Sometimes when I browse on the internet looking for new tattoo trends or artists, I can’t help but wonder where they were when I got mine. I mean, I love my tats but, to be honest, they’re not as artistic as I’d wish. The thing is that nowadays we’re witnessing a massive increase in the number of people wanting to get a tattoo, and this might be happening either because we’ve become more open about ink or because they’ve become a trend of our generation. When I got my first one, it was such a taboo that I had to endure ridiculous lectures from random people. The good part of all this is that, as the demand increases, the quality does too, and each day new tattoo artists develop their own style to impress the world. That’s precisely the case of Aleksy Marcinow and his incredibly cool trippy tattoos.
For decades we’ve become used to hearing about LSD and its psychedelic effects. These have been described so often that somehow we all know what the tripping process is like. Well, not exactly, but you get the point. The psychedelic movement in arts tackled the experience so frequently that it’s easy to imagine more or less what the fuzz is about. As it happens with everything mainstream, the idea is so full of stereotypes that it’s become a cliché about basically every drug. In the same way, if you think about the art that loomed from the drug experience, you’ll automatically envision abstract, flowy, and multicolored images. More importantly, most of the time we associate psychedelic art with the hippie movement without analyzing its evolution or other movements that inspired it.
Marcinow’s designs are influenced as well by this style of art that attempts to portray or materialize all those things hidden in our subconscious, especially those that emerge with the help of psychotropic drugs. When you take a look at his personal Instagram where he posts his latest designs, most of the times he makes references to acid or other drug trips. Although we couldn’t state for sure that he actually makes use of these drugs, I’m kind of sure that his work is more of an artistic approach to those images rambling somewhere in our mind. It could be described as reality meeting the abstract in a conjunction of strong and deep black strokes with a colorful bright universe.
Moreover, these images show a clear organization and planning that couldn’t be as spontaneous as psychedelic art intended to be. Remember what I mentioned about the emergence of new tattoo artists in the business? The thing is that most of them are actually professional artists who have changed their paper or fabric canvas for skin, and thus we have really artistic designs. If you think about it, it’s kind of a logical career step, not only –as Marcinow mentions– due to the challenge of adapting your art into a new and completely different medium, but also because it's a way to make yourself relevant in the artistic sphere.
Aleksy Marcinow has studied fine arts since he was 13 years old, and it’s not that he just abandoned that part of his formation to become a tattoo artist. All this knowledge has enriched his tattoo work. Being good with the machine and the needles is not enough. You’re expected to develop a style that makes you unique, because that’s what clients are looking for. The same happens with art. You don’t want to get a copy of some guy who paints similar to Picasso if you could go for the original one. Fortunately, tattoos are way more affordable, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want the best. You might think that these colorful, sort of comic-like tattoos are kind of mainstream nowadays, but the truth is that Marcinow’s concepts and techniques are one of a kind.
If you want to know more about this artist and his work, take a look at his Instagram account: @aleksymarcinow
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