Tattoos have evolved from being the emblem of convicts and sailors and are now a formidable fashion statement for everyone else. For those looking to take their tattoo hobby to the next level, they can try one of these stellar back tattoos.
The emerging trend is not to simply get a normie tattoo, it's to engage your geometric juices and get one with shapes to it.
While tattooing in general is an artform, these types of tattoos are taking art to the next level. Talk about precision, finding the right artist is difficult enough when you're not in need of geometric shapes. Finding one who can make everything even across your back is next to impossible.
Perfection meets symmetry, and it's a difficult line to straddle.
A great place to look to tattoo inspiration is on Instagram. There you can find the skills of artists like Denizhan Ozkr of Turkey.
Or Ivan Hack of Russia.
Like that Kremlin-looking building creation?
Another geometric master is Roxx of the United States.
Inspiration for back tattoos may have come as early as the 1800's in Japan, or sooner. The word tattoo itself has roots in the Polynesian word tatau, meaning "to write." The first reference to the word appears in the journal of Joseph Banks in the late 1700's while aboard Captain Cook's ship the HMS Endeavour: "I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humour or disposition."
In Japan, the word irezumi means "insertion of ink" and can mean tattoos using tebori, a traditional Japanese hand method, or a Western-style machine. In 1900, Ling Roth described four methods of skin marking and suggested they be differentiated under names like "tatu," "moko," "cicatrix," and "keloid."
In the States, the American Academy of Dermatology distinguishes five types of tattoos: traumatic tattoos (also called natural tattoos, possibly caused by injuries), amateur tattoos, professional tattoos, cosmetic tattoos, and medical tattoos.
Throughout the mid 19th century, tattoo artists were in high demand in port cities for sailors and soldiers both of American and European descent. The first recorded professional tattoo artists in the United States was a German immigrant named Martin Hildebrandt. His shop in New York City opened in 1846 and became a go-to for soldiers during the American Civil War. It appealed to members of both the Union and Confederate militaries.
This trend would slowly become embraced by the general population to this day.