Tattoos are a type of visual art so they use every means of expression known to the art world. In this sense, pattern tattoos are no exception.
Beautiful and balanced, pattern tattoos are like endless sequences of harmonic elements.
Pattern tattoos – a lesson in history
Art has been utilising patterns since Ancient Greco-Roman times. People found the beauty the repeating ornaments long ago and first started using them in mural paintings and ceramic tiles. In later centuries patterns began appearing in rug designs and canvas paintings.
Both nature and geometry are inspiring artists to design patterns. You’ve surely seen numerous patterns like decorative leaves or stylized floral elements. Tattoos with patterns have appeared quite later. Especially when we have in mind all these centuries of decorative art. However, they still look more than marvelous.
The essence of patterns
A pattern is a complex structure of rhythmically arranged visual elements. They can borrow real life images or be built of completely abstract shapes. Some designs are more abstract or involve optical illusions. Most of the pattern-based tattoo works are using geometric shapes and ornaments. Lines, plain shading, dots and meticulous details are the signature “moves” of pattern tattoo artists.
The difference between pattern tattoos and geometric pieces
The line between entirely geometric designs and pattern tattoos is thin. While many geometric tattoos include patterns not all pattern tattoos are geometric. Contemporary tattoo art is a beautiful mixture of both geometry and rhythm. In the superb examples which we selected, you will find popular tattoo elements like the mandala or the Flower of life patterns. You will also spot the hexagon – another of the widest used shapes.
We hope we caught your attention with these stunning designs. If you’re already considering getting a pattern tattoo definitely check out these two artists:
Nissaco – the master of super detailed sleeves.
His insane sets of dots and lines are breath taking.
Lewisink – a black ink lover from Paris
He is a true admirer of large scale pieces. Lewisink often uses optical illusions and bold flat spaces of ink.