M. C. Escher tattoos

The dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher had made a real impact with his graphic work and impossible objects. He inspired many artists and there are many people who honor his work on their skin. Hope you enjoy these graphic M.C. Escher inspired tattoos.

Escher endless fish bird black and white tattoo

Artist: Matteo Nangeroni

Some of the well-known scenes M.C. Escher drew were designed around impossible objects such as the Penrose staircase.

Matteo Nangeroni
Escher sphere reflection black and white tattoo

Artist: Pablo Pedrajas Prats

“Hands are the most honest part of the human body, they cannot lie as laughing eyes and the mouth can.” ― M.C. Escher

Escher fish and bird pattern graphic tattoo

Artist: Rose Hu

In 1950, De Nederlandsche Bank held a competition to produce new banknotes, and Escher sent a series of sketches. Unfortunately, the designs have been refused for being 'too ornate.' Escher money would have made for great tattoos.

Escher impossible stairs black and grey realism tattoo

Artist: Zlata Kolomoyskaya

“Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling?” ― M.C. Escher

Zlata Kolomoyskaya
Escher penrose impossible triangle geometric tattoo

Artist: Fritz Karlton

“Only those who attempt the absurd...will achieve the impossible. I think … I think it's in my basement...Let me go upstairs and check.” ― M.C. Escher

Escher endless stairs black and grey tattoo

Artist: Rachel Attrill

Did you know in Escher's earliest work we mainly find landscapes, for which he found inspiration in Italy, as well as some still lifes and portraits. Only from the age of 40 did Escher make 'Escherian' prints.

Escher penrose impossible triangle tattoo

Artist: Rosie Seventyeight

Contrary to expectations, M.C. Escher little talent for mathematics. That all changed fifteen years later when he read an article by George Pólya about 'plane symmetry groups', repetitive patterns on two-dimensional surfaces.

Escher endless starts minimal linework tattoo

Artist: Yi Stropky

Escher made 448 lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings and more than 2000 drawings and sketches during his lifetime. I wonder how many of those are immortalized in a tattoo.

Yi Stropky
Escher sphere with carfield tattoo

Artist: Lysette Knippers Dapper Tattoo

Did you know Escher had a preference for peculiar viewpoints. An example is Above and Below, where the same scene is viewed from two different viewpoints.

Escher drawing hands realistic painting black and white tattoo

Artist: Snuffy nyc

Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch artist, known for his woodcuts, wood engravings and lithographs, in which he often played with mathematical principles. He signed his work with MCE.