Gypsy Tattoos

Gypsy Tattoos are currently very popular! I even started a watercolor project of an original, but it will need some major re-vamping, or I’ll have to start from scratch and get a clearer idea of where I want to go with it. There are so many things to consider with a gypsy tattoo.

One of the challenges with tattooing that a lot of people overlook is flow and placement. Even if you have a beautiful piece of work ready to go, where on the body is it going to sit? It’s quite a challenge to design a piece to flow correctly on the body, especially since everyone’s shapes are different.

What makes the gypsy/animal head such a great tattoo? Perhaps it’s the combination of textures: smooth skin versus fur or shiny hair versus sharp teeth. I like how the two faces are close together, human and animal. As an artist, drawing the face is one of the best parts. I love drawing eyes and creating expression from them.

Tattoo artist Herb Auerbach @ California Electric Tattoo Parlour

Tattoo artist Herb Auerbach @ California Electric Tattoo Parlour (via FuckYeahTattoos)

In this the gypsy and wolf are almost seamless. The artwork flows beautifully from the eyes of the wolf through the fur, through her hair, down the dagger into the heart. The bright blush and long lower lashes draw attention to the gypsy’s half-closed, sorrowful eyes.

Tattoo by: Eric Kuiken at Guru Tattoo in San Diego, CA

Tattoo by: Eric Kuiken at Guru Tattoo in San Diego, CA (via TattooSnob)

I love Eric’s inclusion of other popular symbols in tattooing, mainly the roses and the hourglass. Though the gypsy may seem simple enough, every artist has a different idea of how she should look. There looks to be some inspiration from Native American culture here with the face paint and feathers.

Gypsies by Kim-Anh Nguyen

Gypsies by Kim-Anh Nguyen (via her blog on blogspot)

I’m a huge fan of Kim-Ahn’s work from her thick purposeful lines to her rich color work. She draws a lot of old-school and sailor style tattoos. She puts so much effort into every piece she does that it doesn’t really matter what she draws, I love it all. She also sells paintings and prints. Awesome and inspiring!

"A Whore in Wolf's Clothing" by Amy Victoria Savage, at Jayne Doe, Hornchurch, Essex, UK

"A Whore in Wolf's Clothing" by Amy Victoria Savage, at Jayne Doe, Hornchurch, Essex, UK (via Reddit)

This is a bit of a twist on the wolf-head trend that I really dig. It’s great to see artists draw inspiration from a trend and really make it their own.

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