Tattoos: the new trends of miniatures, lettering and abstract designs

Continuous line designs, fluorescent colors, optical illusions that look in relief on the skin and tireless geometric patterns (even with cross-stitch). Fashion knows no crisis, but the creativity of tattooers evolves. Here are the new trend in view of the Milan Tattoo Convention 2016 February 5 to 7

Tattow “. A corruption onomatopoeia of the noise of tapped on the needle pierce the skin to wood. So writes about his travel diary the English Captain James Cook, the first European landed in Tahiti in 1769. Four centuries are passed, but, on the art to carve skin’s been with the ink, we can say anything unless he has stopped to fascinate mankind. From February 5 to 7, at Ata Quark Hotel in Milan, the three hundred best tattoo artists in the world will compete in rounds of machines (and trends) in the 21st edition of the Tattoo Convention. A three-day, cross the ancient custom of the peoples, will reveal the evolution into a true form of contemporary art. That knows no crisis: Italians with the tattooed skin are more than three million and the turnover is worth about 100 million euro.

Higher Institute of Health survey estimation says about seven million Italian tattooed, or 12.8% of the population aged 12 years and older. And the phenomenon has taken such dimensions as to push the Italian Institute that check inflation (Istat) to indent the item ‘tattoos’ in its basket, growing among the first items of expenditure of the Italians. A few more numbers: the first drawing on the body makes to 25 years, although the most tattooed are aged between 35 and 44 years of age (29.9%).


What at the time it seemed a novelty in the eyes of the explorer English, was actually a long millennia. In Samoa and Tahiti’s tattoos was a social ritual demonstration of strength and courage: the “pe’a” lasted five days of tattooing with a shell sharpened all over the body. Those who survived the pain was elected courage icon of the tribe. In New Zealand, the “moko”, Maori facial tattoos (the most copied and widespread of all 90s) identified the family coming and the territories in possession of every member of the village. From here is born precisely the tendency of “tribal”, that family very marked abstract fantasies and fill with black. The religious significance of the long series of popular animals, however, with a jump in the West, between the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians devotees to zoomorphic deities: tattoo bull, cat, birds and fish was equivalent to a prayer.


Among Google topped researches, there is also another ancient line of tattoos. Those born in Japan, refined for textures and patterns. Historically, only the high social ranks could wear ornate kimonos (fantasies represented the quality of the spirit: the carp was a symbol of strength and perseverance, the lion courage, etc.). The lower classes so they found a solution: hidden under clothing, here is spread huge tattoos, also extended from the neck to the knees, a very personal symbol of social revenge. In 1870, the government declared the tattoo practice illegal and subversive. The Yakuza, the Japanese mafia, he immediately made his symbol.

The tattoo ban has also been seen in the West. With the ancient Romans, who firmly believed in the purity of the human body created in the image of God. The tattoo was considered a tool for branding criminals (in front) and slaves (with the initials of the owner). Rather appreciated by the soldiers, who saw them on their skin of the warring British enemies (some started tattooing the name of the emperor as a symbol of strength) were prohibited throughout the Roman Empire before Constantine in 325 A.D. and then again in 787 A.D. by Adriano Pope. The taboo, since then, has lasted centuries. The tattoo disappeared from Europe for a long time, going back to the fore only through the breath of the new world charm found with the ‘700 explorations. Early discovery also appreciated by Tsar Nicholas II and Sir Winston Churchill.

Tattoos equals criminal. The link between ink on the body and moral degeneration was put on paper by the Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso in 1876. In his essay “Criminal man”, he described the tattoo as a regression to primitive and wild, with lots of aesthetic signs classification.

But, while in Italy, in the wake of his criticism, not born shops dedicated until the end of the 70s, in America, sailors, war veterans, criminals and prisoners gave way to a rebirth of tattoo sub-movement with that front called today’s “old school”: roses, daggers, hearts, pin ups, mermaids, ships, anchors. The bikers and punks then did the rest.


Employees in the sector write ( that 2015 was a year of spectacular tattoos, with the development of techniques and styles considered impossible until a decade ago. Artists continue to challenge the limits of what you can do on the human skin. And, by new entry and great confirmations, here are 8 tattoo trend coming.


• The tattoo new school: all those who are inspired by the traditional Maori tattoo and Japanese but exasperating features, with thick lines and very intense and bright colors, a tribute to the exuberance of the years of the social networks. This is the case, among the last, new “Hyper Vibrant tattoos” born in Vancouver, both saturated and bright as to appear fluorescent.


• The minimalistic Tattoos: are microscopic version of the most important figures of the old America. Hearts, treble hooks, little characters. Revised and reinterpreted in all cartoon new generation versions, of course.


Single Line Tattoos: tribal and maxi lines goodbye. One of the greatest upward trend is executing single line tattoos and continues. Extremely difficult, just to really skillful hands. Including in the current there are also the timeless lettiring, ever smaller, minimal and “sliding”, without breaks, and, very richiestim so-called “Cityscape Tattoos“, the skyline of palaces and architecture of the city of the heart.

Cubism Tattoos: tributes to the skin in the style of Pablo Picasso’s painting style became a tattoo in great growth. This technique plays with color blocks to create spectacular portraits of animals and flowers. that although unisex, like a lot to women.


Surrealism Tattoos: other pictorial current, another trend. From classical art movement it was born a style of tattoo effect oil painting, gouache or watercolor. Soft and romantic as if they were made with a brush.

Optical Illusions: they are those that challenge the senses and seem to “break away” from the skin, as in relief, ready to take flight in 3D.


Geometric Tattoos: the most popular on social, have fantasies played on repetitions of geometric elements for fantasy and location on the skin. Among the most popular news, “pixel tattoos” of Turkish tattoo artist Eva Krbdk, who transformed the art of cross-stitch “embroidery” on the skin.

Double Exposure Tattoo: namely, two designs in one. One basic, very nuanced, gray, and a second more saturated and star above, in black. A world exclusive (very complicated) of the tattoo artist Bang Bang, known to defy the laws of tattoo.

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