“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 bio-mechanical tattooing is one of the most complex styles of tattoos to create, and something you should only trust a very senior tattoo artist to design.

In very simple terms, bio-mechanical tattoos are full of repetition and texture. The repetition we refer to is characterised by different shapes that repeat themselves on the body.

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

Bio-mechanical tattooing has always been a prominent form of tattooing, especially in the 1980s. However, this style of tattoo experienced a huge renaissance in the early 90’s when it was reinvented by the famous tattoo artist Guy Aitchison. Aitchison 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 slightly different in appearance; mechanical and organic.

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

Organic Bio-Mechanical
Organic bio-mechanical tattooing uses repeated shapes and resembles life-forms that you might encounter on a coral reef under the sea or a micro-organism 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 other-worldly in its appearance.