At the forefront of tattooing, the modern pictorial tattoo brings together a community of “marginalized among the marginalized”.
Often misunderstood by the general public but also by some of the tattoo professionals, the modern pictorial style is an atypical style par excellence.
Forming a truly heterogeneous community, the followers of this style have in common their passion and their attachment for the Fine Arts.
Often coming from an artistic training, tattooists of the modern Pictorial Tattoo like to make their creations unique and emblematic. They like to appreciate the fact that their works are unique enough not to be copied (unlike the flash technique and tattoos that go around the world).
From the origin of the modern pictorial tattoo
The paternity of this style should be sought by the tattoo artist Ed Hardy who in the ’70s created “creations full of colors with minute details”.
Following this, a large generation of tattooists have recognized themselves in this new style as evidenced by the works of tattoo artist Ran Maclurkin, whose irregular shapes recall the universe of Tim Burton’s films.
What defines modern pictorial tattoo?
Although it is one of the most heterogeneous styles, modern Pictorial Tattoo is characterized by straight lines, sharp angles, color scrolls to the detriment of classic tattoo codes such as thick contours or shimmering colors.
These artists are also largely inspired by picturesque movements such as Cubism or Impressionism.
The well-known BUGS is thus one of the standard bearer of this current of the tattoo with the invention of its particular style making reference largely to cubism.
Another example: Loïc Lavenu, whose style could certainly have seduced Andy Warhol. This former DJ uses the Internet extensively to build up unique databases and in relation to the expectations of its customers.
“I go on the Internet, I download everything I find around the theme in question and I create a picture bank. I work with all this content, I get inspired and finally, I use four to twenty images among my selection to produce a piece to meet the customer’s request. “