“I’ll be back…”

Bio mechanical tattoos are quite possibly the most elaborate form of tattoos. It is art just for the sake of being art. For this reason many people don’t understand bio mechanical tattoos or simply don’t like it.


For tattoo artists it’s, quite possibly, the most complex style of tattoos and certainly one of the hardest of styles to pull off.

To put it simply Bio mechanical tattoos are repetition and texture. Repetition in the sense that its characterised by different shapes that repeat themselves on the body.

Texture is a big part of bio mechanical tattoo and even though bio-mech is not supposed to look realistic, there are many tricks used in a bio mechanical tattoo to make these extraordinary designs appear to fit the body in a realistic manner.

Although it was always a prominent form of tattoo especially in the 1980s.

This style of tattoo experienced a renaissance when it  was reinvented by the famous tattoo artist Guy Aitchison in the early 90’s. Atchinson used new tattoo techniques and utilised new mediums such as sculptures and 3-d imaging to create ground breaking bio mechanical tattoos.

The subject matter is strongly influenced by the artwork of H.R Giger, who is well known for his concept designs for the Movie “Alien”.

Bio mechanical tattoos are mostly done in two different styles that are different in appearance but fundamentally the same.

Mechanical bio-mech
The mechanical style looks similar to the 80’s Terminator ripped skin: half cyborg and half man. In this style of bio-mech tattoos, different parts from machines are often used as parts of the human body and the aim is  to create a cyborg looking effect on the skin.

Organic bio-mech
The organic of bio-mech  uses repeating shapes and resembles life forms that you might encounter on a coral reef under the sea or a microorganism found in outer space.

This form of bio mechanical tattoos relies heavily on the use of textures and different light sources. The aim of this type of tattoo is to create a tattoo that flows naturally with the human body but looks out of this world in its appearance.