Tattoodo did a post about Marcin Aleksander Surowiec a while back, but his surreal work is so outstanding and he is such a prolific artist that we decided it's high time we reported on his dreamlike tattoos once again. Though numerous tattoo artists are importing the long-standing tradition of surrealism into the art form, few are doing it as vibrantly as Surowiec. Check out this fantastical sample of his kaleidoscopic work.
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” - Salvador Dali
One of the most powerful aspects of surrealist art is that it can alter the way that we conventionally look at the world around us. This is the case with Surowiec's work, which frequently takes ordinary images and symbols and enhances them with surreal features. In his body art, the planet becomes a pearl, psychedelic question marks eat each other, and the starry night takes the shape of swan. He is able to blur the boundaries that define what is real, and, in doing so, challenges the human perspective.
My personal favorite tattoos by Surowiec are his busts like those in the photos above and below. Each one has its own mysterious symbolism that invites the viewer to interpret the tattoos in very open-ended ways. It's difficult, if not impossible, to definitively tell what his images like the colorfully swirling illustration of a man's profile with brain exposed or the woman's winged head plummeting through the universe mean, but they all connote something unfathomably deep and always invite wonderment on the beholder's behalf. When examining his work, my head starts to feel like the preceding insane tattoo of a matryoshka doll.
"“The imaginary is what tends to become real.” - Andre Breton
One thing that is particularly amazing about Surowiec's playful surrealism is that he has made headway in hybridizing it with other more traditional styles of tattooing. Take the mind-blowing back-piece above and the visually striking banger below for example. His take on the classic koi enhances the traditional style of Irezumi, making it more lively as well as trippy, and the way he patterns and colors mandalas is suggestive of a more hallucinatory conception of the cosmos.
I hope you found these bizarre tattoos by Surowiec stimulating as well as uncanny. As he produces more reality-altering work, we will continue to showcase it in the future. If you want to see more of his surreal illustrations right now, you can follow him on Instagram. He lives and works in Warsaw, Poland, so should you be around there and want some ink that makes others around you think about how they see the world, visit his studio.