Biomechanical tattoos are some of the most intricate and detail-oriented body art in existence. The biomechanical style is also known as "cyborg" because it mixes biological structures with machinery. In typical biomechanical art, bones and joints are replaced by pistons and gears while muscles remain pictured in their natural state. In some biomechanical art, the entire biological structure is depicted as machinery. Biomechanical tattoos rose in popularity after the movie Alien was released in 1979. Two of the first and most popular biomechanical tattoo artists are Guy Aitchison and Aaron Cain. The biomechanical art of Buy Aitchinson was featured on the popular TLC television show called Tattoo Wars. Some biomechanical tattoos are drawn and inked to appear as if the person's skin is being ripped away from their body to reveal the machine within. Biomechanical tattoos are one of the most popular types of modern body art.
When biomechanical tattoos first became popular, many artists chose to stick with the traditional machinery colors black and shades of gray. However, as biomechanical tattoos began to grow in popularity, artists began to branch out and choose more vibrant colors to highlight the details of their art. Biomechanical tattoos can symbolize power and strength. For others, biomechanical tattoos may symbolize resilience. Biomechanical tattoos are common on arms and legs, but can also be found on any other part of the body. Some of the best biomechanical tattoos are so realistic that they appear to be three-dimensional. A biomechanical tattoo can be as realistic or fantastic as you wish. Some artists choose to strive towards realism while others choose to keep their art more whimsical:
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