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1curiouscat
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 8:03:50 AM

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I just saw a small trailer to a documentary that suggest the idea that tattoos should be considered a fine art.

I think it is reasonably well documented with the growing number of people with tattoos that this once "marginal" trend is now widely accepted behavior / practice.

So, Can tattoos be considered a fine art?

Personally, I think so. There are tattoo artists today that are highly credited professionals. They, not only, have an artistic gift but they also have a distinct style and signature to their work.








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crazydiamond
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 10:40:15 AM

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Definitely.
Creative, individual, well thought out tattoos can be just as beautiful as a painting, the only difference is the canvas. Most tattoo artists not only work on skin, but work in many mediums, all which involve the same skill and talent to produce.

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Bugs Artwork

He is a tattoo artist as well as a fine artist and has an amazing individual style to his work.




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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 10:46:14 AM

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while tattoos are art and many artists are very talented, i dont think tattoos themselves are 'fine' art.


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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 11:05:45 AM

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I think that tattoos can absolutely be considered fine art - although there are plenty really nasty tattoos out there as well...



Buena Vista Tattoos

Not what I would personally choose, but amazing artwork nonetheless

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crazydiamond
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 11:15:05 AM

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One is skin one is canvas.


Both produced or intended primarily for beauty rather than utility.
Both requiring highly developed techniques and skills.
Both similar subject matter.
Only the medium differs. How can one be fine art and one not be fine art?
Though as they say art is subjective.


latinfoxy
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 11:20:44 AM

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I donr think that every tattoo is a piece of art, there are pretty bad tattoos and tattoo "artist" out there but yes they can be art.

I have one small tattoo that was made by a friend that has won tattoo prices around the world he also makes incredible paintings. I consider all his work (tattoos, paintings and sculptures) to be amazing and incredible art. of course in my humble opinion mine is the best of all his creations happy8
Piquet
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 1:08:17 PM

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I agree with Crazydiamond, only the medium differs. But there are as many poor tattoos as there are poor artworks out there. I don't like too many tats eg Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox but one or two nicely designed ones can be very sexy.


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Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2011 8:34:09 PM

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Yes, I do think some tattoos can be considered fine art. I think 2Pac’s body art was an example of fine art.
Archadia
Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2011 9:35:13 PM

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Man i would love a tattoo, ive wanted a dragon for ages, but im not sure if i have either the balls or the money to actually get one :|
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Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2011 10:09:39 PM

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Yes I do. peoples tattoos tell a story about their selves and tells a story. their are pretty ugly tattoos but they are just part of a story
Simply_Susan
Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2011 10:33:00 PM

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Certainly they can be considered "art". Art itself is subjective at best anyway. I have several, all one of a kinds and all tell a story and have deep meaning behind them.Even had one entered for compitition(came in second dammit)
Granted there is some work out there that is...shall we say less appealing and lack style, but each has a meaning to the one wearing them. I cringe when someone young gets one that will probably end up being regreted later, even I have one thats it now covered up by a much better piece.


Also, Archadia....the pain is fleeting but yes, they can be a rather expensive thing to start. I dont want to think how much I have invested now, and still looking at each next one to come in time.

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CountryCutie101
Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2011 10:58:01 PM

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Yes! very. I have tattoos of my own. They represent me and my life.. Love written on my foot is in my sisters hand writing. I have 3 flying doves on my ribs under the word breathe in cursive. Breathe is relating to my sport. And the doves represent my best friends who have passed away. then i have 2 stars that are covered at all times unles during sexual play :) lol

Tattoos is amazing art. and creative. It is a deep extression of yourself and how you feel.

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beeper726
Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2011 11:01:51 PM

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I don't know about fine art but definitely art. I have several.
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 7:03:36 AM

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Art, yes.. maybe. Fine art, no. Most tattoos are never entirely seen. Many are never seen at all. If no one sees it or has access to it does it still qualify as fine art?





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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 8:15:48 AM

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I have four. My sister and I have identical butterflies, designed by me, applied by her husband. All four are visible depending on what I'm wearing. Each tat is symbolic of something in my life. I don't consider mine fine art, although I have seen some amazing art. Consider the artists canvas... living, breathing skin.
kaotik1
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 11:55:00 PM

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Some tattoo's are a form of expression while others want art. i firmly believe that a good tattoo artist that takes pride in their work will alter the design. point being is some places will look better than others. if they have done many tattoo's then they should be able to suggest the best placement. I have four tattoos myself and each has their own story behind them. So if you want to look at it as art fine by me. i could care less what others think. bottom line.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:57:59 AM

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Some tattoos can. The ones that actually have meaning behind them, that have been thought about and perfect. I think those can be considered fine art.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 1:27:46 AM

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I have tattoos ... and I love them. I believe my tattooist (Donovan) is brilliant.

But ..... I do not consider tattoos "fine art".

As we all know, the skin will be pulled by gravity ... and the 18 year old skin one day becomes the 60 year old (or in my case, the 100 year old skin) .... not as "fine art" after 80 years of washing, moisturizing, etc.

I look at "fine art" ... that stands the test of time ... and more than likely, increases in value somewhere along the line, because someone else has seen the beauty of the canvas, paper, rock, music sheet, etc etc.

playsit
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:04:12 PM

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I live in an urban environment and most of what I see is garbage. I'm sure it means something to the owner, but I don't consider it art. However, some of the tatoos displayed in this thread are different and I would consider them art. Live, change, grow
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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:10:21 PM

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No not at all. And tattoos can ruin a football program
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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:21:28 PM

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gina25 wrote:
No not at all. And tattoos can ruin a football program


Gina you must be a Buckeye fan.

Some tattoos can really be fine art. Some that are creative and done by very skilled artisans. Then again I also see a lot of bad ones.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:39:47 PM

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ArtMan wrote:


Gina you must be a Buckeye fan.

Some tattoos can really be fine art. Some that are creative and done by very skilled artisans. Then again I also see a lot of bad ones.


Haha yes sir. Born and raised in Ohio
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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:23:58 PM

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gina25 wrote:
No not at all. And tattoos can ruin a football program


You just had to bring that up, didn't you. I'm trying so hard to forget!!
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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:00:59 PM

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absolutely depending on the the tat. your average pen ink jailhouse tat not so much but the ones that take hours to do and hundreds of dollars if done by the right person can be spectacular and definitely deserve to be in a museum
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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:05:51 PM

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I have seen many tats that can pass for fine art. Some of the tattoo artists are just incredible with some of the ink they lay down.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:34:45 PM

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Tattoos in the mind of some can be considered just ink. In my mind a tattoo artist is amazing and their works should be considered fine art.
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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 6:16:22 AM

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I love to see quality tattoos. Some really are fine pieces of fine art.

I have three tattoos. The artist that did them is excellent but the tattoos themselves are not really creative, just something important to me.

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Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 12:35:21 AM

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I agree with you. I think the only reason why people in society nowadays regard them as "trashy" is because people take it to another level. If you don't cover your entire body with it, I think it's just fine. Tattoos are a neat way of expressing yourself and I'd love to get one soon. Besides, in many ancient cultures, tattoos were a way of expressing your role in society
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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2011 8:07:47 PM

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I think tattoos are a fine art. Most tattoos I think have inner meanings to the person and can describe were that
person's been through or what their life is devoted to. Even when people have tattoos they regret, at some point they wanted
it and its living proof that you are past that part of your life.
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Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 1:50:29 AM

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Piquet wrote:
I agree with Crazydiamond, only the medium differs.


Yeah, well...as much as I tend to agree with Pete and Crazy-D, let's get real here...not all tattoos fall into the category of "fine art"...

I doubt anyone would mistake these creations for something Rembrandt did...







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