Horror and Realism by Stepan Negur

These hyperrealistic tattoos by Stepan Negur are here to swallow your soul.

Powerton7 months ago in Tattoo Artists

I generally try to shy away from using the first person when writing here at Tattoodo, but I couldn't help myself on this particular post. Among the many nerdy things I love, scary stuff is close to the top of the list. 

Today, I'm showcasing some send-chills-up-your-spine tattoos by Stepan Negur, a master of hyperrealism. His work brings the uncanny to life, and it is legitimately haunting in its realistic qualities.  

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Negur's use of just the right amount of color here gives this ram's skull a demonic glow. #animalskull #goat #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #flames #hell #scary #horns #colorrealism #skull
Negur's use of just the right amount of color here gives this ram's skull a demonic glow. #animalskull #goat #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #flames #hell #scary #horns #colorrealism #skull
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
The level of detail that results from Negur's use of shading is scary good.  #horror #hyperrealism #skull #StepanNegur #scary #dark #blackandgrey #blackandgreyrealism
The level of detail that results from Negur's use of shading is scary good. #horror #hyperrealism #skull #StepanNegur #scary #dark #blackandgrey #blackandgreyrealism
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
I love how this skull retained its forked tongue in the bowels of the underworld. Nice touch Negur. #horror #hyperrealism #skull #StepanNegur #flames #hell #scary #realism #colorrealism
I love how this skull retained its forked tongue in the bowels of the underworld. Nice touch Negur. #horror #hyperrealism #skull #StepanNegur #flames #hell #scary #realism #colorrealism
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
What's more terrifying than demonic portraits of animal and human skulls? Negur's demon and devil skulls. They've all the features of a human's and horns to boot. #demonskull #horror #hyperrealism  #StepanNegur #demon #devil #skull #scary
What's more terrifying than demonic portraits of animal and human skulls? Negur's demon and devil skulls. They've all the features of a human's and horns to boot. #demonskull #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #demon #devil #skull #scary
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Negur's use of negative space here gives this hellhound's skull a startling feeling of movement. Almost like a jump scare. #animalskull #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #skull #animal #flames #hell
Negur's use of negative space here gives this hellhound's skull a startling feeling of movement. Almost like a jump scare. #animalskull #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #skull #animal #flames #hell

Negur's tattoos of various creatures' skulls are some of his most compelling and scary work. His black and grey technique perfectly captures the unsettling aesthetic of skeletal remains.

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
This bioorganic work by Negur appears as if it is actually a part of this tattoo collector's body. The illusion itself is uncanny. #bioorganic #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #bones #exposed #scary #Bioorganic
This bioorganic work by Negur appears as if it is actually a part of this tattoo collector's body. The illusion itself is uncanny. #bioorganic #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #bones #exposed #scary #Bioorganic

Negur's extremely detailed depictions of bones lends itself to his take on the bioorganic. In this case, it looks as if this extraterrestrial outcropping of exoskeleton has infused itself with the client's flesh.  

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
This one straight up scares the shit out of me, as good horror should. Great work Negur. #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #vampire #blood #scary #realism #colorrealism #portrait
This one straight up scares the shit out of me, as good horror should. Great work Negur. #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #vampire #blood #scary #realism #colorrealism #portrait

Although Negur excels at skulls, his tattoos that feature gore freak me out the most. The image above makes me more uncomfortable than any feeding scene in all the vampire movies that I've ever seen.

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
The realism of Negur's work reminds me that reality is the scariest thing of all.  #horror #hyperrealism #lion #StepanNegur #growl #teeth #glow #eyes #realism #colorrealism
The realism of Negur's work reminds me that reality is the scariest thing of all. #horror #hyperrealism #lion #StepanNegur #growl #teeth #glow #eyes #realism #colorrealism

Sometimes the most horrific creatures are not those from the crypt or under the bed, but the ones that actually exist. This fierce illustration, with its glowing eyes, reminds me of Ray Bradbury's short story, "The Veldt," from The Illustrated Man, in which (spoiler alert) people are eaten by lions.  

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Sometimes it's not the deadliest cat that's the most terrifying. The way Negur highlights his figures' eyes draws out the terror in them. #Himalayancat #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #kitten #scary #kitty
Sometimes it's not the deadliest cat that's the most terrifying. The way Negur highlights his figures' eyes draws out the terror in them. #Himalayancat #horror #hyperrealism #StepanNegur #kitten #scary #kitty

I hope you liked this little horrorshow of body art. I'll make sure to write about more tattoos that go bump in the night soon. 

Until then, you can check out more of Negur's titalating work on his Instagram @stepannegur, or if you're a real thrill-seeker and close to Moscow, you could get in touch with him and get a skin-crawling tattoo of your own.