Gothic tattoo designs are as popular as the Gothic culture. However, gothic is not about blood, darkness and vampires. The problem is that it means too many things to many people that it has become undefinable. Some things that people consider to be Soth (Marillyn Manson, cutting) are not really Goth. There are a lot of people who are really Goth but refuse to be labelled Goth. This post will be concerned about contemporary culture as that will require a longer post and should most likely be for another site. For your Gothic Tattoos, you might want to check out the most popular Gothic paintings.

Gothic Tattoo #1: Simon Maritini’s The Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus, 1333

Gothic paintings didn’t appear until about 50 years after Gothic architecture and sculpture. There is also much discussion on how it appeared but one thing is clear. There are very few established Gothic painters. Simon Mritini is one of them. Worth checking out for your Gothic Tattoos. Unlike Florentine art, gothic was known for its being soft in colors that are often mistaken for the lack of emotion. This is probably where contemporary Goths get the idea that their faces should be stoic all the time.

Gothic Tattoo #2: Ducio’s Christ Entering Jerusalem

The painting was originally drawn by Giotto but Ducio reinterpreted it using his Gothic style. Ducio’s Gothic style shied away from realistic features. He intentionally distorted the images by making humans more elongated and pointed. He also intentionally made the colors of the images in the foreground to make it appear as if it is popping out of the painting. There is also an effort to make it appear as if the figures are floating by putting the viewers above the scene. This is most likely where contemporary Gothic followers with Gothic Tattoos get their fascination on distorted images.

Gothic Tattoo #3: Cimabue’s Madonna Enthroned

This is the one is look the darkest of all the art pieces on this list. The color of the figures are considerably darker than the traditional portrayal of Mother Mary and even young Jesus Christ is dark. The base coloring is also dark which makes the background brown rather than white. The color of the robe that Mary is wearing is also black which is similar to many Gothic Tattoos. This might be the main influence of many contemporary supporters of Gothic. The love for black clothes and black make up is very visible on this piece.

Gothic Tattoo #4: Giotto’s Lamentation (The Mourning of Christ)

Unlike other Gothic artists, Giotto’s style is more realistic. He lifts from the reality of the natural environment and that includes capturing the intricacy of the natural environment. This may be a little puzzling because his style includes colors and brightness and life which are not common among Gothic Tattoos. All of those things are absent on contemporary gothic culture.

It is a little difficult to determine what is and is not gothic in this day and age but it pays to know the origin of the culture you claim to support before you begin inking yourself with gothic tattoos that may not actually be gothic.