Gigerdom: H.R Giger’s influence in the tattoo world

by on May.28, 2013, under Art, Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on May 28, 2013

Gigerdom: H.R Giger’s influence in the tattoo world

Popular Swiss artist H.R. Giger has a style all his own.  His designs have made waves in the tattoo world and given rise to a whole new style of body art – biomechanical tattoos.

Biomechanical art catapulted to fame in 1979 after H.R. Giger created and designed all the aliens in the award-winning movie Alien, directed by Ridley Scott.  After the buzz generated by the film, tattoo artists the world over began offering tattoos of images taken directly from the movie.  Other artists, including Guy Aitchinson and Aaron Cain, were so inspired by Giger’s drawings that they began creating their own original art based on this new style, and thus the biomechanical tattoo was born.

Gigerdom: H.R Giger's influence in the tattoo world

Coming from two words, ‘bio’ referring to biology and living things and ‘mechanical’ referring to machines, biomechanical art is a surrealistic art form that blends elements of alien tissues or machines with human anatomy.  It represents an internal fantasy world where parts of the human body, such as the joints and bones, are swapped with metal tubes, gears, pistons circuits or wiring and then infused with muscles and tendons.

The end result is a tattoo that makes you resemble an alien hybrid or cyborg with something lurking under your skin.  Done properly, the tattoo should be realistic enough to seem like it has always been a part of your body.  The point of these tattoos is to trick the eye by appearing as natural as possible.  With this in mind, the tattoo artist has to ensure that the tattoo is placed over the correct muscles and joints and that it blends as naturally as possible with the rest of the skin.

Gigerdom: H.R Giger's influence in the tattoo world

Biomechanical tattoos are ideal for sleeves and look good both in color or black and gray.  The latter is the more favored choice, since monochrome colors are associated with machinery and look more realistic.  Sometimes blue ink may be used for the cables and wires, while red ink may be used to emphasize human tissues and muscles.

Biomechanical tattoos typically require several tattoo sessions to complete, depending on their details and designs.  Judging by their uniqueness and popularity, these tattoos will be around for a while.

About the Author: My name is Matt Dziurzynski I am an ink addicted tattoo enthusiast. I work for Tattoo.com doing all their social media. Follow my work on Facebook, Twitter and check out more blogs!

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