It is, without a doubt, awe-inspiring to watch tattooists create 3D works of art on a 2D surface like skin. It takes years of devotion, hard work, talent and motivation for tattooists to create hyperrealism, a category of tattoos which are often referred to as unreal Realism tattoos.

The time it takes to transfer an idea to skin requires many steps in between, which can take an astounding amount of time. For some artists, it can take weeks and for others, maybe months. Because for many professionals who create these types of tattoos their goal is perfection.

Brief History of Realistic Tattoos

Realism and realistic tattoos date back several thousand years. As a matter of fact, many of today’s tattoo artists who specialize in this type of art take inspiration from artists like Millet and Courbet. However, even Millet and Courbet often relied on the lessons learned from old masters when it came to techniques and tools, though infused it with the philosophies of that time to create depictions of life. It is said that it wasn’t until the invention of the film camera that this art form actually became popular.

Realism and Realistic Tattoo Styles

Now because of the background of realism tattooing, there are various styles that artists depending on their own background will gravitate towards. Some will combine abstract illustrative art with realistic forms and pop art to create work that’s unique. Others will focus their creative juices on black and grey realism, while others will dabble in highly saturated color tattoos. So, every artist tries to illustrate what fascinates them the most. That’s why they accept and choose to decline projects based on their own creative goals.

Some of the most common types of realism tattooing are dark art, surrealism, horror, film stills, celebrity portraits, etc. The tattoos are only limited by what the naked eye can see for many artists, and their imagination is the limit.

A tattooist will tell you what their style is, show you a couple of photos of their work and if that’s something that you’re interested in they will start working on something for you. Most Realism and realistic tattooists are inspired by the smallest things; others draw their inspiration from the work of rival artists infused with their own unique style. So, as someone who wants a realistic tattoo, it is important to find an artist who sees things the way you want it on your skin.


*(Tattoo shown above done by Primitive’s artist Travis)

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