Getting a 3D tattoo is a growing trend. Tattoo artists who have expertise in creating shockingly realistic paintings have waiting lists from eight months to two years. What is fascinating about the 3D tattoos is that even though they appear to be jumping off of the skin, they are merely an optical illusion.
3D tattoo art takes self-expression to a whole new level. Optical illusion is used to create multidimensional tattoos for a variety of reasons, including appreciation for the artistry, the appeal to get something unique and the shock appeal.
Much like traditional tattoos, people choose items with special meaning to them for their 3D tattoos. While that may often be a butterfly fluttering on the skin, or letters that stand out in a more pronounced way, they also allow for a wider variety of creativity. 3D tattoos lend themselves well to the unusual. Graphic, gruesome and strange tattoos are gaining popularity. They are startlingly realistic and definitely a conversation piece.
The optical illusions reveal unique things, like scrunched up skin around a tattooed zipper or skin pealing back with the illusion that something is coming through it. These tattoos may seen like something out of a science fiction movie, but they are gaining popularity among everyday people.
Traditional tattoos and 3D tattoos are created in the same way, despite the drastic difference in their appearance. They are both done using a tiny needle, but while a traditional tattoo sits on the skin, the 3D version seems to jump off of the skin, calling for attention. They almost look as if the skin has been carved in some way to depict the dark shadows and vivid depth.
Jason Anthony, from Golden Rule Tattoo in Phoenix, AZ, said that even though the same techniques are used, the effect is completely different. “It’s just a different way of pushing the envelope with what we can do with tattooing,” he said.
Anthony also states that people who are interested in getting a 3D tattoo are going to pay a lot more than they would for a traditional one. As with anything, you get what you pay for. The more depth and realism from the tattoo artist, the more likely the customer is going to pay for it. A truly convincing 3D tattoo can get very expensive.
Traditional flowers, letters and faces are out. The new trend in tattoos is 3D art. Think robotic body parts, creepy crawlies jumping off of the skin, anatomically correct animals, rugged scales, a gaping hole in the chest that looks like the heart is being ripped from the skin or a series of smaller, yet realistic looking tattoos. The idea is to think outside of the box and create a unique vision with a 3D tattoo.
Though the trend for 3D tattoos is still relatively new, getting one is a way to quickly draw attention, first for the shock value, then for the pure interest in how it was created in such a realistic way. The optical illusion of the artistry is fascinating.
Editorial by Tracy Rose