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30 Unique Trash Polka Tattoo Ideas For Men

30 Unique Trash Polka Tattoo Ideas For Men, October 19, 2019

by MWT Team

Man wearing a trash polka tattoo design on his arm

Trash Polka Tattoo

If while some disapprove of what's etched into the surface, you choose to defy the status quo... Trash Polka Tattoos are perfect for you.


Why You Should Consider Trash Polka Tattoos

The room quiets as he walks through the door. All eyes turn to see a confident, bold man removing his leather jacket to reveal a sleeve of bold, intricate ink on his right arm. A good-looking stranger smiles from across the room and the man gives a seductive wink back...

We all would love to have this confidence every day, the courage to own our individuality and demand attention just by stepping into a room.

And with the emergence of a new genre of tattoo design, creators Simone Pfaff and Volker Merschky aim to provide just that.


What Is Trash Polka?

The combination of the name alone tells a lot about the concept of the Trash Polka style.

Trash stands for garbage and polka is an old merry dance. Combining two notions that were never meant to be, the Trash Polka tattoo style is a pure oxymoron of modern tattoo art.

Despite the fact that the Trash Polka tattoo design may seem chaotic, its composition is well-structured and perfectly harmonizes with your body.

The main characteristics of this tattoo style are abstract designs, the use of brush strokes designs combined with lettering and calligraphic elements, and the use of black and red ink.

As the brainchild of Volko Merschky and Simone Pfaff, Trash Polka tattooing originated in Wurzburg, Germany and has since slowly expanded from its epicenter.

The two tattoo love birds began perfecting their style throughout the '90s and early 2000s upon opening their own tattoo parlor, the Buena Vista Tattoo Club.

By blending their formal artistic backgrounds -- Simone studied graphic design in college while Volko originally pursued a course in interior design and architecture photography -- with their abstract viewpoints on modern society, Pfaff and Merschky developed a bold and shocking new genre of tattoo art.

The Trash Polka tattoo style stemmed from European culture, rather exotic for representatives of other societies.

However, Volko describes this style as a combination of "realism and trash; 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."

Such tattoos look unusual, original and provocative. It is impossible for this tattoo not to draw a lot of attention.

But, anyone willing to look closer to such a tattoo would definitely end up with something subjective and personal in meaning.

The distinct symbolism and use of shading create a unique tattoo no other could replicate.

In fact, for those who want an original Trash Polka design, it may be necessary to book an international flight all the way to the Buena Vista Tattoo Club.


The Art Of Trash Polka Tattoos

There are several reasons to treat the Trash Polka style as a phenomenon of modern art only.

First of all, it is hard to find two identical tattoos; all of them are unique, as a rule.

The drawing tattooed at first is a basis with a possibility to be modified with up-to-date fresh elements.

This is due to the use of both bold and fine lines and heavy use of black and red inks to make for a dramatic tattoo... while fresh.

The glossy finish and stark contrasts are what make this style "pop."

But as with all things, these lines fade with time and often call for an addition of new, fresh elements.

Secondly, the conceptual essence of each tattoo idea gives this style reason to own its own genre.

Trash Polka's use of opposites in a tattoo blend a controversial story of harmony.

It's a glamour turned inside-out, the opposition and defiance to the modern society of consumers.

Examples include the angry skull of Mickey Mouse, Madonna with cannabis leaves alongside, some celebrity with absent eyeballs, etc.

This is a line of recognizable images that turned to look absurd.

Thirdly, there are vivid stylistic rules of this style.

The main characteristics of this tattoo style are abstract designs, the use of brush strokes designs combined with lettering and calligraphic elements, and the use of black and red ink.

Dark shades of black and gray are taking the bigger part of the design (the fine lines and detail work) and red color is used to put accents or underline some elements of the drawing through smudges and smears.

These stylistic rules are what provide the undeniably recognizable work of Trash Polka.

Trash Polka tattoos are unique and like any other form of art represent a great way to express your personality.

For those bold few who do not conform to the traditional parameters of tattooing, the distinctiveness, uniqueness of Trash Polka provides the perfect match.

However, like any other tattoo style, the Trash Polka is always evolving and changing as the artists get more creative and put in some fresh ideas.

When searching for your next totem, it's important to understand the unique, innovative style that is Trash Polka.


Trash Polka Tattoo Styles

You only get one life. One chance to walk this Earth. The best part? There will only be one YOU for the rest of time.

Make your tattoos as unique as you.

Trashy is the word common for a lot of genres of modern art.

Careless and showy style of outfit, loud and inaudible music, abstract and bright paintings in fine art - all these come up to one simple notion "trash".

And while the connotation may seem too absurd to be positive, it is this shockingly bold and cocky style that makes us turn and gasp... makes us take a second look at the person, ourselves, or the world.

It's an objection, absurd and provocation this is a rather narrow range of emotions caused by the sight of a Trash Polka tattoo.

Relatively new, cocky, and aggressive, but at the same time of an extremely high-quality.

Do you have a Trash Polka personality? That rare personality we see today.

One willing to shake the foundations of the status quo and mock the conformist style of modern society. Bold. Rare. Unusual.

Those are the foundations of the Trash Polka man.

If you're thinking of getting a Trash Polka style tattoo, there are some things you should consider.

The original artists preferred to come up with their own imagery, but you may find an artist that is willing to work with images you want to use.

As well, Trash Polka tattoos exist on the notion of chaos and contrasting elements. So there are some symbols that the inventors of the style and other artists that draw it will use in most of their tattoos:

1. Skull: The image of a skull in a tattoo will always bring despair and gloom. Trash Polka makes use of it to symbolize these and many other elements of life.

2. Game of Dice: Including a dice in your tattoo can represent evil, luck or opportunity. The game of dice always has a winner and a loser -- the winner gains life, while the latter loses it.

3. Clocks: A conventional tattoo symbol that represents transience, but in Trash Polka it will also symbolize a moment that the owner of the totem wishes to remember forever.

4. Faces: There are also many ways of representing them, but the most common ones are the faces without eyes, half bloodied faces, and half-rotten faces.


Trash Polka Design Ideas

If you're planning on getting a trash polka tattoo, but you haven't decided on the tattoo design yet, you came to the right place.

We've put together a small photo collection featuring some of the best Trash Polka tattoo designs we've seen in order for you to get inspired!


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Man wearing a trash polka tattoo on his shoulder Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka tattoo on his chest Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka tattoo on his chest and shoulder Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka skull tattoo on his shoulder Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka sleeve tattoo on his arm Photo credits


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Man wearing a large trash polka tattoo on his back Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka sleeve tattoo on his arm and his neck Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka tattoo on his back and arm Photo credits


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Man wearing a full sleeve trash polka tattoo Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka eagle tattoo on his shoulder Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka wolf tattoo on his arm Photo credits


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Man wearing a large trash polka tattoo on his arm and abdomen Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka tattoo on his back Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka tattoo on his forearm Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka tattoo on his chest and abdomen Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka skull tattoo on his chest Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka tattoo on his forearm Photo credits


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Man wearing a large trash polka tattoo on his back Photo credits


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Man wearing a large backpiece trash polka tattoo Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka clock tattoo on his forearm Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka tattoo on his back Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka tattoo on his chest and arm Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka flower tattoo on his arm Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka portrait tattoo on his arm Photo credits


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Man wearing a large trash polka tattoo on his back Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka portrait tattoo on his back Photo credits


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Trash Polka tattoo on arm Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka clock tattoo on his biceps Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka tree tattoo on his arm Photo credits


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Man wearing a trash polka lighthouse tattoo on his arm Photo credits


To Sum Up...

Everything personal, powerful, and unique is best captured and displayed by ink.

However, these tattoos are a relatively new style, and so getting them can be a little challenging.

While there are some experienced tattooists and some upcoming artists who have been learning the style in the last few years, it is important to do enough research and ask to see evidence of past Trash Polka style tattoos to determine how proficient they are.

Before purchasing your ticket to Wurzburg, take a moment to view this distinctive style of tattoo.

Notice the detail, the color patterns, and the best places to show them on your body.

This will help you determine the best look and placement for YOUR Trash Polka tattoo.

Some popular styles include the use of Sugar Skulls... layering images atop one another... and the strong use of pop culture images.

It is not easy to classify the Trash Polka style into types or categories because every image is unique and most will always depend on what you want the image to showcase.

Trash Polka tattoos are truly a picture worth a thousand words.


What's your favourite trash polka tattoo? Tell us here!


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