Abstract Tattoos: Creating New Forms

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Abstract Tattoos: Creating New Forms

In this selection of abstract tattoos we bring together some pieces that show how you can create new forms through shapes and color.

Don't be bored to distraction! Try out abstraction! Consider for a moment this entry in the dictionary: abstract - adjective /abˈstrakt,ˈabˌstrakt/ 1. existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence."abstract concepts such as love or beauty" synonyms: theoretical, conceptual, notional, intellectual, metaphysical, ideal, philosophical, academic; rareideational aka "abstract concepts". So, when you're looking at these abstract tattoos, maybe you can appreciate them for their visual as well as conceptual beauty...the fact that an artist or client had an idea, a notion, and gave it a concrete reality using tattooing as the medium. And this is sort of what abstract artists, decades ago, were looking to do in the first place: create new forms beyond our known perspective.

Stated poetically in Wiki, "Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world." Art history had, for centuries, relied on figurative studies that were basically a reproduction of real life. However, with the invention of the camera, fine art no longer had the need for reproduction; it could now be a stylistic and conceptual choice. However many artists, including the tattooists who created these abstract tattoos, felt the need for a new way to illustrate their voices. The origins however start in the 19th century.

"By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a new kind of art which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. The sources from which individual artists drew their theoretical arguments were diverse, and reflected the social and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of Western culture at that time." This departure from reality into a new era of creative and experimental uses of color, shape, and expression are still reflected in many artists works today, including within this selection of abstract tattoos.

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