Alien biomechanical tattoo

Alien biomechanical tattoo DEFAULT
Another popular choice for a biomechanical tattoo is the "alien infestation" theme. Sometimes, the mechanical components and the alien tissues can be combined in a single tattoo.

The most common themes of the alien-biomechanical tattoos are:
- an alien creature growing inside a human body, and aventually destroying the host's body (or eating the host body from the inside out)
- alien creatures living inside someone's body, coexisting peacefully with the host (like Kauto, the mutant baby from Total Recall)
- alien creatures whice are using the human body like a vehicle (those tattoos contain mechanical and robotic components along with the alien tissues)
- aliens (strange) creatures hiding inside the human body; in this case, only small parts of the alien are visible - usually weird eyes staring from the depths of the host's body, claws and tentacles that seem to spring out. etc.
- fusions between humans and aliens: usually a human being with an alien arm or leg (like in the early stages of the transformation process of the Wikus character from the "District 9" movie)
- fusions between alien tissues and cyborg components

3d tattoo on the chest, shoulder and arm

big size biomech tattoo: organic alien-like elements covering the shoulder, the back, the chest and the arm

biomechanic tattoo with mechanical elements and alien tissues covering the shoulder, the chest and the arm

biomechanical tattoo (mechanical elements and alien tissues) covering the shoulder, the back, the chest and the upper arm

3d tattoo on the shoulder: alien-like bones

3D tattoo on the shoulder: alien tissues and a strange bones construction

3d tattoo on the leg: alien-like bones and tissues

biomech tattoo: alien leg

3d tattooon the arm: a fusion between cyborg components and alien elements

biomechanical tattoo on the arm: a fusion between cyborg components and alien elements

3D tattoo: the Alien monster coming out through the skin

3D tattoo: the alien Queen coming through the skin

biomechanic tattoo: strange eyes hidden behind some alien-like tissues and bones

biomechanical tattoo depicting some strange eyes staring from the depths of the body

3d tattoo: a green alien head

3D tattoo depicting a green alien hiding inside someone's arm

biomechanic tattoo on the leg: alien-like tentacles

3D tattoo on the leg: alien tissues and some strange tentacles

biomechanic tattoo on the leg: a little alien inside the leg

3D tattoo: an alien inside someone's leg

3d tattoo: alien creatures hiding inside a human body

3D biomechanical tattoo: a creepy eye which can be seen behind the alien tissues

biomechanical 3d tattoo on the calf: an alien head

3d tattoo: alien head

biomechanical tattoo depicting alien-like bones and tissues covering the wrist and the hand

biomechanical tattoo on the wrist: alien skeleton and tissues

biomech tattoo: alien-like tissues tattooed on the upper arm

biomechanical tattoo on the shoulder and the upper arm: alien tissues and bones

black & grey biomechanical tattoo covering the upper arm

black and gray biomechanical tattoo covering the shoulder and the arm

3d tattoo: alien-like bone structure tattooed on the shoulder

biomechanical tattoo covering the shoulder and the arm: a strange bones construction

3d tattoo: alien-like bone structure and tissues tattooed on the shoulder and upper arm

biomechanical tattoo covering the shoulder and the upper arm: alien-like tissues and bones

3d biomechanical tattoo on the forearm: alien arm

biomechanical tattoo covering the forearm: alien-like tissues and bones

biomechanical tattoo on the leg: alien-like bones and tissues

biomechanical tattoo covering the entire leg: alien-like tissues and bones


Biomechanical tattoos are one of the most popular contemporary tattoo art movements.

As indicated by the name, they involve a combination of organic elements and mechanical pieces – a blending together of a living being and a machine.


Origins of biomechanical tattoos

Biomechanical art, also known as Biomech, originates from the 1970s and is closely tied to Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien.

The Swiss artist H.R. Giger is credited with being the originator of the biomechanical art movement.

Giger produced the artwork and conceptual designs for Alien, and the widespread success and popularity of the film sparked an interest in his style and imagery.

biomechanical arm tattoo

The first biomechanical tattoos were inspired directly by Alien and Giger’s other artwork, published in his Necronomicon series of books.

With increasing popularity of biomech, tattoo artists began designing their own art.

Though each biomech tattoo may be different, the feature they all share is the combination of organic and mechanical elements.

Commonly, this involves creating a tattoo that makes it look as if the person’s skin has been torn off, to reveal mechanical parts (rather than bones and muscle) beneath.

Biomech is a surrealistic style of art, which in short means that unexpected combinations of elements are rendered with high levels of precision and accuracy – as in hyper-realistic art – creating images that look realistic despite showing something unreal.

biomechanical sleeve

Biomechanical tattoo meaning

Biomechanical themed tattoos are associated with sci-fi and horror genres and tend to have a dark, dystopian, even slightly unsettling feel to them. They are a popular choice for fans of futuristic imagery.

The main reason why people opt for biomechanical tattoo designs is for aesthetic purposes and as means of appreciation of the Biomech art movement.

Most of the time, there is no particular hidden or symbolic meaning – these kinds of tattoos simply look awesome, and that’s all they’re meant to do.

Biomech only came into being relatively recently, so when compared with symbols that have been around since the earliest human civilizations, it’s unsurprising that it doesn’t carry that much symbolism.

biomechanical tattoo

Things to keep in mind

When thinking about getting a biomech tattoo, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind.

Firstly, the vast majority of tattoos in this style are large – they have to be, to reach the desired visual effect.

A large tattoo means three things: one, it will be more expensive; two, it will be more painful; and three, it will be much more difficult (or downright impossible) to change or cover up with another tattoo in the future.

biomechanical chest tattoo

Another thing to consider is that not every tattoo artist will be able to adequately render a biomechanical design. Many of these make for a very difficult job for the tattooist, and choosing the wrong tattoo artist could end in disaster.

Ideally, look for an artist who has experience in this kind of work and whose past examples you’ve seen and liked.

biomechanical back tattoo

If you can’t find an artist with a specific biomech tattoo portfolio, look for someone who is at least experienced in 3D tattoo art – biomechanical designs almost always incorporate a hyper-realistic, 3D look, and this is the hardest thing to get right when tattooing this style.

3D tattoo artists should have the abilities and expertise to produce a great-looking biomechanical design.

biomechanical tattoos

Popular design options

Biomechanical art is a highly distinctive style, involving some key common elements. Mechanical parts such as chips, pipes, rods, pistons, rods, gears, and levers are important in making the design instantly recognizable as part of the movement.

While the details will vary hugely between different art pieces, the one characteristic that defines biomech is the combination of organics and mechanics.

biomechanical tattoo

For a tattoo to be considered a biomechanical design, it needs to show the melding together of a living being and a machine.

As mentioned above, this is usually done through the visual effect of ‘ripping’ of the skin to reveal machine parts underneath – often mechanical pistons instead of bones, combined with realistic-looking organic muscle and sinew.

biomechanical tattoo

Another common way of combining organics and mechanics in a tattoo is a standalone image, for instance of a heart or of an animal, modified to include mechanical parts.

Biomechanical tattoos can also take the form of images of mechanical devices, tattooed to look as if they’re attached to the body.

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Placement Guide

As we’ve seen by now, biomechanical tattoos will tend to be at least medium-sized. Of course, it’s not impossible to have a small Biomech-inspired tattoo, but the style tends to involve large designs. As such, they are best suited for the following placements:

  • Back – The back is the largest flat area on the body, and as such, it’s perfect for a big, complex tattoo. Biomechanical tattoos done on the back usually involve a ‘skinless’ look – appearing to expose the spine, ribs, and internal organs, either entirely mechanical or combining a realistic organic look with mechanical elements.
  • Legsand arms– Legs are also perfect locations for a biomechanical tattoo. Piston-like ‘bones’ combined with realistic-looking muscle are often tattooed on legs and arms to create the illusion of being part-machine. These can either wrap all the way around the leg or arm, or take the ‘ripped-off skin’ route. On arms, they are usually sleeves. Keep in mind that tattoos on arms are particularly bothersome to cover up if you need to keep them hidden, for example at work.
  • Chestand Stomach – …or both. The chest and stomach area offers a large space for complex tattoos. Biomechanical designs on the chest often involve an image of the heart, either mechanical or part-mechanical.
  • Hand and Palm – One of the most common placements for smaller biomechanical designs. They look awesome and can be added to in the future, extending the tattoo up the forearm. Tattoos on hands are some of the most difficult to hide though. If that’s your placement of choosing, be warned: it’s going to hurt. A lot.

Final Words

Though lacking in definitive symbolic meaning, biomechanical tattoos are a great choice purely for their aesthetic value. Done well, they’re nothing short of art pieces, and let’s face it: they look insanely cool. And limited symbolism is not necessarily a bad thing: your Biomech tattoo can mean anything you want it to mean, without pre-defined ideas and immediate associations. Plus, with the help of a talented artist, it’s going to be totally unique to you.

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148 Biomechanical Tattoo for Geeks

Biomechanical tattoos for Geeks. Are you a Sci-Fi fan, a gamer or a proud geek? Then I’m sure these 148 amazing biomechanical tattoos that I have collected for you will make you want to get one as soon as possible. I made the list longer for you so you can see more unique works of different tattoo artists. Biomechanical art started in the late 70s when H.R Giger, a Swiss artist designed the aliens from the Ridley Scott film, Alien. It is a very interesting tattoo art because machine elements and organics are combined to produce an awesome geeky and surreal tattoo.

148 Bio-mechanical Tattoo for Geeks:

1. Awesome full sleeve biomechanical tattoo

I love, it and I envy it. Though I am not into biomechanical tattoos, but you can’t not love this tattoo.


2. 3D rib biomechanical tattoo


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3. Realistic hand biomechanical tattoo

I feel a bit squeamish looking at this tattoo.


4. 3D biomechanical stomach tattoo

I wonder how her boyfriend would feel about this.

5. Colored biomechanical tattoo

I like the details and the lines of this tattoo. It looks intricately and carefully made.


6. Black and grey hand tattoo

Okay, I don’t feel squeamish looking at this.


7. Full back biomechanical tattoo with a woman’s face

I think it has too much sharp edges and curve lines, it’s not my preference, but others might like it.


8. Half sleeve

Here’s another photo of a woman with a biomechanical tattoo. Chicks can be as geeky as men.


9. Nice biomechanical back piece

Does this look macho enough for you?


10. 3D leg biomechanical tattoo

I like it, just like a robot exposed.


11. Leg biomechanical tattoo

This is really cool biomech tattoo with very nice details.


12. Shoulder biomechanical tattoo

I think it just needs darker shading and the tattoo will look better and more realistic.


13. Upper arm tattoo


14. Stingray biomechanical tattoo

I like this concept. I’m sure this is not very common.


15. Alien biomechanical tattoo

Love the eye and mouth details of this alien sleeve tattoo.


16. Biomechanical head tattoo

I’m sure this is unfinished but it already looks pretty amazing.


17. Leg biomechanical tattoo


18. Blue

Blue is a cool color and it looks rad on a biomechanical tattoo.


19. Colorful biomech back piece

I love the shades of red. It looks hypnotizing.


20. Leg biomechanical tattoo

Here’s an awesome vector leg  tattoo.


21. Cool biomechanical tattoo for the hot geek



22. Green chip tattoo

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23. Alien/Metal biomechanical tattoo


24. Machines and bones


25. Feminine style


26. Realistic tattoo art by Victor Portugal


27. Half sleeve black and grey biomechanical tattoo


28. Rib tattoo

29. 3D biomechanical tattoo


30. Full sleeve 3D biomech


31. Cool guitar biomechanical tattoo


32. Butterfly


33. Beautiful back piece biomechanical tattoo off a woman.


34. Beautiful heart biomechanical tattoo


35. Full back


36. Gorgeous biomechanical owl tattoo


37. Artist: Mike Bellamy


38. Artist: Nick Baxter


39. Leg piece


40. Simple full sleeve biomechanical tattoo.

41. Biomechanical koi fish. Something different from the traditional Japanese koi design. Still amazing!


42. Back piece


43. This one is done freehand

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44. Half sleeve


45. Colored full sleeve biomechanical tattoo


46. Full leg


47. Realistic leg biomechanical tattoo in 3 different angles


48. Cool full sleeve biomechanical tattoo

148 Biomechanical Tattoo for Geeks


Biomechanical is a type of tattoo that has a mechanical and robotic design, making it look like a part of a person’s body.Those who fantasized to be a cyborg can make their dreams come true now by getting a biomechanical tattoo design. Hopefully you can stand all the needle work. And oh, you’re welcome for the list!


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Biomechanical art

Biomechanical art (also called Biomech) is a surrealistic style of art that combines elements of machines with organics.[1] Rendered with distinct realism, biomechanical art expresses an internal fantasy world, most typically represented with human or animal anatomy where bones and joints are replaced with metal pistons and gears, but infused with muscles and tendons.

Biomechanical art was popularized in 1979 when Swiss artist H.R. Giger designed the alien creatures in the 1979 feature film Alien.[2]

Biomechanical tattoo art[edit]

After the popularity of Ridley Scott's 1979 movie Alien, tattoo artists began tattooing images taken directly from the movie, and from artist H.R. Giger's Necronomicon series. As the biomechanical tattoo art style became increasingly popular, tattoo artists such as Guy Aitchison and Aaron Cain began designing their own original, biomechanical art, creating one of the most popular contemporary tattoo art movements.[3]

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biomechanical tattoo on chest by delaine neo gilma

In the late 70s, Ridley Scott collaborated with Swiss artist H.R. Giger to design the creatures in his internationally acclaimed sci-fi horror film, “Alien.” Giger’s art became so popular that it inspired generations of artists, and impacted a surrealistic style of tattoo art.

Fusing machines with living organisms, biomechanical tattoos have developed over the decades, with artists incorporating their own influences from engineering to geometric patterns. There is much creative freedom within this art style, as many tattooers freehand directly onto the skin, using the body’s natural shapes to dictate which patterns will create the illusion of an extra dimension.

Top: Delaine “Neo” Gilma’s designs are a fusion of mechanics and geometric shapes.

biomech tattoo by eric deletoile

De L’etoile’s tattoos are heavily influenced from the art of H.R Giger.

Eric De L’etoile

The black and grey designs of Canadian artist Eric De L’étoile often give the illusion of see-through skin, a feature that throws back to the art of H.R Giger. Inspired by the darker side of reality, De L’etoile has perfected the use of shadow to create his signature-style which incorporates movement, texture and depth.

biomech tattoo on back by paco dietz

Inspired by the art of Beksinski, Bacon, and Giger, tattooer Paco Dietz has established his own style.

Paco Dietz

Paco Dietz has a worldwide following, with clients traveling great distances to his studio in California to get one of his tattoos. Featuring muscle tissue, distorted forms and morphing elements, he creates recognizable designs through his use of vibrant color, making his art appear to glow on the skin. Some of his flash tattoos have been featured in his “Biomorphe” book series.

biomechanical tattoos, neon green sleeve, by DELAINE ‘NEO’ GILMA

Saturated color and geometric patterns feature in Neo’s amazing sleeve.

Delaine “Neo” Gilma

Well known for his elaborate geometric tattoo sleeves and back pieces, Delaine “Neo” Gilma creates biomech tattoos in a similar style. His art is inspired by sci-fi, graffiti and comics, which is visible in his work through his heavy use of black ink, saturated colors and 3D shapes. Neo is based in Switzerland and showcases his work here.

strange biomechanical tattoo by jeff croci

Organic shapes and an Asian tattoo flare are a signature of Croci’s tattoos.

Jeff Croci

Jeff Croci admits that he is known for the speed in which he can complete a detailed tattoo—not surprising, considering he has been tattooing for over 20 years. Currently working from 7th Son Tattoo in San Francisco, Croci’s biomech art features organic patterns that give the illusion of internal tendons, muscles and bones, and when combined with his thorough shading and highlights, make for highly detailed and complex compositions.

 tattoo by stepan negur

Stepan Negur prefers working in black and grey with slight hints of color.

Stepan Negur

The art of Stepan Negur has been getting a lot of attention because of the way he uses luminous color to highlight parts of his black and grey tattoos. In true biomechanical style, Negur creates works that give the impression of see-through skin, revealing dark and evil insides.

biomechanical, steampunk by JULIAN SIEBERT

The complexly detailed mechanical tattoos of Siebert.

Julian Siebert

Julian Siebert works under the name Corpsepainter in Munich, Germany. He creates intricate designs that can appear to be highly realistic due to his close attention to detail. The depth of his compositions are a credit to his amazing ability working with shading and highlights.

neon biomechanical tattoos by mike cole

Cole creates tattoos full of three-dimensional shapes.

Mike Cole

Tattooing since 1993, Californian-based artist Mike Cole is instantly recognized for his brightly-colored geometric tattoos. Cole is in a class of his own, taking his time to build hundreds of 3D shapes, each with perfectly straight lines and sharp corners. He applies an isometric grid onto the skin and develops each unique design directly on the body.

biomech sleeve in blue by ron earhart

Earhart’s designs are built by combining several textured layers.

Ron Earhart

Ron Earhart is part of the Analog Tattoo Arts Kolectiv in San Jose, California. With a background in painting, skate deck design and sculpture, Earhart draws on the texture and three-dimensional elements found in his artwork to create his tattoos. He incorporates multiple layers into his work which are often framed by distinctive thorn, or blade-like features.

biomech leg tattoo by guy aitchison

Aitchison is inspired by textures found in nature and the human body.

Guy Aitchison

Having been in the industry for over 25 years, Guy Aitchison is famous for his abstract biomech artwork, which allows him to transform the body, creating a fusion of biology and technology. His passion for the style sees him regularly working on collaborations with other artists.

hr giger inspired tattoo by jeremiah barba

This is without a doubt an eye-catching Giger-inspired back piece.

Jeremiah Barba

Jeremiah Barba has been tattooing for over 15 years and is known for his dark surrealist style. Barba’s twist on the traditional black and grey Giger style is created by adding hyperrealistic portraits and skulls to his designs. A regular traveller to tattoo conventions, Barba is currently working from the Conclave Art Studio in California.

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