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10 Realistic Bangers by Niki Norberg

Because we love showcasing Niki Norberg's astounding work, here are 10 bangers by him that are unbelievably realistic.

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We've frequently featured the realistic tattoos of Niki Norberg in posts about his work, but we're at it again with a new angle — his bangers. For those who don't recognize the term, bangers are custom tattoos that are designed to be finished in single sittings. Given the high artistic demands exerted on tattooists who practice black and grey hyperrealism, it is amazing that Norberg can produce this level of jaw-dropping work in such small amounts of time. Here are a handful of pieces by him that prove perfection can exist under extreme pressure.

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Welcome to the masquerade. Excellent black and grey realism by Niki Norberg. bangers blackandgrey Masquerade NikiNorberg photorealism realism
Welcome to the masquerade. Excellent black and grey realism by Niki Norberg. #bangers #blackandgrey #Masquerade #NikiNorberg #photorealism #realism
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A worthy tribute to the guitar god Jimi Hendrix by Niki Norberg. bangers blackandgrey JimiHendrix NikiNorberg photorealism realism music
A worthy tribute to the guitar god Jimi Hendrix by Niki Norberg. #bangers #blackandgrey #JimiHendrix #NikiNorberg #photorealism #realism #music

Norberg excels at black and grey portraiture. His precision with this technique is arguably what best illustrates his superb skill as a tattoo artist. This is a bad pun, but that depiction of Hendrix rocks, and the fact that it was done in one sitting makes it just that much more impressive. 

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A glimpse into the American west in this photorealism by Niki Norberg. bangers blackandgrey NativeAmericans NikiNorberg photorealism realism
A glimpse into the American west in this photorealism by Niki Norberg. #bangers #blackandgrey #NativeAmericans #NikiNorberg #photorealism #realism
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The way that Niki Norberg captures modern American muscle in all its power here. bangers blackandgrey color hotrod motorcycle NikiNorberg photorealism realism
The way that Niki Norberg captures modern American muscle in all its power here. #bangers #blackandgrey #color #hotrod #motorcycle #NikiNorberg #photorealism #realism
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Niki Norberg's replica of a famous photo of Butch Cassidy and crew is old-school gangster. bangers bankrobbers blackandgrey ButchCassidy NikiNorberg photorealism realism truecrime
Niki Norberg's replica of a famous photo of Butch Cassidy and crew is old-school gangster. #bangers #bankrobbers #blackandgrey #ButchCassidy #NikiNorberg #photorealism #realism #truecrime

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As a lover of true crime, I can't help but nerd out a little bit about Norberg's rendition of the infamous "The Fort Worth Five" photo of Butch Cassidy and his gang taken by John Swartz. The fine lettering in the wanted poster in it captures the bank-robber mythos of this legendary American criminal picture perfectly. His work with historical photorealism is second to none.

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The person is now ready to remove all their obstacles with this awesome banger of Ganesh by Niki Norberg. bangers blackandgrey Buddhist Ganesh Hindu NikiNorberg photorealism realism
The person is now ready to remove all their obstacles with this awesome banger of Ganesh by Niki Norberg. #bangers #blackandgrey #Buddhist #Ganesh #Hindu #NikiNorberg #photorealism #realism
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The delicacy of this Buddha by Niki Norberg is suggetive of Nirvana. bangers blackandgrey Buddha minimalism NikiNorberg photorealism realism
The delicacy of this Buddha by Niki Norberg is suggetive of Nirvana. #bangers #blackandgrey #Buddha #minimalism #NikiNorberg #photorealism #realism

Norberg's approach to black and grey tattoos, however, not only suits images from American culture, it lends itself to the iconography of others as well. For instance, take the Hindu and Buddhist figures depicted in the photos above. Also, it's remarkable how he can do so much fine work in a minimalistic fashion. The tiny portrait of Buddha is utterly exquisite.

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Niki Norberg's take on Princess Zelda and the Triforce. Save her from the evil Ganondorf, Link! bangers blackandgrey color NikiNorberg photorealism realism Triforce Zelda gamertattoos nintendo
Niki Norberg's take on Princess Zelda and the Triforce. Save her from the evil Ganondorf, Link! #bangers #blackandgrey #color #NikiNorberg #photorealism #realism #Triforce #Zelda #gamertattoos #nintendo

Here's a great one for all you Zelda lovers out there. His use of golden yellow emphasizes the power of the Triforce in this banger meant for the wielder of a Wii controller. Also, as shown by some of these tattoos that reside on his client's extremities, bangers make for great hand pieces. 

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Unsettling surreal horror collage by Niki Norberg. bangers blackandgrey eye horror NikiNorberg photorealism realism skull surrealism
Unsettling surreal horror collage by Niki Norberg. #bangers #blackandgrey #eye #horror #NikiNorberg #photorealism #realism #skull #surrealism

Just to show off Norberg's versatility in this style even more, this one exemplifies his ability to create visuals that are both mesmerizing and terrifying in their surreal nature. The way that the female figure bleeds into the skull leading to this eye caught in a spiral of time is uncanny. 

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If you like heavy metal, then Niki Norberg is the tattooist for you. bangers blackandgrey BlackLabelSociety heavymetal NikiNorberg photorealism realism skull
If you like heavy metal, then Niki Norberg is the tattooist for you. #bangers #blackandgrey #BlackLabelSociety #heavymetal #NikiNorberg #photorealism #realism #skull

If you enjoyed this phenomenal spread of black and grey tattoos by Norberg, you can check out more of his rocking takes on reality in this other post, visit his website, and follow him on his Instagram. He tattoos at Wicked Ink in Goteborg, Sweden, so if you're thereabouts, hit him up for a banger of your own. We'll be sure to feature more of his new work soon, so until then, stay real.

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Originally from Oklahoma. BA in literary studies from The New School. MFA in creative writing from New Mexico State University. English teacher, published poet, and writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games.

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