London’s EDGE Tradeshow Reveals Macabre Themes and Tattoo Inspired Graphic Design Trends for Spring/Summer ‘13

London’s Edge tradeshow highlights the latest trends in graphics and prints for the goth, punk and skateboarding markets, featuring both emerging and established action sports and lifestyle brands. Delivering details to us from across the ocean was leading trend forecast and analysis company Stylesight, who recently reported their findings for Spring/Summer 2013.

One graphic design trend spotted by Stylesight included tattooed pin-ups inspired by macabre themes, heavy in detail and fluid line work.

“Memories of the goth and punk vibe are illustrated and revived,” states Stylesight in its London S/S 13 Edge report.

Design elements that define this trend, dubbed “Miss Tattoo,” include:

  • Graphics inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead
  • Female portraits as the focus of attention
  • Classic rose tattoos intertwine with female figures
  • Black, white and vivid red as dominant colors

See examples below:

“Miss Tattoo” Graphic Design Trend

Graphic design trends 2013: "Miss Tattoo" in apparel graphics as predicted by Stylesight.

Graphic design trends 2013: “Miss Tattoo” in apparel graphics as predicted by Stylesight.

Above: 1 Gypsy 4 men’s T-shirt (left) and Mirror men’s T-shirt by Liquorbrand // 2 VM Roses Crew T-shirt by Sullen Clothing // 3 Dead Dancer women’s tattoo tee by 2K2BT // 4 Graphic T-shirts designed by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Danny Osterman

With access to leading fashion trend reports at the FIDM Library, one of the largest specialized fashion libraries in the United States, students earning their graphic design and digital media degrees at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising stay current with upcoming trends for fashion, color, graphics design and more.

The Blog publishes graphic design trend reports every week. Browse more 2013 graphic design trends here.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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