Jamie Mahood's Insane Black and Grey Portraiture

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Jamie Mahood's Insane Black and Grey Portraiture

Tattooing portraits of the world's most famous faces is quite a daunting task, but Mahood makes them come alive.

The closest I have ever gotten to mastering realism is when I was ten years old and drew a colored pencil version of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus in my art class. Mary looked like a lumpy potato and baby Jesus something close to an aye aye. Jamie Mahood’s realism does not resemble a lumpy potato or an aye aye, in fact, it’s basically the opposite. 


Tattooing out of Austin, Texas, Mahood is still making a name for herself in the tattoo realism circle, but given how recently she took up tattooing it's impressive she's come this far. We’re here to tell you that if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to follow more realism artists, Mahood is definitely one to watch.

From her very first portrait, a black and grey rendition of Jerry Orbach — one that surpasses most aspiring tattoo artists by leaps and bounds — to her latest masterpieces, Mahood’s work is phenomenal. It is a huge undertaking to try your hand at creating a realistic portrait of such greats like John Lennon, Amy Winehouse, or Johnny Cash, but Mahood never ceases to amaze. 


The key to portraiture is nailing the details, as any artist will tell you, but arguably the most important details are the eyes. It’s been said time and time again, but eyes really are the windows to the soul. Light them up, and your portrait instantly goes from just that — a portrait — to capturing a moment or a soul in a specific place in time. It goes without saying, but Mahood has the touch.

The Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival is going on next weekend, and Mahood and her magical portraits are scheduled to be a part of the festivities. So if you’re in town, be sure to stop by. We’ll also be there covering some of your favorite artists from around the globe.

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