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Engraving style tattoo + history, photo and meaning of tattoos

Engraving style tattoo + history, photo and meaning of tattoos

The engraving style of the tattoo originates from ancient times, so its popularity is understandable, since in the applied print it can represent not only a portrait or an animal, but also a mythical creature or gods, who will protect its owner.

The tattoo in the engraving style gained active popularity in the 2000s, but in the last two years it has become in demand again, as the drawing is clearly drawn and expresses life positions. accessible and understandable.

Appearance history

The engraving appeared a long time ago, in the 6-7 century. Initially, it was applied to materials: wood or metal. Later, the drawings began to be represented in the body.

After the first tattoos in the style of engraving began to appear, the images began to improve, and in addition to primitive drawings, landscapes began to be applied. , animals, flowers.

portrait and boat

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engraved drawings

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Engraving is applied in one color only, rarely seen in color.

The entire image should be applied fine and lines drawn. Also, all elements of the image must be shaded. And the contours are clear and monotonous, the size of the pieces is small.

One of the best engravers is the Italian Marco C. Matarese. Some of his works are:

dancing statues

men's house on the shoulder

2 leg locks

Popular images and their meanings

V engraving style, the most common sketches are:

  • scenery;
  • animals;
  • plants;
  • gentlemen;
  • boats;
  • images of skeletons and religious themes.

But if a person wants to apply his own image, which does not conform to the printed images often, and the master can embody his plans, he can safely make a tattoo that will be not only original, but also individual.


This type of tattoo can be interpreted in different ways, so before applying it it is necessary to study all the options for the designation of symbols.

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So that landscapes can symbolize:

  • love of travel and being a pioneer;
  • pessimistic perspective on human life and future;

landscape on forearm

Old paintings

Very often, applied pictures of paintings have a sacred meaning only for their owner.

Pictures can mean:

  • love for art;
  • love of nature;
  • love for an idol or deity;
  • an individual perspective on life.

The main thing is to find a qualified specialist who can bring any antique painting to life.

black and white painting on arm


Portraits apply:

  • in memory of your loved ones;
  • in memory of times past;
  • to express life positions;
  • To attract energy, sometimes a portrait of someone can express the character of the tattoo owner, say, strength or courage.

For example, an Indian tattoo means independence, spiritual strength.

tattoo of a given portrait

Mythical heroes

Mythical heroes inflicted must reflect a person's inner world and character.

You can apply an image:

  • Pegasus, symbolizes a connection with the other world;
  • centaur, denotes harmony and goodness;
  • cerberus, symbolizes the connection with the dark forces and shows that a person is willing to cooperate with them;
  • Sphinx, denotes wisdom, mystery and connection with another dark world.

mythical characters

Male sketches

Most often men as a nano engraving There are images of medieval people or creatures, abstractions or plants. Thus, they want to emphasize their status or show their character and views that go back to the traditions of antiquity.

Many men try to show masculinity and strength in drawing, so the master makes thick and clear lines, which indicate the firmness of a person's opinion.

Men's tattoos often look brutal and voluminous, so they are applied in conspicuous places: cuello, shoulders or

male sketches

screaming bear
fish skeleton

Sketches of ladies

Women We make images of flora and fauna, mystical and mythological animals. Women's tattoos are slightly smaller than men's, they are drawn with lighter strokes and fine lines to emphasize the conciseness of the drawing, tenderness, sometimes - romance.

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It's the etched-style tattoo that looks organic on the skin, so there's no need to come up with pretentious images or weird attributes that will emphasize individuality. The tattoo itself has a sacred meaning and a mystery that can only be read by a teacher or a knowledgeable person.

color s on the leg

the image of a bird
drawing of a buddha on the leg

Tattoo-style engraving can be applied to any part of the body, depending on the volume of the image. The big ones are applied in the back and chest, sometimes on the shoulders. The small ones are applied to the wrist, abdomen o tobillo. An engraved tattoo always looks stylish and original, suitable for both men and women.


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