Tattoo Art

October 15, 2015 ,
by Evelina Mavrides

Tattoo History


Tattoo art is one of the anciest and most known forms of putting words and thoughts into action. The word tattoo, or tattow in the 18th century, is a loanword from the Polynesian word tatau, meaning “correct, workmanlike”

Nowadays tatoos are everywhere around us. Whenever you turn your head , you can see them, touch them and feel them, which is good, because in previous years they were concerned as minority kind of a thing and were seen negatively from the majority of the public. Tattoos were a taboo, and linked with profiles of people that were considered unaccepted from the societies and people that had them were marked as social misfits.

As decades passed and people became more open-minded and got rid of such taboos, more and more started accepting them and doing them. That in combination with youth revolution in the 80’s and 90’s ,resulted to a major tattoo movement. That allowed people to express themselves  through their tattoos and get out of the ordinary. But life makes circles, and we are all in it.

Nowadays tattoos are considered something typical that everyone has. You can see the same patterns and same style in many different people all around the world. As a result an art that was created to make people unique and more special in their own way, is turning into a mainstream subject/project that everybody is doing.

Thankfully there are people that bring that magic back, one of them that I would like to introduce to you is Mo Ganji.

Mo Ganji: Tattoo Artist


Mo Ganji is a Berlin based, Iranian-Deutch tattoo artist that specializes in black-and-white body art that makes a strong impact with relatively simple drawings.

Drawing with bold lines and stippled dots, the artist decorates and beautify his clients with portraits of people and animals, sometimes combining the two into an elegant image where one consciously or unconsciously leads into the other.The essential difference between him and many other artists is that, he does this with a single line that you can follow from beginning to end as it forms the entire drawing. He doesn’t use any colors since his concept is that his drawings don’t need them. His pieces capture all that his clients want to say, with minimalism and simple but detailed work that redifines what tattoos are.

Being socially active, Ganji is currently selling prints of his work through his website, called Nepal Lines, that 90% of his sales benefit the aid efforts for Nepal, which suffered devastating earthquakes earlier this year.


#MoGanji on Instagram


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“When it comes to life, I appreciate the simple things” Mo Ganji

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