Question: What's The Secret to Creating Fantastic Steampunk Tattoo
If you're a tattoo enthusiast and like to display your own sense of originality
and artistic expression then you should be prepared to be amazed by an extraordinary new
bodyart...Steampunk Tattoo Designs! Although most people have never heard of them, steampunk
culture is sophisticated and respectful and has already influenced everything from product design to fine art
and fashion, and now it's rapidly making it's way onto peoples skin!
So, I hear you ask...What the hell is steampunk? We'll depending on who you ask or what you read, steampunk can
be best described as the aesthetics of the Victorian and Edwardian periods coupled with science fiction
anachronisms - A loving, deconstructionist retrospective of early industrial technologies.
If you can imagine a world seen through the eyes of the classic authors; Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the
Sea), H. G. Wells (The Time Machine) and William Gibson & Bruce Sterling (The Difference Engine) you will
encounter a land of steam fueled vehicles of steel in extraordinary configurations, mechanical computers and
surreal, electro-mechanical contraptions. You will discover that some or all of these elements combine to
create Steampunk Tattoo Designs.
Those who have fallen in love with this fantastical world of imaginary images of strange
contraptions, gears, rivets and clocks are now using their creative juices to create some of the most unusual and
unique Steampunk Tattoo Designs seen today.
The Six Basic
Elements of Steampunk Tattoo Designs
1) Victorian and Edwardian Design Elements in Steampunk
Tattoos: Alternatively known as Neo-Victorian, you will not be able to design a steampunk tattoo
design without reflecting on the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Neo-Victorian is an aesthetic movement which
amalgamates Victorian and Edwardian aesthetic sensibilities with modern principles and technologies
There are a number of elements from these periods that work well with steampunk tattoo designs, they include;
steamships, timepieces, parasols, radios, steel structures, bicycles, light bulbs, motor cars, aeroplanes, goggles,
typewriters and any type of steam-powered machinery. It is for you to discover how creative you can become
combining old and modern technology.
2) Wheels, Levers, Keys, Cogs and Gears: The inner
workings of the traditional timepiece and the key are undoubtedly the most recognizable of the steampunk
icons, these represent not only the steampunk love of deconstructing tangible, textural technology but
focus on time which is a major theme of steampunk art and literature. Incorporating these design elements
into a steampunk tattoo design provides the perfect platform from which to create your own 'unique'
3) Steam Fueled Vehicles, Mechanical Computers & Electro-Mechanical Contraptions: The
steampunk enthusiast loves everything to do with early-industrialised technology and it's 'over-the-top'
mechanisms and structures. It does not matter if your steampunk tattoo design is based on antediluvian
machinery or a combination of science fiction and elements of fantasy. Some of the most popular forms include
dirigibles, steam trains, diving bells/submarines, flying cars, robots, time machines or any other fantastical
4) Iron, Copper and Brass: In keeping with the Victorian mad
scientist theme incorporating such items as large metallic textural objects and smaller things like
wheels, pistons and tubes are fundamental to the steampunk design philosophy. That said, steampunk styling
does not have to be primarily from the Victorian era, some like to combine the modern era, using today's
designs and materials, with early industrial technologies. Steampunks recognized metallic elements of
iron, copper and brass are common features, both for period-accurate pieces and modern day steampunk
5) Steampunk Textural Elements: Steampunk tattoo designs do not always have to comprise solely
of metallic or mechanical contraptions as there is another side to steampunk tattoo designs using textural
elements, These elements include items such as corsets, fascinators/tophats, lace, belts, ribbon and
True steampunk aficionados believe that steampunk design should always combine some degree of textural elements
mixed with early-industrialised technology or fantastical inventions. For more steampunk ideas check out some
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6) Selecting Colors for Steampunk Tattoos: Color can make or
break the look of a tattoo and there are a number of people who have developed the mistaken impression
that steampunk tattoo designs cannot have color (that it must be some kind of monochrome, like grayscale
or brown). Do not listen to this nonsense.
Most people researching traditional steampunk fashion are drawn to the largely monochromatic status of
photography during the Victorian era and ignore the vast amount of paintings and colored drawings that were
produced around the same time. The truth is Victorians and Edwardian's were color-loving people and there is no
reason why your steampunk tattoo design should not represent their vibrant nature.
Editors Note; There are some that wish to project part-man,
part-machine in their steampunk tattoo design via the appearance of torn skin mistakenly revealing the
clockwork components within. Although these designs incorporate mechanical components they are not true
'steampunk' but fall into the Biomechanical Tattoo category.
There is one thing that steampunk and biomechanical tattoos have in common and that is in the complexity of
their designs, so it goes without saying that none but the most talented of tattoo artists can truly replicate
the spirit and passion of the Steampunk culture.
It is incredibly important to the end result that your tattoo artist has the skills and experience to replicte
your design, Remember tattoo mistakes are
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