05/01/2012 02:17 pm ET | Updated May 01, 2012

10 Incredible Art Inspired Tattoos (PHOTOS)

Who wants a tattoo of a few Chinese characters when you can have one of the greatest works of all time emblazoned on your back? Although most of the art legends listed below are famous for their works on canvas, their imagery is now everywhere, from neck ties to coffee mugs to the human body. Tattoos are perhaps the best new way to show an artist you love their work... and always will. Forget oil on canvas; it's all about ink on flesh.

Many of the world's best artists had some pretty dark and twisted visions, and they start to look even more intense in human ink form. So cheers to those brave enough to go all the way. We salute you! Check out our 10 favorite art inspired tattoos below, and let us know your favorites in the comments section.

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