By M. W. Byrne

20 Incredible 3D Tattoos to Inspire and Astound

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just want to gawk, today we’ve got some of the best-executed 3D tattoos for you to check out.

Escher Hodgepodge

To kick things off, here’s a classic M.C. Escher-style tat that offers a little surreality, but doesn’t go too far afield. 

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Geometric Shapes

Tattoos of this stripe – and spiral – are especially helpful for those who want to get creative ink, but aren’t wild about showing skin.

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Characters Portraits

A 3D portrait tat of any character you adore is a way to broadcast what you’re into with a permanent homage. 

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Classic Photo Realism

By getting a photographically shaded work, you can create a vintage sensibility above and beyond a sepia-toned filter.

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Expanded Anatomy

Evoking the diagrams of Da Vinci’s canvas, these expanded anatomy tattoos really drive home the 3D effect. It’s a nice way to blur the line between realism and surrealism.

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Pop-up Effect

These types of 3D tattoos begin as standard ink, then fade into startling realism as they seem to move up and out from the skin. It requires a particularly gifted artist to execute convincingly.

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Second Skin

If you would like some scales, armor, or a nice geometric overlay to make you feel more at home in your skin, there’s a 3D tat for that. How much of your body and where is entirely up to your own sense of personal aesthetics.

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Outer Space

3D tattoos depicting the deepest reaches of space represent the interwoven dichotomy that is relative reality–and provide a way for web writers to sound really pretentious.

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