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Many Eyes and Colors

 

We looked at a portrait of Audrey Hepburn earlier that left our heads spinning. This portrait tattoo may take the cake as far as trippy and eye-catching designs, though.

Many Eyes and Colors

Like the previous portrait, this tattoo uses the trick of three pairs of eyes. However, it boosts the effect of the use of other techniques. This includes a variety of bright colors, the top of the head fading into birds, and the use of different stylistic techniques. We almost didn’t notice the skull on her forehead!

 

 

Needs New Batteries

 

Most of the time, batteries can prove to be a nuisance. After all, who wants to worry about a remote or device dying right when you need it most?

Needs New Batteries

As far as tattoos go, on the other hand, this makes for a great conversation starter. The tattoo itself, like so many others that have mesmerized us, is well-done and, on the right medium, might trick us into thinking they were real. In this case, we’re wondering if there’s something more electronic to this person than meets the eye.

 

 

An Optical Illusion

 

There’s nothing that mesmerizes us like tattoos that double as optical illusions. After all, they’re made to trick our eyes and be eye-catching overall.

An Optical Illusion

This person’s upper sleeve is a spiral optical illusion that leaves us staring. It looks almost as if you could reach right into their arm! This tattoo uses a few different aspects to accomplish this effect. The tattoo artist obviously takes a lot of time on the linework and shading of their tattoos with amazing results.

 

 

What Detail!

 

While it isn’t for everyone, hyperrealistic tattoos are a shocking addition to anyone’s body art. However, you have to find a talented artist if this is what you’re going for because it’s difficult to create.

What Detail!

The tattoos that adorn this person’s back look like we could walk right in and look around! The detail in the tattoo is really what pulls it all together. Of course, the tattoo of the man alone is impressive but the scene is brought to life by the background.

 

 

Wrapped in Leaves

 

So far, we’ve looked at tattoos that are bold and immediately eye-catching. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t options for a more delicate touch that still mesmerizes us with its artistry.

Wrapped in Leaves

This tattoo artist managed to give this person a delicate piece that we can’t take our eyes off of. The vine wraps around their leg but doesn’t completely cover it. It’s a nice balance for delicate tattoos like this one to dray on the mesmerizing beauty of nature.

 

 

The Places You’ll Go

 

There are plenty of travel tattoos out there. There are a countless number of ways that you can share your passion for travel through the art someone puts on your skin.

The Places You’ll Go

This person went with an absolutely stunning option. Rather than just getting a map or compass tattooed on, they opted for an optical illusion. The compass is tattooed on their skin which appears to be ripping away to show a map underneath. This takes a lot of talent to create!

 

 

Minimalism and Frida Kahlo

 

Tattoos are an art form. As such, they may take inspiration from other artists, even if that artist’s medium was entirely different. There’s nothing quite as inspiring as a successful artist, after all.

Minimalism and Frida Kahlo

This person decided they would pay homage to one of the most famous artists with an appearance that everyone would recognize: Frida Kahlo. However, they decided to use a minimalistic approach and only use the top half of her face. Still, she’s instantly recognizable and unmistakable.

 

 

Simple Lines, Big Concept

 

Minimalism tattoos are a subtle choice that has achieved steadily increasing popularity over the last few years. There have been some genuinely interesting tattoos to come out of it too.

Simple Lines, Big Concept

This tattoo is one of the best examples of this. In any other style, a map of the world would probably be an instantly noticeable tattoo from any angle. This style manages to create a mesmerizing simplicity that leaves viewers studying it a little more closely.

 

 

Layers to It

 

There are tattoos that we marvel at for their simplicity but there are detailed tattoos that take our breath away for the opposite reason. Creating something realistic presents an interesting challenge.

Layers to It

This tattoo incorporates a number of different features from realistic portrait features, scripts, and a bit of an optical illusion. The end result is a tattoo that we could stare at for hours and continue to notice new aspects of it. In all, we’re impressed with this artist’s execution!

 

 

Natural Beauty

 

As we stated before, there’s a certain powerful artistic use of nature in tattoos. There is plenty of inspiration to take from the natural world around us that helps to create gorgeous tattoos.

Natural Beauty

This person’s tattoo is impressive, to say the least. While the tattoo isn’t huge or flashy, it still catches the eye and serves as a beautiful focal point. The most mesmerizing thing about this tattoo isn’t just the detail on the deer’s face but the burst of color of the flowers in the antlers as well.

 

 

There’s a Snake in My…Arm

 

There are certain tattoos that don’t mesmerize us for their beauty. Instead, they draw us in and keep us looking at them in wonder, even if they do make us a little uncomfortable.

There’s a Snake in My…Arm

This tattoo is a perfect example of a tattoo that’s shocking but mesmerizing at the same time. The snake in the tattoo seems like it comes in and out of this person’s skin and it looks pretty realistic. In fact, it looks realistic enough to give the whole tattoo a three-dimensional appearance.

 

 

Perfectly Carved

 

This tattoo is so eye-catching that you almost have to wonder if it’s real at first. Well, it definitely is! It does a great job of showing off the amazing feats that tattoos can be formed into.

Perfectly Carved

This person’s leg tattoo surely catches people’s eyes when they see it. Instead of skin, it looks more like a piece of artistically carved wood instead. It’s shocking to see exactly how good this illusion looks. We have to commend the tattoo artist on a job well done.

 

 

Delicately Placed

 

When we think of tattoos, most people immediately think of sleeves, leg pieces, or even a back or chest tattoo. Yet, different placements can make a huge difference as to what you can do.

Delicately Placed

This tattoo artist and their patron came up with a unique and impressive way to showcase a floral piece. They cleverly had the tattoo wrap around their ear. The leaves delicately wrap around the cartilage of their ear and the flowers take the lobe rather than an earring.

 

 

The Cheshire Inside

 

Once again, the most eye-catching tattoos aren’t always the ones that everyone finds beautiful or elegant. Oftentimes, more horror-themed tattoos use interesting techniques.

The Cheshire Inside

Oddly enough, this tattoo is based on Alice in Wonderland, which many people associate with Disney. That’s one reason this tattoo of the Cheshire Cat is so showstopping. It uses careful shading and artistry to look like a peek inside this person as well as subverting the Disney style often associated with the character.

 

 

Largescale Geometric Tattoos

 

Geometric tattoos are amazing given the simplicity of the core concept. The idea is to use geometric shapes to create a larger design that will blow someone away.

Largescale Geometric Tattoos

One of the best things about using geometric shapes is that it’s a great way to portray depth. That’s why this person’s tattoo is so mesmerizing – you can easily see the way it seems like you could reach into it. The concept is only elevated by the selective use of color vs. black and gray.

 

 

Heads in the Woods

 

This tattoo is also impressive in how it uses both black and gray and vibrant colors to create a beautiful contrast. On top of that, it also just shows off the tattoo artist’s serious talent.

Heads in the Woods

The tattoo has two layers that seamlessly fade into one another including the woman’s face and the scene from a forest path. It blends the two rather opposite themes together in a way that leaves us staring at this image for a while.

 

 

Caught in Smoke

 

Just like with the last tattoo, this tattoo benefits from capturing a difficult technique. After all, how does someone create a still image of something that doesn’t have definite lines?

Caught in Smoke

This tattoo artist surely knows the answer since they created a tattoo like this. Not only is the smoke beautifully recreated here, but the borders of the tattoo also look smoky as well which fits the design better than a hard, strict border might. On top of that, let’s not forget the perfect apple.

 

 

A Beautiful Memory

 

The birth of a child is a momentous occasion in a parent’s life. That means that it only makes sense that some parents would want to mark down the memory on themselves in a tattoo.

A Beautiful Memory

This particular tattoo is simple and small but the meaning is huge and obvious. It uses simple lines rather than careful shading to capture a scene of a mother holding and kissing her newborn. To pull the whole design together, the date is added in a corresponding font.

 

 

Laced Up

 

At this point, we’ve seen a lot of tattoos that rely on illusion. There are plenty more to come too since this is always a mesmerizing method to demonstrate something.

Laced Up

As for this tattoo, it uses a lace-up corset design to get started. The “skin” on their back is corsetted loosely together, showing a mechanical design underneath. In addition to that, this tattoo showcases a balance of the mechanical and natural by adding flowers to the borders.

 

 

Striking Colors

 

Watercolor tattoos have become increasingly popular over the years. As the name suggests, these tattoos are supposed to have the same appearance as a beautiful watercolor painting.

Striking Colors

These tattoos can sometimes take on the appearance of a subject. We have to say, though, this watercolor tattoo just showcases the colors and effects that watercolor has. The tattoo is large too, taking up the person’s forearm. This leaves plenty of room for broad “brushstroke,” giving the artist plenty of room to show off.

 

 

Pen in Place

 

Speaking of double-takes, we’d probably ask this person if we could borrow their pen before we noticed the truth. That’s no pen at all – it’s just another example of realistic tattoos!

Pen in Place

We have to wonder what prompted this person to get a pen tattooed on their head. No matter why, the end result nearly leaves us speechless. This is thanks to more than just how realistic the pen is. It’s enhanced by supporting details such as giving the tattoo a believable shadow on their head.

 

 

Finding Your Inner Disney Princess

 

If you’re a Disney fan, you’ve probably seen a fair share of Disney-themed tattoos. Of course, this encompasses a range of tattoos both good and bad.

Finding Your Inner Disney Princess

This person received a small but stunning tattoo based on the Disney film Mulan. This tattoo manages to take a rather detailed outfit from the movie and boil it down to a minimalistic design. Even better, it does this without losing the integrity of the tattoo or how instantly recognizable the subject of the tattoo is.

 

 

Tattoos for Two

 

What could possibly be better than a single tattoo that takes a viewer’s breath away? How about a set of tattoos for two people who love each other deeply?

Tattoos for Two

This pair chose a design that relies primarily on solid black. When he puts his arm around her shoulder, the two tattoos make up a beautiful and large flower circular design. Yet, the independent tattoos aren’t so reliant on the other half of the design that they look wrong when they aren’t in this pose.

 

 

Just a Touch

 

Hand tattoos have a lot of potential but are generally thought of for people who already have a lot of tattoos. There’s nothing saying that hand tattoos can’t stand alone, though.

Just a Touch

This person decided that a hand tattoo was just what they needed. The result was much more delicate than many people might expect. The tattoo is only made all the more impressive by the small, precise dot work in the design in addition to the even line work.

 

 

Audrey Hepburn Like You’ve Never Seen

 

When it comes to portrait tattoos, there are some figures that you see more than others. For instance, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn have decorated countless tattoos.

Audrey Hepburn Like You’ve Never Seen

That’s why when this person wanted to make sure that their Audrey Hepburn tattoo stood out from the rest. We have to say, they definitely accomplished this and caught our attention. This definitely looks like the actress like we’ve never seen her before. At least, we don’t remember her having six eyes.

 

 

Among the Trees

 

As we’ve stated before, there’s a lot of inspiration to be found in nature. That’s why there are so many tattoos that use the beauty of nature to nail down the design that the recipient wants.

Among the Trees

This person also got a forest scene but, if you look closely, you’ll notice it isn’t a solid shadow. For one, the use of black and gray together gives the tattoo depth it would otherwise be missing. Additionally, the tattoo uses dot work along with solid coloring.

 

 

The Missing Piece

 

In this tattoo, the artist relied on shading to help give the tattoo the three-dimensional effect they wanted. Yet, they didn’t stop there either, giving this tattoo a multi-layered concept.

The Missing Piece

Actually, it’s quite literally multi-layered, as far as tattoos go. Close to the style of the battery tattoo, this tattoo starts by creating a missing piece from the skin, this time shifting the piece over slightly. To add to this concept, though, there are scales showing underneath. A merperson perhaps?

 

 

Tiny Turtles

 

Coordinating tattoos have a tendency to go wrong. That’s why it’s so impressive when you see ones that work so well together and look gorgeous independently.

Tiny Turtles

These tattoos are beautiful together and as individual tattoos. Each of them serves as a pastel sea turtle, mixing hard lines with the techniques of a watercolor tattoo. While these tattoos don’t combine into a bigger, singular picture, they nearly match in design as well, despite facing in different directions.

 

 

Behind the Mask

 

Heavily tattooed people often have designs that meld into one another. For instance, sleeves often flow into the artwork that people tattoo on their hands or shoulders.

Behind the Mask

This person decided that they were happy with a bit of separation in design. This time, the tattoos on their hands actually match their face. Now, when they cover their face, they have a mask ready! We wonder what this tattoo looks like when their hands are down.

 

 

Framed for Viewing

 

The borders of tattoos are often one of the aspects of a tattoo design that can be hard to decide on. This is especially true when it comes to showing off scenes rather than definite images.

Framed for Viewing

This tattoo artist and the person being tattooed came up with an excellent solution. Instead of letting the tattoo fade out or framing the scene with a natural element like trees, the artist created a beautiful gold frame for the tattoo, giving it an almost ethereal look.

 

 

The Writing Underneath

 

We’ve looked at a lot of optical illusions that push the limit of what you might think tattoos can do. This tattoo blows us away with the attention to detail and the illusion the artist accomplished.

The Writing Underneath

At first glance, you might even think that there was something under this man’s skin. As it turns out, it’s just the writing of the tattoo, enhanced by the optical illusion effect. Not only does this show a touch of realism in the “skin,” but in the shading on the written portion as well.

 

 

A Talented Portrait Artist

 

Portraits, by their nature, are difficult tattoos to create. This is especially true the closer you get to a more realistic style, where a multitude of mistakes can make for an unrecognizable tattoo.

A Talented Portrait Artist

That’s why we’re so impressed when we see portrait tattoos that look like this one. This tattoo does more than just create a realistic face too. The wardrobe that the subject of the portrait is wearing is fairly detailed too and this artist didn’t miss a beat!

 

 

A Little 3D

 

There’s been a lot of discussion about how well-done good three-dimensional tattoos have looked so far. There are plenty of different ways that this can work out too!

A Little 3D

This person may not have gotten a traditional approach to a three-dimensional snake but it definitely caught our attention! Instead, the design relies on a blue and red layered design reminiscent of watching a 3D movie without the proper glasses. The end result is absolutely eye-catching and unique.

 

 

Look at These Muscles

 

For the average person, this tattoo might seem like a bit much. However, for someone interested in anatomy and the human body, this tattoo is picture-perfect.

Look at These Muscles

Either way, though, you have to appreciate this artist’s eye for detail. Creating a full sleeve is hard enough but creating an anatomically accurate recreation of muscle over an arm is even harder. I guess this person will never forget what’s underneath their skin since they have a handy reference!

 

 

Working with Lines

 

This tattoo artist is actually well-known for her style as shown in this tattoo. Her name is Lisa Orth, based in Los Angeles at Alleged Arts, and she’s well-known for her linework.

Working with Lines

We can see why too! This tattoo leaves us mesmerized with its linework but with such careful detailing that you don’t notice it isn’t shaded right away. The end result is a precise tattoo of flowers and branches with the same charm as a skillful sketch.

 

 

Adding Texture

 

There’s a lot that goes into making a tattoo not only look great but last as well. There are some tattoos that don’t seem like they leave a lot of creative room, though, like a black ink sleeve.

Adding Texture

As this tattoo artist shows us, there’s more to black ink than meets the eye. Instead of offering a standard sleeve in black, they went the extra mile to create this multi-dimensional tattoo that still relies mostly on black ink.

 

 

Look at That Detail!

 

This tattoo probably couldn’t be more different from the finger tattoo we looked at. Instead of a design made to be subtle, this tattoo demands a viewer’s attention and it deserves it.

Look at That Detail!

Reaching from this person’s waist up over their entire ribcage, there was plenty of room to set the scene. There’s so much going on in this tattoo too! While the shark demands a lot of attention, there seems to be a naval battle going on as well.

 

 

Blue Period

 

Heavily relying on one color is a technique that artists of all mediums do, from tattoos to photography. This tattoo artist decided this tattoo would look better in blue and we have to agree!

Blue Period

The choice of blue is fitting as well. Since the shark is present, the blue tones solidify the ocean theme. It also helps to blend together the different elements of the tattoo that might otherwise seem unrelated. For instance, the shark and the portrait work better together with a tying hue.

 

 

Buttoned Up

 

If we saw this person without knowing what we were looking at, their tattoo would surely startle us. Yet, that seems like the purpose here: tattoos that make us do a double-take.

Buttoned Up

The concept behind the tattoo is simple. Boiled down, it’s just a line of buttons as if they were wearing a button-up shirt. What really makes this tattoo stand out from the rest is how well-done and realistic it is. Once again, we have to give the artist a hand for some great shading.

 

 

Simple but Artistic

 

We’ve mentioned geometric tattoos already but they’re usually defined by sharp, clear lines. This tattoo may not fit that bill exactly but it’s still a well-done piece of art that leaves us in awe.

Simple but Artistic

The artist could have gone for a lion in a thousand different styles but chose one that really captured our attention. The lion is made up of sections of largely unblended colors. This gives it a slightly softened but still mesmerizing tattoo.

 

 

The Clover Effect

 

Don’t you just love those illusions that play such a wild trick on your eyes that you feel like what you’re looking at is moving? This tattoo is a perfect example of that. We don’t know about you, but we feel like these shapes are vibrating a little bit.

The Clover Effect

We imagine it would have the same effect it was just a bunch of circles surrounding each other. But because they resemble some sort of rare clover, we simply had to put it on this list.

 

 

You Know the Drill

 

OK, so it’s not a drill. It is actually part of a suspension system for a car. But still, it’s pretty neat and perfectly works as a leg tattoo. We guess this guy is a fan of automobiles.

You Know the Drill

Heck, maybe he’s a talented runner and likes to compare himself to one of those cars from the Fast and the Furious film franchise. Either that or he simply thought this concept looked cool and wanted it on his skin.

 

 

I’ll Be Back

 

Have you ever seen the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day? It is already established that the main character is a robot sent from the future to save John Connor’s life. But it’s only when the T-800 rips off his arm’s skin to reveal the cybernetic machinery beneath that takes the movie to a whole new level of awesomeness.

I’ll Be Back

This tattoo really sends out similar vibes – that there is some sort of machine lurking beneath the surface.

 

 

A Well Oiled Machine

 

Speaking of machines, here is another example of a tattoo that makes it look like the person in question is simply a robot who is masquerading as a human being. We really appreciate the attention to detail that went into producing this tattoo.

A Well Oiled Machine

While it creates the illusion that there are a bunch of gnarly holes on this person’s back, the sight of the mechanical spine and the many wheels and bolts is truly a sight to behold.

 

 

The Way of the Samurai

 

This might not be the most mesmerizing tattoo on this list, but it is still pretty cool to look at nonetheless. We love it when a silhouette still manages to tell a story and this can certainly be said about the following tattoo.

The Way of the Samurai

It clearly depicts a samurai who is in some sort of meditative stance. The rest of the tattoo simply adds to the hypnotic quality of the scene. The robe, sword and hairstyle are clear indications that this guy means business.

 

 

Guitar O’ Clock

 

Some people love music more than others – so much so that they would even happily get a tattoo of their favorite band or a set of memorable song lyrics. This guy seemed to take things to another level though in the music department.

Guitar O’ Clock

It seems that he is very much into playing guitar. He wanted to show the world just how passionate he was as an axman, he got the tattoo that made it look like the top of a guitar is embedded into his skin.

 

 

Marked By the Beast

 

Anyone who has a cat probably knows how annoying it can be to be clawed left, right and center virtually every day. Our cats don’t mean anything by it, they just like to dig their claws into us from time to time. And there are times when they scratch just a bit too hard.

Marked By the Beast

This seemed to be the inspiration for the following tattoo. Except, it looks like the scratch marks are the result of a human hand, not the paw of a feline.

 

 

The Neverending Tattoo

 

Some illusions are trippier than others and this one is certainly up there with the very best. We’d say that the beauty here is in the tattoo’s simplicity. Yet, when you focus on it, it is virtually impossible to judge where the circle begins and where it ends.

The Neverending Tattoo

And that’s the point of the illusion. One thing is for sure, we can imagine this tat being a true conversation starter at any bar.

 

 

I’m Back

 

Lo and behold, here is another example of a tattoo that is reminiscent of that ghastly scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. This time though, we would say it looks even more like that moment went T-800 exposed his real arm to prove to the creator of Skynet that he wasn’t lying.

I’m Back

Imagine if a robot came along to warn you of the future with this kind of imagery. That’s what makes this tattoo so harrowing –  the story behind it.

 

 

Love Is the Magic Word

 

There is no denying that virtuous words being tattooed on us can be kind of tacky, depending on how they are done. But we don’t think that the following tattoo qualifies. In fact, we are kind of digging it.

Love Is the Magic Word

This is because of the way that the words are hiding in the background beneath this star which appears to be etched into the person’s skin. The fact that the word “love” is the only word in red coloring also speaks volumes about the tat.

 

 

Let Them Out!

 

Once more, the tattoos that catch our eyes are often ones that leave us feeling a little uncomfortable. To an extent, this shows how much care and talent went into creating the tattoo.

Let Them Out!

This person wanted a scene that most of us don’t want to think about: an alien underneath their skin. What really makes this tattoo so impressive is that it isn’t a piece of art with clean lines. It relies solely on shading to make sure that this tattoo looks as easily recognizable as it does.

 

 

The Shading Alone

 

Realistic tattoos in black and gray are difficult to accomplish. On the other hand, full color realistic tattoos present a unique challenge to tattoo artists as well.

The Shading Alone

This person decided that the perfect addition was a skull looming over a candle. With this artwork, we have to say they made the right choice! Not only is the piece recognizable, it looks almost photo realistic. The artist did a fantastic job at catching everything from the smoke to the shading in candlelight.

 

 

A Perfect Spiral

 

Spiraling tattoos are sometimes optical illusions but they sometimes just seem to hypnotize the viewer for a while. It’s something about the appeal of the symmetry and the detailed work.

A Perfect Spiral

This tattoo features an especially interesting design. The optical illusion draws you in and leaves you looking closer at this tattoo. That’s when you’ll notice that these aren’t solid lines. They’re made up of smaller dots, giving the tattoo a more detailed appearance. We have to admire the hard work that went into this art piece.

 

 

To the Mountaintop

 

If you aren’t careful, a tattoo of a mountain peak could look like countless others. Yet, there are ways to make even such a popular idea look unique with the help of the right artist.

To the Mountaintop

This tattoo artist and their patron took a careful look at a mountain and minimalism. The tattoo is largely made up of lines and dots rather than detailed shading and hues. Plus, with the placement on the back of the calf, the line straight down creates some beautiful symmetry.

 

 

Tattooed in Marble

 

The statues of the Renaissance are gorgeous sights that people still flock to see. So, if you find an artist as great as this one, why not turn to tattoos of these beautiful masterpieces?

Tattooed in Marble

This person’s tattoos showcase the beauty of both tattooing and sculpture. There are multiple Renaissance-style statues tattooed into this person’s skin including all their details. You can see that the tattoo artist took the time to carefully and artistically capture the waves, folds in fabric, and everything other detail necessary.

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