As many of you may know, Neo Traditional tattoos are heavily inspired and influence by Art Nouveau...and, truly, it's one of our favorite art movements as well...and there have been so many great Art Nouveau tattoos out there that we finally just had to round them up into this awesome selection!
These pieces range from Neo Traditional to gorgeous illustrative works inspired by the likes of Mucha and Aubrey Beardsley. But what you'll notice in all of them is a likeness to the organic grace of nature...these tattoos work so well on the body because they move with the body in perfect harmony.
If you're interested in this art movement, and Art Nouveau tattoos in particular, you may want to consider looking into the artists who are considered the pioneers of this movement. Mucha, Klimt, Kay Nielsen, Bilibin, and more were all huge supporters of this artistic aesthetic and created tons of works that still inspire us today.
Many of the pieces they created weren't just meant to be pretty, they were also meant to be of use and were created with purpose. Embracing the art world and the world of consumerism, Mucha, Klimt, and others made labels for alcoholic drinks, posters for bars or event spaces, designed tarot card decks, book covers, and so much more...Art Nouveau wasn't just meant to inhabit the walls of a gallery, it was meant to live with people in daily life...they hoped it would make our world more beautiful.
Perhaps a perfect example is Théophile Steinlen's poster of a black cat; an iconic piece "Tournée du Chat Noir" has been replicated millions of times and can be found in poster form, on kitchen towels, on umbrellas, purses...it's never ending!! Which is why it's wonderful that people still so fully resonate with this art movement: it still surrounds us, and finds its way into our lives, and onto our skin too!
If you love Art Nouveau like we do, we hope you enjoy this collection...and if you'e looking for a tattoo artist in your area to do your next tattoo, book through us! We make it easy to find inspiration, as well as a tattooist that can create the perfect piece just for you.