When it comes to tattoo selection, most people tend to go for a familiar or meaningful symbol, portrait, or phrase. Abstract tattoos are ideal for the non-conformists who seek to bring something new to the table. Abstract tattoos can be incredibly beautiful and can also have symbolic meaning, just like regular tattoos. However, their meaning is often unclear and up to interpretation--that is part of their appeal.
Abstract art is defined as “art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures” (source). Abstract tattoos, in turn, are extremely diverse and offer ample room for experimentation. They may represent familiar shapes and objects, or else appear completely detached from reality. A talented artist is capable of creating abstract tattoos that are fascinating in their individuality and complexity. They can make you look twice and puzzle over their meaning. Some abstract tattoos have no meaning at all, and are simply intended to dazzle or perplex the viewer.
If you’re in the market for a totally unique tattoo and have a penchant for modern art, an abstract tattoo may be just what you’re looking for. For inspiration, scroll down to view some of the many amazing abstract tattoo designs people have created. From small to large, simple to complex, monochrome to colorful, the range of possibilities is endless. If you’re hesitant to commit to a lifelong tattoo, try experimenting with ourtemporary freehand ink or one of our abstract semi-permanent tattoos.
The first tattoo featured below is fromour collection of temporary tattoos. This simple yet eye-catching design is an effective example of the beauty and intrigue of abstract tattoos. For even more inspiration, check out our recent post ongeometric tattoos. Geometric shapes are a common feature of abstract design and a fun way to play with abstract tattoos.