscapes of 2016 That Helped Us Stare Into The Distance

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The Tiny Landscapes of 2016 That Helped Us Stare Into The Distance

They may be small, but their ability to make us understand our scale in the world is huge.

There's a reason landscapes have always held power over us. The beauty of staring off into the distance and questioning our very humanity is a timeless experience. "That looks like a postcard!" We exclaim, and we mean it — we're so captivated by a sunset, by a long glance across the beach, that we can't even handle the real thing being real anymore. It looks like its own representation of itself. 


We've gathered another 2016 #TattooRoundUp for you, to enable you to stare off into the distance from wherever you are. The tiny, tiny distance. 

If you want to feel like you've been transported into a black and white movie about vacations, dig into these tiny landscapes by Amanda Piejak. Working in fine line and dot work, Piejak makes us wanna grab our keys and just drive.

Once you've reached the end of the road, you're gonna wanna go for a walk. The fresh air will do yo some good. Take a wander through Andrea Morales' incredible, soothing mountain scene. She even included a little cabin for you to rest in.

Don't worry, you didn't miss the sunset just yet. Eva Galipdede's got you. So tiny, yet so might, Galipdede's colors are vibrant and the fact that that tiny lake can reflect so well is a testament to her artistic strength. 

Marla Moon wants you to take a break from the water, though, and pass through the desert at night. This illustrative approach borders on cartoony, but it still holds up as a tight, detailed landscape with enough depth to just fall into. 

On a more simplified and abstract scale, Thomas Eckeard takes us through the atmosphere, all the way down to the ocean in this itty series. The space between each little scene gives us some nice breathing room to feel like we're floating. 

While Eckeard brings us down slowly, Adrian Bascur brings us inward. Bascur combines styles, with a sketchy, free-form outline that transforms this mountainscape right into the cosmos.

If you're a hiker as well as a swimmer, Ben Grillo has you covered. Mountains upside, ocean downside, Grillo uses triangular shapes to evoke the depths of his subjects, and the result is beautiful and classically artistic. 

Back to reality, Oozy has us glimpse over a small desert town. Detailed, black line palm trees obscure some of the scene, and the sun breaks outside of the border of the tattoo, signaling that it it hot here. 


As winter gets colder, and 2016 wraps up, we hope you feel inspired to save some moolah and get yourself to one of these locations.* Your mental health and your bod will thank you for the cozy respite, we assure you.


(*Images not to scale with real life. We recommend going to places that aren't the size of a quarter or two-dimensional.)

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