Friday, February 12, 2010

Pre-Raphaelite Tattoos

I still have more to say about the Aesthetic Movement, rest assured, but today I thought I'd share a few tattoos inspired by Pre-Raphaelite and associated artists. A friend, who shall remain unnamed until her permission is obtained to share, just got a new tattoo that was apparently inspired by William Morris. The idea appealed to me so much, I wanted to search online for more Brotherhood tattoos. Surprisingly, there aren't very many!

A gorgeous tattoo inspired by William Morris:
This one is based on his Willow pattern. I love how very organic it is.

This one is based on Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market:

The below two are inspired by a William Morris poem.

LOVE is enough: though the World be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,
And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass'd over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.
by William Morris(1834-1896)

Finally, there's this incredible sleeve of Waterhouse's Ophelia:

Burne-Jones had his own opinion of the famous "tattooed lady" whom he sketched:

But I think the Brotherhood would approve of the above gorgeous tattoos!


Anonymous said...

Just wanted to share my own Pre-Raphaelite tattoos. Sorry about their quality in the pictures, they were fairly new at that moment!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GRACE! Guess who? Anita! How are you dearest? I love the tatoo idea! Hey, you would look fabulous with one of your favorite Pre-Raph images! How are you dear?

Meredith said...

What a great idea! I designed a Morris-like plant knotwork tattoo for a client a while ago.

Grace said...

Eclectic, very cool! I really like those, especially the Shalott one.

Anita! I've missed you! I've been silently following your blog though! :)

Meredith, Oh I wish I could see the design!

Meredith said...

Here's a link to photos

Margaret said...

I've never been a big fan of body art, but your post came close to changing my mind! Love the willow tatoo. What a unique post!

Grace said...

Meredith,'s stunning!!

Margaret, if I got anything tattooed on me (well, I do have one, but I regret getting it) it'd be William Morris ;)