What is Trash Polka tattoo style?
The Trash Polka tattoo style is an aggressive but incredibly high-quality style of protest, absurdity, and provocation. It was “born” from photographs, newspaper clippings, and collages. This “trash” served as a basis for German tattoo artists Simon Puff and Volko Merschky. The name “polka” indicates their interests in Gypsy and German folklore. Trash Polka tattoos are filled with something unusual, where realism borders on fantasy.
The Coolest Trash Polka Tattoos
The withering is one of the main themes of Trash Polka style, which is not characterized by melancholy. It is rather a rebelliousness and insolence that are presented through bright, bold and sometimes vulgar pictures. The Trash Polka tattoo aims at showing:
- protest to society;
- derision of celebrities;
- the unacceptability of commonness and monotony.
Trash Polka tattoo designs exist on the notion of chaos and death, thus, the common patterns include:
- The skull – is a famous symbol of death and danger. The trash polka offers horrifying options with an image, which brings gloom and despair.
- The faces (bloodied face; half-rotten face; face without eyes) of ordinary people or celebrities are depicted in unexpected ways. A bright accent on the details (lips, eyes or ornaments) makes the drawing impressive.
- The clock tattoo is in great demand. A conventional tattoo symbolizes time transience, while this image in trash polka can denote the moment that a person wants to remember or stop. It is frequently inked with birds or broken dial.
- The game of dice – is a game, in which the winning gives life and the loss leads to death. On the one hand, death brings its owner evil but on the other – the opportunity to become lucky, transforming into a talisman against failure.
Trash Polka Art Tattoo on the Chest
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One of the main things when it comes to Trash Polka art is that the elements of a tattoo don’t necessarily relate to each other. There might be a black flower with expressive splashes of black and red ink all around and a piece of newspaper that looks as if be ripped out to be used as part of a tattoo composition. Trash Polka tattoos aren’t about logic and consistency, it’s about the expression of feelings through the tattoo. The more you look at a particular Trash Polka tattoo design, the more detail you get to notice in it.
As for the placement, the chest seems to be just perfect for a lot of Trash Polka tattoo designs. Why this part of the body? Well, to start with, the chest gives quite a few options in terms of tattoo design. Besides, a tattoo artist has got a lot of space to work with. And as we were saying, space is important since in the majority of cases Trash Polka tattoos have to be quite big to fit all the different elements in one piece.
Trash Polka Skull Tattoo
Being one of the most tattooed designs, a skull is a perfect choice if you want to go with Trash Polka style. Eerie, brutal and terrifying, the skull is exactly what a Trash Polka tattoo needs. You can also add quotes or just words that are important for you. As well as that, a few chaotically thrown splashes of bright red and bold black ink will only complement your skull tattoos. Needless to say that in terms of Trash Polka tattoo style, the images of the skull should look as realistic as it is possible. So you have to be ready to wear quite a frightening image on your body for the rest of your life. Take this into consideration while figuring out what design is better to opt to.
Possible Trash Polka Tattoo Designs
The Trash Polka is a unique technique in tattooing that combines the features of many styles, being the closest to realism. The smears of paint, stains and streaks look particularly penetratingly in these sketches. The color spectrum permits the use of two colors – black and red (that’s why Trash Polka is often called black and red tattoo style). The first becomes the basis for a tattoo, whilst the second occurs as an additional one, symbolizing blood.
This style is often called “crappy” and “faddy” due to dissociative images that can be blended in one work. Among the motives that are chosen for the Trash Polka tattoos, the most popular are:
- aggressive, wild animals (wolves, bears, lion, fox, etc.);
- birds (black crows, raven, owl, eagle);
- flowers (rose);
- death with a scythe.
Cool Trash Polka Tattoo Ideas
We know how hard it is sometimes to decide for a tattoo design especially if there are so many of them out there. It’s only up to you to decide whether you want to go for a Trash Polka tattoo or not. Yes, trends come and go. This is particularly true when it comes to the tattoo industry. And since Trash Polka is a comparatively new style, it may occur to you that it may go into oblivion soon. However, the last couple of years prove that it won’t happen. Trash Polka is growing in popularity more and more. Quite a few tattoo artists who have been into other styles want to add this style to the list of those they can do. Why? Because there’s a great demand on Trash Polka these days. All of this shows you that you won’t look weird in a few years with your Trash Polka tattoo. That’s what we know for sure. And to make the choice of a possible tattoo design, we have collected a lot of interesting Trash Polka tattoo ideas.
Trash Polka Sleeve Ideas
The chances are you won’t find a Trash Polka tattoo that will be small. All tattoo designs are quite big in size often covering the full sleeve. As for the latter, just look how badass Trash Polka tattoo sleeves look. The splashes of red and black along with unusual realistic and surrealistic images catch the eye for sure. If you are ready to go big, give Trash Polka sleeve a try. And the best part is, there are literally thousands of possible designs to choose from. Moreover, you can ask your tattoo artist to come up with something unique, something that only you will have. Trust us, uniqueness isn’t a problem for Trash Polka.
Tattoos by the Best Trash Polka Tattoo Artists
Truth to be told, if you want to get the true Trash Polka tattoo, you can get one only in the Buena Vista Tattoo Club shop, where this style originated. However, since the style was widely spread, you can find a lot of artists who work in this style. This means that it is possible to have a Trash Polka tattoo done in the US as well as in other European countries (not only in Germany). Moreover, new artists who choose Trash Polka to be their style can add some new cool features to it, which means your tattoo can be a unique piece of art.
While classic Trash Polka tattoos contain only black, white and red colors (such a combination has already become the trademark of this tattoo style), you can go for a bit unusual mix of colors. What do you think of Trash Polka tattoos not with red, but with blue color? The combination of blue and black in Trash Polka is the whole new level and, perhaps, can be called the whole new tattoo style. Though the expressionism hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s still here.