Human skin is a difficult medium as it tends to stretch and sag over time. Tattoo artists have come a long way since the art started several thousand years ago. These days, tattoos are colored, shaded, and some are even life-like. TAttoo artist Den Yakovlevhas been making waves in his native Russia with his life-like tattoos. He doesn’t just ink a design onto your skin, he creates a masterpiece. Believe it or not, some of his work (like the pizza slice below) are even in 3D. Den is known for his unusual designs as well as the incredible amount of detail he puts into his work.
Victor Portugal is a Poland-based tattoo artist who is renowned for his dark and surreal approach to tattoo design. Born in Uruguay, he lived in Spain for some years before settling down in Krakow, Poland where he operates his own tattoo studio, Dark Times Tattoo. Its one thing to create a design on paper, another thing entirely to imprint it on a piece of living material that may someday stretch or wrinkle. Skin is a very difficult medium to work with, yet talented artists like Victor manage to convey depth and dimension to their designs.
Tattoos may be a sign of creativity, rebellion, or self-expression, depending on your culture. Some people simply let it be but Shawn Barber, on the other hand, has a bit of an obsession with tattoos. All of his work involve tattoos in one way or another. He has published and illustrated at least two books on the subject. His distinctive style of rendering tattooed people in the most colorfully vivid way has made his work stand out from other artists. Unsurprisingly, Shawn is also a tattoo artist.
In Malo’s “Un jour, mon enfant tu seras” (One Day, You Will Be, My Child) series, he dresses up an adorably appealing infant in different costumes. Matador, monk, boxer, and butcher are just some of the professions that this baby might get into someday. As with every photograph, the line that separates the mediocre form the great is determined by the amount of detail. Surfer baby above even has the requisite necklace and tattoo. I do hope that’s just make-up on the baby boxer’s eye.