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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.