The Gothic aesthetic has persisted for centuries, and for good reason.
Rich and mysterious and completely void of the shallow or insubstantial, gothic imagery calls to mind a time and dimension that honors a more macabre grace.
From Dracula’s castle to the pages of Edgar Allan Poe, the modern goth combines the old with the sophisticated to form an altogether unworldly impression.
Anatomical skulls, shadowy ravens & crows, and ancient symbols are just a few gothic signatures. The world of Tim Burton offers an extensive trove of inspiration, as well as the films of Bella Lugosi, while weeping angels, skeleton keys, and ghostly cameos also compliment the gothic tattoo enthusiast. Lyrics and imagery from ruling 80’s goth bands such as The Cure, Bauhus, and Depeche Mode lend an understated but undeniably cool undertone to an already enigmatic presence.
Gothic tattoos can be worn wherever the wearer prefers, and often appear as accessories themselves: a wrist cuff, portrait between the shoulder blades, and moonlit night over Sleepy Hollow all give off the eerie appearance of a second skin, a mist that follows the tattoo wearer wherever he goes.
The beauty of gothic tattoos is that, much like the color black (arguably the unofficial gothic color), they never really go out of style. On the contrary, gothic tattoos wear like a timeless and well-tailored ensemble. They are both reflective of the past and indicative of the future to come. Here is no old fashioned relic from the past; the gothic soul is light years ahead of the average man. Almost…vampiric.