It’s time to retire your blurry photos from when you studied abroad in Europe 10 years ago. Instead, commemorate love of arts and culture with these famous art tattoos.
You don’t have to be an art connoisseur with a questionable amount of spare change to appreciate famous art. You just need an empty patch of skin to fill up with ink! Well, and some spare change to tip your tattoo artist. (Cheez-Its don’t really cut it.)
Whether you go classical, modern, or just plain dark, we’ve rounded up something for everyone on this list with art tattoos inspired by Picasso, Mucha, and that guy who painted like Picasso. Oh, yeah. Matisse! These tattoos will make you look instantly artsier. Wear your beret to complete the look.
25 Famous Art Tattoos
1. Banksy’s Girl with a Balloon
We’re loving this nod to the greatest graffiti artist of all time. Just make sure the girl doesn’t let the balloon float away…tattoos are expensive!
2. Picasso-inspired Faces
With this creative interpretation, you can go back and get a new one every time your mood changes. You were looking for a whole sleeve in under 24 hours, right?
3. Matisse’s Silhouette
We like this style, but instead of a human, we got a silhouette of our dogs. They’re big modern art fans.
4. DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man
We think this would be even better as a Vitruvian David Bowie or a Vitruvian Snoopy.
5. Mucha’s Ladies
Just make sure they’re not fighting over the Vitruvian man. Drama totally clogs up your pores.
6. Warhol’s Banana
As in, the fruit. Get your mind out of the gutter!
7. Van Gogh’s Starry Night
Skys in the pre-air pollution days really hit different.
8. Basquiat’s Crown
It’s a tattoo fit for a queen. Even if you’re just the queen of your couch on Saturday mornings.
9. The Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa’s eyes follow everyone who looks at this, so this tattoo will help you keep a watch over things. She actually just got a job as a bouncer down the street, so hopefully you didn’t have weekend plans.
10. The Mona Lisa Meme
Did you think that classical art needed to be serious? You know DaVinci would have loved creating his own memes.
11. Banksy’s Grim Reaper
This tattoo says, “I feel like death, but I look really cool.”
12. Georgia O’Keeffe Flowers
Life’s a garden. Dig it…and then tattoo it on your body. Add that Joe Dirt quote for the ultimate ink.
13. Keane’s Big Eyes
This one actually looks a lot like our faces when we’re told we have to attend a 9:00 am meeting on a Monday.
14. Hokusai’s Wave
Get this one to commemorate the time you thought stand up paddle boarding in the ocean would be a good idea. That wave that knocked you off the board was definitely that big.
15. Kahlo’s Two Fridas
Yeah we’d love some! Oh sorry, we thought you said two Fritos.
16. Klimt’s The Kiss
This could be us, but you’re not made of skin and ink.
17. Degas’s Dancers
The next time someone says you’re jumping to conclusions, just tell them you’re trying to help your dancer get the lead role.
18. Dali’s Melting Clock
This is how the clock looks at around 3pm when we’re on our fifth cup of office coffee.
19. Matisse’s Leaves
Nothing says “leave me alone” like a pretty bunch of leaves. At least they look pretty.
20. Pollock Abstract Expressionism
If you’re not quite ready for a real tattoo, just drop some paint all over yourself and take this one for a test run. Who says you’re too old to finger paint?
21. Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam
You can really make this one your own by switching out one of the hands for a crab claw or really anything else. That’s art, baby!
22. Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle
You can’t tell us that a group of crime fighting turtles eating pizza in matching outfits isn’t art. Make it a bestie tattoo and have your three closest friends get Leonardo, Donatello, and Rafael.
23. Picasso’s Dove of Peace
This tattoo is inspiring peace and serenity throughout our day. Just kidding, we still need that iced red eye with sweet cream cold foam.
24. Van Gogh’s Severed Ear
Van Gogh didn’t have to take this performance art to the level that he did. But hear we are.
25. Botticelli’s Birth Of Venus
If anyone confuses this famous art tattoo for being Ariel from The Little Mermaid, you can correct them. It’s clearly her sister Andrina.