Biomechanical tattoos are a new style of art that’s come about only in the past fifteen years or so. Coming from the words “bio”, referring to biology or the study of living creatures, and “mechanical”, referring to non-organic machine objects, biomechanical tattoos combine the living with the machine to make alien-like hybrids on your skin. It’s like Alien vs. Predator on your body. The human body is intertwined with robotic parts.
When done properly, biomechanical tattoos look as though they have always been a part of your body. It must be a good size for your body—the biomechanical technique is very detailed, so the area being tattooed must be large enough to showcase it all. There also must be some sort of movement within the tattoo, like you can see through your skin or your body is being attacked by some crazy mutant disease. This movement is created by layering the organic “bones” in your tattoo with other objects such as gears and other mechanical objects. Attention can be directed at certain areas of the body as shapes change and mold to the area being tattooed.
Biomechanical tattoos work well in sleeves, and they’re featured in both black & grey and color. Black & grey is the most popular of the two, though, because it allows the artist to better blend the mechanical parts of the tattoo into the human flesh. These look more realistic. Red can be used to emphasize the human parts of the tattoo, and sometimes blue shows up in wires and tubing.
The artist H.R. Giger, who created all of the aliens and robotics for the Ridley Scott-directed Alien, is probably the man most responsible for creating the biomechanical art design. After the 1979 release of the film, tattoo artists began to tattoo images taken directly from the movie. Tattoo artists like Aaron Cain and Guy Aitchison began to design their own original art inspired by Giger’s drawings, and the biomechanical tattoo was born.
Biomechanical tattoos can transform the wearer into an alien or a cyborg. New designs are also being created in which the tattoo displays animals and/or humans with mechanical and biological parts. No matter what the design, biomechanical tattoos usually require a few tattoo sessions to complete, due to the high amount of detail and, sometimes, color used in the design.
These tattoos are a great way to create a futuristic vibe on your skin. Though the trend is fairly new, biomechanical tattooing looks like it’s here to stay.