As one of America’s most well-known architects, Frank Lloyd Wright may seem like an unlikely influence for tattoo designs. However, the philosophy behind Wright’s “organic architecture” – the harmonious convergence of the natural and the artificial – actually goes hand in hand with the very concept of body art. Some of Wright’s most recognizable and distinct work is found in the windows and doors designed and created in his more famous houses. While Frank Lloyd Wright tattoos aren’t exactly commonplace, there are some beautiful examples of these unique and amazing tattoos.
The Coonley Playhouse in Illinois features some of Wright’s most famous stained glass designs. Even people with just a passing knowledge of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work are likely to recognize these famous pieces:
One tattoo enthusiast used the Coonley windows as a basis for an amazing upper arm piece, and the effect is quite stunning:
Wright’s Tree of Life design with its straight lines and strict symmetry is another very distinct and easily recognized piece:
While the design has been simplified, it is easy to see that the Tree of Life design was the inspiration for this upper back tattoo:
While it is clearly a gem among Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts, the Dana House in Springfield, Illinois is relatively lesser-known design among his major works.
Nevertheless, the Dana House may be the consummate Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie style showcase, featuring the trademarked organic components. One Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast found the door design of the Dana House to be an excellent inspiration for his calf tattoo:
Frank Lloyd Wright approached architecture in a way that allowed for complete harmony between the natural and the artificial, the wild and the manmade. Well designed tattoos allow for a similar affinity between the flesh and the design.