A realistic tattoo applied by an inexperienced tattooer or someone that doesn’t have the proper training in this style can easily turn into a disaster very fast, opening the door for customer’s disappointment, discontent complaints, and potential high expenses in a coverup tattoo and/or tattoo laser removal. This is why ALWAYS is a good idea to choose your artist wisely. Timeless Tattoo Studio in Fayetteville, NC is hands down one of the finest realism tattoo shops in Fayetteville, NC, we have the skills and experience to match our clients with the best possible choice of an artist when looking for your next realism tattoo idea.
Out of the many styles of tattooing like color tattoos or American Traditional; realistic tattoos are definitely some that stand apart from the rest. The vivid illusion of a real-life tattoo on someone’s skin is something that causes amazement to most people and attracts the eyes of even the most critics of tattoos and the tattoed community. Realism tattoo, also known as photorealism, has its humble origins in jails and penitentiaries, later spreading to street shops and artists from California around the ’70s and slowly developing into the approach we’re familiar with today, but put in simple terms, realism is the ability to capture a detailed artistic rendering of real-life imagery.
Most people associate realism with just Black and Grey style or portrait tattoos, and even though this assumption is not incorrect, truth is that realism style tattoos can be applied to just about anything. Dominating this art on paper is difficult as is, but taking those same skills and transferring it to the skin while applying it correctly is definitely a task for a pro-level realism tattooer and mastering this technique is something artists spend years of dedication and practice to accomplish.
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There are basically two ways to achieve a realism tattoo, you can go the black and white approach, also known as black and grey, this style in many cases is referred to as photorealism in which as the name suggests is creating effects to render a copy of a black and white photo on the skin.
This type of realism tattoo is by far the easier of the two styles to master since eliminating the need for color allows the artist to focus completely on the application of details and shading.
This style also makes it much easier to take a color picture and render it as a black and grey piece, since you can just take the original photo and completely desaturate the color and transform it into a black and white reference for the tattoo.
Executing a realism tattoo in color on the other hand adds a whole new element to the equation! Not only does a full-color realism tattoo requirers stress levels of concentration, focus, and skills, but they are also extremely time-consuming, many times requiring layers upon layers of details and saturation of the skin with color to achieve a vibrant real life-like effect that the client desires. However, when done right the final result can look real enough to reach out and grab!
This style however makes it a bit more tricky when trying to render a black and white photo into a color realism tattoo, since many times the artist will have to look for similar content to what’s being tattooed and use that as reference points along with some creativity and artistic freedom to try and achieve gratifying results.
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