Realistic trash polka is a painterly tattoo style created by Simone Plaff and Volko Merschky at Buena Vista Tattoo Club in Germany. Volko describes it as a combination of “realism and trash; the nature and the abstract; technology and humanity; past, present, and future. Opposites that they are trying to urge into a creative dance to harmony and rhythm in tune with the body.”
This style looks a lot like collaging with a combination of naturalistic and photo-realistic elements and geometric graphics and lettering: the final result is quite a chaotic piece. The main characteristic of trash polka is contrast: the details of photo realism opposed to the simplicity of graphic elements, black vs red, over full spaces and empty spaces on the skin. The style is fairly new and very bold, so not many tattoo artists are doing trash polka tattoos. In fact, it is believed that true trash polka tattoos could only be executed by the artists who created it, Volko and Simone. Anything else may be considered an imitation, but the guys at Buena Vista Tattoo Club may have created a new style without knowing it. Trash polka tattoos are spreading all over Europe and the US. More and more people want this unique tattoo design inked and the term now describes a variety of bold, painter-style tattoos, not only the original black and red tattoos.
Trash polka is a good style to go for if you're looking for a large scale tattoo, as this style needs a big canvas in order to look really good. The positive thing is that you can add a lot of details and meaning to your tattoos: phrases, symbols, portraits all can be included in trash polka tattoos. You don't have to choose between a realistic and a post-modern tattoo because you can have it all in one!Check out the gallery below to see more realistic trash polka tattoos and possibly getting inspired for the next time you'll get inked!Do you like this bold tattoo style? Did you know it was called trash polka? Let us know in the comments below!Photo credits: Facebook.com - Pinterest.com