Street art and tattoos are some of the greatest human artistic expressions and they may also be the oldest. They have existed for centuries, as scrawls on the walls of Roman baths and tribal tattoos that mark coming-of-age ceremonies and personal achievements. It is only in the last few decades that street art and tattoos have evolved so much, overcoming the prejudices and difficulties encountered over time.

These two rebellious genres have taken on distinct style characteristics that set them apart from other art forms, becoming representative forms of expression in the urban subculture.
Having so much in common and intersecting along their tumultuos history so many times, it was impossible not to influence each other. Often, the two were combined, finding common inspiration sources with spectacular visual results.

There are many examples of tattoos inspired by street art or vice versa but the one that caught our attention is represented by L7M’s street art pieces transposed on skin. L7M (Luis Seven Martins ) is a Brazilian street artist known for his ‘Graffiti Birds’ urban paintings, awesome street art pieces distinguished by the unique combination of geometrical elements and stylized color puzzles with detailed realism.

L7M’s painting style with abstract, frenetic strokes of spray paint and explosions of color is very well suited to be represented on skin through ink. The result? Amazing, vibrant watercolor-like tattoos which, like the original works of the artist, blend roughness and elegance in a mix of realism that morphs into frenetic strokes of ink.

We are particularly enthralled by abstract watercolor tattoos so we love the ink pieces inspired by Luis Seven Martins’ works, their amazing ingenuity and brilliant use of color. Check out the image gallery below and vist L7M‘s Facebook page and maybe you’ll find inspiration for your next tattoo 

L7M Street Art - Graffiti Birds

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