Since bursting onto the modern tattoo scene in the early 90s, tribal tattoos have become increasingly popular. Their simple strength and beauty makes them compelling, even to people who otherwise may be into tattoos. The gentle curves and strong angles of these solid black tattoos can be bold strokes, intricate and almost lace-like, or purely symbolic.
Now, New Zealand-based tattoo artist Georgie Williams has taken tribal tattoos and fused them with the structured forms of circuit boards and the fluid movements of the human body. And while Georgie’s bold, futuristic designs resemble the inner workings of a motherboard, her inspiration reaches well beyond that.
The culmination of two and a half years of travel to explore art and design, “My tattoo art reflects my philosophy of being and living. It’s born from experiences of new moments, cultures, people and places, a way to get new perspectives, ideas, and experiences of the world that we live in.”
This fact is what makes her body art feel fresh, yet still speaks to a perspective that only comes from being exposed to many things.
Inspiring futuristic tribal tattoos
For Georgie, the tattoo and the body are not separated; the tattoo has to interact with the environment. Fusing her interests in nature with architecture and technology, Georgie found a way to make the many elements work together and create a unique style that sets her tribal tattoos apart:
“I feel that technology and art are two ever-present parts of the contemporary society we live in. They’re both a way of experiencing and a way of interpreting the world in the form of communication, expression, and representation.”
Most of her clients include graphic designers, architects, game designers, electricians, engineers, and illustrators; people who want to mark their body, not necessarily with something traditional, but rather something that reflects their personality and adds value to their aesthetic. She works closely with her clients and uses the references they bring as a way to inform and highlight their connection to the world.
What are your thoughts on these futuristic-looking tribal tattoos? For more on Georgie’s work, check out her Instagram. And if you like what you see, you should also check out these minimalist geometric tattoos.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.