The Best Art Tattoos of All Time
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Photo: Courtesy of Carter Foster

"I had the idea to ask Ellsworth do design a tattoo a few years ago and did one day, not really expecting him to say yes. But he was happy to do it so I photocopied my right forearm, which is where I wanted it, so he'd have an actual size "image" of my arm. Then a few months later I was up there visiting him and asked him about it again and he said "let's just do it right now" so he pulled out scissors and colored paper and worked out the design on my arm, and then made a collage of that on the photocopy of my arm. I took that collage to the brilliant and wonderful Scott Campbell and he executed it using the collage as a reference and matching the colors, etc. Ellsworth was so pleased when he finally saw it that he gave it an inventory number and considers it one of his works of art. The whole experience was delightful and I adore Ellsworth, one of the nicest, kindest friends anyone could hope to have. So that's the story."

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Photo: Courtesy of Ron Ulicny

Charles Demuth, The Figure 5 in Gold, 1928

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Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Sawyer

Josef Albers, Homage to a Square, begun in 1949

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Photo: Courtesy of Alexis Zanghi

Ed Ruscha, OOF, 1963

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Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Link

Andrew Wyeth, Christina's World, 1948

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Photo: Courtesy of Thyrza Goodeve

Matthew Barney, a drawing from Drawing Restraint 9, 2005

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Photo: Courtesy of Jazmine Hughes

Jean-Michel Basquiat's iconic Crown motif 

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Photo: Courtesy of Paloma Wall

Constantin Brancusi, The Kiss, 1916

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Photo: Courtesy of Brett Hargesheimer

Roy Lichtenstein, an interpretation ofYellow Brushstroke

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Photo: Courtesy of Brian Sholis

Ellsworth Kelly, An interpretation of Wild Grape Leaves 

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Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Johnson

Roy Lichtenstein, Drowning Girl, 1963

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Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Johnson

Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937

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Photo: Courtesy of Chris Mason

Raphael, Saint Michael, 1504

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Photo: Courtesy of Stephanie Brown

Homage to Frida Kahlo

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Photo: Courtesy of Esther Garcia

Vincent Van Gogh, Van Gogh's Chair, 1888

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Photo: Courtesy of Savannah Lampley

Marcel Duchamp, Bicycle Wheel, 1913

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Photo: Courtesy of Stefano di Paola

Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Painting: Eight Red Rectangles, 1915

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Photo: Courtesy of David Allen

Leonardo daVinci, Mona Lisa, 1503-1517

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Photo: Courtesy of David Shaughnessy

From a 1996 postcard Martin Kippenberger made of himself in Venice. 

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Photo: Courtesy of David Allen

Hiernoymous Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights, 1503-4

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Photo: Courtesy of Josef Wurm

Henri Magritte, The Treachery of Image, 1928

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Photo: Courtesy of John Criscitello

Philip Guston, Head and Bottle, 1975

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Photo: Courtesy of Joshua White

Man Ray, Gift, 1921

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Marcel Duchamp's signature on his groundbreaking  Fountain, 1917 sculpture of a ready-made urinal. 

Photo: Courtesy of Kayla Reed
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Photo: Courtesy of Brandi Pomfret

One of Edgar Degas's Blue Dancers

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Photo: Courtesy of Geof Teague

Jack Pierson Last Chance Lost and David Wojnarowicz 

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Photo: Courtesy of Geof Teague

Jasper Johns, Figure 8, 1959

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Photo: Courtesy of Geof Teague

Andy Warhol's Early Self-Portrait, 1964 and Feliz Gozalez-Torres candies from Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA), 1991

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Photo: Courtesy of Jia Jai Fei

Marcel Duchamp, L.H.O.O.Q, 1919

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Photo: Courtesy of Jovanny Varela Ferreyra

Bull painting from the Lascaux Cave, 15,000 BC

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Photo: Courtesy of Rob Echlin

Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles

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Photo: Courtesy of Ricky Manne

Frank Stella, Black Painting series

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Photo: Courtesy of Pete Zebley

Pablo Picasso, The Old Guitar Player, 1903

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Photo: Courtesy of Mike Doughty

One of Ray Johnson's signature "bunny" motifs

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Photo: Courtesy of David Allen

Pablo Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror, 1932

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Photo: Courtesy of Pete Zebley

Alberto Giacometti, a drawing of his brother Diego 

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Photo: Courtesy of Jim Butler

A figure from Hieronymus Bosch's The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1503-4

Correction: The photo in this slide was originally misidentified. 

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Photo: Courtesy of Esther Garcia

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633

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Photo: Courtesy of David Allen

Salvador Dalí, The Elephants, 1944

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Photo: Photo by Jim Kiernan

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Riding Death, 1988

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