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Horror and Realism by Stepan Negur

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

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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.  

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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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.  

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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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