What is trash polka ?
With tattoos becoming more and more commonplace, many people are looking for tattoo artists with unique and distinctive tattoo styles to help them stand apart from the crowd. After all, isn’t part of the fun of having tattoos that you’re “different” in some way? Many artists are continuing to develop and evolve existing styles, but some artists are taking a different approach. One instance of a breakaway tattoo style is Trash Polka–a style that is bold and stands out in a crowd. But what is Trash Polka, what makes it so appealing, and what are the pros and cons to Trash Polka style tattoos?
Trash Polka is a style of tattoo art that began at Buena Vista Tattoo Club in Würzburg, Germany by Simone Plaff and Volko Merschky. The style resembles fine art collages in that in combines realistic images with smears, smudges, and kinetic designs that generate a discordant, chaotic look to the piece. Words are sometimes included. Trash Polka pieces are only done in red or black ink. According to Volko, this style 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”.