Exploring the Dark Side of the Moon Tattoo
While travelling to Chicago, I had the pleasure of meeting my friend and fellow artist, Travis. We were on the road for a couple weeks, dodging rain storms and hail storms to get there. Before even getting to our hotel in downtown Chicago, we were greeted by a long line of people waiting to get tattoos at his studio. After waiting for about 30 minutes, it was our turn. We fell into a conversation about tattoos and how I wanted to get a dark side tattoo, but couldn’t decide what it was. As we talked more, Travis gave me some advice on what the tattoo might be. I liked the idea immediately, but there was something he said that stuck with me. It all clicked together as I tried to form a thought about my tattoo.
I wanted a tattoo that represented a change in someone’s life, so I chose the moon. The moon is full at the beginning of our lives and during our adolescence, then it is on its way down and will be falling soon at the end of our lives. I wanted to have the moon coming back up again on a spring day, so that it was going to be an uphill battle. I thought it could represent the change of my life and the “dark side” of life, which everyone has in their lives.
The New Face of a Moon Tattoo
One of the most common themes for a dark side tattoo is that of an open head. More often than not, these tattoos will show the brain removed from the skull. The tattooed skin could have a texture to it or which can make it look like a real human head. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an instance of a 3D moon tattoo, but that idea is pretty cool. Sometimes the negative space of a tattoo is just as interesting as what’s in it.
Some tattoos show the full moon with a smiling face, like in this case:
Tattoos Gone Bad; The Dark Side Of The Moon’s History
Often times what we see today as a dark side of the moon tattoo is nothing like the original concept. To show you what I mean: there are no references to Pink Floyd or “The Dark Side of The Moon” in this tattoo that was done in 2002 by artist Jeff Gogue. The only thing funny here is that it is a total rip off of a Pink Floyd album. The fact of the matter is that this trendiest of tattoos is almost always done in black and white. Because of the first artist’s popularity, however, they were doing it in grayscale much earlier than most tattoo artists.
Click the link below to show the original article along with pictures of the tattoo that went wrong.
Title:Tattoos Gone Bad; The Dark Side Of The Moon’s History [ARTICLE END]
Nowadays, if you are not going to copy it exactly, chances are you will only be copying it enough to get away with it. That is not a bad thing and in fact is probably what makes tattoos go viral on the internet and get noticed by more people. Most of the time, you will find many basic elements at the very least (mostly black and white), but they are all different enough to stand out from all of the other generic black and white tattoos out there.