Wicked Tattoos of Heads Cut in Half

cut in half. Renaissance beauty sliced-up. Tattoo by Nick Broslavskiy.
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Looking back at history, a beheading by a sword (or an axe) was an honorable way to die for an aristocrat or a valiant warrior. But if you did something bad, something considered a capital crime, you’d likely see the guillotine and that’s nothing to brag about. There are many paintings representing decapitating events like “The execution of the Duke at Tewkesbury in 1471,” “The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist,” and “Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London Waiting for her Decapitation.” Times have changed, and well it is less violent nowadays, but there is still a fascination with shocking stuff, and slicing someone’s head can actually be visually interesting if illustrated by the right person. The tattoos included here may have nothing to do with actual beheadings in the serious sense, but there is slicing and dicing to create unique and strange compositions.

Top: Renaissance beauty sliced-up. Tattoo by Nick Broslavskiy.
scissor cutting head by Martin Jahn, and woman with sliced head and rainbow triangles by Mariusz Trubisz
Left: Ready for the first cut; tattoo by Martin Jahn. Right: Lady with a colorful interior by Mariusz Trubisz.
man's face sliced up, tattoo by pietro sedda
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Cut in three by Pietro Sedda.
animal heads cut open, sliced in half, tattoos by Marcin Aleksander Surowiec
Colorful mammals by Marcin Aleksander Surowiec.
head stretched out, cut and stretched, tattoo By Axel Ejsmont tattoo
The accordion man by Axel Ejsmont.
wolf head cut open with skull inside, and leopard head cut open with heart pumping inside. Tattoos by Valentin hirsch
Vertically-sliced animal heads by Valentin Hirsch.
whale and man with moustache, tattoo by pietro sedda
Half of the brain sliced away, but dreams of a whale still emerge in mind. Tattoo by Pietro Sedda.
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Adriana de Barros

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Adriana is the Webby Award-winning designer, editor of Scene360 magazine, and author of "Tat'oo" book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated her time to documenting tattooists' lives and work and publishing on Inked, Skin Deep, Tattoo Life, and more. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.

August 18, 2014 Art Body Art Tattoo Weird