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3D Tattoos

3D Tattoos

By Devon Fulford

Art is a moving, breathing, ever-changing entity. Since the beginning of human existence, we’ve found ways to express ourselves in artistic manners. Popular movements in art are grasped, embraced, altered, and then eventually die away or lose their original allure, making way for the next big movement to come along and rock the world. Artistry in tattoo form is not a current phenomenon—though it is a currently prevalent one. There are so many amazing and noteworthy styles of tattooing on the contemporary front. The styles, colors, and subjects run the gamut; there’s almost literally nothing that one can’t view in tattooed form. One of the most eye-catching—and even jaw-dropping—form of tattoo is the three-dimensional tattoo that has recently gained notoriety on the scene of everything tattooed and beautiful.

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What is a 3D Tattoo?

Three dimensional (3D) tattoos are those that actually look as if you could reach out and touch them or hold them in your hand—if you deigned to, that is, since many 3D tattoos are on the more macabre or graphic side. These unique pieces of artwork are created by highly skilled tattoo artists who employ particular shading and coloring to make the piece look as if it has come alive, popped out of the second dimension, and entered into the third one.


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Types of 3D Tattoos

If partnered up with the artist who’s up for the challenge, nearly any sort of image can be transformed into a three dimensional tattoo work of art. Creating a sense of real motion in a 3D piece can be super awesome—like a bird or butterfly in flight, a car or motorcycle speeding down the highway, or a banner—like a flag—billowing in a breeze. People who opt for portrait tattoos might want to explore getting their portrait done in 3D, as this effect makes the subject of the piece come to life like never before.


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Other incredible types of 3D tattoos are the abstract pieces that give insane depth to the skin and trick the eye into thinking that they are actually seeing a third dimension. As noted before, a lot of 3D tattoos come in the form of a creepy image and may display something ghastly crawling out from underneath the skin of the wearer. Eyes and mouths are popular images to have tattooed in 3D form; also, many people—particularly women—choose bows for their 3D piece.


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Who Gets 3D Tattoos?

Clearly, anyone can get any tattoo they please—within the respected age limits and laws of where the tattoo is being obtained. Be assured: 3D tattoos are for the person who wants to be noticed. These pieces are often large and bold, incorporating much colored ink into the artwork or covering large expanses of skin. Even smaller 3D tattoos are so stunning by their inherent nature that one can be expected to garner loads of attention if sporting one in public. 3D tattoos are meant to be flaunted and shown off.

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If you’re considering getting inked, the world of 3D tattooing is expanding all of the time. The extra depth and detail in such tattoos makes them genuinely special.




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About Devon Fulford

Devon is a logophile fortunate enough to do writing and editing for her 9-5, while traveling the United States in a pop-up camper with her man and 100-lb chocolate Labrador, The Walrus. She’s also the gratified canvas for over 60 hours in ink work and is starting to run out of un-inked skin for upcoming major projects.

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