If you came here thinking this was going to be one of those lame articles where every tattoo looks the same, then congratulations cause you’re half right. No, but on a serious note we don’t do lame tattoos here, however, there are some similarities you might notice due to the limited suitable locations for this particular style of design. Forearms and feet are where these designs live.
Connected, symmetrical, split, these tattoos have a lot of different names, and I’m sure I forgot a few, but one thing they do have in common is that these matching designs are out of this world crazy-good. If they had a safe word, it’d be “keep going”. Enjoy.
This honeycomb design.
A particular favorite of mine, this tattoo has a mesmerizing effect to it giving each individual cell an almost lustrous appearance. Kind of like fish scales reflecting the light from the sun. (Photo: Roxx)
These Penrose triangles.
Also known as the Penrose tribar, this particular design was first drawn by Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvärd in the early 1930’s. However it wasn’t until twenty years later when a father and son duo independently came up with the same design, gave it a name, and popularized it did the Penrose triangle gain worldwide recognition. Commonly referred to as an “impossible object” for it’s seemingly endless twist, the Penrose design has also been applied to other polygons such as the pentagon, octagon, and hexagon. (Photo: Chaim Machiev)
This circle of spades.
Chaim is well known for his, well, dots to lines tattoos. Favoring black and grey inks, Chaim creates some of the most visually stunning geometric works in business. (Photo: Chaim Machlev)
This incandescent lightbulb.
Here we have a lightbulb inside a dotwork mandala tattoo. You have to appreciate the brilliant use of space that gives this mandala work a unique style of it’s own. (Photo: Sarah Herzdame)
This mandala flower.
Does the inside of this mandala piece remind anyone else of the Sarlacc from the Great Pit of Carkoon in Return of The Jedi? (Photo: Justin Tauch)
This wheel-like forearm piece.
ROXX works almost exclusively in blackwork and geometric patterns. If you’re not familiar with her work, she gives the term “blackwork” a whole new meaning. Unlike most artists, Roxx has a tendency to attract clients who are completely new to the scene. In a recent article, Roxx told GQ “My general kind of client is people who don’t have a lot of tattoos, or any at all, and then get huuuuge things.” (Photo: ROXX)
This mandala hand piece.
Another fabulous example of Sarah’s trademark spacing and dotwork. This gorgeous mandala design is complimented by the bits of light turquoise ink from the neighboring tattoos. (Photo: Tilldth Tattoo)
This red linework.
Striking in it’s color and clarity, this intricate example of intersecting lines dabbles in the spectacular and extraordinary. (Photo: Jubs Predatorjames)
This gorgeous work of art.
This symmetrical sole tattoo.
A beautiful mandala design in a very inconspicuous place. Fun fact: The sole of the foot lacks pigmentation, hair follicles, and has an unusually high concentration of sweat pores.
This is where you get a tattoo when your parents tell you that you can’t have one. Then sometime later you’re having a laugh, watching TV and decide to kick your feet up onto the table and inadvertently display your forbidden tattoo to your unsuspecting parents. (Photo: Sahar)