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Gothic Tattoos Designs
Unlike many other types of imagery, gothic tattoo designs isn't are not easily defined. That's because it can take on so many different forms. Before giving specific examples, it is best to explain what generally constitutes a gothic image.
Most of the time, gothic design imagery is dark - just like the hair, eye makeup and clothing of those who adhere to the gothic lifestyle. The imagery usually includes some sort of morbid feature - a gravestone, skull or cross, for instance. Oftentimes, an element of romance is added into the mix; hearts and roses are two popular examples.
Some examples of Gothic tattoo designs include cartoon-like renderings of skulls; many times, they include facial features that are reminiscent of living people. Wilted flowers are also popularly used in goth imagery; for added effect, they may be depicted atop a forlorn grave
Images of vampires are also popular, especially in light of their recent visibility in popular culture. Basically, anything that induces conflicting feelings of dread and love could possibly qualify as gothic imagery. It's easy, then, to create entirely unique illustrations and works of body art when trying to come up with tattoos and other types of design.
Gothic Images in Popular Culture.
Tim Burton - If you'd like a quick primer on what constitutes a gothic look and feel, go out and rent just about any Tim Burton film. The director has made his name by creating some of the most whimsical gothic tattoo designs and films in recent history.
Edward Scissorhands, for example, featured Johnny Depp as a decidedly gothic-looking man with scissors for hands; much heartbreak and woe ensues. However, a lot of comedy was included, too. A Nightmare Before Christmas, a claymation film, is also popularly used in gothic imagery. The Corpse Bride and Sleepy Hollow are two other top examples of Burton's decidedly dark work.
Anne Rice - From "An Interview with the Vampire" to a series of other immensely popular novels about a vampire named Lestat, Anne Rice has been adopted as the poster child of the gothic tattoo movement by many people.
Interview with the Vampire was adapted into a film that starred Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise; as impossible as it may sound, the movie actually did the book justice and was positively dripping with gothic tattoo images. Since Anne Rice lives in New Orleans, the town has been given a romantic, gothic identity as well.