Until the very end

Until the very end

“Until the very end” is a quote from Deathly Hallows. Harry’s walking to his death and uses the Resurrection Stone to bring back the people who meant the most to him. When he asks if they’ll stay with him, James replies, “Until the very end.”

Eye & Skull Tattoo in Realistic Trash Polka Type Tattoo Inked By Black Poison Tattoos

Eye & Skull Tattoo in Realistic Trash Polka Type Tattoo

Eye & Skull Tattoo in Realistic Trash Polka Type Tattoo

The term refers to tattoo subgenre Realism and to a music piece of Austrian musician Johann Strauss II called “Tritsch Tratsch Polka”, which the couple liked. Shortened in Trash Polka by the fans and disciples, it soon caught the eyes of the tattoo and art community with its bold, even violent style.
Indeed, the genre is highly recognizable and is either loved or hated. Mixing both bold and fine black lines, grey shadings and dramatic touches of bright colors, mostly red, it looks more like a collage of various elements which, by all apparences, are not directly linked, and meaningless.

Realistic Trash Polka pieces often focus on realistic images, portraits coming from cinema, fashion and horror movies. Most of the pieces are showing beautiful ladies next to skulls. The perfection of those portraits contrasts with a chaotic composition, mixing blood or paint stains, drips, brush strokes and geometrical designs. Intertwined with the designs, are words, which look like letters cut from newspapers, or typewrited texts . The result is discordant yet aesthetically pleasing, reminding of the daring style of German contemporary graffiti art.

One thing to remember. Realistic Trash Polka is a trademark only Buena Vista Tattoo Club owns, but of course it didn’t prevent other artists to be inspired by the concept. First geographically limited to Eastern Europe but now spreading, even in Asia, you could always find someone to do a average copy of it. But of course, it doesn’t take only black and red ink to make real Trash Polka. It does need talent.‬

Realistic Trash Polka Tattoo - Inked By Black Poison Tattoos

Realistic Trash Polka Tattoo

Realistic Trash Polka Tattoo – Inked By Black Poison Tattoos

Trash Polka Tattoo is 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!