Art crossovers can be exciting. Seeing your favorite actor star in an adaption of a book you just read makes you confident about the quality of the movie, but still intrigued on how artistic perspectives will be changed for the better or for the worst. Borrowing characters, symbols, or scenes from other creative pieces for your tattoo is no different. Tattoo artists are notorious for having to collaborate on many of the designs they work with, whether willingly or not.
With the amount of money we spend on tattoos, most of us would like for others to notice and appreciate our ink as much as we do. Using subjects from familiar works of art will help strangers spark interest in your skin.
Take “A Trip to The Moon,” a short French film by George Méliès for example. The cover artwork featured in this client’s tattoo may look somewhat familiar. It is used to represent a scene in his movie where a group of astronomers fly their aircraft straight into the eye of what is literally depicted as the man in the moon. The man in the moon is a concept that we have seen many times. This abstract idea stems from many folk tales that have taken into consideration the designs craters have created in the moon and most of these stories will allude to a human persona of the earth's luna.
Like the art used for “A Trip to The Moon,” there have been many attempts to portray what a man in the moon would look like. In fact, we see it often in current tattoo flash and designs. Finding a tattoo idea that is somewhat familiar or has had some time in pop culture’s spotlight is not only going to be attention grabbing for other’s to notice your ink, but gives you room to make the tattoo your own; whether that means altering the design or having a really abstract reasoning as to why you got the tattoo in the first place.
What other movie covers do you think would make for great tattoos?
*By Jose Carire*
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Screenshot from Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1902) VIA Wikapedia.com
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