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Trash-Polka is one of the few styles in the art of tattoo, the creators of which and the place of origin are well known. It was started by two artists: Simone Plaff and Volko Merschky, working in the Buena Vista Tattoo Club studio in Würzburg, Germany. They used many compositional and technical solutions from other styles of tattooing. They mixed black and gray, photorealistic portraits with graphic, geometric or lettering elements. The collages created in this way were also supplemented with careless shapes resembling brush strokes. Moreover, the tones of the tattoos add a dramatic character to the whole, as trash artists mainly use black and red, although other colors are acceptable. The creators of trash-polka say that in this way they want to merge together seemingly mutually exclusive elements: realism and abstraction, humanity and technology, as well as the past, present and future. Due to their specificity, the designs are quite large and cover larger parts of the body.