This is a group pf artists from a studio in Germany that i really wanted to share called the Buena Vista Tattoo Club, they call this style realistic trash polka and it is a mix of street art, graphics, street and old style typography, realistic portraits and also has punk rock elements to it. The tattoos are a college of all these elements in a limited palette of just black and red, and when i first came across them this style was totally unique, they owned it! The founding fathers of this unique style are tattoo artists Volko Merschky and Simone Pfaff. As an artist Volko studied interior design and Simone studied graphic design, they also did photography. Together they developed this new style containing halftones, color overlay, brush strokes, stains and vintage fonts that seem to come from an old typewriter in a black and white plus one color palette are the elements surrounding stunning realistic skulls and portraits, usually displayed on large skin portions.
In their shop you have two opportunities, the first is to give them total freedom to create the art freehand, but as a customer you can also give a certain theme, maybe some keywords in combination with a song, poem or a quote. Out of this, the design will be created by these two artists from their understanding of the theme. By doing it this way, they can develop their own style and create completely unique designs that are sure to be one of a kind.
Working with moods, it’s more an abstract way of working, but that kind of input lets them give their best with your idea. Telling them exactly what you want in the design, that’s not how they work.
“Well, the tattoo designs we create don’t fit into any known or common styles, so we made up our minds to think of a term that would describe it best. We came up with Realistic Trash Polka because all in all, it’s a mixture of realistic elements combined with abstract or sometimes, graphic parts which represent the ‘trash’ part of the phrase. While this may be an unusual combination, it’s familiar from music, as a polka. So, the term polka comes from our inspiration from the music – especially from our own music and songwriting. Basically, Realistic Trash Polka is all of those things combined with what happens when we come together to create. It’s simply the two of us, our name, our brand and our style.”