Tattoos are accepted, as art, in mainstream circles, according to The Guardian. Within the tattooing world, tattoos are considered art, hence the term "body art."
As the popularity of body art increases, general acceptance of tattoos has also increased. With that acceptance a greater appreciation for the skill and artistry of tattoo artists has developed, notes the Guardian.
Tattoo flash drawings, or examples of the tattoo artist's drawing style on paper, is art; however, when that flash is on a person, that opinion may change. Tattoo artists, like Sailor Jerry, have become famous for their style of drawing. While a tattoo artist's work is not showcased, like other art, in major museums, it is still respected and praised, notes The Guardian.