Biomechanical tattoos draws upon the link between humankind and machine. Coming from the words ‘bio’, referring to biology or the study of living creatures and ‘mechanical’, referring to non-organic machine objects. Each tattoo is an intricate work of art displayed on a person’s body and are generally characterized by a detailed rendering of the human form combined with machines.
Biomechanical tattoos are a new style of art with the idea starting in the early 1980s. This style of tattooing is generally considered to have been started by H.R. Geiger. He was the artist who created the aliens for the movie series Aliens. As the concepts for them evolved, the more detailed and elaborate the artwork became — these tattoos display a 3D effect that simulates an optical illusion. The intent of a biomechanical tattoo is to give the impression that the person wearing the tattoo has an underlying mechanical core. A person’s skin will appear to split open, revealing robotic parts underneath. When done properly, it can look very realistic and graphic.
Traditionally done in shades of black and grey to emphasize the metallic properties of machines, the art form continues to develop — many tattoo artists have infused colour into their work. Due to the detail of these types of tattoos, artists usually do them in sessions. You can obviously get biomechanical tattoos anywhere on your body but the more popular areas to get them done are arms and legs as well the side of your torso, down the spine or the neck.
Biomechanical expression tend to have a futuristic look and feel to the tattoo, incorporating robotics or machine parts within. Like any type of art, it will always evolve from what it started out as. Designs with the skin ripping apart to reveal animalistic imagery or an inner beast within. Other iconic imagery like superhuman or alien anatomy has been integrated into these types of tattoos, whether it’s specific to that person or just something in general.