Leandro Lima’s art (more here) is delightfully surreal. I’m a big fan of surreal art, from Salvador Dali to David Lynch. One of the things that strikes me about Lima’s work is how the imagery hangs together in a cohesive whole. I think that this is one of the most important aspects of surrealism. It’s not merely coming up with random stuff and throwing it all together. The randomness needs to have a rhyme, a rhythm. There needs to be order in all the chaos, parallels drawn in the most unexpected places, where two things that seem to have no connection actually have a connection deep down below the surface. It’s hard to do well, which is one reason why I admire greatly those who can do it.
I love the idea of honoring your favorite artwork by etching it on your skin. I will probably never get a tattoo (I’m really bad with pain) but if I did, I can imagine using an image from Salvador Dali. Or maybe Magritte. You know, this guy:
That would be awesome.
(Click HERE or on the images of the tattoos for more artistic homages on Vulture.)