It is the ultimate dedication to tattoo art: bodysuits. You can spend a whole life getting tattoos to end up fully covered..
But some intense ink lovers prefer to cover it all with just one enormous tattoo… The existence of bodysuit tattoos is not recent. Our ancestors enjoyed covering their full body with ethnic tattoos and you still can find some gorgeous examples of these traditions in the Pacific and in Japan, with the irezumis. Irezumi tattoos are a reference in tattoo art when it comes to bodysuits. With their special design, they were intended to be hidden by the traditional clothing, revealing their codified beauty only in special occasions.
Their meanings were very powerful, and their study is so humbling. Now, bodysuits can be found in any style, with a, exponential variety of talent and beauty, due to the increase of interest for tattoo art. To get your ultimate masterpiece, you need to select THE tattoo artist. Collectors can wait years, if not décades, to get bodysuits by tattoo masters, often famous for their massive pieces. Bodysuits are traditionally covering the back, the torso, the thighs and the half sleeves. But you can also get half bodysuits (one side of the body for example) or full bodysuits, and this mean your whole body is one and only tattoo… It is the boldest tattoo act, and you need to think about you ink as it is a huge commitment.
But the persons who decide to get bodysuits deserve our admiration, as well as the breath-taking work they are wearing… Here is a selection of spectacular bodysuits, with a great variety of style and the amazing talent of some of the best tattoo masters…
Here a Celtic bodysuit by Astrid Köpfler.
The tattoo art of Filip Leu.