I got this tattoo done at EvenTide Tattoo in Cardiff CA by Dennis Hamilton in April of this year. It is very meaningful to me as it is a piece from a famous Salvador Dali painting and he is the artist who inspired me to study fine art. There is white ink detail in it but other than that it is simply grey and white ink. I’d love to hear what you think because I am simply in love with it.
If you [google Salvador Dali tattoo] this elephant is the most popularly used image. Not saying that’s a bad thing—but as an art major, why not do something more exciting? His work is exciting because it creates a new world for the viewer. Everything is impossible and you can’t stop staring at it. That’s not how I would describe this tattoo. It just takes the image but it loses all the surreality and wonder that comes along with it. Really this painting is kind of horrifying in real life, but here it just doesn’t have that feeling.
As a historical aside, Dali broke with the Surrealist movement claiming “I am Surrealism” after they sided with the popular uprising against the Spanish Fascists. Yes, you read right: Dali was a fascist sympathizer. [Good article here about it on CounterPunch if you wanna check some facts.] Andre Breton, another major Surrealist, then lead the rest of their merry band to work with Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky against fascism and capitalism. So basically, even though Dali is the most celebrated of the genre, he was kinda the d-baggiest.
Reading history is important, kids.