20 Amazing Artist-Inspired Tattoos


[Editor’s note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we’re revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published February 16, 2011.] If we’re being honest, most of us will never own a work of art by a famous artist. And while back in college, it might have been okay to pay homage to one of the greats with a poster print from the museum, these days when it comes to the artwork that hangs on our walls, we tend to opt for original pieces by emerging (read: more affordable) talents. A few enterprising souls have found a way to sidestep the issue completely by displaying famous works of art directly on their bodies. Click through for some of our favorite examples, and if you happen to have an art-inspired tattoo, be sure to tell us about it in the comments.

Andy Warhol [via]

Banksy [via]

Chuck Close [via]

Edgar Degas [via]

Frida Kahlo [via]

Georgia O’Keeffe [via]

Gustav Klimt [via]

Jean-Michel Basquiat [via]

Joan Miro [via]

Jenny Holzer [via]

Kara Walker [via]

Keith Haring [via]

Kiki Smith [via]

Marcel Duchamp [via]

Pablo Picasso [via]

Piet Mondrian [via]

Roy Lichenstein [via]

Salvador Dali [via]

Shepard Fairey [via]

Vincent Van Gogh [via]

Yoshitomo Nara [via]