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12/01/2014 03:24 pm ET Updated Jan 31, 2015

12 Hyperrealistic Tattoos That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

This post is dedicated to taking a closer look at the work of some of the best realistic tattooers in the world. Realistic tattoos are inspired by the Realism Art Movement which was launched in France in the 1850s.

The objective of Realism was to fight the tendencies of the previous Romantic period, which focused on fancier subjects and included extreme emotionalism and drama. The Realistic period instead focused on common objects and ordinary people and situations, utilizing truth and accuracy artistically, while also not avoiding the unpleasant aspects of life.

Realistic tattoos most commonly depict portraits or landscapes that mimic the fine detail of a photograph. Artists and tattoo collectors tend to prefer doing these pieces in black and grey, as it can be really difficult to capture the colors of a photograph and the tones of black and grey provide significant depth to a tattoo. The style is also called photo-realism and not all tattoo artists are able to master this style.

The popularity of realistic tattoos has grown tremendously over the years and some have become viral sensations on social media. The following tattoos were the objects of the most likes, comments, and shares by the Tattoodo users: the worlds biggest global tattoo community founded by Ami James, tattoo artist and Reality TV star from the shows Miami Ink and NY Ink.

If you're looking to get a realistic tattoo, it's important that you find an artist that is a master of realism. A good place to start would be by following these guys on Instagram!

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