Is the body a canvas?
Is the body a canvas? If so, are tattoos then seen as a work of art? As an artist, and someone who has many tattoos, I would have to say yes! When people tend not to like tattoos they argue that they are trashy and that you will regret them when you are 75 because they will look awful. Will you really care what you look like when you are 75. I hope not, you should just rock what you got. Tattoos are typically thought out, skillfully done and a way of self expression. Can’t you say the same thing about art?
The tattoos that people go get that are not thought out or skillfully done are usually the ones like you see on the guy’s chest in the movie We’re the Millers that says “No Ragrets.” Is that one a piece of art work? I would have to go with no. In reality, most tattoos are sketched out by an artist before they are done and go through a process to perfect them. On paper they look decent, but on skin they turn into a wonderfully made piece of work. The artist turns your body into a canvas, just as any other artist would do with another medium. Again, with the exception of Mr. No Ragrets below, who in hind sight should have many regrets.
I think that as an artist you are constantly trying to express yourself through your work and tattoos are no different. I can say that each tattoo tells a story and even though it may not spell it out for you, has a concept behind it that tells you a little bit the person who they are in. Which to me, makes the body a canvas filled with art that tells stories about where someone has been and who they are.
Just for a few laughs, here are a few more tattoos that people should have thought a little more about.