3D Tattoos – Taking Ink To The Next Level
Tattooing has grown massively in popularity during the last twenty years. If you’ve ever considered getting inked or upgrading what you already have, then you absolutely must check out 3D tattoos.
3D Tattoo – Is It Art?
Is a tattoo art? This question makes a tattoo artist roll their eyes, but some still consider it a legitimate question. As someone with a big shoulder tat, I can tell you that it definitely is because it requires a talented, creative person to draw the tattoo while keeping in mind the contours of the body part it will go on. If you still have doubts, however, I suggest you take a look at 3D tattoos. Not only are they clearly art, but they are some of the most stunning art you will ever see.
3D Tattoos – What Are They?
What are 3D tattoos? As the name suggests, they are tats that appear to be three dimensional. Think of the movie Avatar. Whereas most movies are two dimensional, you were transported to an entirely different point of reference when you popped those 3D glasses on. Characters and the terrain just popped out off the screen.
The same effect occurs with 3D tats. The design appears to pop out of the skin. One classic design that many have seen online is the reversed Spider Man image. The tattoo is on the front of a gentleman’s chest. The skin of his chest appears to be torn and under it is the Spider Man suit. It may sound a bit gory, but it is a striking bit of artistic work. There is a depth that makes the skin appear to truly be layered over the suit.
There are a couple of different ways to get a 3D tattoo. The really talented artists can give a two dimensional tat a bit of 3D effect through shading and optimizing the design for the features of the body part it is on. People who have suffered bad scarring from, for example, burns often will get a tattoo over the scarred area that uses the ridges and bumps in the scarring to enhance the tattoo. I knew a young lady who had a rose done over a bad burn. The artist placed the petals over the ridges of the scars. It was the most amazing, beautiful thing I have ever scene. She actually was reduced to tears of happiness because she felt she could wear a bikini again without being embarrassed.
New Techniques In Tattoo
However, a new technique is being used for the more striking tats these days. The process involves strategically injecting a sugar substance under certain parts of the tat to raise them and emphasize the texture much like with the scarring I mentioned above. The change is slight, but makes a huge difference in the depth and appearance of the tattoo.
If you are considering getting a tattoo, I would really encourage you to take the time to look into 3D designs. The work you will see is simply amazing and utterly beautiful.