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Jaw-Dropping Color Realism by James Artink

Jaw-Dropping Color Realism by James Artink
Tattoo Artists1 min Read

Tattoos so real that they'll make you do a double take

James Artink makes some of the best realistic tattoos around. His work is incredibly lifelike, so much so that many of his pieces would look almost like photographs if it were not for their sometimes surreal qualities. He produces these astounding tattoos in both black and grey as well as color, and the amount of detail that he puts into them makes it seem as if they three-dimensionally rise from their collectors' skin. Check out this sample of his unbelievably realistic and occasionally strange body art.

An awesome portrait of a Native American via James Artink (IG— james_artink). #blackandgrey #JamesArink #NativeAmerican #realism
A pair of luscious red roses from James Artink's portfolio (IG— james_artink). #color #JamesArink #realism #roses
A black cat peeking out of a bunch of pink flowers via James Artink (IG— james_artink). #cat #color #flowers #JamesArink #realism

Artink's brand of realism is a particularly outstanding and pronounced one. Whether working in black and grey or color, his tattoos are as true to life as can be. He gives each one of them a compelling sense of perspective, making them pop out in a 3D way. Sometimes he also renders the backgrounds of his central figures as if out of focus, as exemplified in the one of a bluebird, which makes them look as if they were taken with a camera as opposed to being made via tattoo machine. Some of his work that is most inviting to the eye combines black and grey imagery with bright color highlighting. 

A slick black and grey portrait of a motorcyclist out for a drive James Artink (IG— james_artink). #blackand grey #JamesArink #realism
A blue bird perched atop a fully bloomed pink rose by James Artink (IG— james_artink). #bluebird #color #JamesArink #realism #rose
A portrait of a Na'vi alien from the film Avatar by James Artink (IG— james_artink). #Avatar #color #JamesArink #portraiture #realism
A strange piece of black and grey realism by James Artink (IG— james_artink). #blackandgrey #JamesArink #ladyhead #landscape #realism #surreal #tree

What's even more astounding than the superb quality of his realism is that his portfolio demonstrates a vast range of subject matter. He does everything from portraits of pop cultural icons to surreal landscapes. He also has a knack for illustrating animals and flora in a stunning fashion. 

One of James Artink's surreal pieces of surrealism (IG— james_artink). #color #JamesArink #realism #seascape #surreal #tulips

One of James Artink's surreal pieces of surrealism (IG— james_artink). #color #JamesArink #realism #seascape #surreal #tulips

If you want to be wowed by more of Artink's mind-blowing realistic body art, follow him on Instagram. Lastly, he operates out of Rock'n'Roll Tattoo Studio in Wrocław, Poland should you want a piece by him.

Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium